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Drug crisis hits the workplace and beyond
 The recent drug overdose deaths of a Centerville airline pilot and his wife put a spotlight on the increase in the number of workers of all industries found to be using heroin, marijuana and other narcotics. More Americans are testing positive for drugs in the workplace now than at any time in the past 12 years, according to a recent report...

7:00 PM Saturday, Jun. 10, 2017

The recent drug overdose deaths of a Centerville airline pilot and his wife put a spotlight on the increase in the number of workers of all industries found to be using heroin, marijuana and other narcotics. More Americans are testing positive for drugs in the workplace now than at any time in the past 12 years, according to a recent report...
Dayton living costs higher than Columbus, Cincinnati
 While lower than the national average, the cost to live in the Dayton area is higher than the cost of living in much larger metro areas in Ohio, including Columbus and Cincinnati, according to the latest “Economic Indicators” report from the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. In the first quarter this year, the cost of living in...

3:14 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

While lower than the national average, the cost to live in the Dayton area is higher than the cost of living in much larger metro areas in Ohio, including Columbus and Cincinnati, according to the latest “Economic Indicators” report from the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. In the first quarter this year, the cost of living in...
Premier Health boosts share in CompuNet
 Premier Health has purchased an ownership stake in Moraine-based CompuNet Clinical Laboratories previously held by Quest Diagnostics — one of the nation’s largest drug-testing firms, based in New Jersey — for an undisclosed price. The transaction, which closed June 1, is not expected to affect CompuNet’s nearly 600...

8:14 PM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

Premier Health has purchased an ownership stake in Moraine-based CompuNet Clinical Laboratories previously held by Quest Diagnostics — one of the nation’s largest drug-testing firms, based in New Jersey — for an undisclosed price. The transaction, which closed June 1, is not expected to affect CompuNet’s nearly 600...
Anthem to bolt from Ohio health insurance exchange
 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will pull out of Ohio’s Health Insurance Marketplace at the end of this year, following in the footsteps of competitor, Aetna, which pulled out of the federal health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) earlier this year. Anthem announced its decision to exit the marketplace Tuesday...

5:23 PM Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will pull out of Ohio’s Health Insurance Marketplace at the end of this year, following in the footsteps of competitor, Aetna, which pulled out of the federal health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) earlier this year. Anthem announced its decision to exit the marketplace Tuesday...
Premier, Anthem tout value-based health care
 Premier Health and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio have entered into an agreement to provide value-based health care for their members and patients. Value based health care is a fast-growing national model in which payment and reimbursement for health care services is based on the quality and cost of care. It differs from the traditional...

8:55 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Premier Health and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio have entered into an agreement to provide value-based health care for their members and patients. Value based health care is a fast-growing national model in which payment and reimbursement for health care services is based on the quality and cost of care. It differs from the traditional...
Premier, Anthem sign new agreement
 Dayton-based Premier Health and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio have entered into an agreement to provide value-based health care. Value-based health care is a fast-growing national model for care delivery and payment, which centers the health care delivery system on primary care physician practices, according to a Premier statement...

2:06 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Dayton-based Premier Health and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio have entered into an agreement to provide value-based health care. Value-based health care is a fast-growing national model for care delivery and payment, which centers the health care delivery system on primary care physician practices, according to a Premier statement...
Diarrhea causing parasite lurking in Ohio pools
 Ohio has seen a nearly fourfold increase in the number of diarrhea-causing infections linked to the cryptosporidium parasite commonly found in pools and water parks and spread when people swallow water contaminated with human feces, according to state and federal health officials. Last year, Ohio health officials identified 1,940 people sick...

10:00 AM Friday, May. 26, 2017

Ohio has seen a nearly fourfold increase in the number of diarrhea-causing infections linked to the cryptosporidium parasite commonly found in pools and water parks and spread when people swallow water contaminated with human feces, according to state and federal health officials. Last year, Ohio health officials identified 1,940 people sick...
Dorothy Lane launches home-delivery service
 Dorothy Lane Market is adding home delivery as an option to its online grocery shopping and curbside pick-up service launched earlier this year called DLM Drive-Up. Groceries can be ordered for deliver at www.DLMDriveUp.com in neighborhoods surrounding the three Dorothy Lane locations in the following zip codes: 45066, 45409, 45419, 45429...

3:49 PM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

Dorothy Lane Market is adding home delivery as an option to its online grocery shopping and curbside pick-up service launched earlier this year called DLM Drive-Up. Groceries can be ordered for deliver at www.DLMDriveUp.com in neighborhoods surrounding the three Dorothy Lane locations in the following zip codes: 45066, 45409, 45419, 45429...
Butler County pools take precautions against diarrhea-causing parasite
 Ohio has seen a nearly fourfold increase in the number of diarrhea-causing infections linked to the cryptosporidium parasite commonly found in pools and water parks and spread when people swallow water contaminated with human feces, according to state and federal health officials. Last year, Ohio health officials identified 1,940 people sick...

10:00 AM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

Ohio has seen a nearly fourfold increase in the number of diarrhea-causing infections linked to the cryptosporidium parasite commonly found in pools and water parks and spread when people swallow water contaminated with human feces, according to state and federal health officials. Last year, Ohio health officials identified 1,940 people sick...
Marijuana sales will beat NFL revenue, report says
 The National Football League — the world’s richest sports league — raked in $13 billion in revenue last year, based on published reports, but that figure pales in comparison to the $35 billion in sales the legalized marijuana industry is expected to generate by 2020. That’s according to a recent report from Greenwave...

5:10 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

The National Football League — the world’s richest sports league — raked in $13 billion in revenue last year, based on published reports, but that figure pales in comparison to the $35 billion in sales the legalized marijuana industry is expected to generate by 2020. That’s according to a recent report from Greenwave...
April home sales set record in Dayton area
 April home sales in the Dayton area were the strongest on record, according to the latest figures from the Dayton Area Board of Realtors (DABR), which Wednesday reported an increase in sales, prices and volume last month, compared to the same month a year ago. Sales were up 1.31 percent from April last year to a total of 1,316, while the...

2:59 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

April home sales in the Dayton area were the strongest on record, according to the latest figures from the Dayton Area Board of Realtors (DABR), which Wednesday reported an increase in sales, prices and volume last month, compared to the same month a year ago. Sales were up 1.31 percent from April last year to a total of 1,316, while the...
Health care bill hurts Ohio job growth, critics say
 Efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act threaten to reverse years of steady job gains in Ohio’s health care sector and put the broader statewide economy at risk. Those were the findings in a new report Tuesday from Policy Matters Ohio, which detailed how the health care sector has grown...

4:00 AM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

Efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act threaten to reverse years of steady job gains in Ohio’s health care sector and put the broader statewide economy at risk. Those were the findings in a new report Tuesday from Policy Matters Ohio, which detailed how the health care sector has grown...
Local jobless rates fall in April
 Regional jobless rates declined sharply last month as employment rose in most counties and major cities, based on numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Montgomery County, the area’s most populous county, the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from 4.8 percent in March and 4.7 percent in the...

3:16 PM Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

Regional jobless rates declined sharply last month as employment rose in most counties and major cities, based on numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Montgomery County, the area’s most populous county, the unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent from 4.8 percent in March and 4.7 percent in the...
Pool related diarrhea infections skyrocket in Ohio
 Ohio has seen a nearly fourfold increase in the number of diarrhea-causing infections tied to the cryptosporidium parasite commonly found in pools and water parks and spread through contact with the feces of an infected person, according to state and federal health officials. Last year, there were 1,940 cases of cryptosporidium infections...

3:29 PM Monday, May. 22, 2017

Ohio has seen a nearly fourfold increase in the number of diarrhea-causing infections tied to the cryptosporidium parasite commonly found in pools and water parks and spread through contact with the feces of an infected person, according to state and federal health officials. Last year, there were 1,940 cases of cryptosporidium infections...
Unemployment down, so is hiring in Ohio
 Ohio unemployment figures released Friday showed a slight decline in the monthly jobless rate, but the positive trend was overshadowed by a continued decline in employment that has culled nearly 10,000 jobs from the state’s economy over the past two months. Still, state officials and labor market researchers cautioned against reading...

8:55 PM Friday, May. 19, 2017

Ohio unemployment figures released Friday showed a slight decline in the monthly jobless rate, but the positive trend was overshadowed by a continued decline in employment that has culled nearly 10,000 jobs from the state’s economy over the past two months. Still, state officials and labor market researchers cautioned against reading...
Ohio sheds nearly 6K jobs in April
 Ohio’s unemployment rate edged down to 5 percent in April from 5.1 percent in March even as employers statewide eliminated 5,700 jobs over the same period, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services announced Friday. RELATED:
            Many Ohioans still struggling despite low unemployment The biggest job losses were in construction...

1:43 PM Friday, May. 19, 2017

Ohio’s unemployment rate edged down to 5 percent in April from 5.1 percent in March even as employers statewide eliminated 5,700 jobs over the same period, the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services announced Friday. RELATED: Many Ohioans still struggling despite low unemployment The biggest job losses were in construction...
Stock volatility reflects fears with Trump

9:24 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

U.S. stocks bounced back Thursday from the previous day’s sell-off, but experts warned that market volatility is likely to remain high in the wake of political turmoil in Washington that helped drive the Dow Jones Industrial Average down nearly 400 points Wednesday. It was the worst day for the U.S. equities trading in eight months...
Hiring up for interns, entry-level workers
 U.S. employers expect to hire more interns this year than last year, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), which also shows positive projections for full-time, entry-level hires. RELATED:
            Ohio economy expected to heat up in 2017 The combined trends indicate employers are once...

4:18 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

U.S. employers expect to hire more interns this year than last year, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), which also shows positive projections for full-time, entry-level hires. RELATED: Ohio economy expected to heat up in 2017 The combined trends indicate employers are once...
Pot sales poised to outpace ice cream sales
 Retail sales of medical and recreational marijuana in the United States are expected to reach $5 billion to $6 billion this year and surge to as high as $17 billion by 2021, according to new projections from Marijuana Business Daily. Last year, sales of medical and recreational marijuana reached an estimated $4 billion to $4.5 billion &mdash...

12:54 AM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

Retail sales of medical and recreational marijuana in the United States are expected to reach $5 billion to $6 billion this year and surge to as high as $17 billion by 2021, according to new projections from Marijuana Business Daily. Last year, sales of medical and recreational marijuana reached an estimated $4 billion to $4.5 billion &mdash...
Stocks plunge on Trump turmoil; down more than 370 points
 U.S. stocks fell sharply in late-afternoon trading Wednesday as investors fretted that the latest turmoil in Washington could hinder President Donald Trump’s pro-business agenda. The steep drop, which sent the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 300 points, ended an unusually long period of calm in the markets. Financial stocks...

3:25 PM Wednesday, May. 17, 2017

U.S. stocks fell sharply in late-afternoon trading Wednesday as investors fretted that the latest turmoil in Washington could hinder President Donald Trump’s pro-business agenda. The steep drop, which sent the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 300 points, ended an unusually long period of calm in the markets. Financial stocks...
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