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Dayton-area home sales reach record in 2016

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Dayton area home sales bucked the national trend for December, increasing 9.5 percent above the same month a year ago to close out 2016 as the best year on record for sales of existing homes. A new December record of 1,175 single-family homes and condominiums were sold last month in the Dayton area, compared to 1,073 sales in December 2015...
2016 best year ever for Dayton-area home sales
 Sales of existing homes in the Dayton area increased 9.5 percent last month, compared to the same period a year ago, and helped lead to the best annual home sales on record, the Dayton Area Board of Realtors reported Tuesday. A total of 1,175 single-family homes and condominiums were sold last month, compared to 1,073 sales in December 2015...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Sales of existing homes in the Dayton area increased 9.5 percent last month, compared to the same period a year ago, and helped lead to the best annual home sales on record, the Dayton Area Board of Realtors reported Tuesday. A total of 1,175 single-family homes and condominiums were sold last month, compared to 1,073 sales in December 2015...
BREAKING: Local jobless rate ends year up
 Regional jobless rates edged higher in December, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Montgomery County, the area’s most populous county, the unemployment rate climbed to 4.6 percent last month from 4.4 percent in November but is still lower than the rate was a year ago at 4.7 percent...

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Regional jobless rates edged higher in December, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Montgomery County, the area’s most populous county, the unemployment rate climbed to 4.6 percent last month from 4.4 percent in November but is still lower than the rate was a year ago at 4.7 percent...
Flu cases spike in Miami Valley
 Ohio flu activity is now widespread across the state, and the number of flu-related hospitalizations have spiked to their highest level all season — nearly doubling in the first week of the year compared to the end of 2016, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported Wednesday. For the week ended Jan. 7, there were 287 confirmed hospitalizations...

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Ohio flu activity is now widespread across the state, and the number of flu-related hospitalizations have spiked to their highest level all season — nearly doubling in the first week of the year compared to the end of 2016, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reported Wednesday. For the week ended Jan. 7, there were 287 confirmed hospitalizations...
Ohio auto, home insurance rates to rise in 2017: See how we compare
 Ohio homeowners and auto insurance rates are expected to rise this year to keep pace with escalating claims, according to the Ohio Insurance Institute. The average annual cost of homeowners insurance is expected to rise 3.3 percent, or $28, to $864 this year, according to OII, while auto rates are expected to rise 3.4 percent, about $25,...

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Ohio homeowners and auto insurance rates are expected to rise this year to keep pace with escalating claims, according to the Ohio Insurance Institute. The average annual cost of homeowners insurance is expected to rise 3.3 percent, or $28, to $864 this year, according to OII, while auto rates are expected to rise 3.4 percent, about $25,...
Local housing markets among “healthiest” in Ohio
 Three communities in the Dayton-area have been named among the Top 10 “healthiest” housing markets in Ohio, including one local market that ranks third nationally. Northridge, Oxford and Beavercreek have some of the best housing markets to sell homes in the region, according to a recent study conducted by the finance website SmartAsset...

Posted: 19 hours ago

Three communities in the Dayton-area have been named among the Top 10 “healthiest” housing markets in Ohio, including one local market that ranks third nationally. Northridge, Oxford and Beavercreek have some of the best housing markets to sell homes in the region, according to a recent study conducted by the finance website SmartAsset...
Three area cities among healthiest housing markets in Ohio
 Three cities in the region have been named among the Top 10 “healthiest” housing markets in Ohio, and one local community ranks third nationally, according to a recent study conducted by the finance website SmartAsset. Northridge area in Clark County ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 3 nationally, based on the average number of years...

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Three cities in the region have been named among the Top 10 “healthiest” housing markets in Ohio, and one local community ranks third nationally, according to a recent study conducted by the finance website SmartAsset. Northridge area in Clark County ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 3 nationally, based on the average number of years...
Local musician “honored” to perform at inauguration
 Donnie Reis, a national recording artist and producer from Tipp City and an Iraq War veteran, respects Civil Rights, women’s rights and the right to protest — but above all else, he respects the democratic process, which manifests itself every four years as the inauguration of the President of the United States. Reis said he considered...

Posted: 2 days ago

Donnie Reis, a national recording artist and producer from Tipp City and an Iraq War veteran, respects Civil Rights, women’s rights and the right to protest — but above all else, he respects the democratic process, which manifests itself every four years as the inauguration of the President of the United States. Reis said he considered...
Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting
 A flood of panicked calls started pouring in to the Champaign County Sheriffs office at 7:36 a.m. Friday, reporting an active shooter on the premises at West Liberty-Salem High School, but little else, according to Senior Dispatcher Robin Ballard. Ballard said she and two other Champaign County dispatchers, as well as their supervisor, were...

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A flood of panicked calls started pouring in to the Champaign County Sheriffs office at 7:36 a.m. Friday, reporting an active shooter on the premises at West Liberty-Salem High School, but little else, according to Senior Dispatcher Robin Ballard. Ballard said she and two other Champaign County dispatchers, as well as their supervisor, were...
Ohio adds 10K-plus jobs; nears full employment

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Ohio’s labor market ended last year on a high note as employers statewide added 10,300 jobs in December — the second month in a row of strong job gains after three straight months of job losses, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, unchanged...
Ohio adds more than 10K jobs in December
 Ohio’s labor market ended last year on a high note as employers statewide added 10,300 jobs in December — the second month in a row of strong job gains after three straight months of job losses, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, unchanged...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio’s labor market ended last year on a high note as employers statewide added 10,300 jobs in December — the second month in a row of strong job gains after three straight months of job losses, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported Friday. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent, unchanged...
Ohioans pay among lowest auto, homeowners rates
 Ohio residents, on average, pay among the lowest homeowners and auto insurance premiums in the nation, the state department of insurance announced Thursday. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners found Ohio residents pay an average $797 a year for homeowners insurance, ninth-lowest in the nation, and $683 a year for auto insurance...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio residents, on average, pay among the lowest homeowners and auto insurance premiums in the nation, the state department of insurance announced Thursday. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners found Ohio residents pay an average $797 a year for homeowners insurance, ninth-lowest in the nation, and $683 a year for auto insurance...
Local banks land more than $3M for affordable housing
 The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati recently awarded about $3.6 million in grants to member financial institutions in the Dayton area to help develop 234 units of affordable housing. The grants include: * $1 million to help construct 40 multifamily rental units in Kettering for very low-income households, 35 of which will be dedicated...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati recently awarded about $3.6 million in grants to member financial institutions in the Dayton area to help develop 234 units of affordable housing. The grants include: * $1 million to help construct 40 multifamily rental units in Kettering for very low-income households, 35 of which will be dedicated...
Can GOP craft an affordable alternative to the Affordable Care Act?
 No part of the Affordable Care Act is more misunderstood, experts say, than the costs paid by users. President-elect Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers leading the charge to repeal the law frequently cite skyrocketing health insurance premiums for their disdain for the law. In addition, the high deductibles that many plans carry render...

Posted: 10 days ago

No part of the Affordable Care Act is more misunderstood, experts say, than the costs paid by users. President-elect Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers leading the charge to repeal the law frequently cite skyrocketing health insurance premiums for their disdain for the law. In addition, the high deductibles that many plans carry render...
Some worry over impact from health care law repeal
 The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday joined the U.S. Senate in passing a budget reconciliation measure that would allow Congress to de-fund key elements of the Affordable Care Act, including tax credit subsidies and federal funding for Medicaid expansion in states like Ohio. While some are rejoicing over the move, replacing President...

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday joined the U.S. Senate in passing a budget reconciliation measure that would allow Congress to de-fund key elements of the Affordable Care Act, including tax credit subsidies and federal funding for Medicaid expansion in states like Ohio. While some are rejoicing over the move, replacing President...
Will Obamacare repeal leave people in the lurch?
 As Congress moves forward on a resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act, experts have warned such a measure could crash the law’s commercial insurance program, jeopardizing coverage for 11.5 million Americans, including more than 230,000 Ohioans. But local industry leaders remain hopeful that congressional Republicans — who...

Posted: 10 days ago

As Congress moves forward on a resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act, experts have warned such a measure could crash the law’s commercial insurance program, jeopardizing coverage for 11.5 million Americans, including more than 230,000 Ohioans. But local industry leaders remain hopeful that congressional Republicans — who...
Hospitals on standby as Obamacare repeal moves forward
 Local hospital executives are waiting to react after the U.S. House of Representatives took another step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, voting Friday to pass a budget resolution already passed by the Senate a day earlier that would allow Congress to change portions of the law. President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan...

Posted: 11 days ago

Local hospital executives are waiting to react after the U.S. House of Representatives took another step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, voting Friday to pass a budget resolution already passed by the Senate a day earlier that would allow Congress to change portions of the law. President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan...
Employers track medication use to combat abuse
 Prescription drug abuse is at the forefront of human resources issues for many employers in Ohio — the epicenter of a national heroin and prescription drug epidemic that resulted in more overdose deaths last year than fatal car wrecks in the state. To address the problem, an increasing number of employers are examining the medications...

Posted: 11 days ago

Prescription drug abuse is at the forefront of human resources issues for many employers in Ohio — the epicenter of a national heroin and prescription drug epidemic that resulted in more overdose deaths last year than fatal car wrecks in the state. To address the problem, an increasing number of employers are examining the medications...
Kettering Medical Center signs new regional director
 Bruce Chan is the new executive director of business development and physician partnerships at Kettering Medical Center, the hospital announced Thursday. Chan, who has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in accounting, previously served as regional director of business development at Adventist Health in central California.

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Bruce Chan is the new executive director of business development and physician partnerships at Kettering Medical Center, the hospital announced Thursday. Chan, who has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in accounting, previously served as regional director of business development at Adventist Health in central California.
CareSource to co-host Life Services job fair
 CareSource Life Services, a division of the nonprofit downtown Dayton-based health insurer, CareSource, will host a job fair Friday at the Life Enrichment Center in Dayton. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the center at 425 North Findlay Street, where 14 employers, representing a wide range of industries, will be reviewing...

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CareSource Life Services, a division of the nonprofit downtown Dayton-based health insurer, CareSource, will host a job fair Friday at the Life Enrichment Center in Dayton. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the center at 425 North Findlay Street, where 14 employers, representing a wide range of industries, will be reviewing...
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