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Acura SUV hits sales record

The Acura RDX, assembled in East Liberty, Ohio set a new annual sales record this year, beating a previous sales record of 52,361 units set in 2016. Sales in 2018 have exceeded that figure with more than six weeks remaining in 2016. Further, RDX has helped Acura to a 7.3 percent gain in luxury sport utility sales for the year, including a new all-time record for Acura SUVs in October. On a cumulative...
Beware of shady door-to-door energy sales tactics

Beware of shady door-to-door energy sales tactics

It’s the time of year for door-to-door pitches to get you to switch your energy provider, but consumers need to be wary of shady sales tactics. Norm Krebs of Dayton said he was pressured into an energy contract with a new supplier. Instead of saving money, as he was promised — his bill skyrocketed.  He listened to a pitch from a salesperson from Statewise Energy LLC.  &ldquo...
JUST IN: Ohio’s Pappy Van Winkle bourbon lottery to expand this year with more bottles, online entries

JUST IN: Ohio’s Pappy Van Winkle bourbon lottery to expand this year with more bottles, online entries

Ohio will expand its holiday bourbon lottery this year to give more of the Buckeye state’s bourbon enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase some of the most sought-after spirits on the market, including, yes, the Pappy Van Winkle 23-year that to some aficionados is the Holy Grail of bourbon. Ohio Division of Liquor Control Superintendent Jim Canepa announced today, Nov. 14, that the 2018...
Mercy Health, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center launch new alliance

Mercy Health, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center launch new alliance

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Mercy Health announced today they have launched a new ambition aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and increasing access to cancer and transplant care, among other things. MORE: Mercy Health’s Fairfield Hospital grows with community In announcing the Healthy State Alliance, officials said: Ohio is among the top five worst states...
Macy’s shrinking some of its stores: What’s really going on

Macy’s shrinking some of its stores: What’s really going on

As big-box retailers like Sears and Elder-Beerman file for bankruptcy and close hundreds of locations, other department stores like Macy’s are looking for ways to revive brick-and-mortar retail. Macy’s newest plan is to shrink its store size. The store is already testing a smaller format in four of its stores, according to the Wall Street Journal. The smaller format stores will cut down...
Warren County set to give tax breaks on 1,200 acres on I-75 corridor

Warren County set to give tax breaks on 1,200 acres on I-75 corridor

Warren County commissioners laid the groundwork on Tuesday to forgive taxes for the commercial or industrial developers of some of the last large parcels of undeveloped land along the Interstate 75 corridor between Dayton and Cincinnati. Commissioners Dave Young expressed reluctance about setting up the community investment area enabling tax breaks to be offered on development of more than 1,200 acres...
Here’s when retailers will open for Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales

Here’s when retailers will open for Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads are surfacing quickly. Here’s when stores plan to open this year: Kohl’s Kohl’s will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving and remain open through Black Friday. The store is offering its well-known deal of $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent. The ad also features a 15 percent off coupon. PHOTOS: Luxury Kettering home...
2019 CR-V begins arriving at Honda dealerships

2019 CR-V begins arriving at Honda dealerships

Honda’s 2019 CR-V began arriving at dealerships today, according to information from the company. The latest version of the sport utility vehicle is assembled by workers at the auto maker’s facilitities in East Liberty and Marysville. Workers at facilities in Greenburg, Ind., Ontario, Canada and Japan also assemble the vehicle. The latest model startes at $24,350 for the LX model with...
JUUL to stop selling most e-cigarette flavors in stores and add age verification

JUUL to stop selling most e-cigarette flavors in stores and add age verification

Facing a looming announcement that the Food and Drug Administration will ban most retailers from selling certain flavored e-cigarette products, JUUL has announced plans to halt some sales. One of the FDA’s biggest quarrels is with the manufacturer of e-cigarette products, which FDA’s commissioner Scott Gottlieb has said has failed to keep products away from teenagers. »PHOTOS: Former...
Sinclair considers spending $4.5M to improve 2 major streets around campus

Sinclair considers spending $4.5M to improve 2 major streets around campus

Sinclair Community College appears to be moving forward with a plan to make major changes to Fourth and Fifth streets near its downtown campus. Sinclair’s board of trustees will vote today on whether to spend $4.5 million on changes and updates to the streets that have long been in the works as part of the school’s strategic plan. If approved by trustees, the project will be paid for with...
Ohio State drains Mirror Lake ahead of Michigan football game

Ohio State drains Mirror Lake ahead of Michigan football game

Ohio State University has temporarily drained Mirror Lake ahead of the school’s annual football game against rival University of Michigan. OSU announced that the lake was drained for safety concerns and that it will be refilled at a later date. Previously students followed a long-standing tradition of jumping in the lake the night before the OSU-Michigan football game, which this year is scheduled...
The newest version of chicken & waffles is here now, and it’s being served at SEVERAL local restaurants

The newest version of chicken & waffles is here now, and it’s being served at SEVERAL local restaurants

The newest rendition of the famed chicken & waffles dish has arrived in the Miami Valley, and the restaurant destinations offering the trendy dish may come as a bit of a surprise.  “You can forget the reservations, long lines and expensive checks and get back to what really matters: the food,” Kentucky Fried Chicken officials said in a release announcing the introduction of its new...
Dayton airport debuts new rental car area as renovations continue

Dayton airport debuts new rental car area as renovations continue

Travelers through the Dayton International Airport will see new features as the airport continues its more than $25 million terminal renovation. As phase two of construction progresses, the airport’s new rental car check-in counter started operating last week. Adjacent to the parking garage,the facility has terrazzo flooring, floor-to ceiling glass-paneled walls and a new restroom. Avis, Budget...
Dayton Children’s gets approval from accreditation agency

Dayton Children’s gets approval from accreditation agency

Dayton Children’s Hospital is fully accredited by a leading industry rating agency after a preliminary denial earlier this year. The Joint Commission, a nonprofit that accredits hospitals and other health care businesses, had updated the hospital’s accreditation status following a survey at the hospital on Oct. 30. CEO Deborah Feldman had said previously that the hospital did not agree...
Amazon HQ2: New York, Virginia picked for additional headquarters

Amazon HQ2: New York, Virginia picked for additional headquarters

Amazon has chosen a pair of cities to build their second headquarters in, company officials confirmed Tuesday morning. >> Read more trending news  The company’s “HQ2” will be in both New York City and Arlington, Virginia. Officials also announced that Amazon will build a Center for Excellence in Nashville to serve the company’s operations business. Between the...
5 ways your smartphone can enhance your shopping experience this holiday season

5 ways your smartphone can enhance your shopping experience this holiday season

Smartphones may be the tool that revolutionizes your holiday shopping experience this year. Technology is continuously making shopping easier and quicker, with apps and other smartphone features making the at-home and in-store shopping experience more convenient. This holiday season, 42 percent of customers will shop through their mobile devices, according to data from Citi Retail Services. »...
Springfield residents appointed to state boards

Springfield residents appointed to state boards

Two Springfield residents were recently appointed to state boards by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. John Landess of Springfield was appointed to the Regional Economic Development Alliance Study Committee for a term effective Nov. 6 through Aug. 1, 2019. The study committee’s role to study the features, benefits, and challenges involved in establishing economic development alliances that would improve...
JUST IN: Gourmet pretzel company founder to launch new ‘clean foods’ restaurant

JUST IN: Gourmet pretzel company founder to launch new ‘clean foods’ restaurant

The founder of a locally owned gourmet pretzel company is gearing up to open a cafe-style restaurant that will focus on “clean foods” such as salads, juices and smoothies, along with a sandwich menu and baked goods. The build-out of “The Greene Canteen” is underway with plans to open by spring of 2019 at 134 Dayton St. in Yellow Springs, according to Brittany Baum, the...
Amazon reportedly chooses second headquarters: What it means for Ohio

Amazon reportedly chooses second headquarters: What it means for Ohio

Amazon will reportedly split its second headquarters between New York and Virginia, the Associated Press reported this morning. Instead of one location, Amazon is expected to announce early Tuesday it will build two offices — one in New York and one in Northern Virginia near Washington D.C., the AP reported. The search for a second headquarters lasted more than a year and attracted more than...
Springfield Regional Medical Center sees safety rating tick up in annual report

Springfield Regional Medical Center sees safety rating tick up in annual report

The Springfield Regional Medical Center received a B rating in a report from a national health care advocacy group, an improvement after several C ratings over the past several years. The Leapfrog Group releases its Hospital Safety Grade report twice a year, providing a letter grade to hospitals nationwide based on a range of measures from preventing infections to instituting policies to prevent errors...
Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry

Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry

A decade ago, Ohio voters approved a bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans but with just $2.68 million left in the program, the money could run out before the war in Afghanistan ends — raising the prospect that some veterans could miss out. The bonus payouts are scheduled to end three years after the president has declared an end to hostilities in that country, the Ohio constitution says....
Cactuses, street graffiti and thousands of sandwiches: The tactics cities used to try to lure Amazon

Cactuses, street graffiti and thousands of sandwiches: The tactics cities used to try to lure Amazon

The guessing game is over: Amazon.com reportedly plans to open new corporate outposts in Northern Virginia and New York, two already crowded metropolitan areas that are likely to become even less affordable with a new influx of tech workers. In some ways, the decision isn't surprising, as Amazon had made it clear that the company wanted to base its new offices, nicknamed HQ2, in a metropolitan area...
Tax abatement requested for some of last undeveloped land in I-75 corridor

Tax abatement requested for some of last undeveloped land in I-75 corridor

Warren County has been asked to create a zone around 1,300 acres east of Interstate 75 where property taxes could be forgiven on future commercial or industrial development. The land, some of the last large, undeveloped parcels along the I-75 corridor between Cincinnati and Dayton, is located near the Miami Valley Gaming & Racing racino and Park North Commerce Park, where Amazon and other businesses...
UPS Freight workers OK labor contract, avoid strike

UPS Freight workers OK labor contract, avoid strike

UPS Freight workers voted in favor of approving a new labor contract over the weekend, avoiding the risk of a strike that could have affected shippers transporting goods around the country. >> Read more trending news  However, it’s possible the labor turmoil leading up to the contract vote could have a lasting impact on the company’s freight business and some of its workers...
Walmart begins offering hiring preference to military spouses

Walmart begins offering hiring preference to military spouses

Walmart announced today it will start giving hiring preference to military spouses. There are more than 500,000 active duty military spouses nationwide, according to a company statement. While the U.S. unemployment rate is around 4 percent, the same rate among military spouses is 26 percent, with a 25 percent wage gap compared to their civilian counterparts. “Military spouses are unsung heroes...
Area stores training employees using Virtual Reality

Area stores training employees using Virtual Reality

Technology gives consumers numerous ways to shop without ever leaving their homes, and now retailers are using those same tools to improve in-store human interaction. As retail wars to capture the changing consumer escalate, retailers are investing in augmented and virtual reality to enhance customer experience through convenience. And that includes quality customer service for in-store shoppers at...
Women’s clothing retailer with local presence moving forward with name change

Women’s clothing retailer with local presence moving forward with name change

New York & Company is getting a new name. The women’s clothing retailer announced it will change its name to RTW Retailwinds. The company’s common stock will begin trading under the new name on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the opening of trading, the company said. The name change — initially announced in September — is part of the retailer’s strategy...
Springfield housing: Experts say funding tool becoming more common for development

Springfield housing: Experts say funding tool becoming more common for development

Springfield’s first new housing development since the 1990s could be under construction by next spring, but Springfield Twp. officials have raised concerns the project’s funding model could set a bad precedent for future projects. City officials hosted a public hearing last week. It was one of the final steps before city commissioners vote on whether to approve the use of Tax Increment...
Kroger offering new way to order groceries

Kroger offering new way to order groceries

Soon you could be able to order your Kroger groceries just by asking your Google assistant. Kroger is rolling out voice-activated grocery service for Kroger Grocery Pickup, formerly called ClickList, according to a post on the company’s Linkedin. The Google Assistant is available on most major operating systems including iOS for iPhone, Android and Google Assistant devices. »PHOTOS: Former...
Stores aim to be top toy retailer in absence of Toys “R” Us

Stores aim to be top toy retailer in absence of Toys “R” Us

Stores have been battling in the grocery wars, delivery wars and now toy wars just in time for the holidays. After Toys “R” Us shut its doors in June, retailers came out in droves to position themselves as the number one destination for toys as the gift-giving season approached. The toy industry brought in $7.9 billion during the first half of 2018, up 7 percent, according to retail research...
Navistar launches new truck assembled in Springfield

Navistar launches new truck assembled in Springfield

Navistar has launched a new medium-duty truck built in Springfield that is designed to be used in a variety of industries. The new Class 4, 5 and 6 chassis cab trucks will be aimed at fleet and commercial customers, according to information from the company. Workers in Springfield have long been preparing for the joint venture with GM to build the trucks. Those trucks are available in both the International...
Springfield searching for new airport manager

Springfield searching for new airport manager

Springfield is looking for a new airport manager, who will lead a facility that impacts close to 800 jobs and more about $36 million in payroll. The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport has received several upgrades over the past several years including the installation of about 10 new hangars valued at close to $5 million. The airport also serves as a hub for research conducted by the Air Force...
Economic conditions help minimize impact from area closing Sears stores

Economic conditions help minimize impact from area closing Sears stores

Sears announced it will close a third location in this region — this time in Piqua — leaving three area malls with giant empty retail spaces. The Springfield Sears will be the only Sears Holdings location left in the area when the store in the Miami Valley Centre in Piqua is scheduled to close in February. The Dayton Mall store will close Nov. 25 and the Mall at Fairfield Commons store...
27-hole golf course in Darke County up for auction

27-hole golf course in Darke County up for auction

If it’s been a lifelong dream to own a golf course, now’s the time. The Beechwood Golf Course in Darke County will go up for auction Nov. 27. The roughly 251-acre course at 1476 Ohio 503 in Arcanum includes a 6,400 square-foot clubhouse and banquet facility, 6,400 square-foot maintenance building, 1,600 square foot older farm barn, 160-space paved parking lot and a 27 hole fully developed...
Sears announces another local location closure

Sears announces another local location closure

The Miami Valley was once again hit by another round of Sears store closures. The store in Piqua is scheduled to begin liquidation late next week and close in February as part of Sears’ attempt to rebound from bankruptcy and years of losses. Piqua is one of 40 stores on the newest list, adding to the 142 “unprofitable” stores expected to close near the end of this year and another...
Why Wright-Patt could be even stronger after this week’s election

Why Wright-Patt could be even stronger after this week’s election

Tuesday’s election may leave Ohio’s largest single-site employer in a stronger place, some observers say. Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has proposed creating a cabinet-level position to protect Ohio military installations, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — an idea observers familiar with the Dayton region embraced Thursday. In the Dayton area, such a post would necessarily...
Attorney remembered for commitment to clients

Attorney remembered for commitment to clients

Edward Dunn was athletic enough to have a shot at a career in professional sports, and instead chose to spend his life helping his Springfield clients navigate convoluted domestic disputes and personal injury cases in Clark County’s courts. Dunn was so single-minded about sticking up for his clients, it sometimes led to good-natured jokes from his friends who were more skeptical of their innocence...
Amazon will pay double minimum wage to deliver in Ohio this holiday season

Amazon will pay double minimum wage to deliver in Ohio this holiday season

With the expected jump in online shopping this year, Amazon is willing to pay more than double minimum wage in some parts of Ohio for delivery drivers. The seasonal jobs in Columbus, pay $17.25 per hour. In Euclid, near Cleveland, a job posting offers $15.50. There are no delivery postings for Dayton and Cincinnati, but Amazon has other job opportunities for a Prime Now assistant manager and assistant...
Record number of stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day

Record number of stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, with many stores opening Thanksgiving Day. » Walmart to throw cookies-and-coffee party before sale begins Thanksgiving This year, however, a record number of retailers have decided not to open Thanksgiving Day. BestBlackFriday.com released its official list of closings recently, with 75 stores confirming they...
WSU faculty union overwhelmingly rejects fact-finder’s report: Find complete report here

WSU faculty union overwhelmingly rejects fact-finder’s report: Find complete report here

Wright State University’s faculty union has voted overwhelmingly to reject a fact-finder’s report on contract negotiations. The Wright State chapter of the American Association of University Professors voted 467-12 to reject the report that was released Oct. 29. The union’s rejection comes a week after the Wright State board of trustees voted unanimously to accept the fact-finder&rsquo...
Walmart to throw cookies-and-coffee party before sale begins Thanksgiving

Walmart to throw cookies-and-coffee party before sale begins Thanksgiving

Walmart isn’t waiting until Black Friday to roll out its deals.  The retail giant begins introducing online deals Nov. 8, with all deals appearing on walmart.com at 10 p.m. ET on Nov. 21 — the day before Thanksgiving. You can preview the sale now. » All the Black Friday deals to catch in 2018 "If customers can't wait until Thanksgiving, we have...
Clark State moves closer to offering second four-year degree

Clark State moves closer to offering second four-year degree

Clark State Community College received approval Wednesday from the Ohio Department of Higher Education allowing the college to move a step closer to developing its second four-year degree program. College officials said the four-year degree in Web Design and Development could be available to students as early as 2020, although the college still needs final approval from the Higher Learning Commission...
Social Security scams getting more elaborate to ensnare victims

Social Security scams getting more elaborate to ensnare victims

“It’s not right. It’s not fair for people to try to take advantage of anybody else.” A Washington Twp. man is warning others about a scam, one that experts call one of the most elaborate plots they’ve ever heard of and involves more than one victim in the scheme. Russell Maas said the caller offered to help him change his Social Security number and hide his money in e-commerce...
New home on VA campus will allow families to stay for free

New home on VA campus will allow families to stay for free

Families of the more than 40,000 area veterans that receive medical care annually at the Dayton VA will now have a place to stay for free when their loved ones get treatment. The $6.5 million Fisher House, a private/public partnership that received enormous support from the Dayton community, opened Wednesday on the Dayton VA campus on West Third Street. When a family member finds out that a loved...
Assurant reports solid income in Q3

Assurant reports solid income in Q3

Assurant reported net operating income of $67.4 million for the company’s third quarter this year, including seeing a boost from the company’s Global Housing Division based in Springfield. The company saw significant improvement compared to the same period in 2017, when Assurant reported a net operating loss of $76.3 million. Company officials attributed the improved numbers to lower costs...
Aldi wine, cheese Advent calendars hit shelves today

Aldi wine, cheese Advent calendars hit shelves today

If you want one of Aldi’s new wine Advent calendars, you may want to hit the store today. The discount grocer’s wine and cheese calendars hit shelves today, priced at $69.99 and $12.99 respectively. If they’re as popular as they were in the United Kingdom last Christmas season, they’ll fly off the shelves. »PHOTOS: Former summer cottage of John Patterson on market for...
Retired Air Force vice chair warns force is too small

Retired Air Force vice chair warns force is too small

A former vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force struck what is by now a familiar refrain in a recent column, saying the Air Force is too small. The column was published Tuesday in Defense News, running at a time when the Air Force and civilian airlines are competing for the best pilots. “America’s Air Force currently has 312 operational squadrons,” wrote retired Gen. Larry Spencer...
Aloha! New food truck bringing food of Paradise, Orient Seas to Dayton 

Aloha! New food truck bringing food of Paradise, Orient Seas to Dayton 

The flavors of the Aloha State and Pearl of the Orient Seas are coming to a local shopping center’s parking lot.  HaolePino, a 26-foot-long food truck trailer that specializes in  Hawaiian and Filipino Island cuisine, will set up shop 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.  this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, in the parking lot of Airway Shopping Center, 4916 Airway Road, Riverside...
Police participate in six-week stress reduction device study

Police participate in six-week stress reduction device study

For about 20 minutes to an hour every other day, about 100 Dayton police officers connect wet-clip electrodes from cell-phone-sized devices to their ear lobes, sending a gentle electrical signal through their brains. The hoped-for results: Less stress, better sleep — and a better life. For almost a month, Dayton police officers have been part of a study examining the use of the devices meant...
What you don’t know about store credit cards could cost you

What you don’t know about store credit cards could cost you

If you want a new TV or another big ticket item for the holidays, retailers are happy to help out. Store credit card deals offer zero percent interest for six months or more, but experts warn not understanding the terms could create a financial disaster. Signing up for a deferred interest credit card has benefits and risks, according to Graceworks consumer credit counselor Lisa Roberts.  &ldquo...
Area shoppers want deals and off-price stores delivering with growth

Area shoppers want deals and off-price stores delivering with growth

The number of discount and off-price retail stores opening in this area has greatly increased as the demise of large box and department stores continues. Off-price concepts like Marc’s, Burlington, Ross Dress For Less, TJ Maxx and Macy’s Backstage have seen increased foot traffic, sales hikes and new stores while other retailers such as Elder-Beerman and Sears have filed for bankruptcy...
Ohio takes a break from bourbon to offer ultra-rare Scotch from Macallan

Ohio takes a break from bourbon to offer ultra-rare Scotch from Macallan

Man (and Woman) cannot live on bourbon alone. At least, that appears to be the mindset of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. Who are we to argue? The state’s liquor agency has released a flurry of rare and sought-after bourbons in limited releases over the last several months, but the agency is switching gears for its latest release with what Jim Canepa, the state’s liquor-control superintendent...
Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits to be sold to NY firms

Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits to be sold to NY firms

The southeastern United States regional fast-food chain Bojangles’ is being sold.  Two groups, Durational Capital Management and the Jordan Company will acquire Bojangles’, according to a company press release.  “Bojangles’ is an iconic brand with an authentic Southern heritage and a deeply loyal following,” Eric Sobotka, managing partner at Durational...
Short-term health plans offer cheaper rates compared to ACA-compliant plans

Short-term health plans offer cheaper rates compared to ACA-compliant plans

People with sticker shock over the cost of insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges this year will have a wave of short-term health plans to consider, which are much cheaper but also can mean slashed benefits and no coverage for pre-existing conditions. Newly loosened regulations have made these temporary plans once again available for year-long terms with a chance to renew and about a dozen...
Shopping for toys? Here’s what the kids want for the holidays this year

Shopping for toys? Here’s what the kids want for the holidays this year

It’s a big year for toys with retailers looking to position themselves as the holiday toy destination in the absence of Toys “R” Us. As shoppers search the shelves , or a website, for the top gifts, here’s a list to keep in mind. Walmart’s top 40 gifts: Barbie Dreamhouse Fisher-Price Little People Take Turns Skyway...
Duncan Hines recalls some cake mixes over salmonella risk

Duncan Hines recalls some cake mixes over salmonella risk

Duncan Hines announced it is recalling several varieties of cake mix due to potential threat of salmonella contamination. The company said the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a potential salmonella outbreak that may be linked to Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix. Duncan Hines said it has voluntarily recalled...
Possible no-confidence vote in WSU president, board still months away

Possible no-confidence vote in WSU president, board still months away

If Wright State University’s faculty decides to hold a vote of no confidence for the school’s president or board of trustees it would likely be months away. Wright State’s faculty senate on Monday voted against shortening the process that could eventually lead to a vote. Before a vote by the entire faculty takes place, the senate would be required to host at least two more meetings...
Amazon plans to split HQ2 between two cities

Amazon plans to split HQ2 between two cities

Amazon will choose not one, but two cities to split its new headquarters, an unnamed source told the Wall Street Journal. Columbus has spent more than a year on the list of potential cities to house Amazon’s second headquarters. When only one city could win the prize, Amazon promised a $5 billion investment and 50,000 jobs. »RELATED: 5 ways new tech will change your holiday shopping experience...
Trustee president supports WSU president as ‘no confidence’ talk continues among some faculty

Trustee president supports WSU president as ‘no confidence’ talk continues among some faculty

The chairman of the Wright State University board of trustees has released a statement in response to an email that circulated this weekend calling for a vote of no confidence on president Cheryl Schrader. Doug Fecher said that Schrader’s “primary focus” has been on “financial recovery and long-term fiscal sustainability.” He commended Schrader on the &ldquo...
Election overload: How to avoid talking politics at work

Election overload: How to avoid talking politics at work

It’s that time, again. No, not just time to vote in the midterm elections. The calendar has also arrived at the prime time that conversations move to politics in the office. There have likely been contentious political conversations chattering away in every private corner of the county − from Facebook to daycare to the corner bar.  But when they spring up in the workplace, awkward...
Your Amazon delivery will likely be free this holiday season, even without Prime

Your Amazon delivery will likely be free this holiday season, even without Prime

Amazon will expand its free shipping options to non-Prime members for the first time this holiday season. As other retailers like Target and Walmart add free two-day shipping in attempt to keep up with Amazon, the online giant has taken a page out of its one playbook, adding free five to eight day shipping for everyone and free same-day shipping for Prime members on more than 3 million items. »...
Don’t worry about finding toys without Toys “R” Us, these retailers 5 are picking up the slack

Don’t worry about finding toys without Toys “R” Us, these retailers 5 are picking up the slack

Though Toys “R” Us has closed its doors, shoppers don’t need to worry about finding toys this holiday season. Other retailers have bolstered their toy, game and baby selections, looking to capitalize on the lost sales after bankrupt Toys “R” Us closed this summer. Here are five local stores with a larger toy selection as the holiday season approaches. » PHOTOS:...
John Legend comes to Dayton to rally Democrats in final Sunday push

John Legend comes to Dayton to rally Democrats in final Sunday push

Trying to advance a slate of candidates over a fast approaching finish line, national and state Democrats visited Dayton’s Dakota Center Sunday afternoon to send volunteers and allies canvassing across the city. Music star, and Springfield native, John Legend and Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, were among those rallying volunteers, especially for congressional candidate...
Amazon offers free shipping during holiday season

Amazon offers free shipping during holiday season

Amazon is offering free shipping on all orders this holiday season for U.S. customers beginning Nov. 5. CNN reported Monday that the company is offering free shipping for a limited time only in an attempt to add Prime members and pump up sales.  >> Read more trending news  No minimum purchase is required.  "With free shipping, your order will be delivered...
Taco Bell confirms case of hepatitis A at Ohio location

Taco Bell confirms case of hepatitis A at Ohio location

Taco Bell Corp. confirmed an employee in Ohio has tested positive for hepatitis A. WKBN 27 First News confirmed an employee in Warren, Ohio, tested positive for hepatitis A. “As soon as the operator of this Warren, Ohio location learned that a team member tested positive for the hepatitis A virus, the franchisee began working immediately with Taco Bell and local health officials. All team members...
Lowe's announces plans to close more than 50 stores in US, Canada

Lowe's announces plans to close more than 50 stores in US, Canada

North Carolina-based Lowe’s announced Monday morning that it will be closing 20 stores across the country as well as an additional 31 stores in Canada. The company, based in Mooresville, said the “wind-down” of certain underperforming store locations was part of its ongoing strategic reassessment. Lowe’s said most of the impacted stores were located within 10 miles of another...
Lowe’s to close 51 ‘underperforming’ stores: Find out where

Lowe’s to close 51 ‘underperforming’ stores: Find out where

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. today announced it will close “certain underperforming store locations as part of its ongoing strategic reassessment.” The retailer will close 20 stores in the U.S. and another 31 in Canada. Most associates at U.S. stores will be extended opportunities to transition to a similar role at a nearby Lowe’s store, the company announced. The majority of impacted...
Kroger to sell former Toys ‘R’ Us brands in local stores

Kroger to sell former Toys ‘R’ Us brands in local stores

The Kroger Co. is getting into the toy game. The Cincinnati-based grocer will sell Geoffrey’s Toy Box exclusive brands in nearly 600 stores across its portfolio for the 2018 holiday season. Starting this month, Geoffrey’s Toy Box branded merchandise and displays will appear in participating Kroger stores with a selection of 35 children’s toys, ranging in price from $19.99 to $49...
Men’s reluctance to see doctors can have consequences, officials say

Men’s reluctance to see doctors can have consequences, officials say

Men are much less likely than women to see their doctor once they reach adulthood, and while that’s not a new development, it’s something continuing to affect men’s health, officials say. While the two genders were virtually equal in 2017 community health center visits as non-adults — 107,547 boys and 108,281 girls — 53 percent more woman than men aged 18-64 saw doctors...
5 ways new tech will change your holiday shopping experience this year

5 ways new tech will change your holiday shopping experience this year

As technology advances and retail grows more competitive, the shopping experience is changing. Here are five ways technology could make your shopping experience quicker and easier: Anticipating a 15 percent increase in online orders this year, several retailers have updated shipping standards for the season, including Target’s free two-day shipping on any orders regardless of price. Target...
Wright State is fighting for students. The next battleground: Online courses.

Wright State is fighting for students. The next battleground: Online courses.

Wright State University leaders want to boost the school’s online course offerings to meet a growing demand from students and try another tactic to boost enrollment and tuition revenue during a financially troubling time. Online classes have been around at Wright State for years, but the school is not meeting the demand for them from students, officials said. For that reason, and because expanding...
John Legend, DNC Chair Perez, visit Dayton to rally Democrats

John Legend, DNC Chair Perez, visit Dayton to rally Democrats

Music star John Legend and Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Committee, will be in town this afternoon to launch canvassing for congressional candidate Theresa Gasper on the last Sunday before Tuesday’s election. Springfield native Legend — an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony award winner — will join Perez to rally for Gasper, the Democratic candidate running against incumbent...
Speedway’s steady growth benefits region

Speedway’s steady growth benefits region

Speedway was already one of the nation’s largest company-owned convenience store chains just a few years ago, with about 1,500 stores spread across nine states, mostly in the Midwest. But Marathon, Speedway’s parent company based in Findlay, made two separate acquisitions in just a few years that made the Enon-based convenience store chain into a national brand. Marathon spent $2.8 billion...
Honda reports sales dip 4 percent in October

Honda reports sales dip 4 percent in October

Honda sales fell 4 percent in October compared to the same month last year, according to recent sales figures released by the company. The auto manufacturer reported 122,182 in sales last month, compared to 127,353 in October 2017. Sales for the company through the first 10 months of this year are down about 2 percent compared to last year, although Honda hit an all-time sales record in 2017. Even...
Short on time? Here’s how your holiday shopping experience will be different (and easier) this year

Short on time? Here’s how your holiday shopping experience will be different (and easier) this year

New technologies will allow shoppers to make their choices quicker and with more confidence as retailers battle to make the consumers’ lives easier as the holiday shopping season heats up. Now in November and with holiday shopping picking up, retailers are expecting online shopping to increase nearly 15 percent, according to Adobe Analytics. The jump in e-commerce is forcing retailers to put...
Blood pressure drug recalled for possible cancer risk, FDA says

Blood pressure drug recalled for possible cancer risk, FDA says

Certain lots of a blood pressure medication have been recalled because they may contain an impurity believed to cause cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.   Some Irbesartan tablets manufactured by ScieGen Pharmaceuticals and labeled as Westminster Pharmaceuticals and Golden State Medical Supply, Inc (GSMS) are impacted by...
RECALLS: products for kids, homes, and pain relief 

RECALLS: products for kids, homes, and pain relief 

Parents, homeowners, and do-it-yourselfers are among the shoppers that should check for the latest recalled products. Slap bracelets sold exclusively at Target under the Cat & Jack brand are being recalled because they can cut your child, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There are five reports of cuts from the metal under the fabric.   Don’t let your child wear...
Honda reports sales dip in October

Honda reports sales dip in October

Honda sales fell 4 percent in October compared to the same month in 2017, according to recent sales figures released by the company. Sales for the company through the first 10 months of this year are down about 2 percent compared to last year, although Honda hit an all-time sales record in 2017. Even though sales are down compared to last year, Honda said it was the company’s fourth best October...
Want Toys “R” Us exclusive toys? Kroger will have them for the holidays.

Want Toys “R” Us exclusive toys? Kroger will have them for the holidays.

The Miami Valley’s largest grocery provider will partner with Toys “R” Us’s Geoffrey the giraffe to sell toys this holiday season. Cincinnati’s Kroger announced today that it will partner with Geoffrey’s Toy Box to bring an exclusive selection of children’s toys to 600 stores in the Kroger family. The prices, starting this month, range from $19.99 to $49.99...
Subaru, Toyota recall 165,000 U.S. cars with defect that could lead to engine stalling

Subaru, Toyota recall 165,000 U.S. cars with defect that could lead to engine stalling

Subaru and Toyota are recalling about 165,000 U.S. vehicles they manufactured jointly after discovering a defect that could lead to the engine stalling in rare cases.  The affected vehicles were assembled by Subaru at a joint venture operation in Japan. The recall covers about 140,000 Subaru vehicles in the U.S. and about 25,000 of Toyota's Scion brand vehicles. The recalled models...
Funeral arrangements for Jeff Schmitt are set

Funeral arrangements for Jeff Schmitt are set

The funeral and visitation for Jeff Schmitt, owner of several successful local auto dealerships, have been set. According to the obituary published Friday in the Dayton Daily News, a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fairborn High School Auditorium, 900 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road. Pastor Mike Pratt will preside. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of service...
US adds 250K jobs as wages rise

US adds 250K jobs as wages rise

Beating expectations and resulting in a record number of employed people, total non-farm payroll employment rose by 250,000 in October, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. The big job gains happened in health care, manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing. Another bright spot: Average-hourly earnings rose 3.1 percent...
Big projects helped Wright-Patt become a national hub for innovation (which is why astronauts are here)

Big projects helped Wright-Patt become a national hub for innovation (which is why astronauts are here)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base further cemented its status as a hub for aerospace innovation for the U.S. Air Force and beyond this week through a partnership with NASA. Nine NASA astronauts and one Boeing astronaut are visiting Wright-Patt on Thursday and today for medical evaluations and fittings. They became the first people to use the new centrifuge for training in NASA’s Commercial Crew...
Giordano’s reveals details of its 1st Dayton-area deep-dish pizza restaurant 

Giordano’s reveals details of its 1st Dayton-area deep-dish pizza restaurant 

Deep-dish pizza specialist Giordano’s today elaborated on plans for its first Dayton-area restaurant, which will soon become the Chicago-based chain’s second location in Ohio. Giordano’s Beavercreek, to be located at the site of a former Logan’s Roadhouse restaurant near the Mall at Fairfield Commons and Wright State University, is tentatively scheduled to open in the...
$1,000 a pill: Ohio Medicaid lifts restrictions on costly hep C drugs

$1,000 a pill: Ohio Medicaid lifts restrictions on costly hep C drugs

As the opioid crisis led to a spike in new hepatitis C cases, a breakthrough prescription hit the market five years ago that could cure the viral liver disease — but at an eyepopping price tag of $1,000 per pill. Now, as costs are coming down and demands for compassion mount, Ohio Medicaid will let all patients get the potentially life-saving medication once diagnosed instead of providing them...
SpringForward looks to spark interest from vendors in downtown market

SpringForward looks to spark interest from vendors in downtown market

Local organizers are working to identify potential vendors for a new public market in downtown Springfield set to open next year. Preliminary construction is underway at the Myers Market building at 101 S. Fountain Ave., and several entities are working together to gather input about how the site can best be used to serve vendors and small businesses, said Michael Greitzer, executive director for...
5 retailers offering early Black Friday deals today

5 retailers offering early Black Friday deals today

In case Dayton-area shoppers can’t wait until the end of the month to start holiday shopping, several stores are having pre-Black Friday sales online today. As online shopping picks up, retailers are beginning to move sales earlier. This year, Nov. 1 seems to be the standard. PHOTOS: Luxury Kettering home on market for nearly $1M Here are five retailers offering early Black Friday deals today...
Marathon reports $737 million in Q3 earnings

Marathon reports $737 million in Q3 earnings

Marathon reported third quarter earnings today of $737 million, and executives said the company’s recent acquisition of Andeavor will drive profits in the long-term. Marathon’s earnings were down compared to the same quarter last year, when the Findlay-based company reported earnings of $903 million. Company officials attributed the lower earnings in part to pre-tax charges of $49 million...
ACA insurance signups now available

ACA insurance signups now available

Enrollment started this week for people who want to buy individual insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. The price of these insurance plans available beginning Thursday, Nov. 1 will once again rise, though it won’t be as big of a jump as last year. There will be also be more options this year, including Anthem returning to the marketplace after leaving in 2018. Open enrollment...
How Kroger and Kettering Health will partner to help clinic patients

How Kroger and Kettering Health will partner to help clinic patients

Kettering Health Network and 10 of Kroger’s area Little Clinics are partnering to make it easier to share information for improved patient care, officials said. The Little Clinic advanced practice providers at the the 10 Kroger locations and Kettering Physician Network physicians and specialists will share patient information related to the patient’s care as needed for treatment purposes...
Kohl’s debuts Black Friday ad with pre-sale today

Kohl’s debuts Black Friday ad with pre-sale today

With the first of November also comes the first Black Friday ad for the year. Kohl’s released its holiday ad early this morning, complete with its popular deal of $15 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent and a 15 percent off coupon. Deals making the front page this year are a $400 Canon DSLR camera, $550 58-inch Samsung 4k smart television and Fitbit’s Versa for $150. The 64-page ad...
Harley-Davidson recalls 238,300 bikes for clutch issue

Harley-Davidson recalls 238,300 bikes for clutch issue

Harley-Davidson is recalling about 238,000 motorcycles worldwide because of a clutch issue. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that it’s the fourth recall for such an issue in five years. The Associated Press reported that nearly 178,000 of the motorcycles are being recalled in the United States. >> Read more trending news  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration...
Grant to help Clark County workers, employers fight opioid epidemic

Grant to help Clark County workers, employers fight opioid epidemic

Clark County is one of 16 counties in Ohio taking part in a grant program to help employers overcome issues related to the opioid epidemic, according to information from the Ohio Department of Job anf Family Services. The agency will use a Trade and Economic Transition National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support employers who hire individuals in recovery, to create...
Jeff Schmitt, auto group owner, dies at age 64

Jeff Schmitt, auto group owner, dies at age 64

Local auto dealer Jeff Schmitt, owner of the Jeff Schmitt Auto Group, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack in recent days.  He was 64. Schmitt suffered a heart attack while having lunch Saturday, said his son Jay Schmitt. He died Wednesday morning at Southview Medical Center. “We spent the whole morning working together when he suffered the heart attack,” Jay Schmitt said...
GM plans to close West Chester Twp. center; 300 workers affected

GM plans to close West Chester Twp. center; 300 workers affected

General Motors is planning to close its West Chester Twp. processing center, moving that work to Michigan, said Brian Martin, president of United Auto Workers Local 696, the union which represents hourly workers at the facility.  The closure will be effective September 2019, Martin said. “They will allow those people to follow the work, because the work is not going away, it’s just...
What to know about Medicaid open enrollment as it begins today

What to know about Medicaid open enrollment as it begins today

Medicaid open enrollment, an important period for millions of Ohio residents who want to switch their plans in the health insurance program, begins today. About 26 percent of Dayton-area hospital patients pay with Medicaid, the program that covers those with low incomes or disabilities. Three million Ohioans are covered by Medicaid. The insurance plans in the state are managed by five private sector...
As opioid crisis drives demand, Ohio expands who gets hepatitis C treatment

As opioid crisis drives demand, Ohio expands who gets hepatitis C treatment

More Ohioans with hepatitis C will be able to get treatment covered by Medicaid under a new policy. The opioid crisis has led to more hep C cases and driven increased demand for treatment, with shared needles being one of the ways the virus spreads. IN-DEPTH REPORT: Read and watch the full investigation into prescription drug prices Highly effective but highly expensive drugs to treat hep C hit the...
Longaberger to liquidate under new bankruptcy filing

Longaberger to liquidate under new bankruptcy filing

Longaberger has decided to liquidate its assets rather than restructure. The basket maker and its parent JRJR Network initially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in July. The company listed between $1 million and $10 million in assets. A Texas court has granted Longaberger’s request to change its bankruptcy case from Chapter 11, to Chapter 7, which forces liquidation of the company&rsquo...
Get ready: Black Friday ads expected to surface in coming days

Get ready: Black Friday ads expected to surface in coming days

As the calendar turns to November, shoppers are gearing up to hit stores this holiday shopping season. The average consumer is expected to spend more than $1,007 on holiday purchases, including gifts, food and other holiday goods, according to the National Retail Federation. PHOTOS: Luxury Kettering home on market for nearly $1M In recent years, sales have continued to inch earlier in the season,...
5 retailers that are boosting their own private label brands to stay competitive

5 retailers that are boosting their own private label brands to stay competitive

Competition, heightened by e-commerce, has driven more retailers to invest in private label merchandise. Private labels are notorious for adding exclusivity that builds customer loyalty, all while keeping profit margins high without suppliers taking their cuts. Here are five retailers who have bolstered their private label selections to stay ahead of the curve. Amazon recently added two new lines...
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