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Mountain of debt: Americans borrowing more than ever 
 Tina Wyatt has a Master's degree but it came at a cost. "I had to take out loans. That's what you do and now I'm over $80,000 in debt and it's rough," said Wyatt of Huber Heights.  Wyatt said her payments are $900 a month and it's so much out of her budget, that she tries not to think about it. "I've kind of put it on...

9:30 PM Wednesday, May. 23, 2018

Tina Wyatt has a Master's degree but it came at a cost. "I had to take out loans. That's what you do and now I'm over $80,000 in debt and it's rough," said Wyatt of Huber Heights.  Wyatt said her payments are $900 a month and it's so much out of her budget, that she tries not to think about it. "I've kind of put it on...
RECALL ROUNDUP: Here are the latest recalls from the past week 
 Art supplies, electric chainsaws and off-highway vehicles are among the potentially dangerous products under recall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.   Pottery wheel kits, Spin Art kits, and Halloween candle holders are being recalled by Michaels due to fire and burn hazards. There is one report of a fire and one...

3:36 PM Friday, May. 18, 2018

Art supplies, electric chainsaws and off-highway vehicles are among the potentially dangerous products under recall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.   Pottery wheel kits, Spin Art kits, and Halloween candle holders are being recalled by Michaels due to fire and burn hazards. There is one report of a fire and one...
Avoid the biggest mistake in estate planning 
 When it comes to finalizing your plans for what happens to your assets after you die, there is one simple mistake many people make - which could put your plans in jeopardy, according to a Centerville C.P.A. A will is the key first step, but only about half of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have one, according to Mark Bradstreet, C.P...

2:16 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2018

When it comes to finalizing your plans for what happens to your assets after you die, there is one simple mistake many people make - which could put your plans in jeopardy, according to a Centerville C.P.A. A will is the key first step, but only about half of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 have one, according to Mark Bradstreet, C.P...
This app may stop robocalls for good 
 At home, at work, on your smartphone- robocalls are targeting people at all hours of the day and night. Michael McCann is fed up with all the robocalls especially the sneaky ones with “spoofed” phone numbers.  “The local ones make you feel like it’s somebody you know within the area,” said McCann in...

4:19 PM Wednesday, May. 16, 2018

At home, at work, on your smartphone- robocalls are targeting people at all hours of the day and night. Michael McCann is fed up with all the robocalls especially the sneaky ones with “spoofed” phone numbers.  “The local ones make you feel like it’s somebody you know within the area,” said McCann in...
“Why did I do that?” Job candidates lose out over risqué online posts
 A warning for job hunters: your posts and pics on social media can make or break your career.  “It will prevent you from getting a job. It absolutely will,” said Matthew Sliver, principal and owner of Catapult Creative in Dayton.  The thought might make you cringe, but employers are scouring social media to size you...

9:30 PM Tuesday, May. 15, 2018

A warning for job hunters: your posts and pics on social media can make or break your career.  “It will prevent you from getting a job. It absolutely will,” said Matthew Sliver, principal and owner of Catapult Creative in Dayton.  The thought might make you cringe, but employers are scouring social media to size you...
Extreme couponing can reap big rewards -- if you know what you’re doing
 Extreme couponing can lead to some amazing grocery store deals -- if you know how to do it. The Dayton Daily News is hosting a series of free extreme couponing workshops that will teach shoppers how to navigate the sales flyers, paper and digital coupons, and apps to maximize savings. “I’m super excited about learning how to keep...

9:10 PM Monday, May. 14, 2018

Extreme couponing can lead to some amazing grocery store deals -- if you know how to do it. The Dayton Daily News is hosting a series of free extreme couponing workshops that will teach shoppers how to navigate the sales flyers, paper and digital coupons, and apps to maximize savings. “I’m super excited about learning how to keep...
PHOTOS: Blake Shelton through the years
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Recording artists Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend Glamour Women of the Year 2016 Dinner at Paley on November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Glamour)

5:57 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Recording artists Blake Shelton (L) and Gwen Stefani attend Glamour Women of the Year 2016 Dinner at Paley on November 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Glamour)
Recall Roundup: Keep up to date with the latest recalls 
 Potentially dangerous go-karts, crib accessories, and deep fryers are among the new product recalls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.   There are 639 reports of steering wheels detaching from the Nerf Battle Racer go-karts under recall. One child received a cut to the face another was scraped in the chest. ...

5:10 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

Potentially dangerous go-karts, crib accessories, and deep fryers are among the new product recalls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.   There are 639 reports of steering wheels detaching from the Nerf Battle Racer go-karts under recall. One child received a cut to the face another was scraped in the chest. ...
Millennials bypass starter homes, new studies show
 A growing trend among millennials is expected to have a wider impact on the real estate market. Studies and stats show that millennials are putting off buying a home. In fact, many are skipping a starter house altogether and saving up for a home they will live in into retirement, according to USA Today.   Seventy-five percent...

3:42 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

A growing trend among millennials is expected to have a wider impact on the real estate market. Studies and stats show that millennials are putting off buying a home. In fact, many are skipping a starter house altogether and saving up for a home they will live in into retirement, according to USA Today.   Seventy-five percent...
Gas prices could rise due to Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal
 Gas prices could spike now that President Trump announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. “It a double negative to not have the deal and also have those prices go up,” said Tom Tudar of Dayton.  Analysts say the move could remove a million barrels of oil a day from the global supply, according to News Center 7's Rachel...

2:55 PM Tuesday, May. 08, 2018

Gas prices could spike now that President Trump announced withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. “It a double negative to not have the deal and also have those prices go up,” said Tom Tudar of Dayton.  Analysts say the move could remove a million barrels of oil a day from the global supply, according to News Center 7's Rachel...
New recalls: children’s clothing and kitchen products
 Children’s clothing and food slicers are the latest product recalls announced this week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Carter’s three-piece penguin cardigan sets are being recalled because the toggle button can come off which poses a choking hazard for your child.  There are three reports of children putting...

2:59 PM Friday, May. 04, 2018

Children’s clothing and food slicers are the latest product recalls announced this week by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Carter’s three-piece penguin cardigan sets are being recalled because the toggle button can come off which poses a choking hazard for your child.  There are three reports of children putting...
Tech savvy children may struggle to hold pencils 
 "Is your arm getting tired at all?”  That’s the question Meghan Bykowski asked her young son, Luke, as they colored together in his kindergarten class. It’s a question that may seem odd, but in 2018 it’s not necessarily surprising. “The times have changed and paper and pencil are not the same,&rdquo...

8:38 PM Wednesday, May. 02, 2018

"Is your arm getting tired at all?”  That’s the question Meghan Bykowski asked her young son, Luke, as they colored together in his kindergarten class. It’s a question that may seem odd, but in 2018 it’s not necessarily surprising. “The times have changed and paper and pencil are not the same,&rdquo...
“Best kept secret in the insurance industry” could get you crash cash
 The moment your car is in a wreck it loses value, but if the crash isn’t your fault, you may be missing out on money that’s rightfully yours. When Summer Cline was rear ended, her vehicle was shoved into the vehicle in front of her. “The rear was pretty much all slammed in,” Cline told our sister station WSOC-TV. &ldquo...

6:52 PM Tuesday, May. 01, 2018

The moment your car is in a wreck it loses value, but if the crash isn’t your fault, you may be missing out on money that’s rightfully yours. When Summer Cline was rear ended, her vehicle was shoved into the vehicle in front of her. “The rear was pretty much all slammed in,” Cline told our sister station WSOC-TV. &ldquo...
New spam impacts some Gmail accounts
 A new form of spam  is causing some computer experts to scratch their heads.   Messages you didn’t send but appear to come from your Gmail account may wind up in your sent messages folder. The trick lets the spammers bypass Gmail’s spam filters, according to Gizmodo.com. This doesn’t mean your account has been...

8:37 PM Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018

A new form of spam is causing some computer experts to scratch their heads.   Messages you didn’t send but appear to come from your Gmail account may wind up in your sent messages folder. The trick lets the spammers bypass Gmail’s spam filters, according to Gizmodo.com. This doesn’t mean your account has been...
Local students learn how to combat scams, fraud
 Students in the Miami Valley are learning to recognize fraud and scams, and finding out how they can protect themselves from these potential money pitfalls. Several schools in our area teach a free consumer life skills and financial literacy curriculum called FoolProof.  The goal of the web-based, interactive coursework is to teach a...

5:08 PM Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018

Students in the Miami Valley are learning to recognize fraud and scams, and finding out how they can protect themselves from these potential money pitfalls. Several schools in our area teach a free consumer life skills and financial literacy curriculum called FoolProof.  The goal of the web-based, interactive coursework is to teach a...
‘Shimming’ has emerged as the latest threat to shoppers
 There’s a growing threat to your credit and debit card information, and you might not be aware of it. It’s called “shimming.”   Scammers insert paper-thin devices into credit card chip readers that can copy your data.  The information can’t be used to make a chip card clone, but it can be used...

5:58 PM Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2018

There’s a growing threat to your credit and debit card information, and you might not be aware of it. It’s called “shimming.”   Scammers insert paper-thin devices into credit card chip readers that can copy your data.  The information can’t be used to make a chip card clone, but it can be used...
New Recalls: power banks, PAW PATROL hats and more
 Power bank chargers, children’s play hats, and personal space heaters are among the latest products being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Portable power bank charging stations by Re-fuel by Digipower are under recall after five reports of the products overheating and melting. The Grab and go Family Packs...

6:35 PM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Power bank chargers, children’s play hats, and personal space heaters are among the latest products being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Portable power bank charging stations by Re-fuel by Digipower are under recall after five reports of the products overheating and melting. The Grab and go Family Packs...
Tax scams increase across region, state
 As we inch closer to the April 17 tax filing deadline, there’s a renewed warning about tax scams in the Miami Valley and across the state. There were 340 reports of tax scams in March, more than double what was reported in January and 21 percent higher than in February, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The scams...

11:33 PM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018

As we inch closer to the April 17 tax filing deadline, there’s a renewed warning about tax scams in the Miami Valley and across the state. There were 340 reports of tax scams in March, more than double what was reported in January and 21 percent higher than in February, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The scams...
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