Adrian Ma

Adrian Ma is a business reporter and recovering law clerk for ideastream in Cleveland. Since making the switch from law to journalism, he's reported on how New York's helicopter tour industry is driving residents nuts, why competition is heating up among Ohio realtors, and the controlled-chaos of economist speed-dating. Previously, he was a producer at WNYC News. His work has also aired on NPR's Planet Money, and Marketplace. In 2017, the Association of Independents in Radio designated him a New Voices Scholar, an award recognizing new talent in public media. Some years ago, he worked in a ramen shop.

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For the fifth year in a row, the number of unionized workers in Ohio remained relatively stable, according to a report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But some experts disagree on what the trend means for state policy.

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As negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) enter their sixth round this week, some Ohio business owners are worried the U.S. will follow through on President Trump’s threat to withdraw from the nearly 25-year-old agreement.

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Manufacturing jobs may be declining, but at least two Northeast Ohio industries are expected to buck the trend in 2018.

Home sales in Ohio are at their highest level since the Great Recession. That's according to a new report from Ohio Association of Realtors (OAR).

The Cleveland Browns' losing streak isn't just taking a toll on fan morale. Businesses that sell team merchandise say they're also feeling the pain. 

Johnny Mirza, who manages Playball Sports and Fashion in Downtown Cleveland, and sells everything from replica jerseys to Browns-themed baby clothes, said sales of the team's merch are down about 15 percent compared to last season. But he's hopeful that'll change when the team starts winning...eventually. 

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Fifth Third Bancorp is promising to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour and give most of its employees a $1,000 bonus after President Trump signs the GOP tax cuts into law.

While a new report calls the state's cash bail system "unfair" to poor defendants, both the Ohio Bail Agents Association and the ACLU of Ohio disagree with a plan to reform the system – for very different reasons.

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The deadline to enroll for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace is Friday.

On Friday, the Ohio Department of Commerce will stop accepting applications for its first crop of medical marijuana dispensary licenses. Although only 60 licenses will be issued, some industry insiders estimate that applications will number in the hundreds.

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A tax law that lets seniors deduct more of their medical expenses expired earlier this year. Now both of Ohio's senators are trying to bring it back. 

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