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The small village of West Jefferson will soon be home to Seattle-based tech giant Amazon’s sixth Ohio distribution center. Preparations are already underway on the massive "fulfillment center" building, slated for Route 40 between Springfield and Columbus. 

Amazon’s new, more than 850,000-square-foot, $175 million facility has been in the works for just a few months, West Jefferson officials say, and the project is moving at an accelerated pace.

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Central Ohio may be an underdog in the competition for Amazon's second North American headquarters, but the online retailer is at least bringing another order fulfillment center here.

President Trump issued an executive order late Thursday creating a special task force to examine the U.S. Postal Service's finances, which he claims have been crippled by a money-losing deal to deliver packages for shopping giant Amazon.

The surprise order was signed at 9 p.m. creating a panel to "conduct a thorough evaluation" of the Postal Service's finances, which the president says is on an "unsustainable path" and "must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout."

It sets a deadline of 120 days for the task force to return a report and recommendations.

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An LGBT right's campaign says Amazon shouldn't build its second headquarters in Columbus, because Ohio has no laws that protect LGBT workers from discrimination.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
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At an Associated Press political forum on Thursday, Gov. John Kasich covered a lot of ground, talking about jobs, the economy, the opioid crisis and his future plans. For now, he says he’s willing to step in to help Republican lawmakers and citizens’ groups work out a deal on Ohio’s Congressional map-drawing process.

Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
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Columbus’ promises of big tax breaks and investments in transportation seem to have caught the attention of Amazon, which named the city one of 20 finalists for the site of its second corporate headquarters.

Amazon is out with a pared down list of the 238 proposals from North American cities and it doesn’t include Cincinnati as a finalist. The winner will be home to the company’s second headquarters in North America.

But now, Mayor John Cranley says the city will sbumit a bid package for Apple Inc.'s planned new campus, which could create 20,000 jobs. 

Amazon is getting a tax break from the state worth about $4 million dollars for its planned Euclid facility, but that money comes with some strings attached. 

Make that about a thousand strings.

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Mass transit is expected to play a big role in getting thousands of people to jobs at the two fulfillment centers Amazon is building in Northeast Ohio.

Fifty years ago, when Akron’s first shopping mall opened, it marked a beginning of the migration of retail out of downtown. These days, that mall is struggling and customers may be heading back to Main Street. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia looks at the future of retail in Akron.

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