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More than $18.7 million in federal funding to help small businesses has been awarded to Ohio.

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Ohio entrepreneurs interested in future business opportunities, if Issue 3 legalizing marijuana passes, will gather this weekend in Worthington for a conference.

Real Estate Trends in Columbus

Aug 28, 2015
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The Columbus housing market is hot. Over fourteen thousand single family houses and condos sold since January, and the average home sold for $206,000 — the highest for any month of any year on record. This hour, a look into the recent up-swing of real estate sales in Columbus, and what it means for buyers and sellers.

BP said it has restarted a portion of a large Indiana oil refinery whose unplanned shutdown for repairs caused gasoline prices in the region to spike earlier this month.

Dayton Community College To Unveil New Drone Test Center

Aug 24, 2015
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Sinclair Community College is unveiling its new drone test center in a Monday afternoon ribbon-cutting that coincides with a first-of-its-kind conference about unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

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The revitalization of downtown Columbus has moved south in recent years.  A new courthouse, park and apartment buildings have filled vacant lots along High Street, south of the statehouse.  The plan is for a mix of residential, office and retail, but as WOSU reports, retail lags behind.

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The state says Ohio's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2001, dropping to an even 5 percent in July.

The Department of Job and Family Services says Ohio's jobless rate remained below the national rate, which was 5.3 percent for last month.

Ohio's unemployment had held steady at 5.2 percent for the three previous months.

Columbus Realtors described the Central Ohio housing market in July as hot. The group says houses cost more and stayed on the market a short length of time than at any other point in the year.

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The Dublin City Council meets Monday night to discuss a new downtown "walkable" neighborhood development. Plans for Bridge Park are advancing, but there's been some contention.

Real Estate Trends in Columbus

Aug 10, 2015
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The Columbus housing market is hot. Over fourteen thousand single family houses and condos sold since January, and the average home sold for $206,000 — the highest for any month of any year on record. This hour, a look into the recent up-swing of real estate sales in Columbus, and what it means for buyers and sellers.

Dublin-based hamburger chain Wendy's saw revenues continue to decline in the second quarter of the year.

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A new study says Ohio consumers could save several hundred dollars on their electric bills if stricter clean air standards are implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency.  

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Gas prices for drivers in Ohio start the week a bit lower than they have in recent weeks.

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A central Ohio lawmaker says more businesses near Buckeye Lake will have to submit proof of significant revenue losses before the state can apply for an economic disaster declaration as a step toward possible federal aid.

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Jeni's Splendid Ice creams has offered members of its kitchen staff a buyout.

Online Tax ID Quiz Survives Budget Vetoes

Jul 7, 2015
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Gov. John Kasich vetoed 44 items in the new state budget, and one of them related to the sometimes difficult online tests that taxpayers getting refunds had to fill out to prove their identities.

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The Scottish brewery Brew Dog will build its North American headquarters in Canal Winchester. 

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Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops.

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Acura is recalling about 106,000 SUVs because an air conditioner pulley can fall off, creating a hazard for other motorists.

Chris Farrell: Boomers Should Consider "Unretirement"

Jun 25, 2015
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We've been told the same horror story for years: retiring baby-boomers will cause the ultimate collapse of Social Security and be forced to work until they die.

But 'boomers aren't retiring--at least, not in the typical fashion.  In a survey, nearly three quarters of those over-50 said they want to work after their "retirement."

House Democrats Move To Abolish "Pink Tax"

Jun 23, 2015
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Democratic state leaders are pushing for a new tax break that they say could save women hundreds of dollars on feminine hygiene products.

Jeni's store
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream announced Friday afternoon it will re-open tomorrow night after a week-long closure due to a second listeria contamination. 

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Ohio’s official jobless rate remain unchanged at 5.2 percent last month.

That’s according to the May jobs report released this morning. It says a survey of employers showed an increase of about 12,000 workers last month, while another survey of workers found about 5,000 more people filing for unemployment benefits in May.

Professional and business services added the most positions. Leisure and hospitality, and local governments lost the most jobs in May.

LeVeque Tower as seen from 32nd story window of Rhodes Tower looking westward
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A private firm says it will convert the top 24 floors of Leveque Tower at Broad and Front streets into condos and apartments. Kaufman Development announced plans for  78 residential units. 

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