Business & Economy

Boxes of diapers
Marilyn Smith / WOSU News

There’s nothing particularly newsworthy about disposable diapers. For the parents of young children in daycare, they’re simply a necessity.

But for poor working parents who struggle to pay rent and put food on the table, pricey disposable diapers can also pose a challenge. This is the story of one young woman who met that challenge and has helped to provide nearly a quarter million diapers to Central Ohio moms and dads.

Chris Farrell: Boomers Should Consider "Unretirement"

Nov 27, 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."

Despite a recent dip in sales in October, housing sales in Central Ohio are up more than 9 percent this year.

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The Ohio Lottery says no one has come forward with the ticket that matched the winning $200 million lineup in Friday's Mega Millions draw.

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An iconic Short North restaurant has served its last meal. Kent Rigsby announced during the weekend he was closing Rigsby's Kitchen after 29 years of continuous operation.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has approved language for a ballot initiative that seeks to raise the minimum wage in Ohio.  If approved by voters, the minimum wage would climb from the current $8.10 an hour to $12 an hour.  The increase would be phased in over time reaching the $12 mark by 2021.  Laurie Couch speaks for Stand Up For Ohio, the group that’s backing the increase.

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Ohio motorists are seeing lower prices at the pumps as they start the new work week.

New Report Shows Some Ohioans Going Hungry

Oct 13, 2015

A new report shows some Ohioans are going hungry because they can’t meet the work requirements of the food stamp program. Advocates for the poor are asking state leaders to take action.

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Data collected by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows Ohio leading all states in the Midwest region for the number of workers killed on the job this year.

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Gas prices in Ohio are running higher than last week.

Port Columbus Airport sign
Columbus Regional Airport Authority

The number of passengers using Port Columbus continues to grow.  Part of the increase has been spurred by new Southwest Airlines service to the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas, Washington and Boston.  

The Central Ohio Transit Authority plans to slowly roll out its new bus network during the next two years. The plan calls for more frequent buses downtown and a host of other changes.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says 848 public entities in Ohio will get a share of the state's $11.5 million settlement with rock salt producers accused of conspiring to drive up prices.

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Ohio lawmakers are continuing to work on a fix to a budget provision that imposes an unintended tax increase on some small businesses.

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Secretary of State Jon Husted is preparing to announce details of a new partnership with Google designed to benefit Ohio entrepreneurs.

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Ride-sharing giant Uber will considerably expand its Ohio workforce by adding 10,000 more drivers in the state next year, including 3,000 in Columbus alone.

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The average cost of gas for Ohio drivers has increased again from the previous week, but is still significantly cheaper than it was a year ago.

Daily Fantasy Sports Site Attract Pros, Squeeze Average Players

Sep 18, 2015

If you've been online or watched TV lately, chances are you've seen an ad for daily fantasy football. Those ads promise the possibility of riches that very rarely materialize for average players.

  September in Ohio brings not only cooler temperatures, but the ripening of a special fruit called the pawpaw.  It's North America's largest native tree fruit. 

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Local pizza makers and their fans convene on Columbus Commons tonight to raise money for Children's Hospital.

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Revenues at the state's four gambling casinos were generally down in August.

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Ohio’s economy may be improving, but in many ways the state is still struggling nearly six years after the end of the great recession. But the experts have radically different ideas on how to help the economy get stronger.

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State officials are celebrating that a company from Thailand will spend $100 million in eastern Ohio just to investigate whether they can build a facility there.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich  is scheduled to join state and local officials for a jobs-related announcement in Columbus after spending much of his time recently on the presidential campaign trail.

According a media advisory from Kasich's office, the Republican governor and presidential contender plans to appear at a Wednesday afternoon event with the head of PTT Global Chemical, a giant chemical and fuel-refining company.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and JobsOhio president John Minor also are slated to attend the announcement at the Statehouse.

Two commission-based sales reps are asking the Ohio Supreme Court to decide whether a constitutional amendment, approved by voters, in 2006, requires that they be paid minimum wage. The eventual ruling could have a big effect on businesses and employees throughout Ohio.

Ohio Receives Over $18M In Funding To Help Small Businesses

Aug 31, 2015

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

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

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.