Business & Economy

Easton Town Center reopened on May 12, although some stores are still closed.
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Black Friday is here, but it's looking a lot different this year. Long lines and crowded stores are no longer allowed under Ohio’s coronavirus prevention restrictions.

That means retailers in Ohio – big box retailers and small shops alike – will have to change the way they do business ahead of Christmas.

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Music fans in Columbus rejoiced over the weekend when the radio station formerly known as CD102.5 announced it was coming back to the airwaves.

Gov. Mike DeWine issued a 10 p.m. curfew last week in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Lots of bar and restaurant owners are concerned the curfew will cut even deeper into their bottom line. But one bar owner in Fairborn has found a way to keep his operation profitable.

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The United States has had 77 Treasury secretaries in the last 231 years. So far, they've all been men.

That's about to change.

President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to head the Treasury Department, a source close to the transition told NPR on Monday

If confirmed, Yellen would play a leading role in shaping economic policy as the United States continues to dig its way out of the deep hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

BrewDog in Franklinton offered carryout food when bars and restaurants were closed, but has since reopened for service.
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Columbus City Council wants to cap fees charged by third-party restaurant delivery companies as a way to help restaurants survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio's Unemployment Rate Dropped Last Month To 5.6%

Nov 20, 2020
Two people walk past a sign for COVID-19 testing at the Cleveland Clinic, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Ohio’s unemployment rate fell in October from the previous month, but remains above levels from the same time a year ago, before the coronavirus pandemic.

Spiritus Tattoo, a tattoo parlor in Clintonville, is closed as a non-essential business. A sign posted on the storefront window cautions would-be criminals that all valuables have been removed.
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Republicans and Democrats in the Ohio House have overwhelmingly approved a bill that seeks to limit Gov. Mike DeWine’s authority to shut down businesses statewide in future health orders. But DeWine says he'll veto it.

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The day after Christmas, millions of Americans will lose their jobless benefits, according to a new study. And that could spell financial ruin for many people, like 44-year-old Todd Anderson in the small town of Mackinaw City, Mich.

Anderson's a single dad with four kids — two of them 5-year-old twins. He lost his income after the pandemic hit in the spring. He did landscape design at resorts that host big weddings, and he says all that's been shut down.

Live music venues were among the first to close and have yet to fully reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. As concerts, festivals and other performances have been canceled or postponed indefinitely, most event spaces and clubs have remained closed to the general public for eight months.

At Farinacci Pizza in Hudson, the dining room has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has stopped short of issuing a statewide shutdown, opting instead for a business curfew between 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The decision was driven in part by concerns over the possible impact of a shutdown on the state’s struggling restaurant industry.