Business & Economy

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) addresses members of the press while visiting the Parma UAW picket line during the union's 6-week long strike earlier this year.
Carter Adams / WKSU

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is proposing legislation aimed at better protecting workers from abrupt notice of layoffs and work place closures.

Presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders want to tear up your student loans and set you financially free. That's popular among voters – especially those struggling to pay off this debt.

Other Democratic candidates have more modest plans. But economists say the dramatic proposals from Sanders and Warren to free millions of Americans from the burden of student debt could boost the economy in significant ways and help combat income inequality.

Columbus' Easton Town Center is fully decorated for the holiday season.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Over 7,000 retailers in Ohio are expecting a slight increase in sales this holiday season over last year, though where those spending increases are projected may be a surprise.

Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Pier 94 on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in New York.
Evan Agostini / Invision/Associated Press

Lingerie models for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show won't be walking down the runway this holiday season.

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A group of McDonald's cooks and cashiers is suing the fast-food chain over the company's handling of what the lawsuit presents as a "nationwide pattern" of customers attacking and harassing workers.

Advocates for more minority owned businesses at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, along with state leaders and business owners, say they are working hard to continue to encourage more minority owned businesses in Ohio. 

Sen. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) talks about occupational license reciprocity in the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate are pushing for a bill that would recognize occupational licenses granted in other states.

Sophie Vershbow has seen her share of "OK, boomer" memes in recent weeks. The phrase that's suddenly everywhere is meant to convey a fundamental disconnect between younger generations and baby boomers who cling to outdated, off-base ideas.

To Vershbow, a 30-year-old social media manager, the sentiment behind the memes is this: "I think it's a dismissive, 'OK, whatever you say.' "

Workers build Honda Accords at the Honda factory in Marysville,ohio
Steve Brown / WOSU

Ohio's unemployment rate stayed level last month at 4.2%, the same as in September.

President Trump says the U.S. and China are close to striking a mini trade agreement. But he offered no guarantees.

In a speech to the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, Trump downplayed the cost of his trade war, which has hurt farm exports and contributed to a slowdown in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

"The real cost would be if we did nothing," he said.

Trump offered few clues about the status of trade talks except to say, "We're close."

Michael Kilgore / Flickr

The last seven Kmarts in Ohio are finally closing, which experts say should serve as a sign to other retailers about what they need to do to stay competitive.

The GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, closed in 2019 as part of a massive company restructuring.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

General Motors is selling a massive assembly plant it shut down earlier this year in Lordstown, a closing that drew threats and scolding from President Donald Trump, to a newly formed company that said Thursday it intends to begin making electric trucks by late 2020.

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