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Upper Arlington Raises Legal Tobacco Age To 21

Jun 9, 2015
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Teenagers trying to buy cigarettes will need to go somewhere besides Upper Arlington.

Ohio Casinos See Minimal Gains In May

Jun 8, 2015
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Ohio’s casinos saw few gains last month. Compared to 2014, revenue is relatively flat. 

Dispatch Buyer Building Newspaper Portfolio

Jun 4, 2015
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Readers, journalists, and Central Ohio community leaders continue to assess the startling news that Columbus's landmark newspaper soon will have out-of-town owners.  

Newspaper Tradition Ends In Columbus, Dispatch Sold

Jun 3, 2015
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The century long tradition of Columbus having a local family owned newspaper will end.  The Columbus Dispatch will soon have new owners.  The Wolfe family will sell the paper and other print publications to a New York City investment firm.

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After 110 years the Wolfe family plans to sell The Columbus Dispatch.

The Dispatch Printing Company announced this morning it has agreed to sell its print publications to the New Media Investment Group, based in New York City. 

Columbus' NetJets Names New Leadership Amidst Labor Dispute

Jun 1, 2015
The Embraer Phenom 300 airplane parked outside of Netjets' Port Columbus hanger.
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A Columbus based airline today changed top leadership. The  new leadership at NetJets will have to address a labor dispute.

Ohio Removes Felony Question From Job Applications

Jun 1, 2015
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Applicants for civil-service jobs in Ohio are no longer being asked whether they've been convicted of a felony.

Bob Evans To Sell, Lease Back Ohio Headquarters, 2 Plants

May 30, 2015
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The owner of the Bob Evans restaurant chain is planning to sell its new Ohio headquarters just outside Columbus along with two manufacturing plants.

Bob Evans Farms Inc. says it will then lease back the properties and use the money from the sale for stock buybacks.

Abercrombie Shares Down In First Quarter

May 28, 2015

Abercrombie and Fitch’s shares and sales are down, so far this year. After its long-time CEO stepped down six months ago, the Columbus-based retailer is trying to reinvent itself. But there’s question about whether it’s working.  One expert who says it’s too soon to mark the company’s demise.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman
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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the city has a jobs problem, too many teens and young adults, thousands, are unemployed. The mayor says the city will help some find jobs but he's also appealing to the city's private businesses.

Jeni's Listeria Scare: How Businesses Respond to Crises

May 21, 2015
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Local entrepreneur Jeni Britton Bauer discusses how her enterprise quickly recovered from a listeria scare last month and what her team has done to ensure its future.

Then, an outsider's perspective on Jeni's and other businesses that have bounced back from the brink of disaster.

New home construction in Upper Arlington.
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A homebuilding rebound in much of the United States is happening in Ohio as well.

The Commerce Department says U.S. homebuilders ramped up construction in April to the fastest pace in seven-and-a-half years. An official with the Ohio Home Builders Association says that trend is occurring in parts of Ohio as well.

Jeni's Shops To Reopen Next Week

May 15, 2015
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream says it will reopen its scoop shops by May 22.

The popular Columbus-based ice cream company shut down April 23 after a pint of its ice cream tested positive for listeria.

Jeni's has since recalled and recycled more than 500,000 pounds of product at a cost of $2.5 million.

The company has also redesigned its production kitchen and is set to resume production this week.

The source of listeria was determined to be the spout of a machine that fills pints for retail sale.

Jeni's store
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams plans to soon resume production, according to the company's Facebook page.

Critics Say FirstEnergy Plans Will Cost Customers In The Long Run

May 11, 2015
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Supporters and opponents of a plan from FirstEnergy say it will cost customers more for the first three years, but that's where the agreement ends.

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