Port Authority member: Budget seems ‘excessive’, calls for accountability

The Western Reserve Port Authority’s newest member, Andres Visnapuu, voted against the budget written by Rose Ann DeLeon, hired to run the port authority’s economic development arm, saying “performance-based targets” need to be established so that the port authority doesn’t “blindly” spend $287,550 this year.
The budget still passed by a 4-1 […]

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Cincinnati-based Roto-Rooter sued for sex bias

Plumbing giant Roto-Rooter Services Co. has been hit with a putative sex bias class action, alleging the company systematically excludes women from upper management jobs.
The lawsuit, filed March 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, was brought by office manager Debra Ring, who claims “there’s a […]

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Launch100: Statewide urban-business incubator aims to nurture inner-city minority-owned startups

A new statewide initiative plans to target high-potential minority and inner-city based businesses.
Over the next five years, Launch100, a statewide initiative being piloted in Northeast Ohio, seeks to create a pipeline of 100 businesses.
JumpStart and the Ohio Department of Development Minority Business Enterprise Division will pilot the program in 21 Ohio counties. […]

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Track your bagged salad from farm to store

Fresh Express, a subsidiary of Cincinnati-based produce giant Chiquita Brands International Inc., has launched a Web site that allows consumers to use a “Leaf Locator,” typing in a code from the bag.
The search will give users information on where the salad was grown, what’s in it and how it was handled […]

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Dayton RTA gets greener with hybrid buses

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority is rolling out 10 new hybrid buses within the next two weeks.
The hybrids, which cost about $525,000 each, are expected to save 10 percent in fuel costs and improve emissions. They were paid for by a combination of stimulus money and air quality grant funding.
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Ohioan Crystal Bowersox makes top 10 on ‘American Idol’

Ohio native, Crystal Bowersox will be on tour this summer with the other top 10 from American Idol.
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See the performance that wowed judges.

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Study Shows: Foodborne illness costs Ohio $5.8 billion annually

A new study by a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) economist estimates Ohio’s total economic impact of foodborne illness to be a combined $5.8 billion annually. Across the nation, Ohio ranks 7th in total costs.
Ohio’s estimated costs break down as follows:

Medical Costs – $374,000,000
Quality of Life Costs – $3,551,000,000
Lost Life Expectancy […]

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Youngstown: Still Standing – Playing tonight at the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)

Youngstown has traditionally been defined by four things: the steel industry, organized crime, corruption in politics, and producer of world-renown boxers. Told through the remembrances of some of its most famous natives (especially Ed O’Neill of Married with Children and Modern Family fame and Ray “Boom-Boom” Mancini) and […]

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Feds OK Ohio spending $25M on rail studies

The Federal Railroad Administration has confirmed to state officials that Ohio can spend $25 million of a $400 million passenger rail stimulus grant to pay for engineering and design studies that could allay the concerns of the project’s opponents.
Ohio’s plans to spend the remaining passenger rail stimulus money to build the […]

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Miami Twp. first in state to start organic refuse pickup

MIAMI TWP., Montgomery County — Miami Twp. officials will unveil today, March 25, a partnership with Waste Management of Ohio that will provide residents with a new yard and organic waste recycling program.
The program allows residents to reduce the amount of refuse that goes to landfills by recycling organics, such as banana peels, […]

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