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Students pay big for NCAA sports

College students at 10 of Ohio’s biggest public universities are paying more than $135 million for intercollegiate athletics through either mandatory fees or university subsidies — and most of the students don’t even know it.Critics say heavily subsidizing athletics contributes to the escalating cost of college and piles on more ...

Movie studio opens at Land of Illusion for filming

A studio for film, television and video production has opened on the grounds of the Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park outside Middletown, the park’s owner announced Friday. Land of Illusion runs only a limited time each year. Opening the 110-acre venue in the off-season to film crews is a ...

Middletown approves tax abatements for power plant

Middletown City Council on Friday morning approved a pair of emergency ordinances to enable a proposed electric power generation facility to move forward in its development plans.Council approved an emergency ordinance to authorize an agreement with NTE Ohio LLC for water and sewer services, as well as along with a ...

Construction work continues in March 2015 at the site of Liberty Center, a $350 million retail center under construction in Liberty Twp. CHELSEY LEVINGSTON/STAFF

Building exteriors taking shape at Liberty Center

What was once steel frames rising at the Liberty Center construction site has given way to crews starting to apply sheathing and other coverings on some buildings, and in the case of the Dillard’s store, prepping to apply brick façade.“Bones have been in place on main buildings. Now you’re starting ...

Local retailers face Oct. 1 deadline for credit-card liability

Business owners throughout Ohio and the U.S. face a difficult and potentially costly decision in the coming months as they grapple with an Oct. 1 deadline to upgrade their credit-card processing equipment or be forced to foot the bill for fraudulent purchases. On Oct. 1, the liability for fraud or ...

Jennifer Harris (left) and Robert Jordan, member service representatives at Day Air Credit Union, 3501 Wilmington Pike, take care of customers. Credit union membership has increased to more than 100 million, a jump of 3.6 percent in 2014.

Credit unions see growth in banking industry

Credit unions here and across the county are growing membership at rates not seen since before the Great Recession.Membership grew 3.6 percent in 2014, the biggest jump in 20 years, according to the Credit Union National Association, and loans from the institutions increased 10.2 percent, the most since 2005.While still ...

Ohio sets exporting record

Businesses in Ohio exported $52 billion worth of goods last year, setting a new state record, the Ohio Development Services Agency announced Friday.“This continued growth shows the strength of our business community and our export assistance programs,” said David Goodman, the agency’s director, in a statement.In 2014, Ohio exported goods ...

Many of the storefronts in the Union Centre Pavilion in West Chester Twp. are now filled. There is still a large vacancy left from the Bigg’s store that once occupied a large portion of the shopping center.

Vacancy rates dip at neighborhood shopping centers

Neighborhood shopping centers that partially emptied out during the Great Recession are starting to refill with new businesses, a trend industry experts say indicates renewed health and restored confidence in the economy.Such shopping centers have between five to 20 stores in their 30,000 to 125,000 square feet, making them larger ...

Passengers check in to receive their tickets at the Dayton International Airport.

Dayton airport not following national increase in passengers

Airlines flew a record number of passengers in the U.S. last year, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was the busiest airport in the nation with 47 million passengers. The number of passengers in the U.S. soared 2.5 percent to a record high of 848.1 million in 2014, the U.S. Department ...

Total Quality Logistics, a freight brokerage firm, is headquartered in Clermont County.

TQL names latest location in string of new office openings

Freight brokerage firm Total Quality Logistics announced Thursday plans for another new sales office opening, this time in Knoxville, Tenn.The latest announcement means Total Quality operations have grown to 31 offices in 17 states across the country.The Clermont County-based company will invest $1 million to open a sales office in ...

McDonald’s creates Big Mac fashion line

Are you lovin’ it? McDonald’s Sweden has launched a fashion line featuring its Big Mac burgers. The burger print can be found on clothing, bedding, wallpaper and even pet wear. >> Read more trending stories While some people suspected an early April Fool’s Day joke, AdWeek reports that the bizarre ...

McDonald’s creates Big Mac fashion line

Are you lovin’ it? McDonald’s Sweden has launched a fashion line featuring its Big Mac burgers. The burger print can be found on clothing, bedding, wallpaper and even pet wear. While some people suspected an early April Fool’s Day joke, AdWeek reports that the bizarre fashion line debut from McDonald’s ...

The first Butler County baby of the year was Emma Rae Pendergrass, who was born Jan. 1, 2015, at 2:11 a.m. to parents Samantha Rae Lacy and Stefan Pendergrass, at the Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.

‘Baby fever’ rampant in Butler County

Butler County residents might have had a dose of “baby fever” last year.Babies — combined with few deaths — helped to drive a population increase in the county from July 1, 2013 to July 2014, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. The county gained an estimated ...

Construction continues at Liberty Center, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, which is near the land Miller-Valentine Group plans to develop. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Miller-Valentine plans hotels, retail, offices in Liberty Twp.

Miller-Valentine Group is the latest commercial developer to invest in Liberty Twp., and has reached an agreement to buy 88 acres of land east of the Liberty Way and Interstate 75 interchange, according to the company.While the property’s development is still in planning stages, Miller-Valentine wants to attract and build ...

Recalled spinach products sold at local stores

A nationwide recall of spinach products expanded Wednesday and now involves several grocers with stores throughout southwest and west-central Ohio.Grocers including Kroger, Meijer, Walmart and Dorothy Lane Market have notified customers on company web sites about the recall earlier this week of several products — including Amy’s Kitchen vegetable lasagna ...

The Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason.

Drug detox facility opening in Mason

A mental health and addiction center in Warren County is expanding services by leasing a nearby space.The Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, operated by the Cincinnati health system UC Health, plans to open HOPE Center North in May at 4483 U.S. 42 in Mason, said Dr. Paul Keck, president ...

Bart Nye, President of Prime Time Party Equipment Rental Service on 5225 N. Springboro Pike, Dayton talks on the phone in his showroom. He was a near-victim of con artists pretending to be from the IRS and demanding immediate payment under threat of arrest. These top the list of telephone scams reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

Tax scams increasingly threaten local taxpayers

Ohioans are increasingly targeted with tax-related scams, with some victims reporting getting fleeced out of tens of thousands of dollars. “The trend lines are bad — in other words, we’re seeing more and more of them,” said state Attorney General Mike DeWine. The most common scams involve fake IRS agents ...

 Spinach recall expands to local grocery stores

A nationwide recall of spinach products expanded this morning and now involves multiple grocers with dozens of stores in the Dayton, Cincinnati and Springfield regions.Several Dayton-area grocers sell the Amy’s Kitchen vegetable lasagna and other frozen-food products recalled earlier this week because organic spinach in those products may be contaminated ...

Lapa Roja beach, Bahia Drake (Drake Bay), Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. 

Costa Rica using only renewable energy to power itself

Costa Rica is pulling off something a lot of countries are likely to be jealous of. The Central American nation has gone 75 days without using fossil fuel, and Science Alert reports the country is currently getting 100 percent of its power from renewable sources. Part of the reason for this ...

Vessel CEO and co-founder Jason Kilar, left, and co-founder Richard Tom, right, pose for a photo at their headquarters in San Francisco. If you can’t wait to watch some of the Internet’s best video clips, it’s going to cost you. That’s the idea behind Vessel, a new service seeking to transform the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet. Instead of focusing on a free-for-all concept supported solely by advertising, Vessel will charge $3 per month to see music, sports, comedy and other clips that won’t be available on YouTube or any other digital video service for at least 72 hours. The concept makes its debut Tuesday after two months of testing with an undisclosed number of people who received invitations to participate. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Are consumers willing to pay to watch video clips online?

Would you pay to see some of the Internet’s best video clips first? Vessel, a new service trying to change the way that short video pieces make money on the Internet and mobile devices, is betting on it.Instead of free-for-all distribution supported solely by advertising, Vessel will charge $3 per ...

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