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A Publix Super Market is seen early February 8, 2002 in Norcross, GA. (Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images)

Publix heiress donates $800,000 to fight medical marijuana ballot initiative

The family behind grocery store chain Publix has donated thousands of dollars to a campaign fighting medical marijuana ballot initiative in Florida, records show. The Miami New Times reported the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust donated $800,000 to Drug Free Florida on July 14, which is a group running a ...

Russell Rapien, right, of West Chester Twp., talks with Greg Hunt of Prestige Technical Services Inc. during the Miami University Regional Butler County Job Fair, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Jobless rate up in Butler, Warren counties

Jobless rates rose across southwest Ohio last month on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Butler County, the June unemployment rate climbed to 4.6 percent from 4.1 percent in May but was still below the 4.8 percent ...

Racks of windshields are prepared for an autoclave in the Fuyao Glass America Moraine plant. The company is in the process of another hiring wave. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Fuyao Glass to expand new plant again

Fuyao Glass America is expanding its plant by 241,000 square feet to add space for logistics and warehouse operations, company officials said Tuesday.The glass manufacturer signed a 15-year agreement to lease the new space in a part of its plant still owned by Industrial Realty Group.“We must have the space ...

Hamilton business owner credits customers, staff for success

Small-business excellence seems to be an innate part of Eric Pohlman’s upbringing. The 54-year-old Hamilton man and owner of Eric’s Auto Service is the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s choice for Small Business Person of the Year, an honor previously awarded to Pohlman’s brother, Jeff, as well as to their ...

Fairfield-based Cincinnati Financial is one of Butler County’s top employers. Staff photo by Greg Lynch.

Cincinnati Financial posts 2Q profit

Cincinnati Financial Corp. today reported second-quarter profit of $123 million.Second-quarter 2016 net income of $123 million compared with $176 million in the second quarter of 2015.That $53 million decrease reflects “the after-tax net effect of two primary items: $47 million reduction in the contribution from property casualty underwriting, including an ...

Construction workers build the roof of a house earlier this year in the Carriage Hill neighborhood of Liberty Twp. The township continues to lead the way in Butler County and the region when it comes to new single-family home permits. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

New single-family home permits up 25.1 percent in Butler County

Builders throughout the region were busy well into the spring market, and there appears to be no slowdown this summer, according to figures recently released by the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati.Single-family home permits were up more than 18 percent in the four-county area of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and ...

AK Steel Holding Corp.’s headquarters pictured in West Chester Twp. STAFF FILE PHOTO

AK Steel earnings better than predicted

AK Steel Holding Corp. (AKS) today reported second-quarter net income of $17.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier.On a per-share basis, the West Chester Twp.-based company said it had net income of 8 cents.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 ...

Sorry, investors: Turns out Nintendo didn't make 'Pokemon Go'

Investors apparently didn't do their homework for "Pokémon Go." Nintendo is trying to rebound this week after its shares had their worst drop in 16 years at the close of Tokyo's stock market Monday.  >> Watch the video from Newsy It's not necessarily that consumer interest in the game is going away. ...

A new study released by the Ohio Restaurant Association today shows that proposed legislation to increase Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 per hour would eliminate more than 2,500 jobs — over half of which are held by women.

Nearly 100,000 Ohioans earning less than state minimum wage

Ohio’s minimum wage is 85 cents higher than the federal baseline for hourly paid workers, but at least 93,000 workers in the state earned wages at or below the federal minimum last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ohio workers were among an estimated 2.6 million nationwide ...

Local health care networks ‘wired’ for improved patient care

Keeping wired in today’s health care environment is crucial, according to officials at local health care systems and hospitals recently recognized by the American Hospital Association. Mercy Health, Kettering Health Network, TriHealth, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Christ Hospital Health Network are the five local entities that made AHA’s ...

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Model and Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel from South Africa walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

Former Victoria's Secret photo editor reveals secrets, process of perfecting models

A woman claiming to be a former photo editor for Victoria’s Secret confirmed what many people already suspected: The models gracing the advertisements don't necessarily look the way they appear in printed materials.  >> Read more trending stories   In an interview with Refinery 29, the unnamed woman revealed secrets of how ...

Ivanka Trump took care of some (fashion) business at the RNC

Ever the businesswoman, Ivanka Trump used her speech at the Republican National Convention to showcase her fashion brand. >> Watch the video from Newsy The 34-year-old wore her own design Thursday night while introducing her father, who accepted the Republican nomination. "My father and our next president, Donald J. Trump," Ivanka ...

Company sees pipeline of money in hydroelectric dams

Next spring, a Hamilton company that launched in 2013 plans to install a small hydroelectric generating unit with big potential at the low-level dam near Neilan Boulevard south of the city’s downtown.Compared with the two massive hydroelectic plants Hamilton built on the Ohio River, this unit will be tiny. But ...

Chris Lawson, executive director of the Hamilton Mill, and Antony Seppi, Hamilton Mill operations director stand near the Great Miami River. The river, and other water and electric resources, such as the city’s water and electric utilities, are reasons the city is expected to be a draw for start-up water-tech firms. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Hamilton leaders seek fountain of water innovation

When the next big inventions improve the way water is used, purified, distributed or disposed of, the Hamilton Mill business incubator in Hamilton’s former municipal building hopes to be leading that wave of innovation.Hamilton, home to what has been proclaimed the “World’s Best Tasting Tap Water,” and municipal owner of ...

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2 companies seek over 200 caregivers

More than 240 jobs are available in the region for those who are looking to make a difference in the care of older adults and adults with developmental disabilities.Dedicated Nursing Associates is looking to hire at least 200 employees, according to recruiter Jessica Stemple.“We staff for 21 different states total, ...

Butler restaurant resurrects Red Onion name

A new Butler County restaurant shares part of a predecessor’s name, but its menu aims to be more accessible. Shanae Revels opened the Red Onion Bar & Grill at 214. S. Main St. in the same space as the former Red Onion Cafe, which closed in 2014, only to be ...

Jungle Jim’s right-hand man marks 30 years

Phill Adams doesn’t run the show at Jungle Jim’s, but he’s intimately involved with everything there. The Butler County resident, who celebrated 30 years with Jungle Jim’s International Market last month, serves as its director of development. During his years with the grocery business, he’s worked to help grow it ...

Warren County calls on crime fighters using fish finder technology

Tammy and Dennis Watters were headed for Oklahoma on Friday, the next stop on their latest tour of locations around the nation in need of their special underwater-search skills. They had been unable to locate the automatic rifle allegedly used in an active-shooter incident last month in Warren County that ...

Beef O Brady s is looking to expand its Ohio presence by having a franchisee open a new restaurant in Liberty Twp. in the next six to nine months. The company operates 189 locations nationwide, eight of them in Ohio.

Beef O’Brady’s to launch Ohio expansion with Liberty Twp. restaurant

A national restaurant chain is looking to kick off a spate of development in southwest Ohio with a new Butler County location.Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is looking to expand its Ohio presence and is targeting the “prime market” of Cincinnati by having a franchisee open a new restaurant in Liberty Twp. ...

Hamilton city officials credit recent job growth, such as at the Barclaycard facility in Vora Technology Park, for healthy increases in income-tax revenues. Here, Jessica Stahl and others took calls after a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of Barclaycard in early May. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Hamilton income-tax growth near top of region

Business growth helped Hamilton income-tax revenues grow by a healthy 9.06 percent during the first half of the year over 2015, continuing a positive trend in recent years, members of the city council learned Friday.“To put this in a context, it seems like most of the cities in Southwest Ohio ...

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