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China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables.
U.S. paper mills are expanding capacity to take advantage of a glut of cheap scrap. Some facilities that previously exported plastic or ... (full story)


Marriott investors sleep easy

Dear Mr. Berko: I know that Marriott International franchises most of its hotels, like the Courtyard or the Ritz-Carlton, to third parties. What is your opinion of Marriott, and do you know what it would cost me to buy a Courtyard franchise? -- S.L., Oklahoma City
Dear S.L.: Most folks aren't aware Marriott franchises 53% of its ... (full story)


Ohio Natural Resources promotes safe boating in lead up to Memorial Day

Ohio Natural Resources promotes safe boating in lead up to Memorial Day

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the National Safe Boating Council encourage safe boating practices during National Safe Boating Week, which gets under way this weekend ahead of the Memorial Day holiday and the start of the season.
"Don't just have your life jacket close by, wear it," ODNR Director Mary Mert ... (full story)


Green Scoop not only collects pet waste, but turns it into energy

Green Scoop not only collects pet waste, but turns it into energy

It wasn't the company founder's original plan, but pet waste removal company The Green Scoop has evolved into a firm that helps generate energy.
"My business model was nothing like it was when I first started," says company founder and owner Jendell Duffner.
Six years ago Duffner worked as medical secretary for an Oh ... (full story)


Illinois municipals are loaded with risk

Dear Mr. Berko: I'm thinking of buying $50,000 of high-yield Illinois municipals where I can get 8% to 10%. How could Illinois' deficit become so large? I also want to buy 100 shares of Apple. What do you think? -- B.V., Port Richey, Fla.
Dear B.V.: Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet traipsed the Mississippi and Illinois rivers ... (full story)