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CVR Partners

Dear Mr. Berko: I told my broker at Wells Fargo that I wanted to take a gamble with $5,000, and he recommended that I buy 400 shares of CVR Partners at $12. At the time, the issue paid $1.56 and yielded 13 percent. So I bought 400 shares, and my greedy side wants me to buy another 400 shares. Please tell me what you know and think a ... (full story)

Ohio banks are giving more of their attention to consumer protection

On Friday, Aug. 7, bankers from around the state gathered at the Fawcett Center for the chance to get up close with consumer compliance examiners who work for the major banking regulation authorities.
The issues discussed at this year’s Ohio Banker’s League Regulator Roundtable ranged from overdraft fees to flood insu ... (full story)

For many caught in vicious payday lending cycle, bankruptcy filing is best option

Backed by splashy websites and catchy radio and television commercials advertising fast cash, the payday lending industry is big business.
Companies appeal to clients who are short on cash by offering quick application processes, exceptions for bad credit and fast money directly deposited into bank accounts.
Opponents of the i ... (full story)


State sued over amended House Bill 70

The Youngstown City School District Board of Education and several others are suing the state of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education to stop the amended House Bill 70 from taking effect.
Filed in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Aug. 21, other plaintiffs include Ohio Council 8, American Federation of State, County ... (full story)

Why companies shouldn’t use lawyers as media reps

When thrust into a media spotlight, many companies and nonprofit organizations rely on their lawyers to be their spokespersons.
And although there’s a plausible case for assigning that role to an aggressive advocate of the organization, anointing a lawyer as a spokesman before media is generally a bad idea.
Here are fo ... (full story)


Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings

Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — "blunt impact projectiles" that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that's the goal.
Police have long had what they considered "no ... (full story)

Probe of Bangkok bombing recalls bad reputation of police

Probe of Bangkok bombing recalls bad reputation of police

BANGKOK (AP) — Investigating a crime with little forensic evidence, no clear motive and no claim of responsibility — like the Bangkok bombing that killed 20 people — would challenge anyone. Yet the Royal Thai Police department is handicapped even in the best of circumstances by a legacy of corruption, brutality and ... (full story)


Ohio mom accused of killing 3 sons could face death penalty

Ohio mom accused of killing 3 sons could face death penalty

COLUMBUS (AP) — A woman accused of killing her three young sons over a 13-month period out of jealousy at the attention her husband paid them was indicted last Tuesday on aggravated murder charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence.
The charges against Brittany Pilkington in Bellefontaine, in western Ohio, about ... (full story)

Citing high risk of reoffending, court affirms sentence for intellectually disabled felon

The 6th U.S. CIrcuit Court of Appeals fecently ruled that a lower court properly considered a defendant’s low intellectual functioning before sentencing him to more than eight years in prison for carrying a stolen firearm.
The defendant, Jayson Mitchell, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of ... (full story)

Man's robbery conviction upheld

A complicity to aggravated robbery conviction out of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas was recently affirmed by a panel of three judges that reviewed the case of Arlondo Redd.
The 2nd District Court of appeals stated in its opinion on the matter that Redd demonstrated an understanding of the proceedings and that he was ... (full story)