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Is Best Buy a better buy than coke?

Dear Mr. Berko: I have nearly $5,100 to invest in my Roth IRA. My broker suggested either Best Buy or Coca-Cola. I'm leaning toward Best Buy because I think Coca-Cola's new Coke Life will be a flop. -- KD, Wilmington, N.C.
Dear KD: Best Buy (BBY-$39) is a $42 billion-revenue big-box store with 1,750 locations in the U.S. and Cana ... (full story)

Ohio protests carry on as refinery strike continues

FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) — Picketing outside the headquarters of Marathon Petroleum Corp. in Findlay drew about 200 people last Tuesday as the first nationwide oil refinery strike since 1980 moved into its fourth week.
More than 60 workers from the BP-Husky refinery near Toledo joined the demonstration in Findlay, and two busload ... (full story)

As boomers retire, demand rises for financial planners

With millions of baby boomers retiring amidst a sea of complicated financial products, the demand for financial planners is on the rise.
From 2012-22, jobs in financial planning are expected to increase by 17 percent and area educational institutions, such as Franklin University, are trying to address the marketplace’s need ... (full story)

Appalachia report cites progress, challenges after 50 years

Appalachia report cites progress, challenges after 50 years

The agency created five decades ago to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped county economies grow with nearly $4 billion in spending, but the region still lags in key measures of educational, economic and physical well-being, according to a new study.
The exhaustive report ordered up by the Appalachian Regional Commission cites ... (full story)


Nearly 1,000 abandoned Summit County properties demolished

There are more than 10 million abandoned homes in the United States, according to the 2010 U.S Census. That number was up 30 percent from the 2000 census, and other government studies undertaken since 2010 show that the numbers continue to increase.
Six of the top 25 U.S. urban areas for abandoned homes are in Ohio: Cleveland (7t ... (full story)

Don’t advise clients to tell media ‘no comment’

When questions from news media arise during a difficult situation, many lawyers offer their clients this advice: “Just don’t tell them anything.”
That’s bad advice. In the 21st century, there is never a time or situation when it’s advantageous to opt out of the conversation and leave it all to others ... (full story)


Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash

Anti-vaccine mothers discuss their thinking amid backlash<BR>

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse.
These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals — are among the vaccine skeptics who have been widely ridiculed since more than 100 people fell ill i ... (full story)

Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Modern meat production, in which thousands of animals are packed into barns for concentrated feeding operations, has proven to be efficient and profitable, but comes with its own set of problems.
From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the livestock industry to chang ... (full story)


Ohio bill would expand access to drug overdose antidote

COLUMBUS (AP) — Doctors could authorize individuals to hand out a drug overdose antidote to addicts, their friends and family members without requiring a prescription under an Ohio bill aimed at expanding the drug's availability.
The bill approved by the House Health and Aging Committee on Wednesday also would allow pharmac ... (full story)

Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court indicated Wednesday it will side with a Muslim woman who didn't get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code to her job interview.
Liberal and conservative justices aggressively questioned the compa ... (full story)

Area robber to spend 22 years behind bars after court affirms sentence

A man sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in a series of local robberies and burglaries recently lost his argument before the 10th District Court of Appeals.
The three-judge appellate panel rejected Anthony Price’s appeal and ruled that the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas properly sentenced him to consecutive ... (full story)

Another effort made to ban powdered alcohol

In the last legislative session, the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio backed a measure that generally sought to ban the sale or offering for sale for human consumption of powdered or crystalline alcohol.
“We believe that prohibiting the sale of powdered alcohol in Ohio is the right thing to do,” WBWAO repre ... (full story)

Ohio highway projects get boost from bonds, logo sales

Ohio highway projects get boost from bonds, logo sales

COLUMBUS (AP) — Partnering with private businesses, offering sponsorships along highways and selling $1 billion in Ohio Turnpike bonds are among ways Gov. John Kasich's administration has worked to boost transportation revenue amid lagging federal outlays.
Government data reviewed by The Associated Press show Ohio's spendin ... (full story)