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Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch

Drive-ins use creativity to afford digital switch

SACO, Maine (AP) — Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch.
Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversi ... (full story)


Bill would protect pharmacists from sketchy auditing practices

Independent pharmacists are standing alongside a Zanesville lawmaker in pushing for the passage of Senate Bill 258.
The proposed legislation would establish standards for the performance of pharmacy audits such as required notice if an audit is to be conducted on the premises of a pharmacy.
The bill, sponsored by Republican S ... (full story)


New prison work program proposed

Rep. Jim Butler has said the billions of dollars spent by taxpayers for the health care, shelter, food and security for inmates will continue to be spent whether or not the inmates work.
“If offenders volunteer to work, and in the process help to shoulder some of their own financial burden to the state which would have bee ... (full story)


Annuities and GMIB

Dear Mr. Berko: I'm considering putting $100,000 into an Allianz variable annuity. Please explain how the guaranteed minimum income benefit works. And please tell me which of the 30 mutual funds available in this High Five annuity I should invest in. I don't want to be taken to the cleaners. Is this a good 10-year investment for so ... (full story)


Wellness start-up brings the concept to corporations

According to a recent survey by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH)/Fidelity Investments, corporations have substantially increased their investments in employee wellness programs in the past five years.
This fits into the experience of Kimberly Hemminger, RN, BSN, founder of the 13-year-old company Wellness Works For Y ... (full story)


National


Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup agreed recently to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said "shattered lives" and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades.
The settlement repre ... (full story)


AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more

AP Exclusive: North Korea pushes farmers for more


CHANGPYONG RI, North Korea (AP) — Rim Ok Hua looks out over her patch of farm just across the Tumen River from China with a mixture of satisfaction and concern. Rows of young potato plants, lush and green against the deep brown of the wet soil, stretch into the distance almost as far as the eye can see.
As North Korean ... (full story)


Air Force's James aimed 'deep' at nuke corps ills

Air Force's James aimed 'deep' at nuke corps ills

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Deborah Lee James became top boss of the Air Force seven months ago she had no inkling a nuclear crisis was brewing. But once it erupted in the form of exam-cheating by dozens of missile launch officers, she quickly announced conclusions that no Air Force leader before her had dared state publicly.
T ... (full story)


Cutler seeks another late surge in governor's race

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Less than four months before Maine voters head to the polls, Independent candidate Eliot Cutler faces fundraising challenges, an incumbent Republican governor with fiercely loyal supporters and Democrats determined not to repeat the mistakes that cost them the 2010 election.
But Cutler, a 67-year-old ... (full story)


For aging Texas elephant, lots of attention, pills

For aging Texas elephant, lots of attention, pills

DALLAS (AP) — Early one morning, Mama the elephant embarks on a medical routine that many seniors would find familiar, if daunting.
First, she pops some pills — 144, in her case, for conditions such as joint stiffness and fluid retention. They come stashed inside two dozen peanut butter sandwiches piled inside two gr ... (full story)


Young, married and operatic

Young, married and operatic

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alek Shrader and Daniela Mack are having the kind of summer most young married couples would envy: working and relaxing in the mountains of New Mexico.
But when August is over, instead of heading home, they'll hit the road. They're both opera singers and "home" is a furnished apartment or ho ... (full story)


State


Lawyers donate to charity tied to Ohio's DeWine

Lawyers donate to charity tied to Ohio's DeWine

COLUMBUS (AP) — Lawyers, law firms and an Ohio lobbyist who have business in Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office have all contributed to a charity important to DeWine and his family, an Associated Press review found, and the donations have doubled since he took office.
The charity, Hands Together Inc., operates a sc ... (full story)


Court won't dismiss charges against Ohio judge

Court won't dismiss charges against Ohio judge

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Hamilton County judge last week rejected a juvenile court judge's motion to dismiss charges against her or to move her trial.
Common Pleas Court Judge Norbert A. Nadel said he would try to seat a jury to test Judge Tracie Hunter's contention that she can't get a fair jury because of pretrial publicity. ... (full story)


Maggots in food among new prison food complaints

COLUMBUS (AP) — Maggots in food, staffing shortages and reports of running out of foods are among new complaints facing the vendor that won the contract to feed Ohio inmates.
Reports obtained by The Associated Press through records requests found numerous problems reported since April, when the state took the rare step of ... (full story)


Appeals court upholds 4-year prison sentence for thief

A convicted robber lost his appeal this week when the 10th District Court of Appeals ruled that his trial court properly imposed post-release control sanctions and dismissed his motion to vacate his sentence.
Mohamed Jalloh was indicted on numerous counts, including aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, robbery and kidnapping ... (full story)


Woman who connived elaborate insurance scheme will still go to jail, but gets to keep her house

In a recently released opinion, the 2nd District Court of Appeals partially affirmed the judgment of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in an insurance fraud case.
The defendant, Eva Christian, was found guilty by a jury in the lower court of two counts of insurance fraud, two counts of making false alarm and one count ... (full story)