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October 13, 2003 - 8:07pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
Workers at 44 Kroger stores in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky have voted to on go strike. Cincinnati-based Kroger says it will close the affected stores for the duration of the strike, but that pharmacies will remain open. None of the stores in our area are affected by the strike. The Zanesville Kroger Union renewed its contract last year and is good for a few years. The five Ohio stores affected by the strike are in Belpre, Gallipolis, Marietta, Pomeroy and Proctorville.
October 13, 2003 - 8:06pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
AK Steel Corporations hopes for help from its unions in trying to better compete with companies, which have lower pension and healthcare costs. AK Steel and an industry analyst sat the Ohio steel maker’s talks with its production unions about ways to cut costs are critical, given the advantage some rivals have. The company and the unions acknowledge they are talking, but are keeping the details private. Industry analyst Charles Branford said pension and retiree health care costs by...
October 13, 2003 - 8:06pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
The state highway patrol says two people died when a pickup truck ran off a state road near Athens late Sunday night. The patrol says 20-year-old Lawrence Anderson and 43-year-old Michael Schultz were both pronounced dead wt the scene of the wreck. Both men were from Nelsonville. The patrol says Schultz lost control of the pickup while driving on State Route 13...he was ejected after the truck hit an embankment. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The patrol says alcohol was...
October 13, 2003 - 8:05pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
While we may be experiencing more normal weather conditions, last week’s warm-up caused some pesky insects to come out in full force. How could you miss the mass of orange ladybugs...technically called the Asian Lady Beetle? They’re everywhere! The bugs have been in Muskingum County for about five years, and officials say the best thing for residents to d right now is to prevent against hibernation. Mark Mechling of the Ohio State Extension says to caulk up windows and doors very well....
October 13, 2003 - 1:17pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
Prosecutors say evidence from tests of drunken drivers should be used in trial even if
Police didn’t follow all the rules while giving the tests. Defense attorneys say the Ohio
Supreme Court has already said such evidence can’t be admitted in court. Both sides have asked the Justices to resolve conflicting rulings in other courts. At issue is a three-year-old Supreme Court ruling on police use of evidence in sobriety tests when deciding whether to arrest suspected drunken drivers...
October 13, 2003 - 10:43am
5 years 38 weeks ago
The Zanesville Fire Department and the State Fire Marshall’s office are now investigating an early morning fire. It happened at 1417 Ridge Avenue at a used furniture store. The business is identified as Ridge Avenue Furniture and Appliances. Investigators say the fire broke out around 2:00 this morning and that five local fire departments responded to the blaze. No word yet on what caused the fire. No injuries were reported.
October 12, 2003 - 10:51pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland are teaming up on a new facility dedicated to disease-oriented research. The 110 million dollar, 320-thousand-square-foot research center is slated to open this week in Cleveland. It will be occupied by investigators currently working at both institutions and by faculty recruits. One of the center’s features will be a “mouse house.” The basement facility can hold up to 100-thousand mice. Case’s medical school dean says that...
October 12, 2003 - 10:46pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
A university of Akron professor wants to prevent crooks from stealing political contributions through phony campaign web sites. Political science professor Rick D. Farmer says there should be standards to ensure the credibility of web sites. He has formed a group called the standards association for elections online with colleagues form New York University, Louisiana State University and other schools. The group met in Akron last week. The Internet has become an increasingly popular tool for...
October 12, 2003 - 10:41pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
The Ohio Public Interest Research group says that renting-to-own often isn’t a bargain. The group surveyed rent-to-own stores in Cleveland and Columbus. It found that rent-to-own customers in those cities were being charged an average interest rate of 87 percent. The survey was done in 2001 and released last week. Because the stores don’t require credit checks, they attract people with bad credit history, or those denied credit elsewhere because of low incomes. Rental dealers say their prices...
October 12, 2003 - 10:38pm
5 years 38 weeks ago
A power outage left hundreds stranded at the Dayton International Airport today. The airport lost power for about three hours. Incoming flights had to be directed to other terminals. And airport spokeswoman says there were several power outages in North Dayton at the same time as the outages at the airport. The two incidents are thought to be unrelated. Power company officials say a fault in the main terminal’s switchgear is to blame.
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