Man who pleaded guilty to stabbing victim over drugs loses appeal

Published: 11/27/2015

In the 12th District Court of Appeals, a panel of three judges recently affirmed the kidnapping and attempted murder convictions of Samuel Kennel, who pleaded guilty to the charges and then challenged the fairness of the court proceedings against him.

Kennell was indicted on Feb. 6, 2013 in the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas on one count of attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault and one count of kidnapping.

In exchange for the dismissal of the assault counts, Kennell pleaded guilty to the remaining two charges on Sept. 11, 2013.

Push made to eliminate Ohio's tax on employment services

Published: 11/27/2015

A representative from the No. 1 appliance manufacturer in the world has soundly endorsed a bill that would exempt employment services and employment placement services from sales and use tax.

If enacted, House Bill 343, sponsored by Reps. Ron Young, R-Leroy, and Mark Romanchuk, R-Mansfield, would go into effect at the start of the new year.

Under continuing law, the sale or use of services is generally not taxable unless expressly made subject to the tax.

Columbus Chamber event a forum to learn from local business leaders

Published: 11/27/2015

Local restaurateur Cameron Mitchell is set to serve up advice for other business owners and entrepreneurs during the upcoming Columbus Chamber of Commerce CEO Insight event.

The quarterly event, which started in 2013, gives local business owners a chance to learn from a featured CEO about their journey to success.

Dilara Casey, director of marketing and communications at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, said the internal team who picks the CEO looks at a lot of criteria before choosing the right one.

Better batteries the secret to ending reliance on fossil fuels

Published: 11/27/2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the key technologies that could help wean the globe off fossil fuel is probably at your fingertips or in your pocket right now: The battery. 

If batteries can get better, cheaper and store more power safely, then electric cars and solar or wind-powered homes become more viable — even on cloudy days or when the wind isn’t blowing.

These types of technological solutions will be one of the more hopeful aspects of United Nations climate talks that begin next week in Paris.

Since '01, Clintons collected $35M from Wall Street

Published: 11/27/2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to know she is no friend of Wall Street. But Wall Street has frequently been a friend to her.

In the 18 months prior to announcing her second campaign for president, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination addressed private equity investors in Hilton Head, S.C., and spoke to brokers at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla.

United Auto Workers stung by tough contract talks wiht uaw photo

Published: 11/27/2015

DEARBORN, Mich. — The United Auto Workers union started the year with a roar. It’s ending with a grumble.

With Detroit automakers profitable once again, the union promised workers big gains in its new contracts with Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler. At a convention in March, UAW President Dennis Williams raised a fist and proclaimed, “It’s our time.”

How to fly free forever: Put $170 million on your AmEx

Published: 11/27/2015

NEW YORK — Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn’t exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life.

All because he bought a painting.

Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani’s “Reclining Nude” at a Christie’s auction earlier this month — offering $170.4 million — and when the sale closes he’ll be putting it on his American Express card.

10 things to know about corporate inversions

Published: 11/27/2015

WASHINGTON — Pfizer and Allergan are pursuing the biggest buyout in health care history, a $160 billion deal that would essentially send one of the biggest U.S. corporations overseas, or at least its legal domicile and principal executive offices.

Under a maneuver known as an “inversion,” Pfizer will be able to lower its corporate tax load by reorganizing as a company in Ireland, which has a lower tax rate.

U.S. to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes

Published: 11/27/2015

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that’s on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday.

Tribal leaders said such a move would make up for a wrong done to them in 1982, when the government issued the lease without consulting the tribes.

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