• Akron company markets farm-monitoring drones Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 6:31 AM ET

    CLEVELAND— A new Akron company is marketing drones to farmers as a way to keep an eye on hundreds of acres of fields. A report Sunday in the Plain Dealer says the company is working with Ohio State University's Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster to refine the art of crop scouting.

  • Ohio gas prices lower to start work week Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 5:25 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio motorists are paying a little less for gasoline than they were last week. A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.43 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's a couple of pennies down from a week ago, and it's a couple of cents more than last month at this time.

  • Activist pleads guilty in Ohio for P&G HQ protest Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    CINCINNATI— One of nine Greenpeace activists charged in a protest at Procter& Gamble Co. headquarters pleaded guilty Monday to a single felony count. Greenpeace has blamed prosecution "scare tactics" for Long's plea because he didn't want to risk prison time.

  • After Toledo water scare, states ask EPA for help Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    The contamination left about 400,000 people in parts of southwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without clean tap water for two days in August. Ohio, Oregon, Minnesota, Florida and Oklahoma have set their own drinking water standards for microcystin, which can cause headaches or vomiting when swallowed and can be fatal to dogs and livestock.

  • Kroger to add 1,200 jobs in southwest Ohio area Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    CINCINNATI— One of the nation's largest grocers is expected to hire as many as 1,200 people in southwest Ohio as part of a push to add 20,000 employees nationwide. Cincinnati- based Kroger Co. has announced it will increase its employee base in the Cincinnati- Dayton region by 8 percent.

  • Ohio nuclear plant says cracks not a safety threat Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    The findings do not mean the structure at the Davis-Besse plant near Toledo is unsafe, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Corp. said. Independent experts determined the cracks have not compromised the building, Jennifer Young, a company spokeswoman told the Sandusky Register.

  • Obama defends decision to delay immigration action Saturday, 6 Sep 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

    Two White House officials said Obama concluded that circumventing Congress through executive actions on immigration during the campaign would politicize the issue and hurt future efforts to pass a broad overhaul.

  • *Payrolls data weaker than expected. NEW YORK, Sept 5- U.S. stocks ended higher on Friday, lifting the S&P 500 to a fresh closing high, after a weaker-than-expected jobs report was taken as a sign that the Federal Reserve will not begin raising interest rates anytime soon.

  • *Brent crude slips below $101, data suggests slower growth. NEW YORK, Sept 5- The dollar slipped against the euro and global equity markets rebounded on Friday after data showed U.S. jobs growth slowed in August, raising the prospect that interest rates will stay low longer than investors had expected.

  • IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 3:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The IRS says it has lost emails from five more workers who are part of congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups that applied for tax exempt status.

  • IRS says it has lost emails from 5 more employees Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:38 PM ET

    The IRS said in June that it could not locate an untold number of emails to and from Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status.

  • US rig count up 11 to 1,925 Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico and Pennsylvania each gained two and Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming each gained one.

  • Kroger says it will hire 20,000 more workers Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Supermarket chain Kroger said Friday it will hire about 20,000 workers to fill permanent jobs. Kroger Co. is the largest U.S. supermarket operator and it runs Ralph's, Fry's, and other chains. Kroger said the jobs are now available and said it hopes to fill them as soon as possible.

  • Prison inmate food vendor weighs recommendations Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    Aramark is reviewing the recommendations and will work with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to respond to them, spokeswoman Karen Cutler said in an email. Last year, the state awarded Aramark a $110 million deal to feed some 50,000 Ohio prisoners beginning in September and running through June 30, 2015.

  • Former A&P executive sentenced for ticket scam Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    NEWARK, N.J.— A former senior vice president of a supermarket chain who sold more than $1.2 million worth of concert and sports tickets meant for the store for his own gain has been sentenced to three years in prison.

  • *BP shares slump after court ruling. NEW YORK, Sept 4- U.S. stocks ended down on Thursday, retreating from intraday records for the S&P and Dow, as a decline in energy shares sapped an earlier rally following the European Central Bank's new stimulus measures.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 4- Fast-food workers in 150 U.S. cities kicked off protests for a $15- per-hour wage that included a sit-down in New York's Times Square, where 19 demonstrators were arrested on Thursday, police said.

  • L Brands key Aug. sales metric climbs 5 percent Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 8:24 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— L Brands, which owns Victoria's Secret, Bath& Body Works and other brands, said Thursday that sales at stores open at least a year rose 5 percent in August, handily topping analysts' expectations. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected a 2.7 percent increase in the figure. L Brands Inc. is based in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Court rules against Ohio utility in coal dispute Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 5:57 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with state utility regulators in a dispute with American Electric Power over how much the company can charge customers for coal.

  • Sept 4- Fast-food workers in more than 150 U.S. cities are planning protests on Thursday to press for a wage increase to $15 an hour and allow them to unionize jobs from the fry-basket at McDonald's to the cash register at Burger King.