BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2002
Erpenbeck faces more lawsuits
        The nation's sixth-largest bank, Bank One, has joined the list of those suing home builder Erpenbeck Co. with $9.8 million in foreclosure lawsuits involving Oakwood Lakes in Mason, Sherwood Lakes in Union and Steeplechase in Boone County.

Peoples Bank 'very strong,' leader says
        The new leader of Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky is convinced the institution is in sound financial shape, despite its linkage to a troubled home builder and the loss of two top executives.

Cinergy merger talks fly
        Cinergy Corp.'s shares are trading near their 52-week high, and the merger-and-acquisition speculation is flying.

Morning Memo
        Hot tips and news to start your business day.

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State regulating mortgage brokers
        A new Ohio law requiring mortgage brokers to be licensed will be better and safer for consumers, industry executives say.

LCA-Vision posts profit for 1st quarter
        Sycamore Township-based laser eye correction company LCA-Vision Inc. Wednesday reported a net profit of $1.15 million for the previous quarter, or 3 cents a share.

Slower recovery suggested
        NEW YORK — Manufacturing activity grew in April for a third straight month but at a slower pace, while March construction spending fell — suggesting a more tepid economic comeback in the months ahead.

Business Digest
        Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill told Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. economy, rocked last year by a recession and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, “has regained its economic footing.”

Tristate Summary
        Negotiators for Local 600 Utility Workers Union of America and Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. are slated to return to the bargaining table today.

What's the Buzz?
        Delta Air Lines said Thursday it was charging $10 to issue paper tickets for travel itineraries that are eligible for electronic tickets.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT
Convergys sets sights high
        In the midst of a recession, a 6 percent gain in revenues and 14 percent increase in operating earnings would be a pretty good year for many corporations. But not for Convergys Corp.

Brewer's days long but rewarding
        Seven years after it was born amid a renaissance of hometown-brewed beer, BarrelHouse Brewing Co. has put Cincinnati back on the beer-making map.

Federated veteran now at Penney
        NEW YORK — As retailer J.C. Penney Co. Inc. turns 100 years old this month, chairman and chief executive Allen Questrom faces an enormous challenge: keeping some of the company's culture alive while retraining an organization that has struggled to keep up with competitors.

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Greater Cincinnati 100
        Manufacturing dominates the field among Greater Cincinnati's 100 biggest private companies.
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