Ashland eliminates 500 jobs
Covington's Ashland Inc., which lost $61 million through the first nine months of this fiscal year, Wednesday said it will eliminate 500 salaried jobs to save $75 million annually.

How to look like Scottish bagpiper
The pipes. The pipes are calling Lenora Gilmour and her daughter Louise Reid, owners of Celtic Corner, a purveyor of Scottish, Irish, Welsh and English goods.

30-year mortgage is below 6% again
For the first time in 10 weeks, 30-year mortgages in Greater Cincinnati have dropped below 6 percent.

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What's the buzz?
Delta Air Lines' flights arrived within 15 minutes of schedule 77.7 percent of the time in August, ranking the airline ninth among major carriers, the Transportation Department said Wednesday.

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Promotions & new on the job.

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Local agents and brokers say they will observe no-call list
Local companies that rely on cold calls to reach new customers warn that the government's do-not-call list could force them to drastically change how they conduct business.
AK Steel to meet environmentalist
Environmental groups spent years trying to persuade AK Steel's former CEO to meet and talk. The new acting CEO, James Wainscott, will host an environmental representative today - after two weeks on the job.
NLRB judge rules against Bigg's
A National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled that Miami Township-based Bigg's hypermarket chain violated U.S. labor laws when it fired two employees and disciplined two others who distributed pro-union literature outside its stores.
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SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday's business stories)
Cutting red tape to be top task
Chad Munitz has earned a reputation as a hard worker and effective deal closer over the past six years with the Ohio Department of Development.

Football carries retail on robust shoulders
Sports bars can earn as much as half of their annual revenues during the football season. Football games attract more customers than other televised sports, and customers stay longer and spend more money on food and beverages.

Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.

Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Health care costs bite deep
Accountable to themselves
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Builder moves up - for now
Floturn flourishes as others fall
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer

Erpenbeck archive
A. William Erpenbeck spent years building a company that appears to be crumbling. One of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co., is under federal investigation for a suspected bank fraud that is affecting lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.