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BUSINESS NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2004
Top restaurants turning to Covington
The Maisonette isn't sure about moving to Covington, but its former chef, Jean-Robert de Cavel, is already here.

Bars busy from top o' the morn'
Drinking beer on St. Patrick's Day is akin to eating turkey on Thanksgiving for millions of Americans who celebrate each March 17 by visiting their local taverns.

WEBN facing FCC complaint
The Federal Communications Commission could levy up to $302,500 in fines against Clear Channel Communications Inc. stemming from 11 allegedly indecent daytime broadcasts on WEBN-FM.

Timing of Erpenbeck deal draws scrutiny
Bankruptcy investigators have found another twist in the collapse of the Erpenbeck family companies, and this one may pay off for creditors.

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Provident severance runs into millions
The top five executives at Provident Financial Group Inc. stand to receive millions in severance settlements with National City Corp.'s $2.1 billion purchase of Cincinnati's second-largest bank.
Future's bright for software firm
When the three friends and tech specialists left Fifth Third Bank to start their own business, they knew there were "bigger and better things out there," says one of the founders.
Three businesses move to suburbs
Three companies that, combined, employ about 125 workers in Cincinnati will move to suburban office buildings over the next two months.
Europe firms join board of Milacron
The two European investment firms that provided the $100 million which allowed Milacron Inc. to refinance senior notes that expired Monday will initially be entitled to two seats on its board of directors, the company said in government filings Tuesday.
Peoples to buy 38% stake in Clifton bank
Peoples Community Bancorp Inc. of West Chester said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy a 38 percent stake in Clifton's Columbia Bancorp Inc.
Job concerns keep interest rates stable
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve policy-makers, worried about companies' inability to create jobs, held interest rates at a 45-year low Tuesday and signaled anew that they will be slow to order any future increase that could cramp the economy's recovery.
Computers give prisoners updated legal information
DAYTON, Ohio - Kiosks that enable prison inmates to quickly get up-to-date information about laws and court cases have gotten a thumbs-up from defense lawyers and prisoner advocates.
Tyco looted, DA tells jury
NEW YORK - Two former executives of Tyco International are on trial not over their wealth, but because they stole hundreds of millions of dollars from the company "with both fists," a prosecutor said Tuesday.
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Erpenbeck archive
William Erpenbeck Jr. spent a decade building a company that crumbled in months. Once one of the Tristate's biggest home builders, the Erpenbeck Co. succumbed to a bank fraud that affected lenders, subcontractors and home owners. Click here for links to all Enquirer reports.