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BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2004
Bank buyer may cut 800 jobs
Up to 800 jobs could be eliminated at Provident Bank after National City Corp. completes its $2.1 billion purchase of Cincinnati's second-largest banking company, according to a source familiar with the deal.

City votes $2.5M for condos
Ending a squabble over city subsidies for condos planned next to the city-financed Kroger garage, City Council Wednesday voted 7-1 to invest $2.5 million in the project, handing proponents of redevelopment in Over-the-Rhine a major victory.

Erpenbeck's victims get their say
For a couple dozen Greater Cincinnati residents, a hearing in federal court Friday morning will give them the opportunity to tell a judge how they were hurt by the Erpenbeck bank fraud scheme - and how the central figure in the $34 million case, Bill Erpenbeck, should be punished.

Immigrant tastes push goat sales
Changing demographics have spurred a new Tristate farming specialty for which Kentucky already is ranked third nationally in production.

Peale: It's not whether Reds win or lose, marketers decide
The advertising tagline for the 2004 Cincinnati Reds: "It's more than just a game."

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Sex pill maker sued over claims
For eight months, Dayton resident David Parker took the pills that were supposed to significantly enhance his sexual performance.
Alderwoods report shows a turnaround
Downtown Cincinnati-based Alderwoods Group Inc., the nation's No. 2 funeral services company, Wednesday reported fourth-quarter and year-end results that reversed a loss from a year ago.
Shareholders OK mega-bank merger
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The $47 billion merger of Bank of America Corp. and FleetBoston Financial Corp. gained approval from the shareholders of both companies Wednesday, a combination that will create the nation's third-largest bank with almost $1 trillion in assets.
AK Steel bill wins final passage
FRANKFORT - Legislation considered crucial to AK Steel's plans to modernize its Ashland plant won final passage Wednesday in the Kentucky House.
Fitch lowers bond rating for DPL
DAYTON, Ohio - New York-based Fitch Inc. lowered its bond rating for DPL Inc. Wednesday, citing the utility company's delay in filing its annual financial report with federal regulators.
Higher energy costs put Feb. CPI up 0.3%
WASHINGTON - Consumer prices rose by a modest 0.3 percent in February as high energy costs continued to hit the pocketbooks of drivers and people heating their homes.
Greenspan: Banking system solid
WASHINGTON - The U.S. banking system weathered the last recession well and is now in good shape to provide the credit needed for an expanding economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday.
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Special Report: P&G's Russian Frontier
In a three-day series, The Enquirer's Cliff Peale reports from Russia on Procter & Gamble's manufucturing and marketing drive there and the implications for Greater Cincinnati.
SUNDAY STORIES:
Booming market bears potential and challenge
It's not like Kroger: 'Stores' make selling a challenge
New economy holds instability and risk
Overseas sales have big impact back home
MONDAY STORIES:
Making cleaning products, two worlds meet
Q&A: Former dancer takes giant leap
TUESDAY STORIES:
Europe teaches lessons about style
Vanity products are a gamble for Procter

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.