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BUSINESS NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2004
Peale: Securities charges heading to courtroom
Greg Ballard and Paul Suchanek's defense against Clermont County securities charges will be simple: We lost money, too.

Farewells to Thriftway not particularly fond
Elaine Bridges says the only thing she'll really miss about the Thriftway in the Surrey Square center in Norwood is the fried chicken.

Citizens Bank looks beyond Campbell Co.
Hoping to garner more loans and deposits in growing suburbs south of the Ohio River, Citizens Bank of Northern Kentucky plans to launch an aggressive branch expansion next year.

Produce firm crossing river
A Cincinnati produce company will relocate here and bring at least 350 jobs and a payroll of $8.5 million.

In your opinion
The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates next week. How will a hike in interest rates affect you? Will you earn more on savings? Will you pay more for your credit cards or other debt? Will it change your mind on buying a house? Will it affect how you invest in your business? Please contact John Byczkowski at 513-768-8377, or email him at johnb@enquirer.com.

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Cintas denies claims about conditions
A national religious-based worker rights group Wednesday accused Cintas Corp., the Mason uniform supplier, of refusing to meet to discuss worker allegations of mistreatment and poor working conditions.

Tristate summary
Corporex Cos.' plan to build a 17-story tower at the Covington riverfront has received preliminary approval of Covington City Commission, City Manager Greg Jarvis said Wednesday.

Outside bosses ordered for funds
WASHINGTON - Mutual fund boards must have chairmen who are independent from the companies managing the funds, the Securities and Exchange Commission ordered Wednesday in a narrow vote as it addressed a fund industry scandal.

FTC's allowing tobacco merger draws criticism
An antitrust lobbying group Wednesday criticized the Federal Trade Commission's decision not to oppose the merger of the nation's No. 2 and 3 cigarette makers - R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Brown & Williamson.

Business digest
SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp.'s Hotmail will become the latest Web-based e-mail service to increase the amount of storage space available for its free accounts, following similar moves by rivals.


NEWS TIPS
Has your job been sent off-shore?
The Enquirer would like to hear from you. If you know of any companies in the Cincinnati area that have transferred jobs or outsourced work -- at the expense of local jobs -- to nations wiph lower labor costs, please e-mail us.

SPECIAL COVERAGE
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.