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Small brewers are now big business in Ohio.
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In 2012, there were fewer than 50 craft breweries in Ohio. Today, there are more than 300.

This week, brewery owners and employees from across the state are gathering here in Dayton for the Sixth Annual Ohio Craft Brewers Conference.

The conference offers seminars on things like how to handle yeast, how to do taxes, and how to market a new ale.

Spokesperson Justin Hemminger is quick to note that most Ohio breweries are less than five years old.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says the new trade deal with China will level the playing field with the U.S., but he urges trade negotiators to be firm as they work on Phase Two.

From left to right: Fuyao Chairman Cho Tak Wong, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and China Consul General Huang Ping.
Ohio Governor's office

Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America, on Monday, announced that it will add 100 new jobs in Moraine.  Company officials say the jobs are part of a major expansion that includes acquiring more of the former GM Assembly plant.

Monday’s announcement at Fuyao was made by officials, including Fuyao Chairman Cho Tak Wong, and China’s Consul General Huang Ping. Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, Lt. Governor John Husted and representatives from JobsOhio were also on hand.

Dayton Daily News new building in 2007
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is criticizing a recent Federal Communications Commission decision approving the more than $3 billion acquisition of Cox Media by a private equity firm.

In an editorial in USA Today Thursday, Whaley and Michael Copps, a former FCC commissioner, say the deal paves the way for Dayton to lose its daily newspaper, a move proposed by the company Apollo Global Management last fall.

A bill in the Statehouse, HB399, would cut the amount of instruction hours needed to become a professional cosmetologist or barber in Ohio, once again reigniting the debate over licensing requirements.

Ohio’s more than 7,000 retailers are expecting a slight increase in sales this holiday season over last year, though where those spending increases are projected may be a surprise.

Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate are pushing for a bill that would recognize occupational licenses granted in other states.

Some kids are going back to school this week in Ohio along with items bought during the state’s annual sales tax holiday two weekends ago. Ohio is one of 16 states offering sales tax free weekends for back to school shopping. A state lawmaker is proposing a bill to make even more items tax free during that weekend next year. 

Oregon District residents and regulars gather at Lily's Bistro, just hours after the mass shooting, to raise money for a waitress who was shot and in emergency surgery. Outside, fire and police are still cleaning the streets.
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Just hours after the mass shooting that killed nine and injured dozens more, Emily Mendenhall decided to throw a fundraiser. Not some time off in the future. But right then and there.

Mendenhall is from a restaurant family that owns multiple businesses on 5th Street, where the shooting occurred. She runs Lily’s Bistro. Her brother runs Blind Bob’s, and one of the waitresses who works at Blind Bob’s, Alayna Young, was shot.

Ohio’s unemployment rate was down slightly in June. It was an even 4 percent last month compared to 4.1 percent in May. Companies in Ohio have jobs that are going unfilled right now.

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