Dayton Daily News

Local police say some shopping going on at a major retail center isn't for clothes or appliances.

A recent drug bust at an auto detail shop was the latest in a series of actions near the Dayton Mall. The Dayton Daily News reports several arrests of suspected drug dealers in the past month.

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot April 4 at a beverage drive-thru near the mall amid an FBI drug investigation.

Authorities say the heavily traveled area with many parking lots gives drug dealers opportunities for quick, car-to-car sales.

A western Ohio medical equipment company is planning to move corporate offices and 51 jobs to Dayton.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Midmark Corp. would also add six jobs under plans to move into space in the former NCR Corp. headquarters building.

The Darke County company employs some 1,600 people globally and makes medical, dental and veterinary equipment.

The company is receiving $100,000 in county economic development money to help pay for renovation costs. It will be leasing some 23,000 square feet from the University of Dayton, the building's owner.

A 200-apartment student housing complex is being planned for downtown Dayton, one of the city's largest downtown residential projects in recent years.

The $18 million project will be on the site of the former Dayton Daily News building and adjoining property.

The Dayton Daily News reported Thursday that Cox Media Group plans to sell the property to the nonprofit United Housing and Community Services Corporation of California.

The paper says that company would partner with Missouri-based Student Suites to build the 350-bed facility near  Sinclair Community College.

Federal officials think a national monument in southwest Ohio that honors the first African-American colonel in the U.S. Army will draw thousands of visitors each year.

The National Park Service celebrated the preservation of Col. Charles Young's home in a dedication ceremony this past week. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was among those attending.

President Barack Obama last month designated Young's home in Wilberforce as the 401st national park site. The Dayton Daily News reports that officials expect it to draw about 125,000 visitors a year.

More good news for the Ohio economy: The state's per-capita income rose at one of the fastest rates in the nation last year.

That's according to an analysis by The Dayton Daily News, which says the statistic is a sign that the state's economy is recovering more quickly than that most of the country.

Per-capita personal income includes all earnings such as wages, dividends, interest income and rents. In Ohio, it rose by 1.7 percent to $39,289 between 2011 and 2012. That was a larger increase than all but two other states.

Officials say a U.S. Air Force reserve wing that flies troops around the globe will start shutting down on Fridays when civilian furloughs begin at Ohio's largest military base.

That's the word at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where around 13,000 civilian employees will be subject to furloughs because of defense budget cuts.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the Air Force Reserve 445th Airlift Wing relies on hundreds of civilian air reserve technicians, who serve double duty as reserve military personnel, to keep nine C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets flying.

An Ohio fire captain is recovering at a hospital after he was hit and thrown 20 to 30 feet by a vehicle that lost control on a slick roadway.

Dayton fire Capt. Barry Cron's condition was unavailable, but the fire department said his injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Cron was speaking to a victim of a crash who was in a vehicle on U.S. 35 early Tuesday. That vehicle was then struck by another, and it pushed the first vehicle into Cron.

The Department of Defense says a southwest Ohio soldier has died in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

The department says 37-year-old Chief Warrant Officer James E. Groves III of Kettering died Saturday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

Groves was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. 

A general says automatic defense budget cuts will slow research and technology development and cancel some special night and weekend events at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio.

Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger leads the Air Force Materiel Command from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. She tells the Dayton Daily News the cuts likely will delay aircraft replacement and modernization, halt most flight testing and create a backlog in maintenance operations.

Fewer Ohioans are going into business for themselves these days, with the number of self-employed in the state at its lowest level since 2001.

The Dayton Daily News reports that Ohio's level of self-employment is one of the lowest in the nation.

The newspaper says it's declined partly because traditional self-employment industries such as construction and real estate were devastated by the recession and have been slow to come back.

Also, some economists say the state's economy and job growth is concentrated in fields that are not ideal for self-employment.

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