The Economy & Business

The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Warm For Winter: Energy Choice Allows Ohio Electric Consumers To Shop Around

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The state of Ohio has been investigating its competitive energy market for a year now, and the state reports electric competition is growing, which means more options for consumers.

Energy choice itself doesn’t look like much: the lights go on, the lights go off, and you pay your monthly bill the same way. But in the past, a utility company—the name that’s on most people’s electric bills—also owned the actual power plant. Electric choice, which was passed in Ohio over ten years ago, is gradually moving the market away from that system.

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The Economy & Business
12:04 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Minimum Wage Goes Up in 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans are getting a raise starting in the New Year. The state’s minimum wage will go up ten cents from $7.85 an hour to $7.95 an hour. The automatic boost comes from a policy known as indexing, which Ohio has adopted along with 11 other states. Indexing raises the minimum wage to account for increases to the cost of living.

Jack Temple, a policy analyst for the National Employment Law Project, says the extra ten cents an hour can go a long way.

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The Economy & Business
10:59 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Southwest Ohio Passed Over For Drone Testing

A model drone among many at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield. The company is among several local businesses that hoped to benefit from commercial drone testing in the area.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 Southwest Ohio was passed over as a drone test site. On December 30, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will develop test sites for unmanned vehicles in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia, which the agency says together provide the necessary climatic and geographic diversity for testing.

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The Economy & Business
7:35 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Ohio Training Students For Civilian Drone Jobs

Some schools across the state are preparing students for a boom in the drone industry once the federal government, as is expected, allows civilian unmanned aircraft to fly in U.S. airspace.

The Federal Aviation Administration has until 2015 to present a plan for safely integrating drones into national airspace. Sinclair Community College already is training students for jobs using the technology,  and Kent State University is doing the same.

The Economy & Business
6:31 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Want A Drone? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks Regulations With Maurice McDonald

A quadcopter ready for flight at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Right now, if you can spare the cash, you can buy your own drone—or unmanned aerial vehicle, as the industry likes to call them. You can buy local, too, because the Dayton area is trying to shape itself as a hub for the growing commercial drone industry. In a couple years local companies would like to be using them for agricultural purposes, emergency response, entertainment, even surveillance.

"The FAA really needs to address the procedures and policies associated with flying these systems," says Maurice McDonald at the Dayton Development Coalition.

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