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Can Cleveland require contractors to hire local workers?

Apr 30, 2019
The Supreme Court of Ohio will decide.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland is undergoing a $185 million renovation. The construction firm on the project has voluntarily agreed to comply with a local ordinance that requires contractors on certain publicly funded construction projects allocate at least 20% of the work hours to Cleveland residents.
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Why renting is up and homeownership is down in "affordable" Cleveland

Jan 3, 2019
The rise of renting in Cleveland offers a glimpse into the region's economy.
A view of downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
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After a layoff, moving home could relieve some financial burden

Oct 3, 2018
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, nearly half of all workers will at some point in their career become “displaced” — that is, they will lose a job through no fault of their own. When that happens, getting back to the level of income earned before the displacement often takes years, if not […]
A worker packs a box with clothing while moving a family in Tiburon, Calif.
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Rebuilding a neighborhood, one house at a time

Aug 20, 2018
A nonprofit program in Cleveland helps renters become homeowners.
A distressed house near the new homes built by CHN Housing Partners.
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While challenges remain for transgender jobseekers, more businesses are reaching out to the trans community

Jun 8, 2018
Looking for a job can be difficult for anyone, but for transgender people, it can be especially tough.
At a recent “Transgender Job Fair” hosted by Cleveland’s Metro Health hospital, the organizers gave away buttons that participants could use to indicate their gender pronouns.
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Iconic Cleveland toy store is closing after 27 years

Feb 6, 2018
Operating a small business, especially in a niche industry, can go either really well or not. For a couple decades, business at Steve Presser’s vintage toy store in Cleveland was booming, despite the challenges. We checked in on him on several occasions to see what it was like to be a small business owner in America’s heartland. Now […]
The view from outside the Big Fun Toy Store in the suburb of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
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In Ohio's opioid crisis, Medicaid cutbacks could be disastrous

Jun 30, 2017
At the epicenter of the opioid crisis, a Medicaid rollback could be terrible for Ohioans
Activists and family members of loved ones who died in the opioid/heroin epidemic take part in a "Fed Up!" rally at Capitol Hill on Sept. 18, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
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How do you retrofit an old industrial waterfront? Cleveland is finding out

Jun 16, 2017
It's a work in progress that could take decades to finish.
Cleveland activist Dick Clough shows off the city’s downtown waterfront.
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Cashing in on an unlikely World Series match-up

Oct 25, 2016
Game 1 of the World Series is on Tuesday in Cleveland. It’s drawing even more national attention than usual, because the battle is between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians — two teams that haven’t won a World Series decades.  Who will cash in on the much hyped event? Tony Wagner/Marketplace Correction (Oct. 26, […]
A vendor sells Chicago Cubs merchandise near Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs will face off against the Cleveland Indians in the World Series beginning tomorrow. This will be the Cubs first trip to the series since 1945. 

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The top Google Trends question about the RNC is 'What is the RNC?'

Jul 18, 2016
It happened with Brexit, now it's happening here.
Delegates on the floor listen during the first day of the Republican National Convention.
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