1-minute reads: 5 Dayton business stories to know today

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:16 PM


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1. Rehabilitation center gets $6M expansion

A $6 million investment will benefit children, adults and seniors who have disabilities in the Dayton area. The United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton at the Charles D. Berry Center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to celebrate its “Unlocking PossAbilities” expansion project. The project adds an additional 21,647 square feet to the URS center at 4710 Old Troy Pike. READ MORE

2. State to close Huber Heights center, eliminate 214 jobs

More than 200 workers in Ohio will lose their jobs as a result of the state’s decision to close two centers for people with developmental disabilities, including the Montgomery County Development Center in Huber Heights. READ MORE

3. DP&L to shut down 2 Ohio plants

Dayton Power and Light Co. will shut down two power plants in a rural Southern Ohio county, according to a company statement. The company announced two power-generation plants in Adams County will shut down by June 2018. READ MORE

4. Premier Physician Network adds practice

Studebaker Family Practice in Brookville has joined Premier Physician Network, one of the largest groups of primary and specialty care practices in Southwest Ohio, the network announced Monday. READ MORE

5. Cost of ITT Tech implosion surpasses $141 million for taxpayers

U.S. taxpayers have already shelled out more than $141 million to help students affected by the collapse of ITT Technical Institute and they may be on the hook for hundreds of millions more. READ MORE

No agreement expected in Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:03 PM
Updated: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 7:03 PM

Despite reaching an agreement to extend Medicare Advantage coverage, Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare are not expected to agree by tonight’s midnight deadline on other portions in the negotiations that would have preserves health plans for thousands of residents in the region, Premier officials said.

Dayton-based Premier Health, the largest health system in Southwest Ohio, and UHC, the nation’s largest health insurer, have agreed to extend Medicare Advantage coverage until the end of this year for UHC members who use Premier hospitals and providers.

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However, the two sides remain at odds over a key issue with the first deadline for a portion of their contract set to expire at midnight Saturday, potentially displacing tens of thousands of local residents with individual and employer-sponsored health plans.

Unless an agreement is reached, those policy holders would no longer have access to Premier hospitals as part of the insurance company’s network.

Premier physicians would also be considered out-of-network on May 14 for employer-sponsored, individual and Medicaid plan members, according to UHC. And Premier hospitals and physicians would be out-of-network for Medicaid plans starting May 14, if an agreement is not reached.

All toll, about 70,000 residents would be impacted in the local area, according to UHC, which said Premier’s decision not to participate in the insurer’s plan design, which ranks hospitals and providers in tiers based on cost and quality, was the sticking point in the ongoing negotiations.

Premier objects to the “tiering” system because, company officials said, it would intentionally steer patients away from Premier providers.

UnitedHealthcare had already sent letters to patients and providers advising them that a contract might not be reached by the deadline, ending in-network access to Dayton-based Premier’s hospitals for those residents with individual and employer-sponsored health plans.

In a statement, Premier Health said, “We are deeply disappointed that UnitedHealthcare has rejected our proposal to extend our contract until the end of the year. Our offer was put forth in good faith, and an agreement would have provided patients and area employers the opportunity to make choices about where and from whom to access care, during the normal open enrollment period for 2018.”

Houston bakery creates treats inspired by the Unicorn Frappuccino

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:59 PM



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A bakery in Texas is cashing in on the buzz around Starbucks' latest beverage creation, the Unicorn Frappuccino.

El Bolillo Bakery in Houston has created "uniconchas," which are brightly colored, shell-shaped pastries.

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The bakery is working on a tres leches unicorn cake, according to KHOU.

How to get a $1 Jimmy John's sub on May 2

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

Jimmy John's store sign and logo in Philadelphia, PA
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Jimmy John's is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day on May 2 with $1 sub sandwiches.

Select Jimmy John's locations will be participating in the promotion, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Customers can use a tool on Jimmy John's website to find a participating location.

The promotion applies to in-store orders only, not deliveries.

Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 1:44 PM

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Are you ready for Pickle Juice Soda Pop?

Miamisburg-based Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is now selling dill pickle-flavored pop in stores and online. The vintage-style store at 42 South Main St. in downtown Miamisburg has more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas.

“If you’re the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this is gonna be a really big dill. Pickle Juice Soda Pop is here,” the store posted on social media.

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The store also offers bulk candy orders and gourmet chocolate candies. Customers can fill a box of goodies from their candy buffet for just $5. The store also has other odd flavors of soda including everything from Coca-Cola to Flying Cauldron Butter Scotch Beer and specialty sodas that taste like ranch dressing and buffalo sauce.

Customers can also buy novelty items like funny socks, notepads, mugs and magic trick toys.

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