Workplace incivility, aggression impacts more than half of US workers

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 8:33 AM


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What’s causing so much unhappiness at work for more than half of American workers? Incivility in the workplace, according to a new study.

Nearly 55 percent of workers say they’ve faced “unpleasant or potentially hazardous” conditions at work, according to a new study by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. The study of more than 3,000 workers in the U.S. found that many workers feel they’ve faced sexual harassment, bullying and hostile environments in the workforce.

“I was surprised how taxing the workplace appears to be, both for less-educated and for more-educated workers,” said lead author Nicole Maestas, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and an adjunct economist at RAND. “Work is taxing at the office and it’s taxing when it spills out of the workplace into people’s family lives.”

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10 ares of Oakwood land sold for $735K

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 2:55 PM

A home at Sugar Camp-Pointe Oakwood. LISA POWELL/STAFF
A home at Sugar Camp-Pointe Oakwood. LISA POWELL/STAFF

Oakwood Investment Group recently sold about 10.8 acres of Sugar Camp land to a limited liability company.

The sale was for $735,000, according to Montgomery County property records. The area is in the vicinity of 3976 Sugar Camp Office Park in Oakwood.

Records identify the buyer as RCR Holdings LLC. The sale date is given as Nov. 20.

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A message seeking comment was sent to Oakwood Investment Group.

An agreement between Oakwood Investment Group and Hills Properties was finalized about two months ago on going ahead with the building 84 condominium units at “The Trails” development in Point Oakwood.

That development had been delayed last year when a pair of lawsuits were filed against the city of Oakwood over the plans for the area.

Fifteen Pointe Oakwood residents living near where the condos were proposed to be built filed one of the lawsuits. The Cincinnati-based developers of the proposed condos filed the second lawsuit.

Oakwood City Council proposed a legal settlement to move the project forward in the spring.

Millions in government funds sought for job-creating projects

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 9:31 AM

SelectTech Geospatial’s Executive Director Frank Beafore, left, launches a UAS as chief pilot Jade Lowrey flies at the company’s Springfield location in October 2015. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
SelectTech Geospatial’s Executive Director Frank Beafore, left, launches a UAS as chief pilot Jade Lowrey flies at the company’s Springfield location in October 2015. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

A wish list of regional projects that adherents hope could get millions in federal and state funding has been unveiled.

Now it’s your turn to comment on the ideas.

The Dayton Development Coalition has unveiled a list of proposals that advocates hope could attract federal government funding, ideas some hope could boost the Dayton area in defense, health care, education and other arenas.

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Public comments on the ideas — which can be found at http://daytonregion.com/pdac-projects/ — will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Comments may be sent to pdac@daytonregion.com.

After that, coalition-affiliated committees will review the ideas for final recommendations. Coalition leaders hope to have a final list of ideas ready for the organization’s annual fly-in to Washington, D.C., sometime around April 2018.

The ideas include:

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association seeks nearly $2 million to create a $4.3 million “stabilization unit and detox center” for those recovering from addiction. The association said in its application that it has “identified a significant community need to have additional detox and sobering services to not only deal with the current opioid crisis but also other substance abuse issues impacting the Dayton region.”

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The Air Force Research Lab and the Ohio Federal Research Network, led by Wright State University and Ohio State, are working with the new AFRL/Ohio beyond line of sight UAS test center in Springfield, which provides a one of a kind test environment to explore, develop and demonstrate new technologies. $15 million is sought.

Improvements to Fifth Third Field in Dayton. $3.36 million is sought as part of an overall $14.1 million project for the home of the Dayton Dragons.

Assistance in developing the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds off South Main Street. The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority seeks $4 million in a $25 million project.

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A group seeks $750,000 for the 260-foot “Triumph of Flight” monument they wish to build near the interchange of interstates 70 and 75. That’s a $21.6 million total project.

$970,000 is sought for redevelopment of the former Wright Airplane factory buildings near Home Avenue and West Third Street, in what is said to be an overall $5.2 million project.

Another idea is to transform a 6-mile abandoned rail corridor beginning in and near downtown Dayton into the “Flight Line”, a recreational multi-use trail. $2 million is sought in an overall $5 million effort.

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Sinclair Community College wants to renovate 36,000 square feet of space in the Fieldhouse/Auxiliary Gym at its downtown Dayton campus to create an “Advanced Manufacturing Center.” The college wants $3 million.

GE Aviation seeks $15 million in the $45 million search for new electrical power systems greater than 1,000 kilowatts.

And $73,000 is sought in a $139,000 effort to “further the advancement in aviation psychology via the support of the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology.” The idea is to further research at the 711th Air Force Wing and the Airman Systems Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

CareSource has new in-network deals

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 1:18 PM


            CareSource, headquarters pictured, has new deals to be in-network with additional hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana. CONTRIBUTED
CareSource, headquarters pictured, has new deals to be in-network with additional hospitals in Kentucky and Indiana. CONTRIBUTED

CareSource has struck deals to be in-network at an Indiana hospital and a Kentucky health system.

The Dayton-based insurer primarily manages Medicaid plans but is also expanding into new territory this year with its commercial insurance line that Affordable Care Act plans.

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CareSource is the only insurer selling Affordable Care Act plans in several counties in Kentucky and Indiana, and these new deals provide for not only the availability of ACA insurance but also options for where that insurance can be used.

Fast-growing CareSource is among downtown Dayton’s anchor businesses with more than 2,000 employees in the city’s core and a second office building under construction.

The non-profit insurer that represents 1.8 million people in five states, now has deals with Louisville-based Baptist Health and Marion General Hospital, with facilities in Grant County and Miami County, Ind.

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Baptist Health, with nine hospitals and 1,100 providers, is the largest non-profit health system in Kentucky and will start accepting CareSource Affordable Care Act marketplace plans start in January.

CareSource is the only commercial insurance carrier selling plans on the marketplace in the Louisville, Lexington, Richmond and Corbin markets.

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“We are excited to expand our network with the addition of Baptist Health. This alliance provides CareSource members with greater access to more than 300 points of care and a physicians’ network of more than 1,000,” said Michael Taylor, vice president and executive director of the Kentucky Market for CareSource.

CareSource also has a deal with Marion General Hospital. CareSource will be the only Affordable Care Act option in Grant County in 2018, which is home to the hospital.

Is credit monitoring a scam?

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Clark Howard explains how to protect yourself.

With the recent massive security breach of Equifax — one of the three credit bureaus with which many may have thought their private information was safer than most — now many people are dealing with more insecurities, wondering where they can entrust their private information, if anywhere.

Here are some options:

Credit freezing

Better and cheaper than credit monitoring, an option for optimal security is freezing your credit through each of the three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion), according to WSB money expert Clark Howard at Clark.com.

The fee is $3 to $10 per person per bureau, depending on your state, to allow you to seal your credit reports — except now it's free with Experian from here on out due to the recent data breach.

You will be provided with a personal identification number (PIN) that only you know and can be used to temporarily unfreeze (or "thaw") your credit when legitimate applications for credit and services need to be processed such as when you are buying a car.

This added layer of security means thieves can't establish new credit in your name even if they are able to obtain your personal information.

LifeLock vs. CreditKarma.com

While LifeLock advertises it can help consumers secure their information to guard against identity theft, LifeLock charges monthly services that start at $10 a month.

This kind of credit monitoring is not the same or as effective as a credit freeze, said Craig Johnson for Clark.com.

Instead, he recommends CreditKarma.com for free credit monitoring.

Equifax

If you haven't already frozen your credit, now would be the time since Equifax recently got hacked and the information of possibly 145.5 million people was attained by these hackers.

Information accessed primarily includes names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers.

To try to compensate, Equifax is offering free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring (but only through Jan. 31, 2018) with its TrustedID Premier.

Experian

Another point of confusion is the unsolicited free Dark Web Email Scan offered by Experian to your email, leading to a monthly fee for further scanning.

Experian IdentityWorks also offers a free 30-day trial membership for identity theft protection and resolution, involving a monthly automatic deduction of $9.99 for the plus plan or $19.99 for the premium plan.

It's free to cancel within the 30-day trial period, but the consequences are not revealed up front for those who decide to cancel their membership once the monthly fees begin.

TransUnion

The third credit bureau, TransUnion, also offers credit monitoring at $19.95 monthly. However, TransUnion says it offers free identity protection through its TrueIdentity program.

Free helpline

Those with specific questions about the Equifax breach and how it may impact them may contact Howard's Consumer Action Center — a free helpline open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday with Team Clark volunteers available to answer concerns at 404-892-8227.

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