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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House, in Columbus. Householder is charged in a $60 million bribery case, alleging he helped a $1 billion nuclear plant bailout. The 2020 arrests of Householder and four associates in connection with the scheme have rocked politics and business across Ohio.

A year out, $60M bribery scandal felt in business, politics

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Republican Ohio state Rep. Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session as Speaker of the House, in Columbus. Householder is charged in a $60 million bribery case, alleging he helped a $1 billion nuclear plant bailout. The 2020 arrests of Householder and four associates in connection with the scheme have rocked politics and business across Ohio.

July 19, 2021, 8:14am Business

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The arrests one year ago Wednesday of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in connection with an alleged $60 million bribery scheme have rocked business and politics across the state, and events over the last year suggest a federal probe’s tentacles only continue to grow. Read story

FILE - In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda, left, and IOC President Thomas Bach pose with a signed document during a press conference in Tokyo as Toyota signed on as a worldwide Olympic sponsor in a landmark deal, becoming the first car company to join the IOC's top-tier marketing program. Toyota won't be airing any Olympic-themed advertisements on Japanese TV during the Tokyo Games despite being one of the IOC's top corporate sponsors.

Top Olympic sponsor Toyota pulls Games-related TV ads

FILE - In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda, left, and IOC President Thomas Bach pose with a signed document during a press conference in Tokyo as Toyota signed on as a worldwide Olympic sponsor in a landmark deal, becoming the first car company to join the IOC's top-tier marketing program. Toyota won't be airing any Olympic-themed advertisements on Japanese TV during the Tokyo Games despite being one of the IOC's top corporate sponsors.

July 19, 2021, 8:13am Business

TOKYO — Toyota won’t be airing any Olympic-themed advertisements on Japanese television during the Tokyo Games despite being one of the IOC’s top corporate sponsors. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, a Microsoft computer is among items displayed at a Microsoft store in suburban Boston. The Biden administration on Monday, July 19, 2021, blamed China for a hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software that compromised tens of thousands of computers around the world earlier in the year.

Microsoft Exchange hack caused by China, U.S. and allies say

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo, a Microsoft computer is among items displayed at a Microsoft store in suburban Boston. The Biden administration on Monday, July 19, 2021, blamed China for a hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software that compromised tens of thousands of computers around the world earlier in the year.

July 19, 2021, 8:12am Business

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration and Western allies formally blamed China on Monday for a massive hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software and accused Beijing of working with criminal hackers in ransomware attacks and other cyber operations. Read story

Fraud cases skyrocketed in Washington in 2020, say reports

July 19, 2021, 7:54am Business

TACOMA — A statewide crime report for 2020 showed the effect that last year’s swarm of fraudulent unemployment claims had on Washington’s overall crime statistics. Read story

Fred Meyer warehouse workers vote to authorize strike; work stoppage could begin Monday

July 19, 2021, 7:45am Business

OLYMPIA — Fred Meyer warehouse workers, represented by Teamsters Local 117, voted 335-0 to authorize a strike on Saturday that could take effect at stores across the Northwest as early as Monday, the union announced. Read story

A customer checks out produce at a farmers market. Since the pandemic, farmers in Ohio are looking  for new ways to sell their meat and produce.

COVID-19 convinced farmers to sell directly to consumers, something they say they’ll keep doing

A customer checks out produce at a farmers market. Since the pandemic, farmers in Ohio are looking  for new ways to sell their meat and produce.

July 19, 2021, 6:02am Business

COLUMBUS, Ohio — County Line Meats lost a large portion of its customer base when Ohio temporarily shuttered most restaurants in mid-March last year. Then it faced lingering uncertainty as the hospitality industry navigated pandemic-related restrictions and patrons stayed home. Read story

Every city’s drivers have quirks. Studying them could make self-driving cars work anywhere

July 19, 2021, 6:02am Business

To understand why it’s so hard to make a car that drives itself, pay attention to how people cross the street next time you travel. In Los Angeles, pedestrians wait for the walk sign. In San Francisco, some do, and some don’t. In Pittsburgh or Chicago, don’t expect a car… Read story

Economic picture bright compared to 2020

July 19, 2021, 6:02am Business

Oil companies, airlines, hotels. Banks, miners, auto part manufacturers. Business has been made a big and broad-based bounce back-back from the COVID-19 induced depression a year ago. Read story

Night Owl Cycling owners Kelly Campo and Heidi Campo run a full-service bike shop on their property in Kingston, Wash., on July 13, 2021. The Campos are in the process of building a mountain biking center on their property in Kitsap County's rural Country Woods neighborhood, but lack the necessary broadband infrastructure to realize their dreams of a mesh tracking network to track cyclists while they are on nearby trails on the property. (Matt M.

New Washington laws start to close public broadband gap — but it’s a small step

Night Owl Cycling owners Kelly Campo and Heidi Campo run a full-service bike shop on their property in Kingston, Wash., on July 13, 2021. The Campos are in the process of building a mountain biking center on their property in Kitsap County's rural Country Woods neighborhood, but lack the necessary broadband infrastructure to realize their dreams of a mesh tracking network to track cyclists while they are on nearby trails on the property. (Matt M.

July 19, 2021, 6:02am Business

During the pandemic, Shannon Beddo’s students got used to her disappearing during the middle of an online lesson. Beddo, who teaches at two co-op schools, often lost her internet connection, leaving the students without a teacher. Read story

For buyers frustrated by the lack of inventory and rocketing prices, older homes can be a good compromise.

Fixer-uppers present opportunities and challenges

For buyers frustrated by the lack of inventory and rocketing prices, older homes can be a good compromise.

July 19, 2021, 6:00am Business

In normal housing markets, Americans want move-in ready homes. But the post-pandemic housing market is far from normal, and soaring prices have home shoppers changing their expectations. Read story