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Five things you need to know today, and the Enquirer’s controversial headline

Good morning, Cincinnati! Here are the five most important things you need to know to help start your busy business day.

Forbes: Here’s the richest Cincinnatian

Forbes just came out with a new feature, highlighting the richest person in each of America’s 50 largest cities. In Cincinnati, the honor goes not to a Lindner or a Farmer but to this 50-year-old CEO, who Forbes says is worth just under $1 billion.

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Allegiant already boosting flights to its latest CVG destination

Before the first flight has taken off from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Allegiant Air has added another set of flights to its newest beach destination.

Allegiant will announce Friday that it will expand service from CVG to Fort Walton Beach Airport, which serves Destin, Fla., a popular local vacation spot.

Allegiant will fly to Fort Walton Beach three times a week instead of the originally announced twice per week. Flights will now depart and return on Fridays, Saturdays…

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EXCLUSIVE: Here’s what Mortar is up to in Walnut Hills

Cincinnati’s Mortar, which helps entrepreneurs rise along with redeveloping neighborhoods, announced it was moving to Walnut Hills last month, and now it launched its first new class in the up-and-coming neighborhood.

Mortar started in Over-the-Rhine in 2014 to help entrepreneurial-minded residents learn the ropes of launching or growing their own businesses to keep up with the pace of redevelopment in the neighborhood. It began its first class in Walnut Hills on Oct. 13, and the new neighborhood…

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​Duke reaches $81M settlement in Ohio case

Duke Energy will pay $81 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over a subsidiary’s contracts with large industrial and business customers of Duke Energy Ohio.

Plaintiffs in the antitrust case, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, claimed those customers got benefits from Duke Energy Retail Sales that other customers did not receive.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke (NYSE: DUK) denied the claims and said the contracts were legal. It has since sold Duke Energy…

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Here’s why Ohio’s fastest-growing potpreneur opposes legalizing marijuana

One of the fastest-growing companies in Ohio makes machinery that can extract oil from pot plants, but the owner opposes the Nov. 3 ballot measure that would legalize marijuana.

Andy Joseph of Apeks Supercritical, which posted three-year revenue growth of 8,249 percent to reach $9 million in sales largely as a result of legalized pot in other states, reportedly has concerns about how the industry would be regulated in Ohio.

Issue 3 would require Ohio’s governor to appoint the seven members of…

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​Hamilton County parks chief: City broke off talks on joint parks tax

The city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Great Parks negotiated into the spring over whether to do a joint tax levy campaign in 2016 or 2017, but the city ultimately decided to pursue Issue 22, Great Parks executive director Jack Sutton said Wednesday.

The talks could not have resulted in a merger of Cincinnati’s park department and Great Parks because state law does not allow it, Sutton said.

Any agreements between the two park entities would have had to be similar to pacts in place now:…

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Developer building another huge Greater Cincinnati warehouse on spec

While IDI Gazeley is developing the region’s largest-ever speculative industrial building in Monroe, it’s also building another spec facility in Northern Kentucky.

IDI Gazeley is working on a 442,300-square-foot class A modern bulk distribution facility at its Park South at Richwood development. The building, known as Building I, is being constructed with no signed tenants.

Doug Armbruster, regional director of IDI Gazeley’s Central Northeast Region, said with the vacancy rate for industrial…

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EXCLUSIVE: Tom + Chee bringing special menu to a Greater Cincinnati brewery

Cincinnati grilled cheese slinger and “Shark Tank” success story Tom + Chee is working with a local brewery to debut a new pilot menu for tap room patrons.

Covington-based Braxton Brewing Co. patrons will be able to order from the special Tom + Chee menu for delivery to the brewery starting Nov. 6. The brewery will have an iPad kiosk set up where patrons can order from the menu and have items delivered from the Newport Tom + Chee location.

The pared-down menu doesn’t offer everything that is available…

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Million Dollar Listing: 1901 William Howard Taft Road

The home at 1901 William Howard Taft Road is one of Cincinnati’s signature, recognizable properties, Coldwell Banker West Shell listing agent Perrin March told me.

The five-bedroom, four and a half bathroom home in Walnut Hills is listed for $3,250,000 and has some of the best views of the Ohio River available.

To take a look at the property, click on the image above.

The residence was completed by local builder Allen Zaring III for his family in 1998. He purchased the property, tore down an…

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Here’s what Bengals will fork over to settle suit over cheerleader pay

The Cincinnati Bengals have offered to pay more than $260,000 to settle a federal lawsuit brought by a former Ben-Gals cheerleader related to the squad’s pay.

According to a settlement agreement filed at the end of August, the Bengals will pay 102 former members of the Ben-Gals $2,500 for each season they were on the squad from February 2011 to January 2014, which totals $255,000, within 14 days. They will also pay $5,000 to Alexa Brenneman, the former cheerleader who filed the original lawsuit,…

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