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CPS distributing free produce every Thursday through summer

Frontier Airlines restores flights from CVG to 6 cities as travel ramps back up amid COVID-19

CVS opens 34 COVID-19 testing sites in Ohio

  What’s wrong with Ohio’s unemployment system?

Firefighters warn about leaving hand sanitizer in a hot car

Nordstrom reopening stores across Ohio, including 2 in Tri-State

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  IT security provider warns the public of coronavirus scams

  Made strange purchases during pandemic? Experts can tell you why

Cincinnati-area Walmart stores begin 2-hour express delivery

  Tri-State malls reopen with restrictions following coronavirus closure

BBB: Social media coupon scams spreading amid the coronavirus pandemic

  Light at end of tunnel approaching for Tri-State retail

  Virtual doctor visits surge 50 percent in March due to pandemic

As one expert points out, ten years ago mobile banking was new.

  People using quarantine to binge shop for expensive, unusual items

One woman admits she purchased a loom, a vintage sewing pattern for men’s overalls and a German board game.

UPS and Michaels partner to provide contactless drop off and delivery of packages

UPS and Michaels is offering consumers a safe and secure option to pick up packages and drop off returns outside of select Michaels stores across the United States.

BBB warns of on-line face mask scams

Fraud is prevalent online and scammers can pose easily as legitimate merchants.

Louisville Slugger manufacturer producing face masks

  All those Zoom calls wearing you out? There’s a reason

  Study: Young Americans ready to dine out once pandemic ends

IRS stimulus check tracking tool now live

  Scammers likely to target recipients of federal stimulus checks

  How to keep sane working from home as pandemic stretches on

  Tri-State stores make changes to protect shoppers, employees

One of the biggest changes is how many people can be inside a store at any given time.

  Federal stimulus checks: When will you get yours?

if you haven’t given the IRS your bank account information, it could be months before you see the money.

  Kroger to limit number of customers in stores to help prevent coronavirus spread

Kroger also says it has started to test one-way aisles

Allstate to payback $600 million in auto premiums to customers amid the COVID-19 outbreak

The insurance company announced its Shelter-in-Place Payback where they will return more than $600 million in auto insurance premiums to customers for April and May.

Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

Economic stimulus checks: What you need to know

Payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

  Here is how the $2.2 trillion rescue package can help you

The checks could be in the mail in a matter of weeks.

Scam Alert: Beware of ‘mandatory’ coronavirus test texts

Government agencies do not typically communicate via text messages.

  How the federal aid package could help Tri-State families

The bill includes billions for hospitals, local and state governments, struggling companies and individuals and families.

99 cents for gas ‘a strong possibility’ as coronavirus lowers prices, report says

As of Monday, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.08; down 12.8 cents from last week, the report says.

  Coronavirus impacting package shipping times

The outbreak of the coronavirus is impacting how quickly online shopping orders are delivered.

  Target to limit purchases, clean stores every 30 minutes due to coronavirus concerns

Target said they’re adding hours to each store’s payroll to make cleaning routines more rigorous.

  Gas prices fall as oil producers prepare for price war

Coronavirus restrictions have reduced consumption in China, one of the world’s largest oil importers, by 20 percent.

Kroger backs proposal to ban plastic bags

The proposal would remove single-use bags from food retail establishments beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Is now the time to refinance your mortgage?

If you’re in the market for a new home or looking to refinance – now may be a great time.

  Privacy concerns: Could your smart devices be listening in?

Smart devices are becoming ubiquitous in our homes, and that raises concerns about privacy.

  Popular heartburn medicine being linked to cases of specific cancers in growing number of lawsuits

Millions of Americans who suffer from heartburn, treated it with Zantac and its generic form, Ranitidine. After a voluntary recall, those patients are forced to look elsewhere for treatment, while others are questioning if their long-term use lead to their cancer diagnosis.

  Pay-later apps: The latest craze comes with a catch

These pay-later apps are installment payment software, and there’s a number of them.

  Activists rally outside city hall for ban on plastic bags: ‘They are poisoning our earth’

The activists gathered at city hall to advocate for a plastic bag ban, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Ohio AG launches Robocall Enforcement Unit to fight back

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost launched and anti-robocall initiative Wednesday to fight back against the growing nuisance.

  Paper masks, hand sanitizers in short supply as coronavirus fears spread

Experts say you should also have a 14-day supply of food and necessities on hand.

Kroger limiting orders of sanitization, cold and flu products

Kroger is limiting orders of some sanitization and cold and flu products after a rash of demand triggered by coronavirus fears.

  How scammers are using coronavirus to get at your money

Don’t assume if you see an ad on Facebook that it’s therefore legitimate.

  Walmart testing medical facilities within stores

In two U.S. test stores, Wal-Mart is offering x-rays, EKG stands, dental care and mental-health counseling, and the prices are low.

McDonald’s giving away free Egg McMuffins Monday

McDonald’s lovers rejoice! On Monday, restaurants nationwide will offer a free Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

  Tips to de-stress the experience of flying

Research suggests 40 percent of those surveyed would rather file their taxes or go to the DMV than fly.

  ReProm offers dress exchange, low-cost dresses for prom season

ReProm offers an array of new and gently used prom dresses as prom season approaches.

Ohioans trying to buy emergency food supplies for possible coronavirus outbreak are finding they’re not alone

The threat of a coronavirus outbreak in the United States has some Ohioans getting prepared by purchasing survivalist food and water supplies.

  It’s National Chili Day!

Thursday is National Chili Day, a "holiday" that is near and dear to hearts (and stomachs) across greater Cincinnati.

  Crooks amping up campaign donation scams ahead of the election

Scammers are after your money, and they’ve got a new way to get it ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

  How to ensure a scam-free vacation

It’s getting easier for scammers to target those who book their stays at popular online sites like VRBO and AirBnB.

Free pancakes Tuesday at IHOP

This year, IHOP is adding extra incentive to indulge. The chain will serve up 250,000 instant win prizes with a “Pancakes for Life” sweepstakes

  Popular payment apps pose some risk for users

66% of people are now using a payment app to exchange money according to Innovation Now, a coalition made up of industry giants like Apple and Google.

  Proposal could protect consumers from filling up with tainted gas

Ohio House Bill 499 traces back to southwest Ohio and is an effort to put an end to tainted gas in the Buckeye State.

  This stinks: Garlic prices are going up

The outbreak is causing garlic supply disruptions in China, the world’s largest garlic producer.

  What to do when you miss a credit card payment

So, you’ve missed a credit card payment. Now what?

  Common mistakes to avoid when filing your taxes in 2020

It’s time to file your taxes, but make sure you do it right, or your return could be delayed or rejected!

  How much money are you spending on your subscriptions? The answer might surprise you

How can you cut back? First, figure out how much you’r spending.

  Research shows fewer people are donating to charities

New data suggests fewer people are giving to charity these days, and the numbers are reportedly declining quickly.

  2019 was the worst year for data breaches

According to RiskBased Security, data breaches were up 33% last year over the year before.

  Why you shouldn’t feel pressured to spend on Valentine’s Day

If you’re wondering, 94 percent of us want chocolate tomorrow.

Fifth Third says 100 customers impacted by information theft

The bank says the employees manually accessed customers' personal information.

Study suggests use of hair dyes can increase risk of developing breast cancer

A recent study suggests using permanent hair dye or chemical straighteners can increase the risk of developing breast cancer.

  They’re back! Cherry ‘thing-a-lings’ go on sale today

Part doughnut and part fritter, the famous cherry “thing-a-lings” are now taking over an Indiana town.

  Warning for online shoppers about fake delivery scams

Scammers are getting creative by sending emails to shoppers that claim there is a problem with their order.

  Coronavirus and cruises: Should you be concerned?

Does the coronavirus have you worried about your—or your your college student’s— upcoming vacation?

  Survey: Bad credit score is second only to cheating in causes of relationship angst

Of those surveyed, 51 percent would not marry someone who has bad credit.

Fifth Third: Bank employees stole, gave out customer info

The information reportedly included social security numbers, address, phone numbers, and account numbers.

Dewey’s closing at Newport on the Levee - or are they?

The Dewey’s Pizza location will be closing their doors at Newport on the Levee, but it may not be a permanent move.

Popular infant carrier sold at Target and Amazon recalled

The recall is due to a problem with the buckles on the carrier, which could cause the baby to fall out.

New dialing procedures for those with 937 area code

Residents and businesses in Butler, Warren, Highland, Clinton, Brown, and Adams counties will now have to dial 326 as an overlay to the 937 area code, said the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, PUCO.

Ultimate Air Shuttle to expand service from Lunken to Nashville and Cleveland

Ultimate Air Shuttle will be expanding its public charter service to Nashville and Cleveland in March.

Girl Scout Cookies are back this weekend

The long wait is finally over: Thin Mints are back!

  Ohio man’s death leads to law that gives access to lifesaving prescription refills

House Bill 188 or Kevin’s Law took effect in Ohio in March 2016. The law allows pharmacists to give patients a 30-day supply of a lifesaving drug like insulin even if the prescription is expired.

  Macy’s closing Cincinnati headquarters Downtown, adding jobs to Mason, Springdale

Macy’s is closing their national headquarters located downtown, a source told FOX19 NOW.

  Millennium Hotel liquidation sale begins today

Everything must go - items inside the Millennium Hotel are up for sale.

  Doctors call online ‘protection kits’ overkill as coronavirus continues to spread

As the coronavirus continues to spread, medical masks and “protection kits” are selling online, but doctors are calling them unnecessary.

Raising Ohio’s minimum wage: State’s top cop certifies petition to increase it to $13 by 2025

If voters approve the proposal, it would increase the minimum wage to $9.60 an hour on Jan. 1, 2021 and then by 85 cents each year for four years to reach $13 an hour in 2025