BUSINESS NEWS FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2003
FCC consequences here up for debate
What effects the FCC's vote to loosen restrictions on TV station ownership might have in Cincinnati was the subject of a hot debate Monday in the media community.
FCC eases limits on media ownership
Q&A about rule changes

Manufacturing declines, but outlook improving
NEW YORK - The beleaguered manufacturing sector saw business activity decline again in May, but new data suggest that it could finally be poised for recovery.

'LifeLog' to record all one does
WASHINGTON - Coming to you soon from the Pentagon: the diary to end all diaries - a multimedia, digital record of everywhere you go and everything you see, hear, read, say and touch.

Kobe Steel to build plant in Ky.
Kobe Steel, a major Japanese steel maker, is building a $32.7 million plant in Kentucky to produce an aluminum material used in making parts for car suspensions.
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Employers hire chaplains to counsel workers
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Lisa Ganz, an accountant at a Fort Smith steel mill, struggled with personal problems including two divorces and a growing sense of depression. She tried to talk about them to co-workers, but often wound up in tears.
TiVo to sell info on viewer choice
SAN JOSE, Calif. - TiVo Inc., the company whose digital video recorders were recently praised as "God's machine" by Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell, is hoping to profit from its omniscience.
WestPoint Stevens files for Ch. 11
WEST POINT, Ga. - WestPoint Stevens Inc., one of the nation's largest makers of sheets, pillow cases and towels under names such as Martha Stewart, has filed for bankruptcy protection, and its chief executive has agreed to resign, company officials said Monday.
Pecan growers hope to match Vidalia's success
CORDELE, Ga. - Using Georgia's famous Vidalia onion as a role model, the state's pecan growers are trying to add value to their crops by marketing the nuts as a specialty product.
Business Digest
Oil prices soared above $30 a barrel for the first time since mid-April on Monday as lean supplies of crude and gasoline at the start of the summer driving season prompted a buying spree.

SUNDAY SPOTLIGHT   (Index of Sunday stories)
CSX remotes guide rail-yard trains
Paul Wells eases the lever forward a bit and releases the brake button on his remote control. The train immediately starts rolling down the tracks toward a row of freight cars.


Beach rentals running behind
Millions of Americans have realized that it's a great time to rent a beach property.

Online banking needs wake-up call
When it comes to meeting consumers' needs on the Internet, major U.S. banks might need to click up their efforts to retain business.

THE GREATER CINCINNATI 100
Top private firms saw recession
Even before the recession hit in March 2001, Greater Cincinnati's largest private businesses saw the tough times coming.

Drees Co. grabs top ranking in the 100
The Drees Co. earned the top spot in this year's Greater Cincinnati 100, but company officials say that the home builder is even bigger now.

Vehicle dealers showed the way
The tech bubble burst, the U.S. economy slumped, and consumers ducked for cover from terrorists.
These 100 show best of can-do spirit
Health care costs bite deep
Accountable to themselves
Habegger posts 50th profit in 50th year
Builder moves up - for now
Floturn flourishes as others fall
Sumerel service adds to revenue
Companies: Outlook for economy is grim
Everclear emerges as true up-and-comer

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