National surveys show consumers’ mood is brightening, and it’s not just holiday cheer. The more positive outlook has a lot to do with the steep drop in gasoline prices since last summer. 2015 holds the promise of more price relief not only at the gas pump but also at grocery stores.
Ohio Supreme Court Considers “Skill Games”
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Over the past 3 years, thousands of so-called “skill games” have popped up across Ohio at arcades, convenience stores, and even gas stations. The games reward players who can use buttons or joysticks to manipulate figures on a video screen. State legislators said the games looked suspiciously like illegal slot machines so they tried to crack down on them. Lawmakers declared the games must stop giving cash or gift cards as prizes and they put a $10 limit on the value of the prizes for each game played. One arcade in Circleville has challenged those limits in court. And now, the Ohio Supreme Court has just heard oral arguments in the case so it can issue a final verdict. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.