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More West Virginia ski resorts opening

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- The first day of winter is bringing more skiing and snowboarding in West Virginia.

Officials say Timberline Resort in Tucker County is set to open Friday and Winterplace in Raleigh County is scheduled to start its season on Sunday.

Canaan Valley Resort in Tucker County is set to open for the season on Dec. 26.

Meanwhile, Snowshoe Mountain Resort has been open since the mid-November and is offering the most open terrain in the region.

West Virginia's ski areas draw 800,000 visitors each season and have an economic impact of more than $250 million on the state's economy in about four months.

Walgreen sees profit drop 26 percent for 1Q

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Walgreen's fiscal first-quarter earnings sank nearly 26 percent as costs tied to a couple big deals and Superstorm Sandy helped put a bigger-than-expected dent in the drugstore chain's performance.

CEO Greg Wasson told analysts he saw the quarter as a "turning point" for the company, which has been working to recapture customers it lost during a contract dispute with Express Scripts Holding Co.

Walgreen Co. spent $4 billion in cash earlier this year to buy a stake in Alliance Boots, a Swiss company that runs the largest drugstore chain in the United Kingdom. It also spent $438 million on a drugstore chain focused on the mid-South under the USA Drug, Super D Drug and Med-X names.

The storm system that swept up the East Coast in late October also cost $24 million in the quarter, as it forced Walgreen to temporarily close hundreds of stores.

Jobless rate in Ohio inches downward again

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's unemployment rate is continuing to inch downward.

The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services said Friday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent. That's down from 6.9 percent in October and 7.1 percent in September.

It's the lowest since an identical 6.8-percent rate in August 2008.

The state has said Ohio's economy and its job market are getting stronger, though the process is slow.

Ohio's unemployment rate has remained about a full percentage point below the U.S. rate.

Chain asks court to stop morning-after pill rule

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Hobby Lobby Stores is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block part of the federal health care law that requires it to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills.

The arts-and-crafts company is owned by a conservative Christian family. They argue the drugs are tantamount to abortion because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's womb.

Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby asked the high court for an injunction Friday, a day after a federal appeals court rejected the company's request. A U.S. District judge turned down the company last month.

Hobby Lobby is the largest private employer suing over the mandate. Not providing the drugs will subject the company to fines of as much as $1.3 million a day.