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Ohio gas prices on the way down again

Jan. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio gas prices are lower to start the new work week.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $3.19 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's 13 cents lower than a week ago, and reverses two straight weeks of rising prices at the pump.

Ohio's prices are well below the national average of $3.30, which is about the same as last week. The lowest average price in Ohio Monday was $3.10 in the Toledo area.

Experts say that economic worries related to the fiscal cliff deal could keep gasoline demand down and lead to lower fuel consumption -- and prices -- in January.

Beech Bottom site draws interest of companies

BEECH BOTTOM, W.Va. -- A former steel plant property in Beech Bottom is drawing the interest of companies in the energy sector.

The Business Development Corp. of the Northern Panhandle acquired the former Wheeling Corrugating property in November.

Executive director Pat Ford tells The Herald-Star of Steubenville, Ohio, that the development group showed the 650-acre property to prospects throughout the holiday season.

Some prospects are looking only for land. Others are looking for building space.

Ford says the development group doesn't want to subdivide the property prematurely. It has met with two engineering companies to discuss proposals for a master site plan.

McDonald's expands test flight for wings

NEW YORK -- First there were McNuggets. Then there were Chicken McBites. Now McDonald's could be adding "Mighty Wings" to its chicken menu.

The world's biggest hamburger chain is set to expand its test of chicken wings to Chicago this week, after a successful run in Atlanta last year. The wings are being sold in servings of three, five or 10 pieces with prices starting at $3, according to Lynne Collier, an analyst with Sterne Agee.

A spokeswoman for McDonald's confirmed the test in Chicago would start this week at about 500 restaurants but said there weren't any plans yet to bring the wings to other cities.

Eastern Ky. Coca-Cola plant set for expansion

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. -- A Coca-Cola plant and warehouse in southeastern Kentucky is expanding, with a company official saying more room is necessary to accommodate growing sales.

The plant in Middlesboro will grow by about 24,000 square feet. Regional Sales Manager Bobby Abbott told The Daily News the company needs a place to put more items and new equipment.

Abbott said the company sold a million plus cases of Cumberland Gap water last year, making shipments from Florida to Michigan along the way. Abbott says the water takes up half of the current warehouse and continues to grow.

Work on the expansion has already started. Abbott hopes construction will be done by June or July.

The company had discussed an expansion about five or six years ago, but decided not to expand then.

WV Medicaid contract exemption facing repeal

CHARLESTON -- West Virginia's Medicaid program could lose the authority to oversee the awarding of its contracts.

The joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability endorsed a bill Monday to repeal that power.

A 2009 law has allowed the Bureau of Medical Services to bypass the state's normal contract bidding process. But a legislative review found in August that the agency had fumbled the handling of one of West Virginia's most lucrative contracts.

The bureau twice botched the bid request phase for hiring a company to oversee Medicaid claims and records. Since the audit, the agency has awarded the nearly $250 million contract to Molina Medicaid Solutions.

But another bidder, Xerox, is protesting that outcome as unfair.

The draft bill recommended Monday will appear during the upcoming regular session.