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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The threat of Mahoning County pulling its share of funding from the Western Reserve Port Authority helped spur what officials called a productive meeting (READ STORY) Wednesday between the two entities, one Mahoning County commissioner says. Commissioner David Ditzler says the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners fully intended to place on the agenda Thursday morning a measure that would nix funding for the port authority, but backed off in the aftermath of Wednesday's meeting. "That's why...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Catholic Health Partners, the parent of Humility of Mary Health Partners, has changed its name to Mercy Health, the company reported today. The system’s name change will be phased into all of its facilities, according to the announcement, including HMHP facilities. The system already operates under the “Mercy” name in five of its seven markets, including Cincinnati, Toledo, Lorain, Springfield and Paducah, Ky. The announcement describes the name change as “part of a ministry evolution to one unified team, focused on high-quality care, increased...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

DETROIT -- General Motors Co. reported net income of nearly $200 million during the second quarter of 2014, compared to the $1.2 billion the automaker earned during the same period in 2013. Earnings were affected by $1.2 billion in recall-related costs and charges associated with a victims' compensation program initiated last month, the company said. GM assumed a special charge of $400 million toward its switch compensation program, but qualified that the program could rise to $600 million. Earlier this month, GM unveiled a victims' compensation fund for those killed...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Author:  George Nelson CHAMPION TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Working at an Arby’s restaurant was among Susanne Dutton’s first jobs following high school. A friend’s sister was a “higher-up” at the company at the time, she recalls. “Because the offices were right down the street, I started at the Belmont store,” she said. “I was one of the first girls that worked there, too. It was mostly guys that worked at Arby’s when I started.” That was 42 years ago. Today Dutton, a shift manager at the Mahoning Avenue Arby’s in Austintown, was among a...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio -- Farmers National Banc Corp., parent of Farmers National Bank and Farmers Trust Co., reports $2.35 million in net income, or 13 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30. This compares to first-quarter net income of $2.19 million, or 12 cents a share, and second-quarter 2013 net income of $1.87 million, or 10 cents per share. In its earnings report, released Wednesday, Farmers points to loan growth of 6.9% since June 30, 2013. Net loans stood at $630.42 million at June 30, $618.80 million at March 31, and $589.25 million at June 30, 2013...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Can success be coached? A small contingent of retired successful businessmen and women would bet the titles to their houses it can. At the Youngstown chapter of Score’s “Annual Salute to Small-Business Success!” luncheon Wednesday, they honored seven of the successes for which they acted as midwives over the last two years. Score, formerly the Service Corps of Retired Executives, was founded in 1965, one year after the national organization was formed. Terry Deiderick, then a professor of...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation reports it has reached an agreement in principle to settle the San Allen class-action lawsuit filed in 2007 again the state over BWC pricing policies in place from 2001 to 2008. The settlement includes BWC creating a $420 million fund to pay for claims to employers participating in the lawsuit, their attorney fees, court costs and the costs of administering the fund. The agreement in principle was announced Wednesday. If the court gives its preliminary approval to the settlement agreement, class members will...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The affiliates of Habitat for Humanity in Mahoning and Trumbull counties will merge within the next two to six months, says Monica Craven, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County. “The Mahoning County Habitat has had a lot of success with homebuilding. Trumbull has been an all-volunteer operation that's struggled to build as many houses or serve as many families,” she explains. “We came together and talked about how we might do better together than separately.” Craven...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien WARREN, Ohio -- The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved Wednesday a "unique arrangement" that will result in reduced electric rates for struggling producer Warren Steel Holdings LLC and allow that mill to reopen, according to documents. Warren Steel submitted an application for reduced electricity rates June 4, contending that it was paying higher rates than its out-of-state competitors and causing it to lose business. The company shuttered its plant on Mahoning Avenue in late March, but hasn't placed any...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Schwebel Baking Co. announced shortly before 4 p.m. today that an "independent, certified lab" confirmed earlier today that the species of listeria found in its plant here does not pose a risk to public heallth. “Full production at the Youngstown facility is expected to resume within 24 hours,” said the company's president, Paul Schwebel. “We remain focused on consumer safety. That goal guides our current efforts to get our Youngstown bakery back online and will allow us to produce our full range ofproducts for our loyal customers.” Production...

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