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Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown led a bipartisan group of eight senators Wednesday in a letter urging the U.S. Commerce Department to stand up for Mahoning Valley jobs in the aluminum extrusion industry that are threatened by unfair Chinese trade practices. In a letter to Paul Piquado, assistant secretary for enforcement and compliance, Brown, D-Ohio, called on the Obama Administration to ensure a level playing field for aluminum extrusion manufacturers such as Aerolite Extrusion Co. and General Extrusions Inc. in Youngstown, Astro Shapes Inc. in Struthers, and...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio -- Northeast Ohio Medical University and Mercy Health today announced what they say is the first-of-its-kind partnership to address the region’s primary care needs while developing a diverse health care workforce dedicated to serving local communities. Through the new partnership, Mercy Health will provide full tuition scholarships to qualifying Neomed students who are pursuing a doctor of medicine degree in exchange for their future service commitments to Mercy Health following residency training. Applications will be available in the spring and...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- Nearly 16.04 million people in the East North Central Region of the AAA will travel 50 miles or more to reach their year-end holiday destinations, AAA's travel office projected Wednesday. This is an increase of 4.8% from the 15.16 million people who traveled in the same region last year. The East North Central Region encompasses Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Some 14.7 million people will be traveling by car, up 5% from 2013, and 585,000 people will take to the sky, an increase of 1.5% from last year, AAA North Central predicts. This...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Author:  Andrea Wood YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- If there was any doubt why Bo Pelini is happy to come home -- and there wasn’t much -- this morning’s news conference was a testimonial to all he learned growing up in the Mahoning Valley. “I gotta tell you,”  YSU’s new head football coach began as he stepped up to the microphone in the upper level of Stambaugh Stadium. “For myself and my family, it’s good to be back, good to be back in town. It’s been a long time since I lived here, since I graduated from [Cardinal Mooney] high school. I have...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Despite the abundance of advice on how to prepare for a job interview, many seeking jobs never heard any of it. How else can you explain these true accounts OfficeTeam has compiled and released? OfficeTeam, a staffing service that focuses on placing highly skilled administrative professionals, asked its clients’ managers to relate the most embarrassing job interview mistakes they had experienced, witnessed or learned about from another manager. Among the faux pas: A candidate called the interviewer by the wrong name. Another arrived with lettuce...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien CARROLLTON, Ohio -- No natural gas well has evoked shouts of “Eureka!” that reverberated across Carroll County, a once pastoral place in east central Ohio. Nor is there one well, one drill site, with crude production so staggering that it stops oil barons in their tracks. Carroll County, still mostly farmland, superficially, has become the heart and nervous system of the emerging oil and gas industry. While no well there ranks among the top-10 producers of oil or gas in the Utica shale, the collective energy...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Author:  Michael Moliterno WARREN, Ohio -- When Dave Nestic accepted his position as chief executive of regional operations at the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center here, he didn’t bite off more than he could chew. But he might have gotten a bit more than he bargained for. “I will tell you that when I started, I said, ‘This is a 24-month job,’ ” he recalls. “At the end of 24 months we should have a building. We should have a program. And we should be able to then go out and hire a full-time executive director.” Three years and a few...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Martha Bushey, an attorney with Manchester, Bennett, Powers & Ullman, is the 2015 chairman of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber. Bushey succeeds Pete Asimakopoulos, Youngstown market president for First National Bank, who served as chairman for two years and moves into the role of immediate past chairman. The chamber board of directors also appointed five new members during its recent reorganizational meeting. The new members are Col. James Dignan, 910th Airlift Wing commander at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station; Jim Gasior, president...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- In an effort to reduce Youngstown State University’s administrative expenditures and increase fundraising capabilities, the YSU Foundation will assume the university’s fundraising functions, YSU announced Tuesday. The YSU Board of Trustees approved the agreement yesterday, while the YSU Foundation Board of Trustees gave approval earlier this month. “We believe that this change in how the university’s development activities are managed will help us meet the increasingly significant philanthropic needs of the institution moving forward,” said YSU...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Plunging gas prices have Americans spending $250 million per day less on gasoline than a year ago. A GasBuddy survey of more than 100,000 respondents finds that 83% will save the difference or reduce debt while only 14% say they will spend it on holiday presents. Among those planning to travel, 23% said that lower gas prices are affecting their plans. They’ll drive greater distances (29%), buy more gifts (35%), spend more on food (11%) and stay at more expensive lodging (8%). “Nearly half of us find year-end travel stressful and the greatest...

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