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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Two wells Hilcorp Energy Co. drilled in the Mahoning Valley are showing promise in terms of decent natural gas flow, according to newly released well production data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. These production levels, however, are dwarfed by the massive output other wells are experiencing in the southern tier of Utica shale in eastern Ohio. ODNR production results for the quarter ended March 31 show that Hilcorp's well in Poland Township is the most productive in the...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Despite a month marked by massive recalls at General Motors Co. and Toyota, customers in the tri-county region flocked to dealers' showrooms during June. Sales of new cars and trucks in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties increased 10.6% compared to sales a year earlier, reports the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio in its monthly report. Combined new- and used-vehicle sales were also up 10%, the reported noted. Dealers said they sold 2,687 new models in June versus 2,428 during the same month in 2013. Total sales of new and...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – During the expansion and renovation project at Northside Medical Center, emergency department operations were “kind of similar to changing a tire when you’re rolling down the road,” says Neal Tishman, D.O. and chairman of its department of emergency medicine.  A few miles remain on that journey, but officials at Northside and its parent, ValleyCare Health Systems of Ohio, joined community leaders Tuesday morning to cut the ribbon on the new 30,000-square-foot tower that officially opens Monday...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Through the first half of the year, the Mahoning Valley economy continued to improve, leaders of economic development agencies report. Most of that growth has been in the manufacturing sector, highlighted by the announcements that Laird Technologies will relocate its entire operation in Sharpsville, Pa. to Warren and that VAM, a Vallourec subsidiary, will undertake an $82 million expansion projected to create some 80 jobs. Development leaders, including T. Sharon Woodberry, director of economic...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DETROIT -- Through Jan. 2, 2015, current employees of a public or private school, university or college are eligible to participate in General Motors’ new GM Educator Discount program, the company announced Tuesday. As such, they can receive what GM terms a “significant” discount on the purchase or lease of a new 2014 or 2015 Chevrolet, Buick or other GM vehicle. All 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models are eligible except the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and Spark EV. "GM values the work our educators and support staff are doing across the county to create a...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Since 2011, $49.8 million from natural gas and federal funding sources has been devoted to housing initiatives across the Marcellus shale play within the Keystone State, Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday. The impact of that funding has been multiplied by leveraging it to attract additional investments of $311.5 million from the private sector and other public sources, according to Corbett.  This funding has been used to build new housing and rehabilitate existing residences, depending on which approach was deemed better to address housing shortages in...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee today announced that it wants the party’s 2016 national convention to be held in Cleveland. It will be the first national political convention to be held in Ohio since 1936. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the announcement on Fox News. Said Priebus, “A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

HUBBARD, Ohio -- NanoLogix Inc. announced this morning that the European Patent Office has informed its London and U.S. patent law firms that its European application for the NanoLogix BNP sandwiched-membrane Petri based detection technology has received an allowance for grant under the European Patent Convention. NanoLogix is an innovator in the rapid detection of viable bacteria, and identification and determination of antibiotic resistance/sensitivity of those bacteria, The patent will cover up to 38 member countries, dependent upon NanoLogix’s election, and...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue BOARDMAN, Ohio -- With a backdrop of where work continues on the U.S. 224 overpass that spans Interstate 680, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Monday promised to return to Washington, D.C. to work for passage of a bipartisan measure to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. Brown, D-Ohio,  stood with John R. Getchey, director of the Eastgate Council of Governments, and Don Crane, president of the Western Reserve Building & Construction Trades Council, to rally public support for “a bipartisan approach to fixing America’s...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A newly formed coalition that represents a wide range of interests intends to develop a long-term strategy to protect Ohio's water resources and address the challenges confronting it. Healthy Water Ohio -- an amalgam of business and industry, conservation, agriculture, academia and water suppliers based in Columbus -- announced Monday the formation of a 16-member steering committee intended to guide the group. "Ohioans use 11 billion gallons of water each day," reported Steve Hirsch, president...

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