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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 15 new horizontal permits for wells in the Utica shale for the week ended Nov. 29, records show. All of the wells are targeted for the central and southern region of the play where energy companies are having success drilling for natural gas and oil. Gulfport Energy Corp. was awarded five permits, three in Belmont County and two in Monroe County. Chesapeake Energy secured four new permits, all in Carroll County. American Energy Utica LLC was awarded two permits in Jefferson County. And CNX Gas, a...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

PITTSBURGH -- First National Bank of Pennsylvania has promoted Jennifer M. Reel to senior vice president and named her director of corporate communications, the bank announced Tuesday. First National Bank is the largest subsidiary of F.N.B. Corp. Reel, who has been in bank marketing more than 15 years, joined First National Bank in 2000 after a brief stint teaching. She was director of brand and communications strategies at First National Bank before being appointed head of corporate communications. She earned her baccalaureate and master’s degree in education at...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SALEM, Ohio -- Kent State University at Salem is holding its fall undergraduate research conference at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to recognize students for their research and have them share what they learned. David Dees will deliver the keynote address, “The ‘Aha!’ Moment: Why Your Brain Likes Doing Research” in the student lounge. Oral presentations are scheduled for 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. in the library. Research posters will be displayed and judged in the student lounge at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The conference is open to all undergraduates in all disciplines and in any...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

DETROIT -- The Chevrolet Cruze saw its best November since being introduced in 2008, General Motors Co. said today in its monthly sales report. The Lordstown-made Cruze sold 22,857 units last month, a 25.6% increase from November 2013. So far this year, 255,260 Cruzes have been sold, compared to 230,062 during the same period last year. GM also said its American dealers delivered 225,818 vehicles last month for its best November since 2007 and total sales were 6% higher than a year ago. Chevrolet's best-seller, the Silverado, shipped 42,799 units, a 24.5% increase...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- The Surgical Hospital at Southwoods announces it has received two prestigious Press Ganey awards. Press Ganey, a nationally recognized rating service for health-care providers, reviewed the records and performance of more than 10,000 clinics and hospitals before bestowing the awards. The Ganey Press Beacon of Excellence Award is given to the top three health-care organizations in the nation based on extraordinary achievement, according to a press release announcing the awards. This competitive award specifically recognizes high levels of excellence...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio --At its meeting Wednesday night,  City Council will consider additional support for the renovation of the Wells Building downtown. On the council agenda is an ordinance to enter into an enterprise zone agreement with Wells Associated Renaissance Partners LLC and Strollo Architects Inc., who are renovating the building that will be the new offices for the architectural firm and apartments. The ordinance calls for providing a 10-year tax abatement of 75% on real property taxes for the $5.04 million project, which is projected to create two jobs within...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- CareRite Centers LLC, a nursing home operator based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., has acquired the Beeghly Oaks Nursing Home in Boardman and Pembrooke Place Nursing Home in Youngstown. The company paid $2.85 million for Beeghly Oaks, a 57,000-square-foot nursing center with 140 beds at 6505 Market St. in Boardman, according to the Mahoning County auditor's office. CareRite renamed the skilled-nursing home Beeghly Oaks Center for Rehabilitation & Healing. CareRite also acquired Pembrooke Place...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Proponents of an advanced manufacturing training center have identified Youngstown as the best location for the facility, and this week City Council will consider legislation supporting a grant application that would pay for a feasibility study. The Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition has been working for several years to identify specific skills gaps in manufacturing and at the advanced levels of career pathways, such as advanced machining and welding coursework, said Jessica Borza, MVMC...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) joined 29 colleagues Monday in sending a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging the U.S. Postal Service to delay consolidation of up to 82 mail processing facilities nationally. Ohio has four facilities slated to be consolidated, including the Youngstown Processing and Distribution Facility. Without the delay requested by Brown, the consolidations will begin next month.  The letter to Donahoe follows a report by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General that found the USPS failed to fulfill its...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NEW YORK -- The Affordable Care Act has helped to boost the number of insured Americans to the highest levels since 2008. But a new survey from Radius Global Market Research shows that health-care costs are shifting to the consumer and resulting in new behaviors. "Radius GMR's study shows that as costs shift to consumers, patients are making fewer office visits, switching medicines more often, and using nontraditional offices for care," said Kathleen Relias, senior vice president of Radius GMR and head of its health care practice. "These changes are impacting doctors...

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