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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IRVINE, Calif. -- Home prices in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman area in Ohio, including distressed sales, were up by 6.4% in November 2014 from a year earlier, CoreLogic reported Tuesday. Month over month, home prices, including distressed sales, were down 0.4% compared to October 2014, according to the financial data company. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices increased by 3.9% in November compared to November 2013. On a month-over-month basis, excluding distressed sales, the index indicates home prices decreased by 0.4% in November 2014 from the...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown Area Jewish Federal has appointed Andrew Lipkin executive vice president to succeed  Sam Kooperman who served the organization for 41 years, 29 of them as executive vice president. Lipkin's appointment, announced Tuesday by Bruce Lev, president of the federation's board of directors, was effective Jan. 1. He is only the third person to be appointed executive vice president of the federation in its 80-year history.  “Sam [Kooperman] was a tremendous leader, not only within our community, but also throughout the Valley,” Lev said in a...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

CLEVELAND -- The United States Attorney's Office Northern Ohio district collected a record $356.7 million in the 2014 fiscal year, the office said in a press release. The district covers 40 counties, including Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. The money is collected from criminal and civil cases the office is “exclusively or substantially” involved in and distributed to crime victims, law enforcement agencies that participated in investigations, other federal agencies and the U.S. Treasury. “The work of this office and our partners not only recovers...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NILES, Ohio -- Dr. Danielle MacDuff, a naturopatholigst with Phoenix House Wellness Center and DC Chiropractic in Warren, will launch a 100-day online challenge for those looking to improve their health in the new year. The program is broken into three 30-day periods and a 10-day period. The longer periods will focus on immune system improvement, detoxing the body and repairing body damage, while the final segment will show participants how to implement what was learned during the program. “By making only four small changes in their lifestyle, people can completely...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

LORAIN, Ohio -- United States Steel Corp. confirmed today that it will temporarily idle its Lorain Tubular Operations as well as its Tubular Processing plant in Houston. In a letter to the president of the United Steelworkers union, Leo Gerard, the company said, “This action is a result of a decline in tubular market conditions, which is impacting demand for the plant’s products. Layoffs will begin March 8, the company said, idling 614 workers here and 142 in Houston. The letter to Gerard, in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, is...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Calls from a "substantial" number of employees spurred the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to file applications Monday with the National Labor Relations Board in a move that could result in workers voting to accept or reject union representation at Exal Corp.'s plant here, a labor official says. "Employees contacted us and said they wanted to have a voice," said Dennis Wright, business representative and organizer for District Lodge 54 of the Machinists union. "...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The price of gasoline has fallen more than a dollar per gallon from a year ago, the latest AAA East Central Fuel Gauge Report shows. The average price of a gallon of gas dropped nearly 16 cents this week, the agency reported. Across northeastern Ohio, the average price per gallon this week is $1.961, down from $2.117 the week of Dec. 29. During the week of Jan. 7, 2014, the average price per gallon was $3.329  In the Mahoning Valley, prices for a gallon of regular unleaded hover around the $2 mark. Some stations in Warren this morning had posted...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Author:  Dan O'Brien LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- An aluminum manufacturing plant under construction, the potential for a diversified business park development, plans on the drawing board for a new electrical generation plant, and continued investment in General Motors Co.'s manufacturing operation: It's already a busy 2015 for the mayor of Lordstown. "All told, we're looking at about $1.175 billion of investment," says Arno Hill as he rattles off projects in various stages of development in his village. "It's been a great year." Most recently...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

CLEVELAND -- While loans to large businesses “have soared to record levels,” lending to small businesses, although improving, continues to lose ground, says a report the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland released Monday. The author of the report, Ann Marie Wiersch, is a senior policy analyst in the community development department of the Cleveland Fed. She was the keynote speaker in Vienna Township at a breakfast last March 13 the Mahoning County Economic Development Corp. held for small-business owners and the commercial lenders at banks that serve the Mahoning...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A new study links the March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township to hydraulic fracturing that activated a previously unknown fault. The induced seismic sequence included a rare felt earthquake of magnitude 3.0, according to research published by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. In March 2014, a series of five recorded earthquakes, ranging from magnitude 2.1 to 3.0, occurred within one kilometer (0.6 miles) of a group of oil and gas wells operated by Hilcorp Energy, which was conducting active hydraulic fracturing operations at...

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