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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...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 1.4 million specialty trade (or subcontractor) employees left the industry between 2006 to 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, a trend the National Association of Homebuilders finds alarming. Specialty trades are essential to both the residential and commercial construction industries, the association says. Despite the drop in the number of specialty trade employees, annual statistics for nonemployer firms (one-person firms) have been much less volatile during the same period, association figures show. Specialty trades, also called...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University Trustee Harry Meshel will recall a lifetime of memories at 10 a.m. July 19. The former Ohio senator, former president of the state Senate and former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party is part of a new William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society community engagement program series, “Memories With.” The free presentation will be held in the meeting room of Kravitz’s Deli on Belmont Avenut in Liberty Township. Meshel will relate his memories of growing up on the East Side, the Great Depression, his years in the U.S....

Monday, July 7, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Tomorrow ValleyCare Health System of Ohio will cut the ribbon on its $20 million renovation and expansion of Northside Medical Center in Youngstown. The project represents a substantial portion of the $80 million Community Health Systems Inc. pledged to invest in the former Forum Health when it acquired those assets in 2010. Included in that upgrade is a new emergency department that features 21 private exam and trauma rooms and a new tower that features a main lobby, outpatient lab services...

Monday, July 7, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Warren and Trumbull County Community Improvement Corp. is partnering with CenturyLink to establish a regional training facility at 220 S. Park Ave. The training center, located in CenturyLink’s facility downtown, will bring a minimum of 100 CenturyLink employees from the Midwest for training activities each year. Training to be conducted at the center will include multi-day sessions focused on cable splicing and installation and high-speed Internet and fiber training.  “The partnership between the CIC and CenturyLink is a new approach for the CIC...

Monday, July 7, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A reduction in the fee insurance companies pay to appoint insurance agents is projected to result in $11.3 million in reduced costs each year. An amended rule took effect in Ohio June 30 that reduces the agent appointment fee 25%, to $15 from $20. “Lowering the cost of doing business in Ohio benefits consumers and further strengthens Ohio’s vibrant insurance market,” said Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, in a prepared statement. State law requires insurers to “appoint” agents before the agents can act on their behalf to sell, solicit...

Monday, July 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Congress returns to work tomorrow and topping the political agenda is replenishing the Highway Trust Fund, which funds road construction projects but will be insolvent by late August if action is not taken. Thus this morning’s news conference by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, at the site of the $6 million project at U.S. Route 224 and Interstate 680, the biggest traffic tie-up in Mahoning County, to rally local support for what his office terms a “bipartisan approach to fixing America’s highways and bridges by passing a long-term transportation...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Author:  Andrea Wood GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ohio -- A couple from Warren walks their dog along the lakefront path. Strolling toward them are three sisters from the Ursuline Motherhouse in Canfield. All are taking a day trip to wineries in Ashtabula County -- the manifestation of the market niche that began to bear fruit 30 years ago. “It was a last-minute idea -- we like to visit the wineries,” says Sister Eileen Kernan as she and her colleagues enjoy the view outside The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake, a 109-room resort built 10 years ago...

Monday, July 7, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The American Iron and Steel Institute and a dozen other manufacturing groups who say they have been hurt by unfair trade practices have asked the Obama Administration to include strong and enforceable provisions that prohibit currency manipulation in all future U.S. free trade agreements. Among the agreements under negotiation is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Led by the American Automotive Policy Council, the groups have sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that says, "Manipulation of currency levels...

Monday, July 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Mahoning Valley Historical Society will host a reunion July 24 of the corporate employees who worked for Arby’s from 1964 to 1976 to observe the 50th anniversary of the fast-food chain founded here. Arby's Restaurant Group Inc., which today has more than 3,600 restaurants in the United States, Canada, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, is sponsoring the reunion. The founders, Forrest and LeRoy Raffle, grew up in New Castle, Pa. After college, the brothers purchased a restaurant equipment company here and renamed it Raffel Brothers Inc...

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