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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...

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...

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