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Thursday, October 2, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- Sharon Regional Health System will reduce staff by approximately 87 full-time equivalent positions, the system announced Wednesday. The “staff adjustments” will include personnel in administrative, technical, clerical and support roles, with what is described in a Sharon Regional news release as a “limited number of clinical or direct patient care positions affected.” The system, which has a workforce of more than 1,100 FTEs now, is “committed to effective and efficient operations to ensure our long-term viability,” Sharon Regional spokesman Ed...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

LAS VEGAS -- The U.S. gaming industry contributes $240 billion to the U.S. economy, a new study has found. That's equivalent to the total state budgets of New York and Texas combined. The industry supports more than 1.7 million jobs, which is more than double the total employment in Washington, D.C., and nearly $74 billion in income, according to the study released by the American Gaming Association conducted by Oxford Economics. The $38 billion in tax revenues to state and federal government are enough to pay more than 500,000 teachers' salaries. “We’ve known for a...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans are the target of yet another scam, this time involving computers. Callers tell consumers their computers are infected with a virus and falsely claim they will fix the problem. The warning from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine comes at the start of October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has received more than 50 calls about computer scams in the last month, DeWine said. Some consumers have lost more than $100 or experienced hundreds or thousands of dollars in unauthorized credit card charges due...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Storm chaser P. Grady Dixon will visit Youngstown State University Friday afternoon, speaking on the topic of "Hail and Deer...And Several Other Answers to Your Questions About Storm Chasing." The free lecture is sponsored by YSU's geography department. Dixon is associate professor and chair of the geosciences department at Fort Hayes State University in Hays, Kan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Mississippi State University, a master’s degree in geography from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- The Columbiana County Port Authority this morning approved two resolutions during a special meeting that could potentially improve broadband wireless capability throughout the county and strengthen its chances to lure new business. The Port Authority board approved the acceptance of a $49,500 Local Government Innovations Fund grant from the state of Ohio that would be used to conduct a broadband connectivity wireless study, reports Port Authority CEO Tracy Drake. A second resolution was...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Driven by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index posted a solid gain in August. The index stood at 101.9 in August, up 1% from July and its first gain in three months. In addition, the index stood above 100 for the 18th consecutive month, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators. “The August gain was fueled by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic results, aided by continued...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- C's Waffles has expanded with C Waffles Express, a new location at 7105 Lockwood Blvd., Boardman. The restaurant opened Sept. 22. The new location specializes in quick meals for breakfast and lunch, and features both dine-in and takeout service, according to a company news release. The establishment joins locations in Boardman, Hubbard, Brookfield, Struthers and North Lima in Ohio; Hermitage and New Castle, Pa.; and Smyrna Beach, Fla. Its first location opened in 1992. Hours are 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 17 new horizontal permits for oil and gas exploration in the Utica/Point Pleasant shale formation during the week of Sept. 21, the agency reports. All but one of the permits issued were located at sites in the southern tier of the play, where wells have generally yielded more lucrative production results. Antero Resources Corp., based in Denver, received the most permits with eight last week, ODNR reported. Six of those permits are for wells in Monroe County and two were for wells in Noble County....

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore POLAND, Ohio – Hallrich Inc., which operates more than 50 Pizza Hut restaurants throughout Ohio, donated 10% of its sales from personal pan pizzas in the Mahoning Valley to United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley on Tuesday. The fundraising drive, which ran from June to August, raised $5,594 for the United Way's Success By 6 program. “The money will be used for classroom funding. It goes to teachers, teacher's aides and most importantly, educational materials,” said Kathy Mock, United Way's director of...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IRVING, Calif. -- Foreclosure and mortgage delinquency rates in the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman Ohio-Pa. metropolitan statistical area decreased for the month of July over the same period last  year, according to the latest monthly data from provided by CoreLogic, The rate of foreclosures for the area was 2.35% in July, down 1.17 percentage points from July 2013’s 3.52%. The MSA’s July foreclosure rate was higher than the national rate for the month, 1.66%.  In Ohio, 1.63% of loans were in foreclosure in July, down 0.83% from 2.46% in July 2013. During July, 6.3% of...

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