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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Deborah Liptak, development director of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, was elected president of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Youngstown at its annual meeting. Carla Baldwin Fields was honored as YW Board Member of the Year, Barbara Ade as Volunteer of the Year and Jo Ann Buzulencia as Employee of the Year. Other officers elected are Rhonda Warren, first vice president; Cryshanna A. Jackson, second vice president, Jenna Santisi, treasurer, and Kristen Olmi, secretary. New members of the YW board for three-year terms...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Jim Tressel makes Energizer Bunny look like a sluggard. Even before he was chosen president-designate of Youngstown State University, Tressel displayed a boundless energy and seemingly little need for sleep. Since them, he has exhibited even more enthusiasm for YSU and is oblivious to weekends being a time when others recharge their batteries. “He calls me at 6:30 in the morning because he knows I’m up,” says Paul McFadden, executive director of the Youngstown State University Foundation. “And...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- It wasn't a conversation normally heard on the first day of school, but Summer Freedom School doesn’t aim to be a typical summer school. As Donielle Lisbon, an Youngstown State University education intern from Struthers, led a discussion about the impact of Negro leagues baseball on the Civil Rights Movement, the hands of eight students from the elementary schools in the Youngstown City Schools District started shooting up as they asked questions. After Lisbon answered them, she posed a...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- One-third of all applicants are ineligible for good-paying jobs in Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector due to drug use or drug test avoidance,  according to a new study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association and conducted by Tel Opinion Research (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD). The survey of 200 manufacturing business executives focused on their companies’ experience with drug testing and its impact on their workforce. The results indicate drug use by both potential and current workers is a legitimate concern facing the manufacturing...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Business filings in Ohio last month were down from a year earlier, although flings year-to-date remain ahead of 2013, Secretary of State Jon Husted reported Monday. In May, 7,820 new entities filed to do business in the state, down from 8,229 in May 2013. For the first five months of the year, the Husted’s office has assisted with 41,594 new business filings, a slight increase from the 40,733 new business filings for the January-May period in 2013. During 2012 and 2013, 88,068 and 89,735 new companies, respectively, filed to do business in the state...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Income from the play of table games at Pennsylvania casinos during May was 2.3% higer than revenues in May 2013, he Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported Monday. Gross table games revenue generated by 12 casinos was $64,176,092, or $1,417,594 higher than in May 2013. With an average of 1,091 tables in operation statewide every day, tax revenues produced last month were $9,231,300, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said In western Pennsylvania, gross revenues were $1,084,561 at Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie compared with $1,325,482...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

McLEAN, Va. -- The National Automobile Dealers Association has rolled out a "Get The Facts" initiative, the intent of which is to inform the media, opinion leaders and consumers about the numerous benefits of America's franchised new-car dealer network through a website and variety of multimedia resources. Today, NADA releases a new report by auto industry analyst Maryann Keller on the consumer benefits of the dealer franchise system. The centerpiece of the project is a 2½-minute animated video detailing the benefits of the franchised dealer system. Other resources...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Jim Cossler was headed to lunch with someone he described as a “very, very high-profile guest” -- in town to attend an America Makes management review meeting last fall – as they passed a downtown planter filled with cigarette butts. The visitor, Cossler recalls, remarked that it was “the largest ashtray” he had seen in his life. “I know he said it as a joke,” the Youngstown Business Incubator CEO and “chief evangelist” says. Even so, “I don’t think he’s ever going to forget the largest...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Jim Cossler was headed to lunch with someone he described as a “very, very high-profile guest” -- in town to attend an America Makes management review meeting last fall – as they passed a downtown planter filled with cigarette butts. The visitor, Cossler recalls, remarked that it was “the largest ashtray” he had seen in his life. “I know he said it as a joke,” the Youngstown Business Incubator CEO and “chief evangelist” says. Even so, “I don’t think he’s ever going to forget the largest...

Monday, June 16, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien PITTSBURGH -- The geological makeup of the southern Utica shale play in eastern Ohio explains why energy companies drilling there are experiencing higher rates of production than in the northern sections of the play. Much of it has to do with geological pressure and the porosity of two rock formations -- the Point Pleasant and the Utica -- often collectively referred to as the Utica shale, explains Jeff Ventura, president and CEO of Range Resources. "The reservoir quality is much better in the Point Pleasant than...

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