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Thursday, June 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Mahoning County Engineer’s office and Sheriff’s Department will bring back a countywide load scale program on the highways maintained by the engineer’s office. The program is set to commence July 1, pending approval by the Mahoning County Board of Commissioners. The program, a collaboration between Mahoning County Engineer Patrick T. Ginnetti and Sheriff Jerry Greene, aims to reduce the number of large trucks hauling loads over the legal limit, which in turn will help to alleviate the excessive wear to the roads. The Ohio Revised Code...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- Simon Property Group is working with Elevate Digital, a developer of interactive digital technology, to install "digital concierges" in 31 of Simon's U.S. retail properties. Among those properties is the Southern Park Mall in Boardman, Ohio. The interactive technology displays will provide customers with a way to navigate the mall they are visiting, find deals, events, promotions and also take relevant information with them on a smartphone or tablet. Shoppers can engage with the digital concierge app to sign up for news and updates, take and share...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Hilcorp Energy Co. continues to seek oil and gas prospects in western Pennsylvania three months after one of its drilling operations was linked to a spate of small earthquakes that rattled the eastern edge of Mahoning County. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued five new permits to Hilcorp June 3, authorizing the company to drill horizontal wells in Mercer County, the agency reports. Hilcorp's new wells are targeted for the Wengerd farm in Lackawannock Township, Pa....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Western Reserve Port Authority’s board of directors approved a deal Tuesday with a new company owned by developer Brian Ross to take over the former air cargo building at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, for use as a corporate hangar and air flight facility. Following the first of two executive sessions, which stretched its monthly meeting to three hours, the board authorized Dan Dickten, director of aviation for the airport, to enter into a lease for the building with YNG West...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Author:  George Nelson LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Mayor Arno Hill insists a proposed $800 million natural-gas fuel plant in the village isn’t dead -- he just needs to find a new location. The village planning commission voted 4-1 Monday night against a required zoning change for the proposed 57-acre site where Clean Energy Future LLC hoped to build the plant (READ STORY). The site is situated among several high-voltage power lines, which the company said made it an ideal location for the plant. Monday’s vote followed two public hearings on...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The next step in the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp.'s plan to revitalize the historic Idora Park area got underway Tuesday with the debut of the Idora Neighborhood Farmer's Market. Eleven vendors, offering diverse products such as vegetables, peanut butter and tea -- all locally produced -- set up shop on an empty lot at the corner of Glenwood and Sherwood Avenues. Among the vendors was the Iron Roots Urban Farm, a farm created by YNDC to address the “food desert” that exists in the...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sales of new vehicles climbed 11.5% in May among dealers in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties compared to last year, according to the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio's monthly report. ADEAO reports that dealers in the three-county area sold 2,618 new cars and trucks during the month, compared to 2,347 sold a year ago, an 11.5% hike. The Chevrolet Cruze, manufactured at General Motors Co.'s Lordstown Complex, proved the highest-selling new vehicle in terms of volume with 219 sold during the month. Second was the Chevrolet...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS -- CieloStar, a nationwide health-care benefit distribution and payment technology company based here, has formed partnerships with the Ohio and Virginia chambers of commerce to open private health insurance and benefits exchanges in each state, John Reynolds announced Tuesday. Reynolds is the president and CEO of CieloStar, which  operates private exchanges in North Carolina and Oklahoma through similar chamber of commerce partnerships. The newest exchanges will offer Ohio and Virginia employers, including those not members of either chamber, an array of...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the wake of the Great Recession,  80% of millennial Americans say it has taught them they have to save now to survive financial problems they’re likely to face somewhere down the road. Still, 45% are not saving for retirement, according to a survey conducted for Wells Fargo Bank. “Millennials” is a term that generally refers to a generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1995. The savings picture differs by sex, with 61% of men and 50% of women reporting that they are saving, says the survey. This difference in saving rates could result from...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DETROIT -- The CEO of General Motors Co., Mary Barra, today addressed stockholders at the company’s 2014 annual meeting, telling them the company is in the best position to meet and exceed competitive challenges.  “In every market, consumers have more and better automotive choices than ever before,” Barra said. “And the competition is only going to get tougher. This is a reality. Another reality is that GM is positioned to be stronger, leaner and more responsive than ever before.” She described 2013 as an historic year, during which the company passed a number of...

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