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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...

Monday, July 7, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- “A Legacy Reborn: The Rebirth of the W.D. Packard Music Hall,” a short documentary showcasing the history of the W.D. Packard Music Hall here, is now available online (CLICK HERE). The film can be found on The W.D. Packard Band’s website, and a link can be found on the W.D. Packard Music Hall’s Facebook page, or the 2 Ticks & The Dog Productions YouTube channel. Released July 3, the documentary highlights the history of the music hall through nearly 60 years as an entertainment destination. The film recognizes the legacy of automotive industry...

Monday, July 7, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership was awarded a $2,735 grant by the Ohio Arts Council, which will help pay a $6,000 stipend for installation of a mural on a retainer wall at the former Morningside Power Plant. “This grant allows us to commission a local artist to install a mural on this site, using a public selection process which will allow our community to help us choose the mural,” says Lisa Ramsey, development director at TNP. The wall sits in the middle of the vacant lot at the former power plant and measures 11 feet tall by 100 feet wide. The...

Monday, July 7, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Power of the Arts, a community arts and culture organization, will host a town hall meeting at 3 p.m. Friday in Bliss Hall of Youngsatown State University. Sponsors will present the findings of a survey of arts and culture organizations. Artists will get an update about Power of the Arts efforts in Columbus. Power of the Arts is seeking to amend the Ohio Revised Code so that counties with populations of fewer than 1.2 million can use the proceeds of a tax they would impose on cigarettes to establish a sustainable fund for cultural activities. The...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A company using Industrial Waste Control Inc.'s plant on Sinter Court to monitor radiation levels in waste generated from drilling operations reports that every container it’s tested has been within regulatory limits and poses no threat to the public. If anything, Austin Master Services Inc. wants to ensure any waste moving into landfills in the region is free of such contaminants and the public's safety is secure, Pete Collopy said. "We try to set it up so we can identify what’s in the...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – State officials said Wednesday that oil and gas production in Ohio nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013, driven mainly by exploration in the Utica shale.  "The Utica play is the real deal," declared James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR oil and gas division chief Richard Simmers, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler, JobsOhio Senior Managing Director David Mustine, and State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers joined Zerhinger Wednesday to...

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – State officials said Wednesday that oil and gas production from wells drilled in eastern Ohio's Utica shale nearly doubled between 2012 and 2013, while data show that many of these wells are increasing in strength. "The Utica play is the real deal," declared James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. ODNR oil and gas division chief Richard Simmers, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler, JobsOhio Senior Managing Director David Mustine, and State...

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