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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Despite a modest dip in Mahoning County, sales of single family houses in the three-county area were up in June from a year earlier, the latest monthly reports from the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors shows.  Unit sales in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties totaled 460 last month, compared with 445 a year earlier and 413 in May. In May, 211 units houses were sold in Mahoning County, down slightly from 230 in June 2013 although up from 202 in May. In Trumbull County, 168 units were sold during June, up from 153 a year earlier...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Rise Pies, the first unit in a planned national chain of fast casual pizza restaurants, will open Sept. 2 in the Shops at Boardman Park, principals announced Monday. Construction at 439 Boardman-Poland Road, previously occupied by the former Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Cold Stone Creamery, began last week. In addition to the Boardman location, a second location is planned at the new University Town Center in Sarasota, Fla. in October and additional lease contracts are lined up around the country. “The pizza found in Youngstown is some of the best in...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and his wife are discussing how their family is going to live on $144 for a week. Ryan and his wife, Andrea, are taking part in the Live the Wage Challenge, attempting to get by for a week on the amount of money a minimum wage-earner would typically have over after taking care of basic living expenses. The challenge is aimed at calling attention to the fact that the federal minimum wage -- now $7.25 per hour -- has not increased since five years ago this Thursday, when the...

Monday, July 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Covelli Centre posted an impressive $382,605 profit for the first half of 2014, its strongest earnings for the period since the arena opened in 2005. A financial report released by the city shows that the Covelli Centre saw a net profit of just $577 for the quarter ended June 30, but budgeted for a loss of $93,840. The arena budgeted a net income of $284,570 for the first six months of 2014, but earned nearly $100,000 more during the period because of several high-profile shows, including Elton John's sold out performance Feb. 1. "As always,...

Monday, July 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Russia’s OAO Severstal, the former owner of steel mills in Warren, Maryland and West Virginia, is selling its two remaining steel plants in the United States for $2.3 billion. In separate transactions, Severstal Dearborn LLC will be sold for $700 million in cash to AK Steel Corp., based in West Chester, and Severstal Columbus (Mississippi) will be sold to Steel Dynamics, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., for $1.625 billion. The Dearborn, Mich., plant’s blast furnace, rebuilt in 2007, is among the most efficient and productive blast furnaces in the world...

Monday, July 21, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute based downtown, is announcing two new special topic project calls on behalf of the Air Force Research Laboratory, manufacturing technology division. The special project topics are Powder Bed Fusion of Thermoplastics Closed-loop Process Control and Open Source Process Control for Powder Bed AM Research. Up to two awards of $405,000 each will be made for the thermoplastics project call and up to two awards of $540,000 will be made for the open source process control topic. A...

Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Business Economists foresees continuing strong economic growth as reflected by their companies earning higher profits and paying higher wages. In its latest survey of 85 economists who work for U.S. businesses or trade associations, NABE found that a majority of the 77 members who responded “have strong expectations for increased economic growth,” said Jack Kleinhenz, president of NABE and chief economist for the National Retail Federation. The results of the survey, conducted between June 20 and 23, were released today. For...

Monday, July 21, 2014

WASHINGTON -- To call attention to the plight of those living on the minimum wage, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, Jan Schakowsky and Keith Ellison will attempt to live on it for a week.   Next week will mark five years since the federal minimum wage was last increased, noted Ryan’s office in announcing the challenge. Strickland, who also served in the U.S. House of Representatives prior to being elected Ohio governor in 2006, and Ryan, D-13 Howland, Schakowsky, D-9 Evanston, and Ellison, D-5 Minneapolis, will be joined by Brad Woodhouse,...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien PULASKI Township, Pa. -- Those who dismiss the prospects of oil and natural gas in the northern tier of the Utica shale need only travel along High Hill Road in Pulaski Township in Lawrence County, Pa. There, along a quarter-mile stretch of mostly tree-lined countryside, pipeline and horizontal well development is very much alive in this section of the Utica, just across the Ohio state line from northeastern Mahoning County. Within this area, three well pads owned by Houston-based Hilcorp Energy Co. are either in...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- Trade and energy are among the issues that can be addressed at the federal level to help make U.S. auto manufacturers such as General Motors Co. more competitive, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said Friday. Following a tour of GM’s Lordstown complex, Portman, R-Ohio, hailed the efforts of workers and management as well as GM’s “cutting edge” technology. “Right now everybody is working as a team and that team is producing a world-class car in a world-class production facility,” he declared. GM has made...

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