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Monday, May 19, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Better Business Bureau of the Mahoning Valley's annual Secure Your ID Day will take place 9 a.m.-noon May 31 at the Covelli Centre. The Better Business Bureau and its shredding partner, Alpha Omega Document Management LLC, encourage businesses and consumers to participate and take a key step in identity protection by shredding and properly disposing of sensitive paper documents. BBB staff will also be on hand to provide advice and tips on identity theft protection. Businesses and consumers are invited to bring up to 3 standard size boxes or...

Monday, May 19, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman are pressing their case for trade remedies targeting companies that illegally dump steel products on the U.S. market to the detriment of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) manufactured by Vallourec Star and other companies operating locally. Brown, D-Ohio, and Portman, R-Ohio, led a group of 57 senators in calling on the Obama Administration to protect American steel manufacturers and the jobs they support. Brown’s and Portman’s efforts come in advance of a major trade case before the U.S. Department of...

Monday, May 19, 2014

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. -- As U.S. companies grow increasingly concerned about the financial well-being of their workforce, an Aon Hewitt survey finds that employers are looking for new ways to improve the long-term financial health of their employees. Fully 76% of companies surveyed are somewhat or very likely to expand their focus on the financial well-being of their employees this year. "In the past, companies were primarily concerned about whether workers were participating in their 401(k) plans, but we're now seeing employers expand their focus beyond just retirement...

Monday, May 19, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown State University students in the nonprofit leadership academic program Pay It Forward: Strengthening Communities gained hands-on experience in philanthropy this spring through the student-led philanthropy initiative. Members of the student nonprofit leadership organization had $2,000 in available grant funding to award this spring semester. The students focused on adult education/skill development, urban development revitalization and an outreach to veterans. The students narrowed the applicant pool of nearly 20 organizations to four...

Saturday, May 17, 2014

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College Board of Trustees Friday named Paul J. McNulty, a 1980 alumnus and attorney with a long career in public service, the college’s ninth president. McNulty, a former U.S. deputy attorney general, is a partner in the global law firm Baker & McKenzie. He oversaw the prosecution of terrorists in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, set policy for prosecuting corporate fraud and was a top congressional Republican staffer. He is considered a leading expert on business ethics, corporate governance and regulatory risk management....

Friday, May 16, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Ohio’s unemployment rate in April was down nearly half a percentage point from the month before, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning, providing political fodder for both political parties. The 5.7% unemployment rate the state posted in April is down from 6.1% in March, according to the monthly data. In April 2013, the Ohio unemployment rate as 7.3%. Nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 12,600 over the month, from a revised 5,285,000 in March to 5,297,600 in April. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio...

Friday, May 16, 2014

DETROIT -- The federal government today fined General Motors $35 million -- the maximum penalty the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could impose -- for failing to report in a timely manner the ignition switch defect in Chevrolet Cobalts made at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant, and in its Saturn Ions and similar vehicles. General Motors posted a statement on its website acknowledging the company has signed a consent order with the NHTSA. “We have learned a great deal from this recall. We will now focus on the goal of becoming an industry leader in safety,”...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Darlene Donatiello is not going to the dogs. She’s going after their owners. Donatiello just opened Dar’s Dirty Dogs on Canfield Road in Cornersburg. There she offers four stalls with self-serve tubs that allow owners to wash and dry their dogs that weigh up to 200 pounds. And she has a “groom room” where she’ll shampoo their dogs, shear or shave their fur as requested, clean their ears, the pads of dogs’ feet and clip their toenails. Included is “a spritz of cologne” at the end, she says, and...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A Cleveland law firm was paid "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in legal fees by a businessman or his related businesses to help public officials oppose Mahoning County's purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place in 2006, an indictment filed by a Cuyahoga County grand jury says. It's presumed that the businessman is Anthony Cafaro Sr., former president of the Cafaro Co. and its subsidiary, Ohio Valley Mall, based on previous testimony and court transcripts related to a similar case brought against...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue BOARDMAN, Ohio -- They might be only 17 but in their 17 years these seven high school seniors have taken on challenges that would daunt most of their peers and overcome adversity. Victoria Armour, Brea Brazzon, Bridgette Kelly, Mary Kenney, Christian Parks, Caleb Roth and Martin Strong, this year’s winners of Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Scholarships, will head for college this fall, each helped by an $8,000 grant they received Thursday at the 17th annual scholarship luncheon at Antone’s Banquet Center. They...

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