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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Four weeks ago, the Austintown Middle School Smart Cookies robotics team won two awards at a First Lego League competition in Warren. One was for an innovation they designed for a smartphone app to help kids with learning disabilities improve their math skills. On Monday, they talked to the Youngstown Business Incubator, looking to develop and produce the app. “We get pitched every day, sometimes as many as 10 times, almost always from adults,” said YBI CEO Jim Cossler. “They did better than a...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Author:  George Nelson WARREN, Ohio -- Technology and education are driving recent and upcoming initiatives in this city. Among the highlights of 2014 Mayor Doug Franklin cites is the relocation of Laird Technologies from Sharpsville, Pa., bringing 200 jobs here including 50 new jobs. “They’re a global leader in remote technologies in harsh environments,” he said. “It’s very cutting-edge technology and the growth expectations are off the charts basically.” The mayor reflected on what he’s seen in his city in an end-of-the-year...

Monday, December 29, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The average annual contribution to Ohio's CollegeAdvantage Direct Plan accounts was $2,900 in 2013. By the time a beneficiary reaches age 3 years, his average account balance is $8,741. By the time a beneficiary reaches age 17, the average account balance has reached $24,810, according to a report from the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority. The average account balance is $16,266. In comparison, the national average account balance was $20,671 at June 30. The Tuition Trust Authority offers and administers the CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Program....

Friday, December 26, 2014

WASHINGTON -- After hitting their highest level of the year, sales of existing houses sales slid in November as fewer houses were put on the market, the National Association of Realtors reports. Houses sold declined across the United States compared to October. Total sales -- completed transactions that comprise single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums and co-ops -- fell 6.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.93 million from a downwardly revised 5.25 million in October. Sales dropped to their lowest annual pace since May (4.91 million) but are above...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien STONEBORO, Pa. -- Few would suspect that the unassuming company tucked away along a gravel road in northern Mercer County, Pa., is one of only two in the United States that makes a very large product. “We are one of two manufacturers in the country of clamshell dredges,” says Earl Mook, marketing manager at Supreme Manufacturing Inc., which sits just off Interstate 79 here. The company, established in 1990, was created in response to a growing demand in the aggregate industry for large clamshell dredges and...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WASHINGTON -- As the holiday season spotlights acts of kindness and giving back, a new federal study shows that one in four Americans volunteered through an organization and two-thirds helped their neighbors last year. Collectively, Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours last year.  This year's annual report by Volunteering and Civic Life in America, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship, finds that 62.6 million adults (25.4%) volunteered through an organization in 2013. Assigned value of...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- It’s something that would elicit a laugh or a “Yeah, right,” had you suggested it 20 years ago. But now, with downtown bouncing back, it isn’t quite as farfetched. Every weekend, many of those visiting the restaurants, bars, clubs and entertainment centers close out their evening -- whether the night is still young or at last call -- lining up to buy cookies. In the 21 months since One Hot Cookie opened in Erie Terminal Place, lines have become the norm on Commerce Street and around downtown...

Monday, December 22, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown State University Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is accepting nominations for ita annual Diversity Leadership Recognition Awards. Deadline is Jan. 30. The awards and the Diversity Leadership Minority Scholarship will be announced at the 7th Annual Diversity Leadership Recognition Dinner March 27 in Stambaugh Auditorium. The dinner will feature a scholarship benefit concert with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., 2011 winner of “America’s Got Talent,” performing. The office is accepting nominations of those seen as promoting or...

Monday, December 22, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. -- Some 38.6% of employers have suffered a major information technology disruption caused by staff visiting questionable and other nonwork related websites, GFI Software reported. Its study found that problems include work-issued hardware, resulting in malware infection and related issues. The study also found that 35.8% of employees with access to a company computer would not hesitate to take company property including email archives, confidential documents and other valuable intellectual property from their work-owned computer before returning it were...

Friday, December 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Gatta Group expects to begin work next spring, perhaps sooner, on the rehabilitation of the Gallagher Building with a goal of completing the work by the end of 2015, its president said Thursday. The $5.9 million project got a boost Thursday with the award of a state historic preservation tax credit of $1.325 million. The downtown project is among 35 historic buildings statewide the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $41.8 million in tax credits. Together, the projects are expected...

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