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Friday, August 15, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined 49 of his colleagues in urging members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to halt the planned closing and consolidations of several U.S. Postal Service main processing centers around the county, including one in Youngstown set to close next year. Brown, D-Ohio, and 49 other senators sent a letter Thursday to the chairmen and ranking members of the Appropriations Committee and the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. To cut costs, the postal service plans to close 82 mail-processing centers...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Youngstown officials will soon circulate a memorandum of understanding to downtown business owners outlining the city’s responsibilities for maintaining the downtown as well as what is expected of the businesses and property owners.  City officials have been working with downtown businesses to make sure they are aware of their rights and responsibilities, said the city’s law director, Martin Hume. Hume was among the city officials who worked on putting together the MOA, which was approved at...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued orders in January giving two Pennsylvania companies authority to dispose of brine at the Northstar Disposal Well #1, the well that officials say was responsible for a series of earthquakes that shook the Mahoning Valley in 2011 and early 2012. However, an inspection of the ODNR-issued orders shows Northstar is among several wells the two companies had obtained prior approval to use in the past, and an ODNR spokesman insists that waste from...

Friday, August 15, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A total of 468 houses were sold during July in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties last month, data provided by the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors shows. In Mahoning County, 224 single-family houses were sold in July, up from 212 a year earlier and from 209 in June. In Trumbull County, 172 units were sold last month, up modestly from 170 the month before and from 167 a year ago. In Columbiana County, single-family sales totaled 72, down slightly from July 2013’s 78 and June’s 79. Average sale prices declined over the year in...

Friday, August 15, 2014

WARREN, Ohio -- The Trumbull Memorial Health Foundation, which has more than $300,000 to award in grants later this year, is looking for innovative programs that serve health needs of Trumbull County, Patrick K. Wilson announced Thursday. Wilson is chairman of the board of the foundation. The foundation is inviting requests for proposals as part of its ongoing effort to identify and provide funds to the best local initiatives that promote health services and/or health education. “This is a competitive process and we are always looking for top-notch programs that promote good health,” Wilson...

Friday, August 15, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Just as quickly as consumer optimism rose in July, it fell in August, even though gasoline prices declined more than 15 cents a gallon over the past month, according to a survey conducted for the National Association of Convenience Stores. The survey found that 39% of consumers say they are optimistic about the economy, down from 46% in July. Those polled age 50 and older are the least optimistic, 35% expressing that sentiment. The seven-point drop was the largest since January 2013 when the association began its monthly survey to measure the...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Clinic announced plans Thursday to build a new $276-million cancer building that will unite all treatment care teams, organized by disease group, on its main campus in one central facility and accelerate “one of the most robust cancer research enterprises in the country.” The 377,000-square-foot facility will house all outpatient cancer care at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. The building is designed to optimize patient experience and physician collaboration, with clinical space focused on multidisciplinary care and conveniently accessible...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- If commencements at Youngstown State University this past academic year looked a little crowded, well, they were. YSU awarded 2,147 degrees in the 2013-14 academic year. That’s the most since 1985-86, nearly three decades. YSU celebrates summer commencement Saturday in Beeghly Center. Jack Fahey, vice president for student affairs, said the high number of graduates is a reflection of increasing enrollments that the university experienced in the first decade of the 2000s. But he pointed to two other factors. First, the number of veteran graduates...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Wednesday announced a $1 billion rebate to business owners and municipal and county governments and what BWC billed as a major new investment in worker safety research and training. The rebate, promoted as "Another Billion Back," follows last year's $1 billion rebate to participants in the state workers' comp program. Both rebates were made possible by strong investment returns in the workers' compensation fund, said Gov. John Kasich in making the announcement. To qualify, eligible employers must be in good...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue WELLSVILLE, Ohio -- Nick Amato stands at the entrance to the Wellsville Intermodal Facility, one-time site of “The Brickyard,” and recalls the many times in his boyhood when he rode his bicycle on the dirt roads around the brick factory that closed in 1973. He points to an empty grass field and recalls, “I ran football laps over there.” Amato, today an attorney in Wellsville and the newest director on the Columbiana County Port Authority, is working to market the industrial park the authority has built and...

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