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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Revenues from the play of table games at Pennsylvania casinos during April was up 1% over revenues generated last year, the state Gaming Control Board reported Monday. Gross revenues generated by 12 casinos was $62,184,790, or $632,456 higher than in April 2013. With an average of 1,106 tables in operation statewide every day, tax revenues last month were $8,944,373, according to the gaming board. Coupled with figures on slot machine revenues released earlier this month, overall gross revenues from both were $259,945,767, just below the $266,707,...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien LISBON, Ohio -- Columbiana County is poised to enjoy more growth, that growth spurred by new retail business, infrastructure improvements, commercial projects and a steady increase in oil and gas activity. That's the consensus among 75 economic development, business and political leaders who attended a meeting Monday hosted by six chambers of commerce at the Columbiana County Government Services building. "The county is perhaps in the best shape it's ever been in," declared county Commissioner Mike Halleck. "We're...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- If all goes as planned, cells C or G on the Ohio River in Wellsville Intermodal Facility will have at least a conveyor system in place by the end of construction season and could well have an excavator crane as well. The board of the Columbiana County Port Authority agreed to contract with the Canfield office of Globex Corp., an engineering and consulting firm, to draw up the bidding specifications for the conveyor system and crane by July. The contract would be awarded in August and the...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- United Community Financial Corp., holding company of The Home Savings and Loan Co., announced Monday that its board of directors has reinstated its share repurchase program. The board authorized the repurchase of a maximum of 1,477,804 common shares. The original authorization in April 2007 approved the repurchase of up to two million shares. UCFC has 50.59 million shares outstanding. In a prepared statement, Gary M. Small, president and CEO of UCFC and Home Savings, said, “As we implement our capital management strategies in an effort to maximize...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Funds totaling just over $1.9 million were awarded to area human services organizations and initiatives by the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. The United Way’s board of directors approved the funding at its May 14 meeting. United Way-led initiatives, such as its Success by 6 program, which received $231,500, were awarded $363,569, while other public service organizations received $1.4 million. Also, $142,047 in donor choice funds were awarded.   "We are extremely pleased with the work that our education, income and health...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- CBoss Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide secure online payment process solutions for various agencies, departments, commissions, offices and boards of the state of Minnesota. The contract includes the state's cooperative purchasing venture members. CBoss was selected following a competitive bid process, culminating in the awarding of a four-year contract. CBoss’ central payment portal will provide assistance to the state of Minnesota in accepting credit card and other electronic financial transactions online as payment for a variety of...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- JOBS1st PA is offering up to $1 million in grants to improve and enhance existing apprenticeship programs in the state so that apprentices acquire the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century, the governor’s office announced Monday.  The funding will be made available by the Department of Labor & Industry through its Re-Employment Fund. "Apprenticeship programs improve the skills of Pennsylvania's dedicated workforce and enhance the efficiency and productivity of American industries," said Gov. Tom Corbett in a prepared statement. "Some...

Monday, May 19, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio – The Canfield Local School District will hold a 3-D printing and additive manufacturing demonstration and open house Thursday at C.H. Campbell Elementary School, 300 Moreland Drive. The event, which runs 6-8 p.m., is open to anyone interested in learning about the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During the event, the Canfield High School FIRST Robotics Team will also be demonstrating their competition robots. Now offered at Canfield High School, InventorCloud, will be expanded to Canfield Middle School next school year and STEM experiences...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Imagine having a company that only gets to market its services to new customers for about four weeks – every two years. That’s the situation that managed care organizations find themselves in. Open enrollment is now under way for Ohio managed care organizations, also known as MCOs. Open enrollment provides all state-fund employers with an active workers’ compensation policy the opportunity to choose an MCO to help manage the medical portion of their workers’ compensation claims. Employers...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Author:  Andrea Wood CONNEAUT, Ohio -- Arnie Esterer kneels close to the grapevine and cuts a tiny piece of bark off a shoot. “If I cut it here, see that dark brown line? That’s dead,” says the owner of Markko Vineyard here. “See how brown this is? This whole thing is dead – and the bud is dead.” Two rows away, Coletta Burdette is cutting the vinifera grapevines down to bottom wire on the trellis. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” she tells a reporter. “We’re hoping that something’s alive down there that we can use these stakes here to...

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