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Monday, September 22, 2014

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- With more insurers selling dental insurance through government exchanges, HealthPocket examined premiums and out-of-pocket costs to determine the typical expenses facing consumers, the authors of a recent study say. For adults who buy buy stand-alone dental coverage on government exchanges, the average monthly dental insurance premium was $31.81. The study also found that 82% of dental plans examined charged a co-insurance fee for major dental expenses such as crowns and root canals. A co-insurance fee is a percentage of the dental expense the...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien LISBON, Ohio -- Bob Crosser thought working 42 years as an Ohio Edison troubleshooter was enough, so in 2011 he chose to retire and spend his time tending the horses he raises on a farm along U.S. Route 30 here. But a recent turn of fortune might also have factored in his decision. “It’s been a gift, really,” Crosser says as his Chevrolet pickup truck bounces toward an operating natural gas well Chesapeake Energy Corp. drilled on his property almost three years ago. “This well’s been good to us. If it keeps coming...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Jim Kinnick, planning and engineering administrator for the Ohio Department of Transportation, will discuss plans for a major road project at state Routes 224 and 11 in Canfield at the Regional Chamber’s Good Morning, Canfield breakfast Oct. 3 at Tippecanoe Country Club. Preliminary work will begin this fall on the project, which is expected to be completed in October 2015. Additionally, Canfield city, township and school officials will provide updates at the breakfast event, sponsored by Farmers National Bank. Speakers include Canfield Mayor...

Friday, September 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate was 5.7% in August, unchanged from the July rate, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported this morning. Last month’s rate was down from 7.5% a year earlier.  The number of workers unemployed in Ohio last month was 234,000, up 1,000 from the month before. The number of unemployed has decreased by 109,000 over the past year, from 433,000.  Employment in goods-producing industries, at 873,000, decreased 2,400 from July as a 3,500-job loss in construction surpassed a 1,100-job gain in manufacturing. Employment in...

Friday, September 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Beginning today, companies in Ohio will be able to register trade and fictitious names and update statutory agents online. The expanded services build upon the existing offerings of Ohio Business Central, which was established in October 2013. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the expanded online services during a speech Thursday to the National Association of Women Business Owners of Columbus. “When I arrived in office four years ago, it was a paper process that took four days; now 80% of what we do can be done online and turned around...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The man who founded OfficeMax and led it 16 years, Michael Feuer, repeated the eternal verities on how to succeed in business Thursday afternoon to 100 students at Youngstown State University. But he did so in a way those students found fresh and entertaining as they listened in rapt attention. Since stepping down as CEO in 2004, Feuer has set up Max-Ventures, a private investment retail and insurance firm, taken to the lecture circuit and written a book, The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien NILES, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has lifted its suspension on one of the two American Water Management Services injection wells in Weathersfield Township, the agency announced Thursday. In a prepared statement, ODNR spokeswoman Bethany McCorkle said that after analyzing data in the wake of a 2.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred in late August, the agency determined that the shallower well – AWMS #1 -- was not related to any seismic activity. "ODNR concluded that with reasonable scientific...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Communities with a strong background in traditional manufacturing need support to adopt new technologies, the Youngstown Business Incubator’s chief operating officer told a Department of Commerce panel Thursday in Washington.  Barb Ewing urged support for the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, which she said is “crucial” for such communities. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker hosted the panel discussion. YBI, this week was named the top university-affiliated incubator in...

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOARDMAN, Ohio -- Jack Savage has been named assistant executive director of the Mahoning Valley chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. He will succeed Thomas Travers as executive director upon Travers' retirement at the end of this year. Savage, an attorney, was with Manchester, Bennett, Powers & Ullman LPA (now Manchester Newman & Bennett) in Youngstown and also owned and operated Tag Media, a corporate video production agency. He earned his baccalaureate at Youngstown State University and a juris doctorate at the University of Akron...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The first U.S. patent awarded to Youngstown State University should draw additional funding for future research projects, secure more support from the administration, and encourage other researchers and academics to pursue new and exciting ideas that can also be patented. "I hope that this will actually inspire my colleagues who are involved in research to aim for that kind of target -- to get a patent," said Tom Oder, an assistant professor of physics whose decade of work has resulted the...

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