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Monday, August 18, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Sometimes, Violet Parker doesn’t get there in time. As a member of the volunteer vigil team at Hospice of the Valley, her duty is to be at the bedsides of patients in their final hours. In some cases, the call comes late at night – or, depending on your view, early in the morning – informing her she needs to go a patient’s house or nursing home. That drive can take as long as an hour.  Parker, a resident of Youngstown, gives her time to families with loved ones in hospice care, providing them...

Monday, August 18, 2014

BOISE, Idaho -- Mindful of saving money, more than half of back-to-school shoppers will not purchase computers this year, a survey by Crucial.com finds. Fully 57% do not plan to purchase laptops, desktops, tablets or mobile devices for school this year. Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology Inc. The survey found that parents and college students are more concerned about being more prudent with their money and not incurring more debt. Back-to-school research by Crucial.com showed Americans -- back-to-school shoppers in particular -- are looking to cut back...

Monday, August 18, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Second-quarter builder confidence in the single-family 55-plus housing market hit 56, three points ahead of the same quarter in 2013. This reading of 56 is the highest since the 55-Plus Housing Market Index began in 2008 and is the 11th consecutive quarter of year-over-year higher readings, says the National Association of Home Builders. “We have seen steady improvement in the 55-plus housing sector as buyers and renters are attracted to new homes that offer many of the luxuries and conveniences they desire,” said Steve Bomberger, chairman of the...

Friday, August 15, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s unemployment rate rose by two-tenths of a percentage point in July from the month before, driven by job losses in sectors including manufacturing, professional and business services and educational and health services. In July, the state’s unemployment rate was 5.7%, up from 5.5% in June but down from 7.5% in July 2013, according to this morning's report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 12,400 over the month, from a revised 5,301,300 in June to 5,288,900 in July. The number of...

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...

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