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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CLEVELAND -- The mayor of Youngstown, John A. McNally IV, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and attorney Marty Yavorcik today were indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on multiple public corruption charges (CLICK HERE to read indictments) connected to the county’s purchase of Oakhill Renaissance Place. Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine announced during a news conference this afternoon that a 73-count indictment was handed down. “We are not done, the case is still under investigation,” DeWine said. “Whether there will be additional charges, I can’t tell...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Jay Williams, former mayor of Youngstown, was confirmed today by the U.S. Senate to serve as head of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Williams, who stepped down as mayor in 2011 to serve as director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, was confirmed on a voice vote just before 12:30 p.m. His title is assistant commerce secretary for economic development. President Obama nominated Williams to the post last year. Before being elected Youngstown mayor in 2005, Williams was the city's community...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at or over the critical 50 percentage point mark on a number of measures, including his 50% to 35% lead over Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, his Democratic challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a 43% to 38% Kasich lead in a Feb. 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University. Voters approve, 56% to 33%, of the job Gov. Kasich is doing, his best score since he was elected in 2010, and say, 53% to 37%, that he deserves to be reelected. Kasich leads FitzGerald, 56% to...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WASHINGTON -- A newly released report shows up to 583,000 American steel-related jobs -- including 33,900 jobs in Ohio in communities such as Youngstown, Warren, Niles and Brookfield -- could be at risk if the United States doesn’t fully enforce trade laws. The report, conducted by the Economic Policy Institute for the Alliance for American Manufacturing and released Tuesday, comes as the U.S. Department of Commerce considers whether it will impose trade remedies on unfairly subsidized and dumped oil country tubular goods imports from South Korea. Among the companies...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A focus on Mahoning Valley manufacturers will be the theme if this year's YOUNG (Youngstown, Ohio Utica & Natural Gas) Conference & Expo, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber announced this morning. Also new this year will be golf outing to tee off the two-day event and a job fair to begin the exhibition at the Covelli Centre. “We’re excited to make the region’s manufacturing sector a focal point of this year’s YOUNG conference,” said Tom Humphries, president and CEO of the Regional Chamber. “It’s noteworthy that the resurgence of...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Author:  Andrea Wood STRUTHERS, Ohio -- Where Youngstown borders this former steel town at Midlothian Boulevard and state Route 170, the business corridor is a blend of the old and the new, relatively new chain stores and longtime local retailers. Add to this mix a new blend -- the Sami Quik Stop at 2115 E. Midlothian Blvd. partnering with Dunkin’ Donuts -- and the stage is set for Tuesday’s groundbreaking. “It’s a marriage made in heaven,” proclaims Sam Rafidi. “This will bring new customers to this intersection that we’ve never seen...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Slim attendance at a pre-proposal meeting to provide information about 20 Federal Place, which the city wants to sell for $2 million, isn’t necessarily an indicator of potential interest in the building, the city’s finance director says.  Just one party – the Youngstown Central Area Community Improvement Corp. – sent a representative to the informational meeting Tuesday morning. Interested parties have until noon June 6 to submit development proposals for the eight-story building. The former...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – American Energy Utica LLC last week secured seven permits from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to drill in the southern tier of the Utica shale as the company, led by former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, raises its profile in eastern Ohio. American Energy, which recently secured a contract with the Utica East Ohio Buckeye system to process natural gas liquids drawn from its wells, obtained permits for four horizontal wells in Harrison County and for three horizontal wells in...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Seeing the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team hopefully will serve as the kind of inspiration it did for Maj.  Caroline Jensen, she says.    Jensen is one of six demonstration pilots -- and only the third woman -- for the Thunderbirds, which will headline the Thunder over the Valley Air Show this weekend. She was among the pilots who arrived Tuesday at Youngstown Air Reserve Station in advance of the event. Eight pilots few in for the event, including the director of...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. -- House prices rose 11.3% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to the same period a year earlier, CoreLogic reports. Some metropolitan areas, including Pittsburgh, reached new price peaks. House prices nationwide were 20% above the level reached in the fourth quarter of 2011, but remained 21% below the peak reached in the first quarter of 2006, according to the latest report from the CoreLogic Case-Shiller indices. The analysis projects that price appreciation is expected to slow across all domestic markets to 5.3% nationally through the end of this...

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