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Thursday, February 12, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- WKBN-TV today launches what it calls “a revolutionary high-tech way of presenting local news to viewers in the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys.” The new set for its news broadcasts will first be seen tonight on WKBN 27 First News at 5PM. “I am so happy that our company has decided to roll out this concept and new technology in Youngstown. It’s a huge commitment,” said WKBN’s president and general manager, David Coy, in a prepared statement. “WKBN has always been a leader in new technology, going back to the early 1950’s, as Youngstown’s first TV...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dollar sales of spirituous liquor reached a record level in 2014 totaling $949 million. This was an increase of 5.6% and exceeded last year’s total by $50 million, reports the Ohio Division of Liquor Control. Ohio customers are trading up and buying more premium items, increasing dollar sales without significantly increasing consumption, the agency said. Sales of premium and super premium priced products dominated 2014, combining for approximately 60% of total dollar sales. Retail dollar sales were strong in 2014, totaling $677 million, an increase...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

AKRON, Ohio -- FirstEnergy Corp. spent more than $115 million in 2014 in its Pennsylvania Power service area on infrastructure projects and other work designed to help reduce the number and duration of power outages, the company reports. More than $76 million of the total has been spent on transmission-related projects owned by American Transmission Systems Incorporated, a FirstEnergy transmission company.  Penn Power serves more than 160,000 customers in all or parts of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania. "...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-13, Ohio, is spearheading legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would support teacher training in social and emotional learning, or SEL, a discipline used to help young people deal with stress and boost their academic potential. Ryan was joined Tuesday by fellow Democrats U.S. Reps. Dave Loebsack of Iowa, Susan Davis of California, Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania and John Yarmuth of Kentucky in introducing the Academic, Social and Emotional Learning Act. The legislation defines social and emotional learning...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- NYO Property Group will hold an open house Thursday at its Urban Office Space to showcase the property as well as provide networking opportunities. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the 16 Wick Building downtown. “Attendees will have the opportunity to see the new office spaces, network with local professionals and meet the hosts,” NYO said in a news release. The open house is a collaboration between NYO, Platt Insurance Group, Jet Creative Productions, CJ Green Tax Service, YOUnify Theatre Co., Karzmer Insurance...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Author:  Dennis LaRue VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio – The recovery continues to gain strength, large corporations report record profits and stock markets reflect this rebound from the Great Recession as they reach new levels. Not fully participating in the recovery are many small businesses as reflected by levels of bank lending to this sector. Bank lending to small-business owners is yet to return to the levels before the Great Recession, a senior policy analyst at the Cleveland Fed told commercial lenders Tuesday. For small businesses, “The...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Author:  George Nelson VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Western Reserve Port Authority officials are awaiting word on whether Aerodynamics Inc. will be permitted to provide daily passenger service from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Tomorrow is the deadline for the U.S. Department of Transportation to respond to ADI’s response, filed last Thursday, to the department’s show cause order that not only denied permission for the company to provide service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport but also questioned its fitness to operate...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NILES, Ohio -- First Niles Financial Inc., holding company of Home Federal Savings and Loan Association of Niles, Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $32,000, or three cents a share, and full-year 2014 net income of $225,000, or 20 cents a share. This compares to fourth-quarter 2013 net income of $23,000, or two cents a share, and a full-year 2013 net loss of $284,000, or a loss of 26 cents per share. Return on average assets for the three months and year ended Dec. 31 was 0.13% and 0.23%, respectively. Return on average assets for the same periods in 2013...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The World War II era admonition “Loose lips sink ships” conveys the top reason communities lose out on economic development projects, says the Youngtown Warren Regional Chamber's Sarah Boyarko.   “The lack of confidentiality is just a project killer,” Boyarko, vice president of economic development, North America, for the chamber, said Tuesday. Lack of confidentiality tops factors -- including a weak incentive package, lack of direct highway access or skilled workforce, or inability to locate...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In the lobby of DeBartolo Hall, alumni of Youngstown State University talked with students passing through Tuesday about the career paths available to those with degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. As part of YSU's new "Career Exploration Series," six alumni of the college talked to students about their time at YSU and what they did after graduation so students had a better idea of the jobs available. “I wanted to share my experiences with students and engage students...

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