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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Author:  Josh Medore YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Four weeks ago, the Austintown Middle School Smart Cookies robotics team won two awards at a First Lego League competition in Warren. One was for an innovation they designed for a smartphone app to help kids with learning disabilities improve their math skills. On Monday, they talked to the Youngstown Business Incubator, looking to develop and produce the app. “We get pitched every day, sometimes as many as 10 times, almost always from adults,” said YBI CEO Jim Cossler. “They did better than a...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Author:  George Nelson WARREN, Ohio -- Technology and education are driving recent and upcoming initiatives in this city. Among the highlights of 2014 Mayor Doug Franklin cites is the relocation of Laird Technologies from Sharpsville, Pa., bringing 200 jobs here including 50 new jobs. “They’re a global leader in remote technologies in harsh environments,” he said. “It’s very cutting-edge technology and the growth expectations are off the charts basically.” The mayor reflected on what he’s seen in his city in an end-of-the-year...

Monday, December 29, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The average annual contribution to Ohio's CollegeAdvantage Direct Plan accounts was $2,900 in 2013. By the time a beneficiary reaches age 3 years, his average account balance is $8,741. By the time a beneficiary reaches age 17, the average account balance has reached $24,810, according to a report from the Ohio Tuition Trust Authority. The average account balance is $16,266. In comparison, the national average account balance was $20,671 at June 30. The Tuition Trust Authority offers and administers the CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Program....

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

We’ve all seen them – distracted drivers using a cellphone. National and state traffic safety officials say it’s a problem. So, The News Outlet decided to find out how much of a problem. Here’s Billy Ludt with the first of a three-part series. The post Youngstown drivers nearly triple expected rate of cellphone use appeared first on The News Outlet.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Despite a state law banning the practice, there are still some Ohioans who text while driving. Even more will talk on their cell phones while behind the wheel. Reporters with The News Outlet wanted to see how many – so, they went on a ride with a driving instructor. Here’s Jay Jackman with more. The post During short ride-along, expert spots 14 drivers using cellphones appeared first on The News Outlet.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tina Muslovski Yanssens of East Palestine is on a crusade to toughen Ohio’s laws after a texting driver killed her father. Reporters from The News Outlet spoke with her at her father’s business in Campbell. John Veauthier reports. The post Muslovski family works to toughen texting, driving laws appeared first on The News Outlet.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. officials outlined a four-part plan to revitalize the city. The post Development officials outline plan for Youngstown appeared first on The News Outlet.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Drug Enforcement Administration is tightening rules for doctors and patients regarding hydrocodone-based medicines, such as Vicodin and Norco. The post Government makes it hard to get popular painkillers appeared first on The News Outlet.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Jim Tressel, executive vice president for student success at The University of Akron, has accepted an offer to be the next president of Youngstown State University, where he coached football from 1986 to 2000 before leaving to coach the Ohio State Buckeyes. The post YSU chooses Tressel as next president appeared first on The News Outlet.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Robert W. Shroder of Catholic Health Partners will be the commencement speaker for spring commencement May 17 at Youngstown State University. Melissa Wasser will address fellow graduates. The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. for undergraduates and 2:30 p.m. for graduate students. The post Shroder, Wasser speak to YSU grads at spring commencement May 17 appeared first on The News Outlet.