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Monday, April 14, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will visit the city today, where he will tour City Machine Technologies and host a roundtable discussion on workforce training at Choffin Career & Technical Center. At City Machine, which he will tour midday, Portman, R-Ohio, will host an employee town hall meeting. Later he will join Tom Humphries, president and CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, and local business, education and community leaders at Choffin, which he will also tour. “I’m looking forward to meeting with local Youngstown business and industry...

Monday, April 14, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will visit the city today, where he will tour City Machine Technologies and host a roundtable discussion on workforce training at Choffin Career & Technical Center. At City Machine, which he will tour midday, Portman, R-Ohio, will host an employee town hall meeting. Later he will join Tom Humphries, president and CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, and local business, education and community leaders at Choffin, which he will also tour. “I’m looking forward to meeting with local Youngstown business and industry...

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – Ready for sunshine, chocolate eggs and jellybeans, consumers are expected to spend an average of $137.46 each on apparel, food, candy and gifts this Easter season. Total spending is expected to reach $15.9 billion. The per-person average is down slightly from the $145.13 consumers spent last year, according to the National Retail Federation's Easter Spending Survey. “The winter doldrums left consumers with a lot of pent-up demand, and though many Americans may take a cautious approach to spending on Easter items this year, retailers are anticipating that...

Monday, April 14, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Mara Prentiss, professor of physics at Harvard University, will deliver two speeches at Youngstown Stare University April 25 and26. Prentiss will deliver the keynote address April 26 at the 17th annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career Workshop and STEM Lecture Series at in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. The day before, Prentiss also will speak at 4:30 p.m. in the Ohio Room of Kilcawley Center as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Lecture Series. The lecture, open to the public, is “How...

Monday, April 14, 2014

GIRARD, Ohio --– The former Holiday Inn MetroPlex will go up for auction May 7. The property, which opened in 1987 under the Holiday Inn banner, operated until recently as a Rodeway Inn & Suites, abruptly closing last month following a pair of fires. The auction will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Independence, following onsite inspections scheduled for 2-4 p.m. April 15 and 22 and a May 3 inspection set for 1-3 p.m. The Girard property is one of 25 properties that Chartwell Auctions LLC will offer at the 11 a.m. auction scheduled for May 7. The property...

Saturday, April 12, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The boards of trustees of Youngstown State University and the University of Akron each hope to have their next president selected by July 1. Former YSU head football coach Jim Tressel has applied for both positions, and in a statement released to the press Friday afternoon, he offered no hint of which job he would accept if both are offered. UA appears to be on a faster track with finalists for that job to soon be announced, according to published reports. On Monday YSU is expected to release the names of applicants for its top job. The deadline...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources' decision to add new regulations to drilling sites across the state in connection with earthquakes last month in Poland Township is a step in the right direction, but more action is needed, a geologist says. "I'd like to require companies that if they identify a previous unknown fault, they should report it to ODNR," says Raymond Beiersdorfer, a geology professor at Youngstown State University. "There needs to be some responsibility." On March 10, a 3.0...

Friday, April 11, 2014

POLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohiio -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says its geologists believe that the series of earthquakes that took place last month at the site of Hilcorp's well pad here at the Carbon Limestone Landfill was triggered by "sand and water injected into the well during the hydraulic fracturing process that may have increased pressure on an unknown microfault in the area." The regulatory agency said additional fracking at the site is "suspended but the company will be permitted to recover resources from five of the previously drilled wells located on...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- James R. Reske, chief financial officer and treasurer of United Community Financial Corp. and executive vice president of Home Savings and Loan Co., is resigning April 25 to become executive vice president and CFO of First Commonwealth Financial Corp., and its largest subsidiary, First Commonwealth Bank. First Commonwealth, based in Indiana, Pa., issued a press release Thursday announcing that Reske will join the bank holding company with $6.2 billion in assets while UCFC filed a Form 8-K with...

Friday, April 11, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A case study released Thursday shows that while oil and gas exploration in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays has led to economic benefits for the region, it's also brought new challenges to rural communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative -- composed of six think tanks across five states -- studied four counties where shale development is most active: Carroll County, Ohio; Greene and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania; and Wetzel County in...

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