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Monday, August 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- ValleyCare Health System of Ohio today reported that "imited personal identification data belonging to some patients who were seen at physician practices and clinics affiliated with ValleyCare Health System of Ohio over the past five years was transferred out of our organization in a criminal cyber attack by a foreign-based intruder." The ValleyCare statement followed this morning's filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by ValleyCare's parent, Community Health System of Tennessee, that revealed the cyber attack (READ STORY). CHS...

Monday, August 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber today cancelled its Young 2014 Conference & Tradeshow, attributing its decision to a lack of participation and "the changing nature of the shale industry here." The event was to take place Sept. 11 at the Covelli Centre and include a job fair for manufacturers seeking skilled workers. It was cancelled "after much consideration and re-evaluation, the chamber said. The events scheduled for Sept. 10 -- a golf outing and casino night at Mill Creek Park -- will go on as planned. “Canceling an event of this...

Monday, August 18, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Community Health Systems Inc., which operates four hospitals in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys, announced this morning that it was the victim of a data breach targeting nonmedical patient identification data. CHS, based in Franklin, Tenn., confirms that its computer network had been hit in April and June, the company reported in a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. CHS operates ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, which operates three hospitals in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, and Sharon Regional Health System in...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Peer-to-peer lending is gaining a foothold in the United States. While its market share is small, only about $3.5 billion outstanding, it is growing and two economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland foresee its continued growth. You haven’t heard of peer-to-peer lending? That’s could be because it’s so new. And because Ohio doesn’t allow it although the state Department of Financial Institutions reviewed this type of lending in 2011, one of the economists, Daniel Kolliner, said last...

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...

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