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Thursday, April 3, 2014

CANFIELD, Ohio --The Women in Energy Summit will be held from 9 a.m. until noon April 28 at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. The summit will be hosted by U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6 Ohio. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor will deliver the keynote address. Two reports will be presented: “Energy Revolution Creates Career Opportunities for Women” by Christina Polesovsky of the Ohio Petroleum Council, and “Industry Education and Scholarships for Energy Careers” by Rhonda Reda of the Ohio Oil & Gas Education Program. Two panels discussions are on the agenda. Sarah...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan yesterday criticized the budget plan introduced earlier this week by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, in particular for its lack of strategic public investments like the kind that led Siemens Corp. to contribute $440 million in software an in-kind services to Youngstown State University.   Ryan, D-13 Howland, during remarks delivered at a House budget hearing and posted online, refernced America Makes in Youngstown, the first of 15 proposed manufacturing innovation institutes. The National Additive...

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CHICAGO -- U.S. convenience stores reached record sales in 2013 with revenues climbing 2.4% to $204 billion. Combined with motor fuels sales of $491.5 billion, total sales were $695.5 billion, the National Association of Convenience Stores reports. The industry's in-store sales have seen rapid growth over the last decade, the trade group reports, attributing that growth to consumers buying more food and beverages on the go. In-store sales in 2013 were led by continued growth in food service (2.4%), driven by prepared food and commissary. Sales of motor fuels also hit...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Author:  Dennis LaRue YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- In the 1950s, the world was not unaware of the near destruction of European Jewry in the death camps the Nazis established, but the Jews still alive after 1945 didn’t come to an agreement on a term for what had befallen their kin and friends. They had several terms or phrases they used among themselves, none of which quite captured and communicated the enormity of Hitler’s crime to the non-Jewish world. And they didn’t succeed in establishing mediums or building memorials that caught the...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

McLEAN, Va. -- Average wholesale prices of used cars and light trucks up to eight years old will decrease by 0.5% to 1% this year, the NADA Used Car Guide reports. This modest drop will keep levels on par with 2012 and 14% higher than 2010. “Economic growth is expected to accelerate to its fastest pace since 2005, keeping demand for new and used autos high,” said Jonathan Banks, executive automotive analyst for the National Automobile Dealers Association, which issued the report. “A strong economy, combined with other positive factors, leads to a more positive...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- As the downtown continues its sustained rebound, a faith-based organization in the central business district is making an effort to inspire a spiritual awakening to parallel the economic rebirth. Beginning April 8, and every Tuesday thereafter from noon until 1 p.m., the main chapel at the Trinity United Methodist Church downtown will be open to those who want to profess their faith and pray – for the city, its political and civic leaders, and for residents and families within the community....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- As the downtown continues its sustained rebound, a faith-based organization in the central business district is making an effort to inspire a spiritual awakening to parallel the economic rebirth. Beginning April 8, and every Tuesday thereafter from noon until 1 p.m., the main chapel at the Trinity United Methodist Church downtown will be open to those who want to profess their faith and pray – for the city, its political and civic leaders, and for residents and families within the community....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SHARON, Pa. -- Community Health Systems Inc. completed its purchase of substantially all of the assets of Sharon Regional Health System, the companies jointly announced late Tuesday. Sharon Regional Health System, which operates a 251-bed hospital and 23 satellite centers in Mercer and counties, announced plans last August to affiliate with CHS, which operates ValleyCare Health System Inc. of Ohio. The sale follows approval by regulatory agencies. Through its subsidiaries, Community Health Systems now owns, leases or operates 208 affiliated hospitals in 29 states...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- A local insurance agent is looking to capitalize on the revival he sees downtown by opening an office in the Peggy Ann Building. Ruddy Insurance Group opened an office this week on the second floor of the building, 101 W. Federal St. The insurance agency, which also has offices in Niles and Boardman, joins Friends Roastery, which occupies the ground floor of the building, and Massage Café which opened in the building’s lower level a month ago. “There’s some new growth here,” said owner Shawn...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DETROIT -- As the CEO of General Motors Co., Mary Barra, was testifying on Capitol Hill about GM’s 10-year delay in recalling defective Chevrolet Cobalts -- produced at the Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturing complex (READ STORY), the automaker announced its total sales in March were up 4% compared to a year ago. GM dealers delivered 256,047 vehicles in the United States in March. Retail sales were up 7% while fleet sales were down 5% due to a planned reduction in rental deliveries, the company said. Commercial fleet sales, however, were up 5% for the fifth consecutive...

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