6U.S. House of Representatives approves $35 million for a community convocation center in downtown Youngstown.

Quaker Manufacturing of Salem, a tool and die and metal stamping company, buys Bliss Technologies' Austintown plant. Bliss closed March 13, laying off 150 workers in Austintown and 350 in Newton Falls.
7Christopher Rinda, 19, of Bazetta, is arrested and held on $1 million bond on a charge of possessing a sawed-off shotgun and five counts of felonious assault in which several cars were randomly shot at April 3 in Bazetta Township.
After an IRS investigation, Ronald Rich of Campbell, former Hartford Township police chief, is charged with evading almost $35,000 in income taxes for 1993 and 1994.
9Bishop James W. Malone, 80, retired bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and former president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, dies.
11Shareholders of 80-year-old Commercial Intertech vote to sell the company to the Cleveland-based Parker-Hannifin Corp.
13Forum Health announces that it will eliminate 125 to 150 jobs over the next three months to cut costs during a difficult financial period and that it will close its transitional care unit in the former Southside Medical Center.
17Salem Board of Education introduces David Brobeck, 46, who becomes superintendent May 1.
18Three lawyers, Paul F. Gambrel, 52, and Walter D. Hartsock, 46, both of Poland, and Joseph A. Dubyak, 57, of Orange Village, are sentenced for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Gambrel gets three years' probation and is fined $1,500. Hartsock gets six months of electronically monitored house arrest and Dubyak gets four months' incarceration, four months' house arrest and is fined $15,000.
19Pulaski Township Zoning Hearing Board revokes the occupancy permit granted in January to an adult bookstore on U.S. Route 422 near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border.
Lordstown School District may be headed for financial emergency as it must pay back $805,609 in overpayments in state money, of which $558,609 is due no later than June 30.
20Judge Andrew Polovischak Jr. of Youngstown Municipal Court pleads guilty to a federal racketeering charge in Cleveland and faces 24 to 30 months in prison.
25Cintas Corp. of Mason, a company that cleans uniforms, floor mats and linens, will build a $7.5 million center in the Ohio Works Industrial Park along U.S. Route 422 near Brier Hill, bringing up to 88 jobs to Youngstown.

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