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Published: Sun, February 9, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



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GM, AK Steel say suitswon't affect operations

DETROIT -- A legal dispute over steel shipments involving General Motors Corp. and AK Steel Corp. is not expected to affect operations at either company, the manufacturers said Friday. At issue is whether AK Steel, based in Middletown, Ohio, can charge GM more for shipments under an existing contract because of increased costs the steel manufacturer incurs related to quality inspections requested by GM. GM filed suit in Michigan over the matter and AK filed a claim in Ohio.

REGION

Business expo plannedin New Wilmington

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The New Wilmington Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a New Wilmington Area Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 8 at Wilmington Area High School. Participating businesses will be asked to pay a registration fee, but admission is free. Participating businesses will be given space to display their products. The deadline to register is next Saturday, and space is limited.

For more information, contact Tim Kelly, (724) 946-2927, or Diane Fawley, (724) 946-3177, or go to the chamber's Web site: www.newwilmington.biz.

Farmland preservationis focus of meetings

PARKMAN -- Landowners interested in preserving their farmland can find out about the state's Clean Ohio Agricultural Easement Purchase Program at meetings set for 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Parkman Township Community House, 16295 Main Market in Parkman Township. Other meetings are scheduled in locations across Ohio.

The state will disburse $3.1 million for the farmland preservation program starting this April.

Landowners must apply through a local sponsor, such as a county commission, township trustee board or municipal government, which must submit an application to the Ohio Department of Agriculture on the landowner's behalf. For more information, log on to the department's Web site, www.state.oh.us/agr/.

From staff and wire reports




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