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REGION

Five Guys eatery
sets reopening

BOARDMAN — A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The restaurant at 7322 Market St. has been closed since a Jan. 21 fire. It had opened just weeks before. OC Enterprises, the franchisee, intends to open eight to 12 Five Guys locations in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. The chain now has more than 200 restaurants in 17 states.

NATION

Strike forces closing
of pickup truck factories

DETROIT — A strike at an auto parts supplier has forced General Motors Corp. to shut down an additional three pickup truck factories, idling 12,000 workers, the company said Friday.

Plants in Flint; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Oshawa, Ontario, were to close at the end of the second shift on Friday night, GM spokesman Tom Wickham said.

The closures are in addition to the idling of a pickup truck factory in Pontiac on Thursday. All the plants make the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-sized pickups. It is all due to a strike against parts supplier American Axle and Manufacturing Holdings Inc.

N.Y. attorney general
probes college vendors

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating whether colleges and universities nationwide are getting unethical fees from vendors in exchange for the rights to sell textbooks, snacks and even financial services on campus.

Cuomo spokesman Jeffrey Lerner said Friday the concern is that students might not get the best value if schools are choosing vendors based on how much the companies are willing to pay to do business with their students.

The investigation is in its earliest stages and no subpoenas have been issued.

From Vindicator staff and wire reports

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