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Wage reports remain a mixed bag in the Valley

Wages, workforce in Valley have declined since beginning of ’07 recession

Total earnings in the Valley are less now they were at the end of the Great Recession

Rise Pies wants to take Valley pizza national

Company wants to take Valley pizza national

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com BOARDMAN Rise Pies is attempting to get a slice of the

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Potential oil window is last gasp for Utica Shale

Change to fracking process may help companies to open the oil portion of the Utica Shale

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GM participates in local food cooperative

The Lake-to-River Food Cooperative has developed partnerships with several local businesses including Humility of Mary Health Partners and Youngstown Business Incubator to deliver orders to employees on site.

McNally to CCA: Why wasn’t city told of prison incident as it occurred?

Goal of meeting is to make sure that CCA understands its obligation to notify city of "unusual incidents."

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CCA stymies information on prisoners' 14-hour protest

Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America, the private company that runs Northeast Ohio Correction Center on Hubbard Road on Youngstown’s East Side, owns 59 other correctional facilities nationwide. The low-security NEOCC houses only male inmates, including 1,507 immigrant prisoners, and has 2,016 beds.

Wastewater issue could cost city $147 million

Options discussed for upgrading system to comply with EPA

City looking at options to determine how it might best deal with required EPA upgrades to wastewater system

Splash pad bids too high for Youngstown

None of the four bidders on the project came within 10 percent of the city's estimate for the water project

Events to focus on local food

Restaurant week and 30-mile meals will work together to showcase the efforts the local food producers

GM sued for up to $10 billion over ignition switch issues

Class action suit claims that GM damaged vehicle resale values by not disclosing truth about ignition problems to buyers

Gym has grown along with CrossFit trend

As CrossFit trend grows, so does local fitness facility

Three years after opening, Reaction teaches 10-12 fitness classes per day

Warren Steel Holdings plant to reopen

PUCO ruling allows Warren Steel Holdings plant to save up to $35 million on electricity costs

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America Makes “a 3D shop on steroids”

The growth of 3D manufacturing has great potential

Sales-tax collections shows Valley growth

Sales and use tax collections, which mirror growth in local retail sales, were up about 4 percent in Mahoning County for the first four months of 2014

Book takes on fracking ‘myths’

Oil and Gas industry official wants to provide perspective on fracking in book

Utica Shale activity continuing to move south

Northern section of Utica just doesn't have production results to justify expense.

Eastern Gateway Community College adding truck driver training program

Eastern Gateway Community College is adding a truck driver training program

Historic mansion to become apartments

Tax credit for more than $90,000 to help project move forward

Ursuline gets $1 million donation

Single-parent families of students will benefit from scholarship fund

Alumnus gives $1 million to help single parents send their children to Ursuline

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Are 300 jobs coming to Youngstown?

A California company is considering opening a location in downtown Youngstown that could bring 300 jobs here over three years.

Agent to farmers: Budget now for 2014

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com canfield Valley farmers should be careful budgeting for

YBI to receive $450,000 from state

Money will help current YBI companies and may help to recruit new ones

GM workers donate toys to Salvation Army

Stack of toys including 18 bicycles will go to more than 100 children for Christmas

ACA to further stretch family doctors

Primary doctors could be in short supply after Affordable Care Act takes effect

Questions, controversy permeate mandate

Here’s how the Affordable Care Act works

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Winner Aviation key to airport

Ron Butler, engine-shop supervisor for Winner Aviation, lubricates a propeller on a MU2 B40 aircraft at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna. Winner Aviation has been at the airport since the mid-1990s, and the staff performs myriad duties there.

Local manager honored as best at national company

Local employee honored as best at national company

After seven years with Edible Arragnements, Shakera Brown figures out a way to get things done

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Crowds come for Bolotin closing

Closing sale draws throngs to Bolotin Furniture store

After 107 years in business Hermitage company begins its going out of business sale

Lily Pond fish died from low oxygen levels

Mill Creek Metroparks considering aeration to lessen chance of future fish kills

Huntington Banks to stop taking property tax payments

Change in policy by Huntington could have a significant impact on local taxpayers

Social-media company wants to help small business prosper

Social-media company wants to help small businesses prosper

IdentityBlend tries to help business create a conversation online with potential customers

Marta Mazur brings tastes from home to Valley

At Krakus Polish Deli in Boardman, owner brings ...

Handmade foods and tastes from Poland highlight the menu at Krakus

GM Lordstown plant to shut down Aug. 26

Shutdown planned for August ‘to align volume with customers’

The plant already took its typical summer shutdown at the beginning of July.

Shale could lead to ag business development

Shale is one of many opportunities available to expand ag-related jobs in Northeast Ohio

Activists seek to put anti-fracking charter amendment on ballot

After a loss in May, activists are undetered in their attempts to pass a charter amendment that would ban fracking in Youngstown

High winds, heavy rains pelt Mahoning, Shenango valleys

Liberty residents looks at the tree that was toppled in the Ravine Drive yard of Mary Baumeier during Wednesday’s storm. The trunk of the huge oak missed her home, but one of its large branches poked a hole in the side of the structure. No one was injured.

Report sets economic goals for area

Eastgate report is designed to help area improve economically

After slow start, fireworks sales finally ramped up

Vince Eckart of Hartford shops for fireworks at Phantom Fireworks' Meridian Road store.

Aqua America negotiating to purchase Y&S rail line

Talks for Aqua to buy Y&S Railroad advance

Township officials believe the company wants the line to build a water pipeline to Columbiana County.

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Power outage impacts Vindicator, few other downtown businesses

Power outage only effects Vindicator building, but other downtown businesses impacted by power surge

State, local officials confirm no issues at Halcon well

Flaring and flames that it generate are a normal part of the natural-gas drilling process

Sinn approaching 50 years at Lane Funeral Home

What started as a way to gain experience for med school turned into a lifelong career

Study: Blacks in Mahoning County receive more predatory loans

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Most live in poverty stricken areas

Economics, technology drive Utica Shale decisions

Companies have identified "sweet spot" but priorities could change if oil prices increase.

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Sister Jerome honored for lifetime of work

A full reception hall recognized nun who became a legend in Mahoning Valley education.

New district could help mall save energy

Energy assesment will determine what cost savings are possible and if special district should be created

Vallourec site scene of Valley's manufacturing renaissance

Dignitaries, employees exited for official dedication of the Vallourec Seamless Pipe Mill plant

Bottom Dollar continues local expansion

Bottom Dollar to open two new stores in the area, bringing its total to five in less than two years

Youngstown metro ranks low nationally in STEM jobs

Area needs more high-degree holding STEM workers to spur future economic growth

Brown proposes increased cellphone theft penalty

Tampering with cellphone identification number on stolen phone would lead to mandatory prison under proposed bill



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