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August was good month for GM in Valley

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN General Motors had a good month locally as

Expo at Covelli highlights shale impact on Valley

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN It was a day filled with talk about the

High gas prices fuel record Cruze sales

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com LORDSTOWN The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze once

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Congress looks at sales taxes for online purchases

Shoppers may soon find they’re paying a little bit more for the book, jewelry, clothing or any other item they buy online.

Working it out

On Labor Day, Valley reflects on evolution from adversarial to collaborative

Former United Auto Workers leaders Paul Cubellis, Bill Bowers and Darwin Cooper spoke about the union’s early days Wednesday at the UAW 1112 hall near the Lordstown plant. The three were union leaders during a contentious time between union members and management.

Crane brings more business to Wellsville port

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com WELLSVILLE The completion of the overhead-crane project

Former employees of RG Steel rally in effort to save Warren plant

Former employees of RG Steel rally in effort to save Warren plant By BURTON SPEAKMAN

Growing tradition

More Valley consumers choose to buy local produce

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN A desire from consumers to know where their

GM announces $200 million update for Lordstown

Dave Green, president of UAW Local 1714, speaks at the announcement Thursday that the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be constructed at GM’s Lordstown plant. Joining him on the podium is Glenn Johnson, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112.

Cafaro Foundation gives $100K to chamber

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The Cafaro Foundation has provided a

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Valley jobless rate rises after RG Steel closing

The RG Steel closing appeared to have a sizable impact on the area’s unemployment rate with more people unemployed in the Mahoning Valley for the second-straight month.

RG mill’s future remains foggy, ex-workers told

More questions than answers remain for former employees of RG Steel here.

Family is Cerni Motors’ driving force

The company has been in business 50 years

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com AUSTINTOWN After 50 years in the business and decades

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Youngstown metro most-affordable market in U.S.

The National Association of Home Builders has ranked the Youngstown metro area the most-affordable market in which to buy a house in the second quarter. From left, Lynda Cononico and Yvonne Smith of Real Living Brokers Realty Group stand before their latest listing on Elm Trace Street in Austintown.

OSU group tours Schwebel’s plant

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN For Lee Schwebel, vice president of

Health law to worsen shortage of doctors in Valley

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com youngstown A shortage of primary-care physicians in the

‘Truthland’ film takes pro-fracking approach

Steel museum to show industry documentary

By BURTON SPEAKMAN bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN As oil and gas development continues

Group fears drilling, logging in Beaver Creek State Park

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com east liverpool A group of residents believe Beaver

Buyer hopes to restart Warren’s RG Steel plant

$17M bid by C.J. Betters Enterprises awaits approval from bankruptcy judge and USW

By BURTON SPEAKMAN and ED RUNYAN new@vindy.com WARREN The new owner of the RG Steel facility

Recruitment events draw scores of people

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com boardman Some crowd members had to stand outside Monday

Free financial-advice program set Friday in Canfield

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com canfield Those looking for help in improving their

Valley-built Cruze sales tumble 39%

Sales of the Cruze have taken a hit a year after taking advantage of supply problems for Toyota and Honda.

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Penney rolls out revamped sales model

After a rocky first quarter of 2012, J.C. Penney Co. is making changes to its sales model to bring back customers.

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$3.2M windfall from drilling delights county leaders

Columbiana County’s oil and gas boom could lead to long- overdue infrastructure improvements.

OEPA: Patriot can’t send brine to city plant

OEPA: Patriot can’t send brine to Warren plant

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com warren The fight between Patriot Water Treatment Co.

Oil and gas leasing booms in Trumbull

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com warren Oil and gas leasing in Trumbull County has

New Springfield energy plant at landfill to help power Oberlin

Area trash soon will provide power to another Ohio city after Waste Management completes its plant that will convert methane gas to electricity.

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RG Steel layoffs raise jobless rate in Valley to 8%

The jobless rate is rising for the first time this year in the Mahoning Valley, but overall the economy appears to be a of mix of good and bad.

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RYO Filling Station in Girard is looking for a miracle

Customers of RYO Filling Station in Girard continued to roll cigarettes this week, but short of a miracle all the machines will be silent and the employees will be out of work as soon as Monday if a federal bill taxing the machines goes into effect, RKO President Phil Accordino says.

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Area cattle farmers weighing their options

Number of factors lead to rising costs By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com canfield

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Valley crops shriveling

Sam Detwiler, owner of Detwiler Farm in southern Mahoning County, holds a clump of dry dirt in front of his soybeans. Detwiler’s soybean crop has patches where the plants did not grow, and those that did are shorter than normal.

O’Donold's Irish Pub to open downtown

O’Donold's Irish Pub will take over the space in downtown Youngstown being vacated by the Lemon Grove.

OEPA: Patriot can’t send brine to city plant

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com warren The fight between Patriot Water System and the

GM Lordstown ranks in Top 10 US auto producers

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com lordstown Automobile Magazine has ranked General

VEC opens facility in Hubbard

Increased demand from companies in the oil and gas industry led VEC Inc. to open a new fabrication facility in Hubbard.

Ready to recycle

Companies make proposals for frack water By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com east liverpool

No place like home? GM Lordstown asks its workers

No place like home? GM Lordstown asks its workers

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com lordstown General Motors has targeted a survey to some

Columbiana County businesses hear how to prep for shale boom

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com columbiana While it’s too early to know what the shale

Business, union leaders react to ruling

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com youngstown Local business representatives are nervous

Classify brine fluid as hazardous material, Hagan urges Kasich

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com youngstown A Mahoning Valley lawmaker has requested

‘Truthland’ challenges assertions in ‘Gasland’

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com EAST LIVERPOOL For the first time in the Mahoning

Events to address issues tied to fracking

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com Those seeking to become educated about fracking will have

Valley’s jobless rate drops

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com youngstown The unemployment rate for the Mahoning

Speakers: Valley exports growing

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The Mahoning Valley has a head start on much

Warren steel plant regarded as ‘a gem’

Warren facility regarded as ‘a gem’

USW holds out hope for a buyer By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com warren The uniqueness

Some steel retirees eligible for credit

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com youngstown A trust is available for some former steel

Leaseholders who signed deals with BP get advice

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com HOWLAND Now that leases have been signed with BP in

Lack of clean drug tests to hold back Valley hiring

Workers have been brought in from other areas to fill trades

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com boardman Mass hiring for oil and gas jobs is expected

Chesapeake shareholders rebuke board

Staff/wire report oklahoma city Shareholders for Chesapeake Energy Corporation showed their

Columbiana County residents seek law imposing minimum royalties

By Burton Speakman bspeakman@vindy.com As some in Columbiana County watch their neighbors

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