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David Betras is re-elected Mahoning County Democratic Party chairman

Betras took verbal shots at those who opposed him.

No formal proposals were made for 20 Federal Place

But the largest tenant of the Youngstown-owned building is “very interested” in the structure

First pretrial in political corruption case yields few results

The next court date is June 20

Youngstown officials unclear on who can hire downtown director

A 1975 ordinance puts that decision in the hands of a commission that was apparently never created

Settlement calls for Lyndsey Hughes to receive $72,000

She agreed to not keep her job as part of the deal.

Cleveland judge denies request for postponement in Oakhill case

Defendants’ attorneys to begin talks with Cleveland judge today

The attorney is in a capital murder case

Youngstown reaches settlement with Hughes in harassment case

Details to be disclosed after council vote in case involving Hughes, Kitchen

The settlement details will be disclosed after city council votes on it today

Youngstown committee approves plans for abuse, mental health facility

Work would start in 2015 and take a year to complete

2 to challenge Dem chairman Betras; GOP leader Munroe runs unopposed

The county’s Republican chairman is running unopposed

Fifth Ave. project bids arrive under estimate

Contract to fix section to be awarded in July

The work on Fifth Avenue should take about 90 days to complete

Mayor, auditor, atty. plead not guilty in corruption case

Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and Atty. Martin Yavorcik are confined to Ohio in the wake of their arraignment Thursday in Cleveland on 83 political corruption charges. They are accused of being being among 23 people involved in a criminal enterprise that traded financial benefits for political favors, lying under oath to protect business interests, and an agreement to fix legal cases.

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Youngstown mayor, Mahoning County auditor and an attorney will be arraigned Thursday

Trio to enter pleas Thursday in corruption case

The three face 83 political corruption charges

Pets went to a Boardman church to be blessed

Dogs and cats — and their owners — participated in the annual event

Mahoning elections board offers to help Youngstown with redistricting

McNally seeks options as officials look to cut precincts by 50

Board also plans to cut at least 50 voting precincts by the November election

Financial problems could stop Wells Building project

Demolition of another downtown Youngstown building is almost done

Mahoning Dems, Republicans will meet June 7 to elect leaders

County board of elections certified primary results

Eight main streets in Youngstown will be paved

The city’s share of the $4.8 million projects is about $500,000

Former Youngstown law director gets $28,817 severance package

Board of control approves $78,827 water refund

Youngstown council hires firm to redistrict city’s seven wards

The mayor said hiring a second company is a waste of money and won’t approve funding.

Youngstown approves pacts with 2 employee unions

Union members received pay raises for the first time in about four years.

Youngstown Planning Commission endorses the U.S. Route 422 corridor improvement program

The initial focus of plan would be on clean-ups and beautification programs

Youngstown overcharged a health center for its water use for the past 22 years

Youngstown officials work out deal to repay Wick Ave. facilitySFlb

A deal was worked out to refund $80,000 to the facility

Israel official visited Youngstown

Says Israelis support a Palestinian state, but are concerned with their affiliation with Hamas

An indictment details accusations of political corruption in Mahoning County

The indictment contends a criminal enterprise conspired to improperly influence county officials

Democratic gubernatorial nominee is donating the $1,000 contribution from the indicted Youngstown mayor to charity

campaign finances

That prompts Gov. John Kasich’s campaign to donate money from an indicted state House member and one who resigned

Youngstown mayor calls his alleged involvement in a criminal enterprise ‘comical’

Mayor claims he did nothing wrong, vows to stay in office

Says the indictment won’t impact his ability to serve the city

Indictments tied to Oakhill Renaissance Place case

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announces the indictments on corruption charges handed up by a Cuyahoga County grand jury in Cleveland against Youngstown Mayor John A. McNally, Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino and Atty. Martin Yavorcik.

Youngstown company is honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration

The company transformed into an online business

Rural parts of Mahoning County overwhelmingly voted against the sales tax

For probate judge, Campbell gives Maruca big boost

‘We got slaughtered,” a commissioner said of the results from the outlying areas

Youngstown gave severance packages to two former workers

One was fired from his job; the other is being criminally investigated.

Former judge Belinky pleads guilty to records charge

Mark Belinky, left, former Mahoning County Probate Court judge, and his lawyer J. Gerald Ingram listen to Visiting Judge Ronald Suster, a retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge, in Mahoning common pleas court Thursday where Belinky pleaded guilty to tampering with records related to his 2008 campaign finance reports.

Hagan’s turnabout miffs Kovach, Betras

Veteran politician makes no apologies for going against Dem Party’s wishesSFlb

His opponent says ‘he has absolutely no integrity’

Youngstown wants to sell a downtown office building it owns

The minimum asking price is $2 million

Recount unlikely in Mahoning's tax, probate balloting

There were 180 provisional ballots cast in this primary

The head of Youngstown’s public works department is staying


The mayor is changing the city’s neighborhood improvement operations

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Two candidates filed as independents for Mahoning County Probate Court judge

If certified, they’ll face the winner of today’s Democratic primary

Voter turnout in Mahoning Valley expected to be low

Few races, issues in Valley energize voters, officials say

It will continue a trend that started in 2009

Potholes pock several main streets in Youngstown

As milder weather moves into the Mahoning Valley, county engineers are moving ahead with various spring chores, including cold patching some roadways hard-hit by this year's severe winter weather. Above, road workers Steve Leslie and Brian Tydings try to keep up with the endless potholes on Mahoning Avenue in North Jackson.

Hanni says Chairman Betras sent out ‘false, misleading literature’

The chairman said he did nothing wrong

No permanent damage caused by electrical failure that led to water problems

The boil-water alert in Austintown and Canfield townships was lifted

The Covelli Centre had a record quarter

The $382,016 operating surplus was largely from the Feb. 1 Elton John concert

Ohio treasurer wants the Legislature to put the ‘state checkbook online’

Then he’s going to ask school districts and cities to do the same

Math error costs company Wean contract

The Youngstown Board of Control chose a different company for the work

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan seeks his seventh term in Congress

In the Democratic primary, he faces a Boardman man who’s lost two congressional races

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Neither 6th District Dem candidate had kind words for Obama

Jennifer Garrison said she would have voted against Obamacare while her opponent would have supported it

Former bar owner dropped a federal lawsuit against Youngstown

After recently seeing a letter from August 2012, he says he was wrong to keep bar open

Youngstown seeks military’s help with demolition of houses

A decision on the proposal would come this summer

Freshman U.S. Rep. David Joyce faces a state rep in the GOP primary

The 14th District includes 11 northern townships in Trumbull County


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