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David Skolnick

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Democrat in the 6th Congressional race loaned $107,000 to her campaign

The Republican incumbent still raised more than she did

GOP urges Kasich to consider Sammarone, Fabrizi, Rusu for probate judgeship

Kasich urged to consider Sammarone, Fabrizi, Rusu

The endorsed Democratic candidate was the only one not to make the cut

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Youngstown firefighters union says money is missing from its account

The union removed its treasurer, who resigned Sunday from the department

A downtown eyesore will be completely demolished

Work should be done in three months

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Youngstown mayor plans to name a city prosecutor as early as Wednesday

Decision on prosecutor expected this week; public works, finance positions still unfilled

He’ll conduct a new search for a finance director

Youngstown fracking ban on ballot for 3rd time

If it fails, it’s uncertain if it will return for a fourth time

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Rhetoric in Mahoning probate judge race escalates


One key issue is the use of a 20-year-plus quote from Jim Tressel

Belinky now off ballot; hopeful Sammarone's fliers derided

Belinky now off ballot; hopeful’s fliers derided

A Democratic candidate faces criticism for using a decades-old quote from Jim Tressel

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Mahoning Dem chairman urging state panel to get answers

board of elections

‘We owe it to the public to not sweep this under the rug,’ he said

Youngstown schools detail snow day make-up plan

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Some board members expressed reservations about the blizzard bags

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Youngstown is finalizing a deal to have 10 people receiving government aid to handle city work

10 who get government assistance to clean up downtown, fix potholes

The city doesn’t pay anything to the workers

2 companies to help Covelli Centre with shows and finances

The contracts are for almost half the price of an expired deal the center had with one of the companies

Pro-fracking coalition to Youngstown voter: Reject ban on fracking

This is the third time the amendment will be on the ballot in the past year

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Youngstown council sends airport officials to suburbs for funding


Group seeking funds to secure daily service to airport.

3 judicial candidates fail to get Mahoning Bar’s endorsement

Those ‘not recommended’ question the process

Youngstown police union gets a new contract


The previous contract expired Nov. 30, 2012

Early voting in Ohio started Tuesday

Several early voters do it to get casting ballots out of the way

Kitchen repays $2,500 of illegal $4,000 cash gift

He used the loan and $1,000 left in the account to repay a portion of a cash contribution

Last month was the fourth coldest March on record for the area

There were four record low days last month

Phantoms, Covelli reach 3-year deal in principle

The team’s per-game rent will go from $2,750 to $4,500

Youngstown police want to purchase 150 Tasers

A federal lawsuit decision will no longer permit the use of another company’s stun guns

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The board of elections is asking the state elections commission to review a $4,000 cash contribution

The former mayoral candidate’s attorney wanted to ask the elections board to help his client

The event raised about $45,000

Potential Development Program serves about 130 area kids with autism and other development delays

Dem challenger FitzGerald: Kasich out of touch with average Ohioan

Governor ‘not in touch,’ Democratic hopeful says

The Democrat also said he doesn’t think most people agree the governor’s has turned around the state

Election officials from 8 counties met in Youngstown

They discussed changes to election laws

South Side residents say city needs to do more to help neighborhoods

Residents complained of illegal dumping, crime and vacant houses as problems

Youngstown council approved the city’s $171.5 million budget

It was approved at a quick meeting

Five candidates are seeking the vacant Mahoning County Probate Court seat

Two are running in the Democratic primary and three others will run as independents

A company is planning a $1.15 million expansion

The company fabricates and distributes equipment for the oil and gas drilling industry

Youngstown council questions lights, jazz fest, neighborhood proposals in budget

Council will vote Thursday on the budget

Jim Tressel applied to be president of University of Akron

Ex-OSU coach 1 of 19 seeking presidency

He’s among 19 candidates for the job

Beautification program focusing on downtown Youngstown will be May 31

The committee had its kickoff fundraiser on Friday

Youngstown's budget tops last year's by $3.7M, includes $4.8M for capital upgrades

2014 plan tops last year’s by $3.7M, includes $4.8M for capital upgrades

City council has a work session Tuesday to go over the budget

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Youngstown council removes conviction question from applications


Three ex-convicts spoke in favor of the proposal before the vote

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Our 85.9 inches ranks fifth most snow for the area

This is also the third-coldest start to a year in the Mahoning Valley.

As voting deadline nears, Youngstown council hasn’t seen city’s budget

Officials frustrated as deadline nears

Council must approve the spending plan by March 31

Cheryl Waite now unopposed for 4th appeals judgeship term

The challenger cited an ‘unexpected health issue’ as her reason for withdrawing

Youngstown mayor wants to make it easier for ex-cons to work for the city

The city would remove a question about criminal convictions from its application form

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The governor touted the state’s job creation under his watch

Kasich touts job creation in address to Mahoning Valley McKinley Club

A Democratic gubernatorial candidate spokeswoman said the governor ‘shouldn’t be doing victory laps’

VAM USA LLC will build an $81.6 million facility

The project will start next month

A deal for an $81.5 million plant in Youngstown is expected to be finalized today

VAM USA pipe-threading facility would employ 84

The facility would employ 84

A hearing in Columbus will pose some challenges for Youngstown government officials

Youngstown government faces ‘inconvenience’ while witnesses testify about court conditions

But it won’t ‘shut down city government,’ the mayor says

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Mahoning County Democratic Chairman wants to toughen law on cash contributions

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Issue stems from former Youngstown mayor’s giving a $4,000 cash contribution to failed mayoral candidate

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The Youngstown Business Incubator is seeking $5 million to renovate a downtown building

Organization would buy Vindicator office building then seek state funds to renovate for 3D expansion

The building is owned by The Vindicator

A Youngstown business official says ‘the biggest complaint I hear is how filthy downtown is’

City officials want people to think of downtown as more than the central business district

Ex-mayor Sammarone says he should have known better

Should have known $4,000 cash donation exceeded law, he says

Despite the contribution, he contends he tries ‘not to get into other people’s elections’

Youngstown mayor mulls selling 20 Federal Place

He also wants to explore raising money through oil and gas development

Work on an air-conditioning unit should start at the end of the month

The apparent low bid was withdrawn after company made a $100,000 mistake


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