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David Skolnick

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Youngstown to negotiate a contract with a firm to design a downtown amphitheater and river-park

Panel to work with Columbus architectural firm

The city and the firm will seek grants and other funding to pay for the project

This was the third wettest June in the Mahoning Valley’s weather history

Last month was third-rainiest June in Valley’s recorded weather history

There was a foot of rain in some areas, based on unofficial counts

Downtown Youngstown property agency wants to have a structure built at a vacant downtown location

The location has been a fenced-in hole since two buildings were demolished seven years ago

Two more inches of rain expected to start tonight

The heavy rain isn’t in the forecast after the weekend

Youngstown signed a deal to target speeders on highways and in school zones

Police to use radar guns to photograph offenders

Those caught speeding would pay a fee, but not be convicted of a moving violation

Campbell’s mayor is being challenged by a retired city police officer

The law director race pits two candidates who’ve run against each other twice for the post

The ex-Mahoning County auditor is accused of illegally using government-owned computers and software more than 300 times

They were used to raise money to keep him in office, court documents claim

A witness list in the Oakhill criminal-corruption case will be provided by Friday

The two sides agree on protocol for witnesses to hear and see confidential evidence

An agreement in the Oakhill criminal-corruption case will allow certain defense witnesses to hear secret recordings

Prosecutors will provide the rest of their evidence to the defense in about a week

Downtown Youngstown business owners object to the city closing West Federal Street for festivals

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Council approves fining downtown businesses for not removing snow and ice

Youngstown finalizing agreement to have area Air Force reservists demolish 11 vacant structures

It’s the first project in what city and reserve officials say could be the start of something big

Trial date for ex-Mahoning County auditor is Aug. 3

Ex-county auditor pleads not guilty to improper use of computers, theft

He’s accused of 25 felonies related to illegally using government-owned computers and software

A Youngstown 5th Ward candidate spent $9,293 on a failed Democratic primary bid

The winner in the 5th spent about one-third of that amount

Youngstown council to consider legislation to double its motor-vehicle license fee at a Wednesday meeting

Council will again look at a proposal to fine downtown business owners for failing to shovel snow and ice

City committee votes 2-1 in favor of giving a $39,599 grant to a former councilman’s group home

His wife, who is on the committee, didn’t vote or participate in the discussions on the project

Youngstown gives $5,000 buyout to ex-cashier convicted of falsification

She worked 20 years for the city

Youngstown Councilwoman Tarpley: Mowing program is failing

But statistics show more lawns will be cut this year than in 2014

Youngstown board finalizes agreement to relocate muni court to annex

The project is to be finished by late 2017

Youngstown, Mahoning County, Boardman teaming up to purchase salt

By doing so as a group, officials with the three expect a lower cost

Youngstown man on stolen motorcycle died after hitting a utility pole

Was driving alongside another motorcycle when accident occurred

Ohio ACLU wants Youngstown to repeal 2009 anti-begging law

City’s law director plans to scrutinize 2009 ordinance

The city’s law director will take a ‘serious’ look at the ordinance

Portman says Kasich doing great job, but doesn’t endorse him for president

Portman said he’s not getting into the ‘endorsement game.’

Sciortino indicted – again

This time, the ousted Mahoning County auditor was hit with 21 counts of unauthorized use of property – computer or telecommunications – and four counts of theft in office

Road-salt deal won’t pave way for smoother drives

Two companies, Cargill Inc. and Morton Salt Inc., agreed to pay $11.5 million to Ohio to make a

Agreement reached on relocating Youngstown Muni Court

The total cost would not exceed $7,750,000.

Two independents for Youngstown council seats disqualified

They both voted in the Democratic primary the day after filing as independents

A CNN Politics online news team came to the Mahoning Valley to discuss politics

A CNN Politics online news team came to the Mahoning Valley to discuss politics

Youngstown council to consider streamlining permit process for events

City officials say the new proposal would be easier for them and for those seeking permits

Tornado south of Hermitage, Pa., confirmed by the National Weather Service

Sunday’s tornado came 30 years to the day of a more serious one that killed 19 in Mercer and Trumbull counties

Youngstown’s street paving project will start in mid-June

$1.2M project targets 62 streets

The $1.2M work targets 62 streets.

Trustees in Austintown, Canfield support online checkbook initiative

State’s OhioCheckbook.com has had 220,000 searches since it was launched Dec. 2

Deal to move Youngstown court to city hall annex expected next week

The work would cost about $7.1 million

Youngstown’s percentage of population loss between the 2010 census and the latest estimate ranks 6th among larger cities

Average yearly loss of 480 residents since 2010 has McNally upbeat

The city’s population decline is 2.87 percent

A downtown Youngstown restaurant discontinues serving lunch

Blames lack of parking spaces near the business for the decision

A Youngstown judge wanted to send a man to jail for neglecting his dogs

‘I would love to lock you up,’ she said

Youngstown plans to improve three streets


Two of them are portions of North Meridian Road and Wick Avenue

Secretly-taped recordings at center of year-old Oakhill case

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An attorney general spokesman said they don’t exist.

Rep. Bill Johnson visits 4 countries, says Europe wants energy exports

He said leaders urged him to have the United States export liquefied natural gas

No one spoke in favor of downtown business snow removal policy

Three people in attendance oppose it

Tests will be done at former Wick Avenue dealerships

The report should be ready in one to two months

Youngstown vows to demolish house crumbling on neighbor's property

Large portions of a brick chimney fell off the roof

Public hearing on proposed downtown shoveling law today at city hall

Failing to remove snow and ice by 7 a.m. could lead to a fine

Mahoning elections board plans to cut 26 more precincts

A public hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the board’s office

Rep. Tim Ryan hails $9.4M for air base in bill he opposed

Valley rep says House measure doesn’t adequately fund veterans’ health benefits

‘I don’t see anything wrong with’ that, he said

Youngstown's law requiring $1M insurance on street gatherings questioned

Experts differ on legality of requiring a $1 million liability-insurance policy

One constitutional law professor says the policy isn’t proper while another says city ‘might be just on the good side’

Former council president wins Dem nod for Struthers mayor by 50 votes

Both candidates have criminal pasts

3 incumbents, 4 newcomers win Youngstown council races

Mike Ray, center, celebrates his victory in the Democratic primary for Youngstown's 4th Ward council seat Tuesday at Casa Ramirez restaurant on Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown, with his parents, Mike Ray Sr. and Rocky Ray.

The polls are open for today’s primary election

Many independents beat deadline to be placed on November ballot

Several candidates filed as independents by Monday’s deadline

Youngstown board approves a $6.69 million contract to buy 52,000 water meters

The new meters will be installed starting later this year with a completion expected in 2020


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