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Youngstown looking for firm to design signs

Three firms will present their proposals Wednesday

A national anti-fracking group staged a silent protest at the chamber

They were escorted out of the office by police

$7 coffee percolates state auditor's race

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Incumbent says that’s ‘flat wrong’ and challenger is ‘not fit for office’

Betras questions Mahoning elections board budget increase

One board member objected to the increase, but voted for the proposed budget

First-time early voters came out on first day of early voting

Some voted because they won’t be home on Election Day

AG DeWine offended by challenger’s assertions

Pepper accuses DeWine of allowing ‘pay-to-play’

David Pepper, DeWine’s Democratic challenger, says the AG’s office has a ‘pay-to-play’ issue

Political newcomer seeks to unseat Gerberry after 40 years

The incumbent has won 17 straight elections

Traficant cremated, family rep discloses

A forensic pathologist said he conducted an autopsy on the body

Youngstown council expected to rescind legislation on downtown coordinator

The law director says council doesn’t have the power to appoint anyone to the job

Controversial sheriff, congressman succumbs after farming accident

Former U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., the most controversial Mahoning Valley political figure of the last half-century, died Saturday as a result of injuries he sustained in a farm-tractor accident. He was 73.

TRAFICANT QUOTABLES | Best lines in the House

Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.’s legacy included his often colorful, funny, outrageous and

Ranking police officers reject three-year deal with Youngstown


The concern is related to health care

Former congressman’s family at bedside, awaiting doctors' assessment

Family at his bedside thanks public for prayers

He is unconscious and under sedation, a family spokeswoman said

Additional asbestos raises cost of demolishing Wean complex

Work at the site should be done next year

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Family, friends praying for Traficant after farm accident

Ex-U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr., right, was seriously injured in an accident on his family farm in Greenford in Mahoning County's Green Township.

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Sciortino admits alcohol issues, rehab

Mahoning County Auditor Michael V. Sciortino, running for re-election, said he checked into an alcohol addiction rehab facility the day he was indicted on 22 criminal counts related to allegations of political corruption.

State agents seized computers as evidence against Mahoning County Auditor Michael Sciortino

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The auditor met agents in the driveway of his house, turning over two laptops and a hard drive

Proposal would turn the vacant Youngstown fire station into a house

It was the only proposal received by the city for the structure

Youngstown gets single bid for vacant fire station

The city closed the 92-year-old structure earlier this year after building a new fire station

Elections board offers free remapping service to Youngstown

Elections board offers free remapping services

Board of elections offer to provide its services at no cost to help with a five-ward map

Youngstown council to hire firm to cut city wards to 5

Agreed to do it even though the proposal isn’t yet on the ballot

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Kasich: Local businesses could save Youngstown school system

A Democratic state representative is helping the Republican governor with the school district

Reduction plan poses serious safety issue, fire official tells Youngstown mayor


The plan would play a major role in saving about $1 million a year, mayor says

Interest rate declines on Covelli money


The rate was 1.4 percent last year

Former Campbell resident paints Sheet & Tube mural

It was her first

Hermitage man charged with shooting man downtown Youngstown

He’s charges with carrying a concealed weapon and felonious assault.

Mahoning elections board refused to certify issue to reduce Youngstown wards

The delay is caused by the city submitting two nearly identical ballot issues

“Tonight Show” host pokes fun at Tim Ryan

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U.S. Rep. Ryan said the comment was ‘funny’.

Former Youngstown fire station for sale

There is no minimum price, but the city has criteria it will use to evaluate proposals

Mahoning County auditor calls his indictment a distraction

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Says he’s running against a well-funded Republican

54 applicants want to be Youngstown’s downtown-events and special-projects coordinator

Mayor sets up panel to review applicants

A new hire could start Nov. 3

Youngstown school board rebukes academic panel, Supt. Hathorn

Some board members say they want to hire an attorney

Youngstown fire inspector calls East High 'a fire hazard'

City could shut down the school if needed repairs aren’t finished soon

Petitions for Youngstown charter-amendment proposal have enough valid signatures

The issue would be on the ballot even if there wasn’t enough signatures

Youngstown firefighters strongly reject new contract

Union chief cites health care as key factor

Concerns over health care are why the union voted against the deal

Youngstown trying to sell 20 Federal Place again

The city removed the $2 million minimum asking price this time around

YSU’s fall enrollment declines by 844 students

However, total grows by 324 since classes began

But the incoming students’ academic achievement is at an all-time high

Disappearance of Youngstown credit cards prompts change in security protocol


Mayor wants a more formal policy

Youngstown firefighters to get annual pay raises in 3-year deal

City council will vote Friday to approve the contract

Proposed reduction of Youngstown's wards to be on Nov. ballot

They don’t need to be there

Youngstown voters will decide if they want the city to reduce its wards from 7 to 5

Council voted to put the proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot

Anti-fracking charter amendment to be on Nov. 4 ballot in Youngstown

Citizen initiative to go before city voters for a fourth time

This is the fourth time the proposal is to be considered by city voters

Last month was the area’s 10th wettest August

More than half of the rain last month fell on three days

Youngstown business spending $250,000 for storage facility

The building is expected be finished in December

Law director rejects Youngstown councilwomen's measure to hire outside counsel

City law director is refusing the request for such legislation

South Avenue business owners look to reform merchants’ association

The association would ‘rejuvenate’ the area, says one supporter

Austintown man questions Youngstown residency bonus for civil service tests

Youngstown’s deputy law director says the bonus is legal.

Judge rejects motion to dismiss Yavorcik case, blasts attorney

Judge takes exception to ‘speedy trial’ issue in Oakhill proceedings

Judge criticizes the legal filing


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