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3 groceries open Thurs. reverse Youngstown’s ‘food desert’

Larry Scheid, store manager at the new Mahoning Avenue Bottom Dollar Food store, expects a long line of customers when the store — and two others in Youngstown — opens at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Expert: Quakes likely had common epicenter

A seismologist says all 12 Mahoning Valley earthquakes likely had the same epicenter, contrary to original seismic data.

USW local chief must repay more than $5,000

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com WARREN A local union president says he will not resign after


Will Valley doughnuts inspire Giants to victory?

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com CANFIELD Super Bowl week is almost exclusively devoted to

Roberto’s Italian Ristorante opens on Federal Street

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN A year ago, Robert Faraglia set out to find a location for his proposed

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Mahoning Valley’s growth in jobs outpaces state’s

For the first time in more than a decade, employment in the Mahoning Valley is not only growing but increasing faster than the rest of Ohio.

More documents needed in lawsuit against UAW and GM

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The defendants and plaintiffs will need to

Officials pleased with Cruze figures

General Motors Lordstown Complex officials say they are satisfied with January sales figures for the Chevrolet Cruze, up 10 percent from a year ago.

Eastwood Mall plans hotel, conference center

Eastwood Mall, at more than 3 million square feet, already is the largest shopping complex in America.

Northeast Ohio man touts home-price protection

A Northeast Ohio man has reached a breakthrough in his effort to curb the side effects of the housing crisis.

‘Big fight’ expected as GM suit heads to court

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Twenty-eight General Motors Lordstown workers

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No cause for alarm over radioactive drilling waste

2 trucks trying to enter Mahoning Landfill in Sept. had minuscule radiation amounts

Those who oppose natural-gas and oil exploration claim the fracking process propagates unsafe levels of radiation through drill cuttings and wastewater.

DeWine: Drilling laws ‘not adequate’

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine thinks Ohio’s natural-gas and oil drilling laws are “not adequate” compared with other states.

Focus could make Utica Shale more profitable

Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s decision to shift its focus away from natural gas and toward oil and natural-gas liquids like propane could make the Utica Shale more profitable.

Girard officials: Books balanced

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com GIRARD Officials say the city’s books are balanced, and they

Industry official: ODNR mishandled quake issue

An industry official said he’s “frustrated” with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources regarding its handling of the earthquake-brine-injection-well situation in Youngstown.

Corn harvests have banner year in 2011

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Despite record-high precipitation, 2011 corn

Ripping Romney

Area Democrats criticize stance on auto bailouts

GOP front-runner Mitt Romney essentially is tied with President Barack Obama in a recent poll of Ohioans, and General Motors on Thursday reclaimed its spot as the top automaker in the world.

2011 home sales mixed in Valley

Trumbull County totals drop 6.8%; Mahoning, Columbiana improve

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN Mahoning Valley home sales and dollar value of sales were mixed in 2011.

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Use safeguards to avert quakes, experts testify at YSU drilling hearing

Expert testimony at a joint subcommittee meeting of the state House and Senate on Tuesday indicated certain precautions could prevent injection-well- induced earthquakes.

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Beaver residents appeal for more well regulation

Julia Fuhrman Davis says she moved to Beaver Township 17 years ago from Canfield because it “was beautiful.” But Davis believes her quiet neighborhood won’t be beautiful after the addition of a soon-to-be active brine-injection well.

Another Ohio community rocked by quakes

Youngstown has become the poster city for potential injection-well-induced earthquakes.

Mahoning Valley isn’t the only Ohio area with recent seismic activity Another community rocked by quakes

Youngstown has become the poster city for potential injection-well-induced earthquakes.

OEPA urged to rethink Warren permit proposal

new regulations could impact valley economy

Area residents, business representatives and legislators are warning the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that new regulations would be detrimental to the Mahoning Valley economy.

Exal nixes 300-job, $400M expansion plan

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Exal Corp. isn’t divulging the reasons it won’t go

ODNR still unsure of D&L well’s tie to Valley earthquakes

ODNR: quake LINK LIKELY; more DATA to be studied

State environmental regulators say they are still trying to determine whether a brine-injection well conclusively triggered 11 Mahoning Valley earthquakes.

Shell project to remain in Ohio

Though the Mahoning Valley is out of the running for a $2 billion economic investment, it appears that project is primed to stay in the Buckeye State.

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Speaker: Process will cause ‘crisis’

An Ithaca College professor doesn’t want to see a halt to horizontal fracturing. She wants to see it banned.

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Injection wells not new to Valley, so why are we all shook up

With the city skyline in the distance, a brine injection well owned by D&L Energy Inc. is seen in Youngstown. The company has halted operations at the well, which disposes of brine used in gas and oil drilling, after a series of small earthquakes hit the area in 2011.

Quaker Steak & Lube continued to expand in 2011 by opening eight new restaurants

Quaker Steak & Lube continued to expand in 2011 by opening eight new restaurants.

Expect more wild swings in stock market in 2012

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN The year 2011 was, by all accounts, a

D&L faced violations in its past

But state reports fewer problems at its well sites in recent years

D&L Energy Inc. is best known for its brine-injection well in the city that is suspected of triggering 11 Mahoning Valley earthquakes this year.

Brine's Barber Shop — A cut above the rest

Century-old barbershop in Girard never goes out of style By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com

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Ohio bans injection wells near D&L site in Youngstown

Youngstown's New Year's Eve 4.0 quake was felt as far away as Buffalo.

Valley landowners urged to put lease deals into escrow

Oil and gas leases can be quite convoluted. The negotiating process may seem tedious, but signing on the dotted line doesn’t mean the process is complete.

Launch nears for Youngstown teacher’s new app for grading tests

Elijah Stambaugh wasn’t a teacher for long before he realized a fundamental flaw in the education process.

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Lease will protect Valley landowners from water contamination

Water quality is a top concern to all landowners, especially those with water wells near oil- and natural-gas drilling operations.

Oil and gas leases: Learn how to reap the benefits

Most Mahoning Valley landowners who sign oil and gas leases will never see a Utica or Marcellus shale well on their property.



Mail center hopes public can deliver it from closure

Hearing set Wednesday in Boardman

The Youngstown mail-processing and distribution center, previously slated for closure by the U.S. Postal Service before congressional intervention, will get a public meeting to attempt to dissuade the postal service from vacating the city.

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Attendance exceeds expectations at 1st Y-Town Tech Tour

As the ageless poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” reads, “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

Landowners urged to beware of selling mineral rights

Oil and gas leases are at the forefront of shale drilling in the Mahoning Valley.

Shale Leasing: Gushing in deals

After settling in Columbiana County for most of 2011, the oil-and gas-leasing binge now is in full swing throughout the Mahoning Valley.

Liberty family has the recipe for tradition

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com LIBERTY It’s been more than six decades since the start of

Clatter that arose was city’s 9th quake

The depth of the city’s latest earthquake was the shallowest to date, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Valley can accommodate shale boom short-term

Valley can accommodate shale boom in short term, but what about long-term prospects for housing industries?

Mahoning County will soon reap the benefits of the shale-drilling frenzy.

Mahoning Valley jobless rate takes dive

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN In 1991, Bill Clinton announced his candidacy for

Fracking rules to be more stringent

Ohio plans to scrap some fracking regulations in lieu of more- stringent rules, but some antifracking advocates remain skeptical about the proposed changes.

Report targets underwater mortgages

By Karl Henkel khenkel@vindy.com YOUNGSTOWN Reducing underwater mortgages in Ohio could inject

Boosting tax on oil, gas rates would mean $538M for Ohio, report says

Ohio could generate $538 million in revenues by 2015 if it imposed a higher tax on oil and gas rates, according to a new report from Policy Matters Ohio.


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