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United drops Youngstown-Warren plans

The Chicago-based airline wanted $7 million in revenue guarantees to be raised annually

VXI to add more jobs at its Youngstown site

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With Monday’s announcement, VXI is now set to employ about 1,100 at its Youngstown call center, which has operated for more than four years.

Albert Covelli Sr. remembered

Albert covelli Sr.

Albert Covelli Sr. remembered

City launches 'get online' initiative

The city will host a 60-day social media campaign, during which participating businesses can qualify to win a $5,000 technical-assistance grant

BP pulls out of Trumbull's Utica shale

The British energy producer BP on Tuesday announced it would pull out of the Utica Shale after a lackluster appraisal of four producing wells in Trumbull County.

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GM focuses on the future

General Motors used its platform at the year’s last major auto show to focus on the future, as the company tries to distance itself from a highly-publicized recall that dominated the first part of the year.

Report weighs costs, benefits of fracking

Carroll County activity shows pros and cons

Carroll County's experience highlights both the pros and cons of shale development

Youngstown ranks No. 5 for raising a family

Youngstown cracked the top-five list for the second time since 2012.

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Cruze named best diesel car

Lordstown-made car outpaces Volkswagen and Audi in survey

The Cruze received 59.3 percent of the 11,030 votes cast to take home top honors in The Diesel Driver’s annual competition that featured the Volkswagen Passat, BMW X5, Jeep Grand Cherokee and others.

Huntington tops banks in SBA loans, issues earnings report

Amid a mixed quarterly earnings report, Huntington leads banks with 1,804 Small Business Administration loans since October.

ODNR links fracking to Poland earthquakes

For the first time, a team of state regulators and geologists on Friday identified hydraulic fracturing as a “probable” trigger for earthquakes, confirming suspicions that a series of tremors in Poland Township were the result of fracking operations.

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GM CEO on hot seat today at Congressional hearing

Barra will appear at 2 p.m. in front of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

GM halts some Cruze sales, expands recall

In this Associated Press file photo, Brian Clancy checks test models of the then-new Chevrolet Cruze on the lot at General Motors' Lordstown Assembly Plant in Lordstown

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Report: State of farming in Ohio above the curve

Ohio ranks seventh in the nation with 75,462 farms. Recently, Ohio’s agriculture has benefitted from a steep rise in crop values, which outpaced a national increase.

Valley unemployment rate improves in February

Valley’s unemployment rate ticked down to 7.9 percent in February, more than a full percentage point decrease from the same time last year. But it remained well above the state average, which last month reached its lowest level since 2008.

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The question remains

We’ve heard it since the dawn of the fracking boom in the Mahoning Valley: Fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes.

Chamber honors members, celebrates 20 years

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber honored its members and commemorated a two-decade history, during which, leaders said, the Mahoning Valley has evolved from a “black hole” into a “boomtown.”

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Answers sought to reason for Monday quakes

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources shut down all activity at Hilcorp Energy Co.’s fracking well on Moore Road in Poland Township, after a series of earthquakes occurred in Mahoning County on Monday.

Parker Hannifin workers approve new contract

By a 77-46 vote, union workers approved a new contract a week after an initial contract vote ended in a tie

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Cruze records best-ever February sales

Sales up 19% so far in 2014

GM delivered 21,836 units of the Cruze in February, compared to 17,947 during the same month in 2013

Youngstown-Warren is in Site Selection magazine’s Top 10 list for new and expanded facilities

Youngstown-Warren is in Site Selection magazine’s Top 10 list for new and expanded facilities

Hermitage man brings Weed Man franchise to Mercer, Trumbull counties

For 16 years, Wes Roberts Landscaping LLC has expanded steadily in Mercer County. Now its owner is bringing North America’s leading lawn care service to this area.

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Making Room

The region’s shale-drilling boom has brought with it an influx of out-of-state workers to eastern Ohio.

FirstEnergy invests in Ohio Edison upgrades

The company will spend $475 million on projects designed to enhance service reliability and decrease outages, with $344 million going toward transmission-related projects.

Some oil and gas companies have pursued regulatory orders that would bypass unit size provisions

Some oil and gas companies have pursued regulatory orders that would bypass unit size provisions

Tax plan rankles oil & gas industry

A revised severance tax bill, introduced last week by Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives, proposed a higher tax rate and shortened the period before it would take effect, riling a top oil and gas industry representative.

Cruze sales up in January, despite the weather

The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze posted its best-ever January results, as sales increased 16 percent to 16,828, compared to 14,524 during the same period a year ago.

Lack of pilots may have impacted weekend Allegiant delays

Airline says certification backlog has caused ‘hiccups’ in schedule

Lack of pilots may have impacted weekend Allegiant delays

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Ice cream still sells in the cold

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt in Austintown was open for business and still serving ice cream to the nearly two dozen customers who had braved the conditions by mid-afternoon.

Brown pushes tax break

As of Jan. 1, homeowners are taxed on reduced-mortgage debts as if they were income.

Vallourec workers overwhelmingly reject union bid

Yearlong effort ends with 367-148 vote

By a 367-148 vote, employees struck down an effort to join the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America.

Youngstown Propane battling propane-fuel shortage

A nationwide shortage of propane is sending Ohio suppliers scrambling to secure enough of the home-heating fuel.

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Valley unions, schools trying to increase skilled laborers for oil, gas companies

The skills gap, as its called, is the result of an aging workforce and a shift in educational emphasis, and local unions, schools and training centers are trying to close it as quickly as possible.

State board considering power project

On Jan. 10, the Ohio Power Siting Board received a letter of notification from American Systems Inc. and Ohio Edison Co., subsidiaries of FirstEnergy Co., applying to construct a 3.5 mile long transmission line tap that would run electricity from the existing 138 kilovolt Lowellville-Sammis line to the Hickory Bend plant.

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Ryan pushes jobless benefits as Senate advances bill

On a conference call with reporters, U.S. rep. Tim Ryan and AFL-CIO President Tim Burga said the extended jobless benefits were critical for struggling Ohio families and the health of the state’s overall economy, where the November unemployment rate registered at 7.4 percent, above the national average of seven percent.

Cruze sales weak in December but strong in 2013

Cruze sales were up 4.4 percent last year, despite a 14.5 percent slide in December.

Arctic air rolling into Mahoning, Shenango valleys

Steady snowfall and blustery winds Thursday covered Youngstown's Central Square and roads across the region with deep and drifting powder. Officials are expressing concerns for the homeless and animals as record low temperatures are expected over the next week or more. PennDot has reduced speed limits on Interstatse 80 and 76 (Pa. turnpike) and many other highways across the state to 45.

Ohio minimum wage to rise on Jan. 1

10-cent increase to add $38M to state economy, nonpartisan group says

A 10 cent increase will put Ohio’s minimum wage at $7.95 per hour. Tipped workers — those making more than $30 per month in tips — will see their minimum hourly wage rise five cents to $3.98.

Unemployment up across the Valley in November

All three counties posted higher unemployment rates than November 2012, but Mahoning County fared the worst in year-over-year comparisons.

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Family main ingredient in new downtown restaurant

Christopher and Shauna Bonacci recently opened Christopher’s Downtown restaurant in the City Centre One building on Youngstown's Central Plaza East.

Thousands of Ohioans will be without extended unemployment benefits

Congress goes on break without extending benefits

Congress first passed the federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 as a temporary measure to aid unemployed workers who had exhausted their “regular” state benefits before finding a job.

Holiday travel may hit record levels

AAA expects 94.5 million people to travel during the longer holiday season this year.

UAW wants to eliminate two-tier wage system

About a third of full-time Lordstown workers make less than their co-workers, union representatives said.

East Ohio customers likely to pay less, despite higher gas prices

Dominion East Ohio set its December rate at $4.42 per mcf, but the average bill will likely be $11.52 cheaper.

Groups differ on shale’s job impact on Valley economy

Fracking supporters exaggerate job growth, critics say

Studies raise questions about the actual economic impact of a fracking boom in Ohio

Local retailers optimistic after slow sales weekend nationally

Despite a slow start to holiday spending season across the country, local retailers expect a strong holiday season.

State approves tax credits as company considers Lordstown plant

The state and Regional Chamber hope $450,000 in tax credits will win over Matalco in a bit for a plant in Lordstown

Family, community key to Plaza Donuts' 50 years in Valley

Carlo Panzio of Girard, jokes with Plaza Donuts employees Barb Avrilla, left, and Maria Blake Friday at the Liberty store as the business marks its golden anniversary in Youngstown.


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