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WRITER: Ron Selak Jr.

URC partners with Cleveland school for cannabis education

YOUNGSTOWN — United Returning Citizens in Youngstown has partnered with the Cleveland School of Cannabis to provide education for returning citizens to enter cannabis industry. The Independence-based school, now in its fifth year, offers a variety of programs, from cannabis horticulture, extraction and dispensary courses, as well as courses in CBD and hemp. There’s also help with job placement upon ...

Delphi pension bill stumbles

Legislation that fully restores the lost pensions to some 20,000 salaried retirees of former auto parts supplier Delphi hit a Republican stumbling block Thursday in the U.S. Senate. But the objection to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s attempt at unanimous consent — a process that expedites the course of legislation — doesn’t mean the Susan Muffley Act is dead. Instead, it means the bill must now follow ...

Electric vehicle launch remains on target for later this year

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. remains on target to launch production of its first vehicle later this year, but is getting there slowly as it contends with parts availability, quantity and pedigree issues in its supply chain. “With approximately 1,500 parts in an Endurance, it is important to complete each build with the proper pedigree of parts,” Edward Hightower, Lordstown Motors’ president / ...

Loychik set to challenge candidacy of his opponent

WARREN — One day after securing his party’s nomination in Ohio’s 65th District House race, Republican state Rep. Mike Loychik announced he intends to challenge the candidacy of his would-be opponent in November. Loychik on Wednesday stated in a news release it was his intention to file a legal challenge to Jennifer Donnelly’s nominating petitions, her residency and her separation from the Democratic ...

Sales tax holiday for school purchases starts Friday

By RON SELAK JR. Staff writer A scene in the 1986 comedy “Back to School” shows Rodney Dangerfield’s character Thornton Melon pull out at least a half-dozen credit cards in the fictional Grand Lakes University bookstore to pay for supplies for his son and his son’s roommate. He then makes a grandiose gesture, “Hey folks, it’s on me. Shakespeare for everyone,” Melon says, offering to cover the ...

Meet the new health care chief at Trumbull Regional

WARREN — Cindy Russo’s entry into health care and career trajectory in the field has been marked by moments of her listening to good advice from good people and making meaningful relationships that opened the doors to new opportunities. From a 17-year-old in high school following the advice of her guidance counselor, to being nudged by a supervisor into a nursing management role, to a friendly conversation ...

Bill to restore Delphi pensions cruises to passage in US House

The U.S. House of Representatives has green-lit a bill that fully restores the lost pensions to some 20,000 salaried retirees of former auto parts supplier Delphi onto the Senate, where it could be considered as soon as today. With Wednesday’s approval of the Susan Muffley Act — the bipartisan-backed bill that’s also received the endorsement of the White House, United Auto Workers, AFL-CIO and AARP — ...

Vote slated today in US House on bill to restore Delphi pensions

A bill that would fully restore the lost retirement benefits and then some to thousands of former Delphi salaried employees, including many in the Mahoning Valley is scheduled for a vote today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Susan Muffley Act, with bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, also has the endorsement of the White House and United Auto Workers union. The administration ...

Ultium Cells gains traction on $2.5B loan

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office has given conditional commitment to a $2.5 billion loan to Ultium Cells LLC to help finance construction of electric-vehicle battery-cell factories in Lordstown, Michigan and Tennessee. At full capacity, the three plants are expected to create 6,000 construction jobs and 5,100 operations jobs, including upward of 1,100 operations jobs at the factory in ...

House vote looms for Delphi pension bill

Legislation that would restore the lost retirement benefits of some 20,000 Delphi salaried retirees across the U.S., including many in the Mahoning Valley, is headed to a vote in the House now that it’s gotten past a procedural, but key, hurdle. The bipartisan-backed Susan Muffley Act on Friday cleared the House Rules Committee, setting up a vote that could happen as soon as next week. It would require ...