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LONDON — In the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, Amar Al-Eid heads toward the checkout of the food distribution store carrying supplies for his two children. The shopkeeper raises a black box to his face and scans the Syrian refugee’s iris. The transaction goes through and a day’s ...

Bank stocks end week mixed

After holding steady for several days, Cortland Bancorp lost a dime in trading Friday, closing at $24.20 per share. First Niles Financial remained unchanged, standing pat at $9.07 per share.

Local banks hold steady

Cortland Bancorp held steady in trading Thursday, closing at $24.30 per share. First Niles Financial also remained unchanged, standing pat at $9.07 per share.

Bank loses dime in trading

Cortland Bancorp slid 10 cents per share in trading Tuesday, closing at $24.30 per share. First Niles Financial remained unchanged, standing pat at $9.07 per share.

UAW 1112 to host regional women’s conference

WARREN — The Women’s Committee of United Autoworkers Local 1112 will host the UAW Region 2B women’s conference Saturday and Sunday at the union hall, 11471 Reuther Drive SW. More than 200 autoworkers from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan will be in attendance.

Bank stocks stay unchanged

First Niles Financial and Cortland Bancorp began the week the way it ended last week. At the end of trading on Monday, both remained unchanged — First Niles at $9.07 per share and Cortland Bancorp at $24.40 per share.

Business briefs

• YSU BUSINESS SCHOOL TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE: Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration will hold an open house for prospective students 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. The event will be held at Williamson Hall, 221 N. Hazel St. • VOLPINI GROUP AGENTS WIN STATE ...

Area unemployment rates fall slightly in August

WARREN — Area unemployment rates for August dipped below where they were the same month last year. The unemployment rate in the statistical area comprising Trumbull and Mahoning counties was 5.9 percent in August, compared to 6.6 last August, according to the Ohio Department of Job and ...

Home sales in county hold steady year-over-year

WARREN — Home sales last month in Trumbull County were unchanged from last August. There were 219 closed sales countywide last month, the same number of sales as in August 2017, according to the Warren Area Board of Realtors. Last month, compared to August 2017, pending sales rose 7.4 ...

Bank stocks stay unchanged

First Niles Financial and Cortland Bancorp closed trading Friday unchanged. First Niles closed at $9.07 per share and Cortland Bancorp at $24.40 per share.

Local banks hold steady

First Niles Financial and Cortland Bancorp closed trading Thursday in the same spots they closed on Wednesday. First Niles closed at $9.07 per share and Cortland Bancorp at $24.40 per share.

Local bank stocks mixed

After losing 37 cents in trading Tuesday, First Niles Financial held steady Wednesday to close at $9.07 per share. Cortland Bancorp lost 50 cents, closing trading Wednesday at $24.50

Hollywood Gaming reports uptick in wagering in Aug.

AUSTINTOWN — Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course last month outpaced wagering on its video lottery terminals from last year. Last month, the Austintown facility saw $102.3 million in credits played, up about $9 million over the same month last year when there were $93.5 million ...

Local bank stocks mixed

First Niles Financial lost 37 cents in trading Tuesday to close at $9.07 per share. Cortland Bancorp held steady, closing at $25 per share.

Business briefs

• ABDU CENTER ADDS SCREENING SITE: Mercy Health and the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center recently opened its first 3D mammography screening site in Mercy Health’s Poland Imaging Center. The site is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. • DOMINION TO OFFER ...

Trump takes a gamble

WASHINGTON — Farmers worry about falling crop prices and lost sales overseas. Manufacturers fear rising costs and new foreign taxes on their exports. American allies overseas are furious. By any conventional gauge, President Donald Trump’s uncompromising stance toward tariffs and the pain ...

Levin Furniture moving into local market

Levin Furniture is set to open its second and third Youngstown-area locations after acquiring three Goldsteins Furniture stores in May. The Boardman location opened on Labor Day, while the Hermitage store will open today and the Niles location is expected to open in late October or early ...

Roemer workers back on the job with deal

MASURY— Eighteen production and maintenance employees at Roemer Industries in Masury were back to work Friday morning after a marathon negotiation session produced an agreement Thursday. Negotiators met at 3 p.m. Wednesday and reached a tentative agreement at 1:30 a.m. Thursday. The union ...

Local bank stocks rally Friday

Cortland Bancorp gained 50 cents in trading Friday to close at $25 per share heading into the weekend. First Niles Financial gained back the 14 cents it lost Thursday and added another 19 cents to close at $9.44 per shar

Ohio Star Forge to mark anniversary

WARREN — Ohio Star Forge will hold a ribbon cutting for its recently completed expansion in conjunction with the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber at 10 a.m. Saturday at the company’s location, 4000 Mahoning Ave. NW. The company also will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday. ...