Fri. 1 p.m.: Niles company to upgrade YARS firing range

VIENNA — Mike Coates Construction Co. of Niles has been awarded a $7.88 million contract to upgrade the indoor firing range at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Funding for the project was included in the 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill.

The indoor firing range will be used to train and test airmen for qualifications with their service weapons for personal protection and ground base defense.

The current range is 30 years old and fails to meet current safety requirements, officials said.