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Mon. 12:20 p.m.: Aqua Pennsylvania lifts water conservation request

BROOKFIELD - Aqua Pennsylvania this morning lifted its water conservation request for customers in the Shenango Valley area in Pennsylvania and parts of Trumbull County.The request had been instituted Friday after of a crude oil spill impacted a tributary to the Shenango River, the water source ...

Mon. 7:25 p.m.: Federal prisons agree to recognize humanism as religion

PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal prisoners who identify as humanist can now celebrate Darwin Day and get accommodations typically afforded to those inmates who believe in a deity.The federal Bureau of Prisons agreed in the settlement of a lawsuit to add a section on humanism to its manual on inmate ...

Mon. 7:27 p.m.: House leader rules out Senate version of highway bill

WASHINGTON - Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said today that the House will not consider the Senate version of a long-term, must-pass highway bill, setting up an apparent impasse as Congress faces a Friday deadline.The Senate's version of the highway bill, which is on track to pass later in the ...

Mon. 8:27 p.m.: GOP House chairman calls on Obama to remove IRS commissioner

WASHINGTON - The Republican chairman of a powerful House committee called for the removal of the IRS commissioner today, saying he has obstructed congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative groups.Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, sent a letter today to President Barack Obama, ...

Mon. 8:31 p.m.: Niles Health Department merged into county

NILES - The City of Niles announced today that the city's health department merger with the county health department is complete.All services by the Niles Health Department will no longer operate out of city hall but will be continued through Trumbull County Health Department. Mayor Ralph ...

Sat. 11:10 p.m.: North Florida highway closed after man shoots at trooper

MICANOPY, Fla. - Authorities say the body of a man who fired at a state trooper has been found along a north Florida highway.Interstate 75 near Micanopy, about 15 miles south of Gainesville, was shut down in both directions for hours today as authorities searched for the shooter.Alachua County ...

Sat. 11:12 p.m.: White House says Turkey has right to defend against Kurds

WASHINGTON - The White House says Turkey has the right to defend itself against terrorist attacks by Kurdish rebels.Turkey has started striking Islamic State militants, which helps the U.S.-led coalition, but also began attacking Kurds. The U.S. has been relying heavily on Kurds associated with ...

Sat. 11:13 p.m.: Ohio zoo presses charges against man who petted cougars

COLUMBUS - Ohio zoo officials say they are pressing charges against a man who jumped a fence to pet cougars, then posted his video on YouTube.The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the Delaware County Sheriff's office has charged a suspect with a misdemeanor count of trespassing. Sheriff's ...

Sat. 11:14 p.m.: Phillies’ Hamels pitches 1st no-hitter vs Cubs in 50 years

CHICAGO - The scouts packed the seats behind home plate, and Cole Hamels put on quite a show. The lanky left-hander was dominant on a picturesque afternoon at Wrigley Field.Quite the timing, too.Hamels struck out 13 in baseball's third no-hitter of the season, leading Philadelphia to a 5-0 ...

Sat. 11:15 p.m.: Ohio offers sales tax holiday for back-to-school shopping

COLUMBUS - Ohio is offering its first-ever sales tax holiday in August to help back-to-school shoppers reduce the cost of clothing and school supplies.The holiday is Aug. 7-9 and applies to clothing and footwear items that cost $75 or less and to supplies and instructional materials that cost ...

Sat. 11:19 p.m.: Mayor, candidates disagree on Packard Music Hall’s contract

COMING SUNDAY: WARREN - Independent mayoral candidate Dennis Blank is calling the city's contract with JAC Management Group LLC to operate and promote the W.D. Packard Music Hall a bad deal that will cost taxpayers $1 million over the next five years.Blank also argues the deal will not produce ...

Sat. 11:22 p.m.: Jim Tressel, Year One

COMING SUNDAY: Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel has been at the institution's helm for just more than a year now. It's been a year reeling in new students, navigating struggles for agreement between the administration and staff, and angling toward a promising future.Tressel ...

Fr. 4:15 p.m.: Mercy Health – Youngstown president to retire

YOUNGSTOWN - Robert Shroder, President & CEO of Mercy Health's Youngstown market, will retire in February, the hospital system announced today.Shroder has served as president for 13 years and has spent more than 18 years in executive leadership roles at Mercy Health, all in the ...

Thur. 2:50 p.m.: Democratsá old, new guard clash over US Senate race in Ohio

COLUMBUS (AP) - Former and current chairs are clashing over the Ohio Democratic Party's treatment of a young challenger who has refused to leave the 2016 race for a U.S. Senate seat sought by former Gov. Ted Strickland.Generations are reversed in the feud. A group of older Democrats from former ...

Thurs. 3 p.m.: Cleveland abolishes family benefits for unmarried couples

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland city employees with domestic partners are now expected to marry if they want to continue receiving benefits, officials said.Cleveland City Council on Wednesday ended the program extending family benefits to employees' domestic partners. The council also introduced ...

Thurs. 2:57 p.m.: Leavittsburg fire under investigation

Tribune ChronicleLEAVITTSBURG - The Trumbull County Fire Investigation Unit is investigating a fire that destroyed two garages and damaged two homes early Thursday morning on Burwell Road.Warren Township fire Chief Ken Schick Jr. said it appears the fire at 444 Burwell Road was intentionally ...

Tues. 11:25 a.m.: Kasich to announce presidential bid formally

COLUMBUS - The second-term governor and former congressman is expected to declare his candidacy for President of the United States within minutes at at Ohio State University.His entry nearly rounds out an unusually diverse Republican lineup with two Hispanics, an African-American, one woman and ...

Tues. 11:45: Kasich makes it official

Ohio Gov. John Kasich moments ago asked for prayers, support and efforts in announcing his run for the presidency just moments ago on the campus of Ohio State University.Kasich said he wants to do this, "Because if we're not born to serve others, what are we born to do?"Ohio's governor will ...

Tues. 12:40 p.m.: Local jobless rates creep upward

WARREN - Local jobless numbers inched up 0.2 percent last month to 6 percent from 5.8 percent in May, but remained a full point below the 6.8 percent jobless rate in Trumbull and Mahoning counties reported this time last year.The figures were released Tuesday by the Ohio Job and Family Services ...

Sat. 7:21 p.m.: Black group, KKK hold separate rallies at SC Statehouse

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Hundreds of people taunted each other on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse during separate rallies staged by two groups from outside the state.Black Educators for Justice, based in Jacksonville, Florida, held its rally today on the north side of the Statehouse, where ...