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HOSPITAL SEEKS COLLEGE STUDENTS: Akron Children’s Hospital is looking for college students for the 2020 Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program. Hosted by the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, the 10-week program is for college sophomores and juniors considering careers in a wide ...

Lordstown Energy Center named a ‘Top Plant’

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Energy Center is among six natural gas-fired power plants in the U.S. and abroad named a top performer in the electric generating industry. The “Top Plant” award is from industry magazine POWER Mag, which has been in circulation since 1882, the same year Thomas ...

Chamber staffers recognized for work

WARREN — The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s director of Government and Public Affairs, Nick Santucci, and manager of Business Development, Shea MacMillan, were recognized by the Ohio Economic Development Association for their work in economic development and government affairs. ...

Youngstown Goodwill plans mobile classroom launch

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries will unveil MOTIVE, a mobile classroom for digital skills instruction, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the organization’s headquarters, 2747 Belmont Ave., Youngstown. The classroom is equipped with laptop computers and wireless internet to support ...

Local gas prices below average in northeast Ohio

WARREN — The average price of gas in the Warren-Youngstown and Niles areas is below the rest of northeast Ohio, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In Warren-Youngstown, the average is $2.46 per gallon and in Niles, $2.36 per gallon. The average price for the region is ...

Vehicles sales in Valley surging

WARREN — Automobile sales in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties leaped 16 percent in September from last year as dealers in the region continue to post numbers well ahead of the pace set in 2018. Mahoning Valley dealerships sold 5,006 vehicles last month to buyers across Ohio, up ...

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YSU BUSINESS INTERNS: The internship program at Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration recently provided seven YSU business students with full-time paid exporting internships in the region. This is the fifth year the the business college has partnered ...

Venture Plastics gets Nissan Altima contract

NEWTON FALLS — Venture Plastics Inc. got the reason it needed to expand when it was awarded a contract to mold the plastic trunk finisher for the 2019 Nissan Altima. To make the part that protects the trunk’s latch mechanism, the company needed a new injection molding machine because the ...

Akron Children’s raising its minimum wage to $15

AKRON — Akron Children’s Hospital, which has a large presence in Trumbull and Mahoning counties, is raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. The change is effective Nov. 24. The increase also applies to all future hires in the system, which has campuses in Akron and Boardman and primary ...

Dominion Energy rates up from last month

WARREN — Dominion Energy Ohio’s Standard Choice and Standard Service program rates for October will be $2.64 per thousand cubic feet, or Mcf. The October rates are up 17 cents, or 7.2 percent, from the September rates of $2.47, but 43 cents, or 14.3 percent, less than the October 2018 ...

Cruze sales plummet

LORDSTOWN — The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze was the brand’s No. 5 best-selling vehicle in 2018. It remained in the top 10 into the first quarter of this year, but deliveries have plummeted. Now it ranks 15th among domestic deliveries, sandwiched between the Spark and all-electric ...

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted touts job program

YOUNGSTOWN — Lt. Gov. Jon Husted’s statewide workforce development tour was in Youngstown on Tuesday to promote Ohio’s latest initiative he said is a win for businesses in need of highly skilled talent and for employees to develop new and better skills. The event at Kiraly Tool and Die ...

Local gas prices at or below average

WARREN — The average price for gasoline in the Warren-Youngstown area this week is $2.57 per gallon and in Niles, $2.44 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Across northeast Ohio, the average is $2.57 per gallon, 16 cents less expensive than last week. The ...

Local banks make Monday gains

Local institutions Cortland Bancorp and Niles First Financial Inc. both opened this week’s trading with gains. Cortland Bancorp ended Monday’s trading up 15 cents at $21.90 per share. Niles First Financial closed at $8.50 per share, up three cents.

Wagering down at racino

AUSTINTOWN — Wagering in August on video lottery terminals at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course was down about $2.2 million from July, but far outpaced that of August 2018. The facility on state Route 46 saw $113.4 million in credits played, down from $115.7 million in July, ...

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STEM EXPO AT YSU: Youngstown State University’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will host a STEM Expo noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at Stambaugh Stadium, Gymnasiums A & B. Employers will attend to recruit and fill available internships and co-ops, and ...

Builders association opens new headquarters

VIENNA — Immediately noticeable at the new headquarters of the Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, in addition to the lingering new building smell, are the exposed structural steel beams and other visible systemic elements. “That was done purposefully so you can ...

TBEIC gets rebranded as Brite Energy Innovators to reflect future

WARREN — It took Rick Stockburger more time to explain the meaning of TBEIC than it did for him to describe what they did at the Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center. People often mispronounced the acronym, too, and the name wasn’t so much inclusive of the community, nor did it really ...

Cortland Bancorp goes up

Cortland Bancorp gained 15 cents in trading Friday, ending the week at $21.90 per share. First Niles Financial once again stood pat in Friday’s trading, holding at $8.50 per share.

Trumbull home sales steady, selling for more

WARREN — Sales of single-family homes in Trumbull County through August are keeping the pace set for the same eight months last year, and they’re selling at a faster clip and for a higher price. There were 1,398 closed sales countywide, down just 0.1 percent from 2018, according to ...