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Levin reacquires furniture stores

WARREN — Robert Levin, former president and owner of Pittsburgh-based Levin Furniture, has reacquired the company, saving it from going out of business. Levin obtained the Ohio and Pennsylvania assets of Levin Furniture, which has stores in Niles and Boardman, and Wolf Furniture through a ...

BRITE, incubator will partner with Air Force

BRITE Energy Innovators and the Youngstown Business Incubator will partner to support a program that identifies and connects the U.S. Air Force with universities and businesses to create and expand defense solutions. The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment is a five-year partnership ...

Covelli opening Panera at Cleveland Clinic

Warren-based Covelli Enterprises, the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, will open a location today at the Cleveland Clinic. The 6,667-square-foot Panera Bread will be open 24 hours and have a modified menu to meet the diverse and health conscious food needs of the clinic while maintaining ...

Gas prices throughout Ohio fall

WARREN — The average price for gasoline across northeast Ohio is 14 cents cheaper this week at $2.32 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. In the Warren-Youngstown area, the average prices is $2.32 per gallon and in Niles, $2.31 per gallon. Ohio with a 15 cent ...

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FORBES RECOGNIZES KSU: Kent State University has been named among the top 20 companies in the U.S. by Forbes. The school ranks No. 13 among 500 companies in 24 sectors and is the only public or private university to make the 2020 list. The recognition is for diversity. Other northeast Ohio ...

Eastgate, port authority, YSU, others consider federal transportation grant

YOUNGSTOWN — Trying to capitalize on some of the energy next-gen technology is creating in Lordstown and build on the momentum of improvements planned for Youngstown’s central business district, local development officials plan to ask for federal help to transform part of state Route 45 ...

Free IRS programs help taxpayers with returns

With tax filing time here, many taxpayers can get their taxes prepared for free. The IRS trains and certifies thousands of volunteers to help people meet their tax deadline. People with low to moderate income may benefit from this free tax help through one of these two programs: • Volunteer ...

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JOB FAIR AT SCHOOL: Warren City Schools’ Jefferson PK-8 School will host its first parent / community job and resource fair 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 5. The event, featuring about 40 vendors, will help parents and families academically, financially, socially and emotionally by connecting them ...

Using AI to track diseases

By MATT O’BRIEN and CHRISTINA LARSON The Associated Press BOSTON — Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China? In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in ...

Mocha House opens in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — On a recent Tuesday morning at the Mocha House in downtown Youngstown there was a certain something inside the cafe and eatery — call it zeal, call it vigor, call it vibrant; there was a definite feel to it. It was still 90 minutes or so outside of the lunchtime rush, but a ...

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EVENT CENTER ACCEPTING BOOKINGS: The Eastwood Event Centre at the Eastwood Mall is taking bookings for functions starting Oct. 1. To book or get more information, call 330-989-7225, or email info@eastwoodeventcentre.com. The facility, operated by Columbus Hospitality Management, is 30,000 ...

Farmers to open high-tech branch

CANFIELD — Farmers National Bank will open a new high-tech branch in Canfield in the spring. The Lab Branch, 4538 Boardman Canfield Road, near the state Route 11 interchange, will be the place for Farmers’ emerging and innovative technology and customer service initiatives, including ...

Arconic separation OK’d by its board of directors

Arconic Inc.’s board of directors have approved the company’s separation into two independent, publicly traded companies. The separation announced Thursday will become effective April 1. The engineered products and forgings business, which includes engine products, fastening systems, ...

Penn National reports 4th quarter financial results

Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns and operates Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown, reported $1.3 billion in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019, an increase of $185.9 million for the same quarter in 2018. The company also reported a net loss of $92.9 million ...

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DOMINION FOUNDATION OFFERING FREE SEEDLINGS: The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, through its Project Plant It!, is offering free seedlings to local students. The program aims to help students understand the important role trees play in the ecosystem. The seedlings will be shipped to ...

$10 million being invested at St. E’s Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN — Mercy Health is investing $10 million at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital to modernize its emergency power system to ensure when the electric cuts out, the lights — and all of the life-saving equipment — stay on. The system is more than adequate and tested routinely for ...

Regional chamber brings back Tom Humphries as CEO

YOUNGSTOWN — The board of directors for the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber has named Tom Humphries president and CEO and Vito Abruzzino vice president of defense programs. For Humphries, the move removes the transitional president / CEO tag and permanently returns him to the position he ...

YSU business school accredited

YOUNGSTOWN — The Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University has received accreditation through a premier agency for business schools worldwide. The recognition by AACSB International applies to the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs and places ...

United Community Financial Corp. reports earnings increase

YOUNGSTOWN — United Community Financial Corp., the parent company of Home Savings Bank, had net income of $39.5 million in 2019, up 6.2 percent from the $37.2 million reported in 2018. For the same period, earnings per share rose to 81 cents, up 9.3 percent from the 74 cents per share in ...

Arconic reports fourth-quarter 2019 results

WEATHERSFIELD — Arconic, which has a plant in Weathersfield, reported revenue of $14.2 billion for 2019, up 1 percent compared to 2018, according to its latest earnings report. Net income for the year was $470 million, or $1.03 per share, compared to $642 million, or $1.30 per share, for ...