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  • June 25, 2012

    — by Beacon Journal staff report
    The Akron Police Department will add 12 officers thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice designed to aid veterans. Officials announced Monday that Akron received $1.5 million in Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) funding to add to its 418-officer force. Canton received $821,000 for seven officers. Toledo was given $1.87... Read More
  • June 25, 2012

    Police departments in Newton Falls and Youngstown are getting enough federal funds to hire eight recently-returned military veterans. The U.S. Department of Justice is awarding Youngstown Police Department with $727,398 and Newton Falls Police Department with $125,000 through the Vets to COPS program. Youngstown can hire seven officers and Newton... Read More
  • June 25, 2012

    — by Ed Balint
    CANTON —The city has been awarded a $821,489 federal grant to hire seven police officers who are post-Sept. 11 military veterans. The COPS 2012 Hiring Program grant also could be used to prevent layoffs or rehire laid off officers. Canton’s share of the national grant program is spread over three years — roughly $274,000 a year.... Read More
  • June 25, 2012

    — by Zach Carter
    WASHINGTON -- Four senators sent a letter to the Obama administration on Monday asking for greater congressional access to negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial proposed free trade agreement that remains shrouded in secrecy. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)... Read More
  • June 24, 2012

    — by Mark McGregor
    WEST CARROLLTON — A U.S. senator and a West Carrollton restaurant owner urged lawmakers to soon pass a bipartisan federal transportation bill they said is critical to expedite Interstate 75 improvements and the success of Ohio businesses near them.   U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and El Meson proprietor Bill Castro said in a news... Read More
  • June 24, 2012

    — by Marissa Sherer
    When school lets out for the summer many needy children go hungry and that includes many in our area. It's estimated that more than 840,000 needy children in Ohio receive critical nutrition assistance during the school year. Many counties have meals available for families when school is out through the Summer Food Service Program. That program... Read More
  • June 24, 2012

    — by Jim Carney
    CUYAHOGA FALLS: Two Italian gardeners were working in their backyard this spring when something caught their eye. The shiny item coming up through dirt near Rome turned out to be the dog tag for an American soldier from World War II. It belonged to Army Sgt. Mike Baranek, an Akron South High School graduate who died at age 64 in 1980, when he was... Read More
  • June 22, 2012

    — by Jon Baker
    The federal Summer Food Service Program is designed to provide free lunches to needy children during the months when school is out, but less than 10 percent of those eligible in Ohio are participating. In some cases, it’s a lack of awareness about the program, run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered in this state by the... Read More
  • June 22, 2012

    — by Jim Abrams
    WASHINGTON — The Senate completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill yesterday that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and 46 million food-stamp beneficiaries. The 64-35 vote for passage defied political odds. Many inside and outside of Congress had... Read More
  • June 21, 2012

    U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is on target when he voices concern about funding for tank production at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center. To his credit, he's been working side-by-side with Lima's task force since its formation and continues to be fully engaged in building its case in Washington. Defense Daily, an organization that closely follows the... Read More
  • June 20, 2012

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — A key highway project in central Ohio has received a $16 million federal grant, Sen. Sherrod Brown announced yesterday. The East-West Connector in Pickaway County — which will improve the roads around Rickenbacker Airport and the adjacent shipping and warehousing hub and link it to Rt. 23 — has received a coveted... Read More
  • June 19, 2012

    — by Adrian Burns
    An infrastructure project seen by many as key to the growth of the logistics hub surrounding Rickenbacker International Airport    has been approved for $16 million in federal transportation funding. The funding, announced Tuesday by the office of U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, will pay for a planned east-west connector... Read More
  • June 19, 2012

    — by Britni Williams
    The Rootstown U.S. Post Office is getting a new name to honor the service of a Roostown Marine killed in action. The facility was renamed the Marine Sergeant Jeremy E. Murray Post Office Building at a dedication ceremony held Monday at the Grace Church of Rootstown. Marchelle Rogers, post office operations manager, said Murray’s military... Read More
  • June 19, 2012

    — by Joe Frolik
    Kirk Vashaw's family has made candy in Bryan, Ohio, for 106 years. Their Spangler Candy Co. is best known for Dum Dum lollipops -- 10 million of them roll off the line every day -- but it also makes candy canes and marshmallow peanuts. Such a sweet business requires 22 million pounds of sugar each year, says CEO Vashaw. What's not so... Read More
  • June 19, 2012

    — by Burton Speakman
    YOUNGSTOWN The Mahoning Valley has a head start on much of the rest of the country in terms of export growth, but there is a lot of growth potential remaining. The Valley is doing a lot of things right when it comes to exports, said Fred Hochberg, chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., one of two keynote speakers at the TechBelt Export... Read More
  • June 19, 2012

    — by Robert Wang
    Timken Co. executives and three local congressmen testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington D.C. on Tuesday to urge the agency to renew 25-year-old anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made tapered roller bearings that compete with Timken’s products. Timken president and CEO James W. Griffith testified that if the... Read More
  • June 19, 2012

    — by Burton Speakman
    youngstown Two local agencies have received grants that will provide $12 million for training. The Mahoning & Columbiana Training Association and Trumbull County Department of Job and Family Services were named partners in two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. One grant of $6 million will address the skills gap in manufacturing in... Read More
  • June 18, 2012

    — by Jim Carney
    ROOTSTOWN TWP.: Every work day, Pam Murray goes in the back entrance of the Rootstown post office to get ready to deliver a rural route in Portage County. When she arrives this morning to deliver mail, she will be working at a facility named for her only son, Marine Sgt. Jeremy E. Murray, 27, who was killed in a roadside bombing Nov. 16, 2005,... Read More
  • June 18, 2012

    — by PR Newswire
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, more than 100 Buckeye business owners attending the TechBelt Export Summit learned from leading experts how exporting can help increase their sales. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred P. Hochberg, Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Tim Ryan, Under Secretary... Read More
  • June 18, 2012

    A first-of-its kind summit in Youngstown was held Monday to give businesses the tools and resources they need to start exporting their products.      Top trade officials from the Obama administration took part in the Tech Belt Summit at Fellows Riverside Gardens, letting businesses know Washington is paying attention... Read More