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  • 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
  • June 17, 2012

    — by Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Sen. Sherrod Brown on Friday applauded a World Trade Organization panel decision that China improperly imposed duties on grain-oriented flat-rolled electrical steel from the United States. The United States complained in 2010 after China argued that U.S. “Buy America”... Read More
  • June 17, 2012

    — by Larry Ringler
    WARREN - Amid concerns about weakening recent weeks in the nation's job market, the area's unemployment rate continued to improve in April, gradually setting a more stable economic foundation in home and vehicle sales. "I have several doctors' offices who have called for medical assistants, both clinical, including phlebotomy (drawing blood) and... Read More
  • June 14, 2012

    — by Thomas Gnau
    Appleton workers who have lost jobs at the company’s West Carrollton mill are eligible for trade assistance, says the company and Sen. Sherrod Brown. More than 300 workers may apply for worker adjustment assistance through the U.S. Department of Labor, Brown and the company said. Brown’s office said in a statement that in April, Brown... Read More
  • June 14, 2012

    — by Bethany Venable
    The announcement of an investment in the USEC's Piketon Plant by the US Department of Energy means finding funding for the project is now an accelerated goal for US Senator Sherrod Brown. Brown, a democrat, says the $350 million announcement gives new life to the plant located in Southeast Ohio.   Brown says the Piketon operation was on the... Read More
  • June 14, 2012

    WASHINGTON — There will be $6 million in funding coming to the area to train workers from the Mahoning Valley and Lawrence and Mercer counties in western Pennsylvania for manufacturing jobs. The West Central Job Partnership, based in New Castle, Pa., will receive the money from the U.S. Department of Labor. Despite Ohio’s unemployment... Read More
  • June 14, 2012

    DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Federal officials are fighting for Old Glory to be made only in America. Jon Kurtz is proud his Dayton shop, Creative Banners, Flags and Poles, sells only flags produced with 100% American-made materials. Kurtz has been in business for 34 years and fully supports the United States Senate's effort to require the federal... Read More
  • June 14, 2012

    — by Jessica Wehrman
    WASHINGTON — Plans for a $5 billion uranium-enrichment project promising hundreds of jobs to southern Ohio were put back on track yesterday when the federal government agreed to provide $280 million for research and development. The money from the U.S. Department of Energy is aimed at keeping the undertaking afloat for another couple of years... Read More