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Lima’s OEAMC looking to start petroleum research center

LIMA — The Ohio Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Center is considering starting a Center for Petroleum Research in Lima. “The quality of crude oil is changing and it’s happening all over the Midwest,” said Patrick Conrath, director of operations at Husky Lima Refinery and an OEAMC board member, at the Rotary Club of Lima meeting Monday. “There’s a lot of ...

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Higher oil supplies drive Ohio gas prices down

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Good news for Ohio motorists as the holiday season gears up: Gas prices are hovering around the $2 mark. The state average was about $2.01 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s 19 cents cheaper than the average last Monday and ...

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FBI combing area where Pennsylvania, Ohio teens found slain

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NORTH BENTON, Ohio (AP) — The FBI and other agencies were searching a northeastern Ohio tract where the bodies of two teenage girls were found in 1994. The FBI is working with investigators from Portage County, Ohio, and Beaver County, Pennsylvania, during Friday’s search near the Berlin Lake Wildlife Area. The body of 17-year-old Kathryn Menendez was found near the ...

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Kasich ‘rolled the dice,’ drew both applause, boos

COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich sought to shake things up in the latest Republican debate, presenting himself as the sole chief executive in the room who has to deal with reality as opposed to political “philosophy.” But did he help his cause with a more aggressive approach as he clashed with celebrity billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ...

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Northwest Ohio ethanol producers dispute advertisement

LIMA — An advertisement shown around the state has Ohio corn growers and ethanol producers demanding it be stopped. The ad, paid for by the American Council for Capital Formation and several other groups, says ethanol production is bad for the environment, raises food costs, and demands mandates for it should end. It also asks that Congress stop the Renewable ...

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Trump takes hits in debate; Kasich joins fray

This one didn’t quite go according to plan. And that left even Donald Trump sputtering for a moment during Tuesday night’s debate of Republican presidential candidates in Milwaukee. Defying expectations, it wasn’t retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson having to answer for his seemingly contradictory statements. It wasn’t former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush further sinking his own campaign. It wasn’t attacks on ...

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Ballot board splits clean energy plan

COLUMBUS — A state panel on Tuesday doubled the amount of work that backers of a $14 billion borrowing proposal for green energy projects must do to get on the ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board, by a 3-1 party-line vote, determined that the proposed Ohio Clean Energy Initiative would change two sections of the state constitution, which would require those ...

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NE Ohio will see addition of 123,000 jobs over the next decade

YOUNGSTOWN — The Northeast Ohio area is expected to see 123,000 jobs added over the next decade. Team NEO’s latest Cleveland Plus Economic Review looks at occupations in the 18-county region of Ohio. The report, released Tuesday, found there will be 85,000 health care job openings by 2025. The area will have a total of 640,000 job openings over the ...

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Veteran of the Year continues to serve his country with pride

HAMILTON — Dr. William Jones will receive Butler County’s Veteran of the Year award Wednesday. He was nominated by the American Legion Post 138 in Hamilton for his dedication serving his country during wartime and after. Jones is a resident in Colonial’s Westover Retirement Community, where he has lived since 2009. He is slightly nervous, refreshingly modest and pleasantly polite ...

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Vallourec sees 35 percent drop in 3Q revenues

YOUNGSTOWN — The downturn in oil and gas continues to hurt earnings for French steel-pipe maker Vallourec. The parent company of the steel-pipe plant Vallourec Star in Youngstown on Monday reported a year-over-year revenue drop of 35.1 percent in the third quarter. Revenues were $939 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared with about $1.4 billion in the third ...

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