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Ohio Farmers One Step Closer To Hemp Planting

ASSOCIATED PRESSCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio farmers are one step closer to planting hemp as soon as this spring following a vote Thursday by a legislative rule-making committee. The rules approved by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review were required by last year’s Ohio legislative hemp legalization bill, and should take final effect next […]

ASSOCIATED PRESSCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio farmers are one step closer to planting hemp as soon as this spring following a vote Thursday by a legislative rule-making committee. The rules approved by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review were required by last year's Ohio legislative hemp legalization bill, and...

Target, Like Other Retailers, Did Not Have a Merry Christmas

MICHELLE CHAPMAN and ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Business WritersComparable store sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. The discounter on Wednesday cut its expectations for same-store sales growth for the entire quarter. Shares fell more than 7% before the […]

MICHELLE CHAPMAN and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Business WritersComparable store sales at Target fell well below the previous year, joining a growing list of retailers reporting meager performances during the critical holiday shopping season. The discounter on Wednesday cut its expectations for same-store sales growth for the entire quarter. Shares fell...

High Anxiety: Proposed Hemp Rules Worry Industry

GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations. Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres (200,000 hectares) last […]

GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations. Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a...

Volkswagen Hits Record Sales in Bid to Top Auto Industry

By DAVID McHUGH Associated PressFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen has announced record annual sales that could determine whether it keeps its crown as the world’s largest automaker. The company based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said Tuesday that it delivered 10.97 million vehicles in 2019. That compares with 10.83 million in 2018, when Volkswagen edged out the […]

By DAVID McHUGH Associated PressFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen has announced record annual sales that could determine whether it keeps its crown as the world's largest automaker. The company based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said Tuesday that it delivered 10.97 million vehicles in 2019. That compares with 10.83 million in 2018,...

Toyota Recalls Nearly 700K Vehicles to Fix Faulty Fuel Pumps

ASSOCIATED PRESSDETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the fuel pumps can fail and cause engines to stall. That can increase the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain 2018 and 2019 Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX […]

ASSOCIATED PRESSDETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles in the U.S. because the fuel pumps can fail and cause engines to stall. That can increase the risk of a crash. The recall covers certain 2018 and 2019 Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350,...

Corvette Wins Car of Year Award, Kia Telluride Takes Top SUV

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterDETROIT (AP) — The new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette won the North American Car of the Year award on Monday. The Kia Telluride took Sport Utility of the Year honors and the Jeep Gladiator won the Truck of the Year Award. About 50 automotive journalists serve as judges, for the awards, […]

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterDETROIT (AP) — The new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette won the North American Car of the Year award on Monday. The Kia Telluride took Sport Utility of the Year honors and the Jeep Gladiator won the Truck of the Year Award. About 50 automotive journalists serve...

New Plan Keeps Autonomous Vehicle Standards Voluntary

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By TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterThe Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its most recent round of guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers that rely on voluntary standards despite calls for specific regulations. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the proposed guidelines in a speech at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, saying in prepared remarks that […]

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterThe Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its most recent round of guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers that rely on voluntary standards despite calls for specific regulations. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the proposed guidelines in a speech at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas,...

Mahoning Valley Auto Sales Rise 5.3% in 2019

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auto sales in the area ended the year up 5.3% over 2018, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, as 58,863 new and used cars were sold. Across Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties for 2019, new-car sales rose 3.9% to 32,809, while used-car sales were 6.8%.  “We had a […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auto sales in the area ended the year up 5.3% over 2018, according to data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, as 58,863 new and used cars were sold. Across Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties for 2019, new-car sales rose 3.9% to 32,809, while used-car sales...

New Vehicle Sales in US Fell 1.3% in 2019 but Still Healthy

TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterDETROIT (AP) — New vehicle sales in the U.S. fell 1.3% last year, but the numbers still passed the healthy 17 million mark for the fifth straight year. Automakers sold 17.05 million new cars, trucks and SUVs in 2019. Although buyers spent more on vehicles, companies had to prop up sales […]

TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterDETROIT (AP) — New vehicle sales in the U.S. fell 1.3% last year, but the numbers still passed the healthy 17 million mark for the fifth straight year. Automakers sold 17.05 million new cars, trucks and SUVs in 2019. Although buyers spent more on vehicles, companies...

Top Business Stories of 2019 Display Preferences of Readers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — During no year since 1977, when Black Monday heralded the end of the local steel industry, as it had been known, has the Mahoning Valley seen the kinds of seismic shifts that occurred in 2019.  Not only did the unfolding year put a period to General Motors’ history of some 53 years […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- During no year since 1977, when Black Monday heralded the end of the local steel industry, as it had been known, has the Mahoning Valley seen the kinds of seismic shifts that occurred in 2019.  Not only did the unfolding year put a period to General Motors’...