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Fracking boom can also lead to an eventual bust

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Rank Leghart, the mayor of Carrollton, said his city welcomes the boom that comes with fracking, but knows eventually it will need to handle the eventual bust. (Mary Sweetwood/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Booms, busts and rushes. American history is filled with them. During the Gold Rush, thousands went West in search of riches. Now, people are looking for wealth in a new direction – down. What’s in those shale deposits below our feet may change rural communities forever. Rachel Lundberg brings us the story.

Selecting juries a crucial, but imprecise process

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Attorney Scott Cochran at his law office in Youngstown, Ohio. (Rachel Lundberg/TheNewsOutlet.org)

It’s a fundamental right of all Americans: trial by jury. But it’s up to the attorneys to choose the people who sit in the jury box and decide our fates at trial. Rachel Lundberg brings us a look at how lawyers go about deciding who makes the final cut.

City council to discuss planner position April 3

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Youngstown City Council will make a vague idea a reality next week when they vote on whether to begin the search for a city planner. Here’s Rachel Lundberg with the story.

When some people think of fracking, they think of jewelry

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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, creates business opportunities where you might not expect. Rachel Lundberg brings us a story about a century-old jewelry and engraving store in Towanda, PA., and what’s happening locally.

Judge trims $10.3M off jury award in Nationwide case

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It took three years for Christine Lucarell to win a jury award of $42.8 million against her former employer, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. It took a judge three months to reduce that amount by $10.3 million.

Illegal dumping affects Mahoning, rivers leading to Gulf of Mexico

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Things had been looking up for Youngstown, Ohio’s long-polluted Mahoning River until last week when an Ohio company intentionally dumped up to 60,000 gallons of fracking waste into one of its tributaries.

Rachel Lundberg brings us the story of one man, his river and the community fighting for revival.

Three local authors pool efforts to write books

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Cathy Seckman (left) of Calcutta and Darlene Torday of Berlin Center joined with fellow author, Debbie Schukert of western Pennsylvania on the mystery novel, "Bad Moon Rising." The trio are working on a second mystery, "H2O Mysteries," which will deal with disappearances and happenings around water. (Rachel Lundberg/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Three local women have worked together to write and publish one book and will soon complete their second. Rachel Lundberg has the story.

Pennsylvanians worry that gas drillers will find Ohio more appealing

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Ohio Governor John Kasich announced this week that he wants to increase the tax on gas and oil wells in the state. Even with the governor’s proposed increase, experts say Ohio is still cheaper for the drilling industry than most other gas-and-oil-rich states and that has Pennsylvanian’s worried.

Local food bank compensates for reduction in government ‘bonus food’

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Local and state food banks received fewer donations from the United States Department of Agriculture this year. Rachel Lundberg has the story.

Butler expands into addition, plans new exhibit

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The Butler Institute of American Art will unveil a new exhibit and an addition early next year. The new exhibit, in the Butler North, will focus on the museum's Americana and folk art collections.

The Butler Institute of American Art unveils a new exhibit and addition in early 2013. The new exhibit will be displayed in the upper level of Butler North, formerly First Christian Church. Rachel Lundberg has the story.