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Tressel tackles YSU student retention
Other headlines: USDA recalls 1.8 million lbs. of ground beef; Ormet aluminum plant issues final lay offs
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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USDA recalls 1.8 million lbs. of ground beef
Ormet aluminum plant issues final lay offs
Sherwin Williams sued in collapsed Comex deal

Tressel tackles YSU student retention 
Newly appointed Youngstown State University president Jim Tressel says student retention is the most significant issue in addressing the school's financial challenges.

The former Ohio State coach tells The Youngstown Vindicator that retention is the "biggest financial lever we have." The school has seen declining enrollment since 2011, and officials have been seeking ways to keep students at the school.

The 61-year-old Tressel takes office July 1 as the ninth president of the school where he started his college coaching career.

Tressel had been an administrator at the University of Akron the past two years. He was forced out at Ohio State after players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.


USDA recalls 1.8 million lbs. of ground beef
The USDA has ordered a recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef processed by Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit.  Some of the meat was sold in Ohio between March 31 and April 18. 

Eleven people in four states are believed to have been sickened by E. coli attributed to the tainted beef. 

The meat was not sold to schools through the products to the National School Lunch Program.

 The USDA recommends that all ground beef should be cooked to a 160 degrees to ensure safety.  


Ormet aluminum plant issues final lay offs
Ormet Corp. announced it will lay off the remaining 42 employees at its aluminum smelter in eastern Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the employees remained after the plant in Hannibal ceased operations in October. They will lose their jobs at the end of the month, with a complete closing of the plant by the end of July.

The company announced it would close its plant along the Ohio River and lay off more than 1,000 workers after state utility regulators rejected portions of its proposed deal for reducing electricity costs.

Ormet said the decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio made it impossible for the company to escape bankruptcy.

The plant was once the largest employer in the region.


Sherwin Williams sued in collapsed Comex deal
Sherwin Williams is being sued by shareholders of Consorcio Comex, the Mexican company Sherwin Williams had planned to buy for more than $2.3 billion.

The tentative deal was announced in November 2012 but collapsed over the next 18 months. Comex says Sherwin Williams did not do what it needed to do to get approval from Mexican antitrust regulators.

Sherwin Williams says it did all it could, including trying to find a third party to buy some of the Comex operations. The Comex shareholders sued last week.

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