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Justin Dennis

Justin Dennis

Justin Dennis has been on the beat since 2011, publishing daily reports on crime, courts and public education, keeping an eye on government spending and chicanery, and always hunting for a fresh lead. Most recently, Dennis wrote for The Vindicator, covering Mahoning County government and courts, as well as municipal goings-on in Austintown and Canfield. Dennis grew up in Poland and Salem, and graduated from Salem High School. He studied journalism and communications at Cleveland State University and University of Pittsburgh.

Recent Work by Justin

WEEKLY ROUNDUP | October could become COVID-19's deadliest month in Ohio — a consequence of delta's surge

WEEKLY ROUNDUP | October could become COVID-19's deadliest month in Ohio — a consequence of delta's surge

Ohio has reported hundreds more COVID-19 deaths in the first half of October than in the whole month of September.
What's the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio and the Valley? We checked in on delta, new cases and school quarantines

What's the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ohio and the Valley? We checked in on delta, new cases and school quarantines

The good news is that COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Ohioans continues to decline — but Mahoning Valley counties have been slower to reach that plateau, state metrics show.
Canfield schools administrators want a new solution to the 'major problem' of student quarantines

Canfield schools administrators want a new solution to the 'major problem' of student quarantines

Officials are interested in a program already under trial elsewhere in the state that could introduce regular COVID-19 testing for students to help keep them in school.
Here's a recipe for almost-award-winning bison & chocolate chili

Here's a recipe for almost-award-winning bison & chocolate chili

Have any thoughts on what meats or special ingredients I should try next year? What's your "secret" chili ingredient? Let us know in the comments!
UPDATE | U.S. Rep. Ryan said he sees 'tremendous' upside to Lordstown Motors-Foxconn deal

UPDATE | U.S. Rep. Ryan said he sees 'tremendous' upside to Lordstown Motors-Foxconn deal

“It sounds like Foxconn wants to make a significant investment here. We’re talking about a lot of jobs that could be created," Ryan told reporters Wednesday, though he couldn't offer specifics about those jobs or their wages.
iPhone-maker Foxconn could soon be moving to Lordstown — here's what we know so far

iPhone-maker Foxconn could soon be moving to Lordstown — here's what we know so far

Lordstown Motors on Thursday confirmed it plans to sell the 6.2-million-square-foot plant it purchased from General Motors in 2019 to Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn. Here's what we know about its effect on Lordstown Motors' workers and its all-electric Endurance pickup truck.
WRTA's temporary fixed routes are coming back to Warren — with some changes

WRTA's temporary fixed routes are coming back to Warren — with some changes

WRTA established temporary fixed routes in Warren through a state transit grant, but those routes ended Sept. 10 when the funding ran out. The authority has gotten another bite at the apple to reestablish Warren-area service, but it's making a few changes.
Mahoning commissioners deliver ARP funds to agencies for home repairs, summer camp for people with disabilities

Mahoning commissioners deliver ARP funds to agencies for home repairs, summer camp for people with disabilities

“When kids go to Camp Fitch, a lot of these special-needs individuals are left at home," said Jimmy Sutman, operator of The Purple Cat, which is developing a handicapped-accessible summer camp in Coitsville. "They really feel like they’re alone in the world. There’s not a lot of people like them.”
Canfield mayor hopefuls address voters; charter changes scrutinized

Canfield mayor hopefuls address voters; charter changes scrutinized

Canfield City Manager Wade Calhoun said Wednesday's session on the Nov. 2 general election ballot items in front of Canfield voters is the first of three to be scheduled before the election.
UPDATE | Self-proclaimed white nationalist Reardon sentenced to prison for threats against Jewish center

UPDATE | Self-proclaimed white nationalist Reardon sentenced to prison for threats against Jewish center

"While Mr. Reardon was successful in terrorizing our community, we are extremely fortunate that the legal consequences of his actions took place before an actual act of violence from which there could have been no recovery," said Andrew Lipkin, CEO of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.
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