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PROMOTED: Lori Hamrock Criss became the new chief executive officer of the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers on July 1.

“Lori’s passion for the provision of service, team building and attention to detail along with her experience in working with stakeholders from across the state is extremely valuable at a time when Ohio’s behavioral health system is undergoing considerable change,” said Keith Hochadel, Ohio Council board president.

Criss has served as associate director at the Ohio Council since 2012. She came to that role with 20 years of experience in the management of community behavioral health services for adults and families in Central Ohio. Through this work, she gained experience in local, state and federal policy development and advocacy. She specialized in operations, planning, evaluation, budgeting, staffing and system-level design for prevention, treatment and recovery from substance use disorders, co-occurring mental illness, with an in-depth emphasis on trauma.

A 1987 graduate of Catholic Central High School, she is the daughter of Theresa and Joe Hamrock of Mingo Junction.

ONCOR BUY: Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is buying the Texas power transmitter Oncor for $9 billion, one of his biggest acquisitions.

Oncor serves about 10 million Texans. Oncor’s parent company, Energy Future Holdings Corp. entered bankruptcy in 2014 facing more than $40 billion in debt after energy prices plunged.

Berkshire Hathaway will acquire a reorganized Energy Future, ultimately leading to the buyout of Oncor, based in Dallas.

The deal, which requires state, federal and bankruptcy court approval, is targeted to close in the fourth quarter.

SOUP PURCHASE: Campbell Soup says it has agreed to pay $700 million to acquire Pacific Foods, which makes organic broths and plant-based drinks.

The deal marks the latest effort by Campbell to diversify its product lineup. The New Jersey-based company’s other acquisitions have included hummus and salsa maker Garden Fresh and organic baby food maker Plum. Campbell says it will continue operating Pacific Foods out of Tualatin, Ore., where it was founded in 1987.

PROTEST CHAPEL: A group opposing a natural gas pipeline slated to go through land owned by Pennsylvania nuns has built a prayer chapel on the proposed right of way.

Lancaster Against Pipelines and the sisters, The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, planned to dedicate the chapel at a prayer service today.

Williams Partners is the group building the pipeline across 183 miles of Pennsylvania. It has asked a Lancaster County judge for an emergency order to seize the land. A ruling on that is pending.

SMALL JOBS: Small business hiring slowed significantly in June, with companies adding just 17,000 jobs. That report comes from payroll provider ADP, which counted the number of jobs at its small business customers.

ADP also revised lower its count of new jobs for April and May combined. It now says 95,000 were added, down from the 151,000 originally reported. Economists believe overall hiring may be weakening because the number of available workers has declined as more people have gotten jobs; the unemployment rate stood at 4.3 percent in May. The ADP report on June employment at businesses of all sizes also showed modest growth, with 158,000 jobs added.

The strongest job gains were in services, such as education, health care, hotels and restaurants. Manufacturers added 6,000 jobs, but construction firms and mining companies, which include oil and gas drillers, cut 6,000.

From staff and wire reports


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