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July 29, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

RISING STAR: Columbus Business First presented James Muckle of Vrable Healthcare Inc. with the Rising Star Award, part of its Top Corporate Counsel program.

Muckle, general counsel, is a Mingo Junction native.

This is the second year for the awards program, designed to recognize high-performing in-house attorneys in Central Ohio for their efforts. Honorees were chosen by a panel of judges from outside the newspaper, with selections made in nine categories from newcomers to seasoned attorneys.

Muckle earned his bachelor's degree in economics and finance from Capital University, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his law degree from Capitol University Law School. Admitted to the OH bar, he is Ohio health/life insurance and variable annuity licensed.

A 1999 graduate of Indian Creek High School, he is the son of William and Kim Muckle of Mingo Junction. Muckle was hired just days after passing the Ohio bar in 2007, and is the 1,000-worker company's primary - and only - legal officer.

ADDED: Tiffany R. Stein is now an associate of Lisa Grassbaugh Wealth Management, an office of MetLife, in the German Village branch of Killbuck Savings Bank. In her new position, Stein will offer a wide range of personal products and services, including life, disability income and long-term care insurance, as well as annuities, mutual funds and investment products.

Stein comes from the MetLife office in Pittsburgh, where she worked as a personal marketing assistant for the past five years. She recently relocated to Orrville and attributes her ability to find creative solutions to problems to her education at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor of science degree.

MOVING: Minor Insurance Agency has moved into a new office location in Weirton.

Formerly located on Main Street, the Weirton office has moved into the professional building at 204 Ivy St.

Minor Insurance, locally owned and operated by Tom Minor, has eight locations throughout the Ohio Valley - Toronto, Wintersville, East Liverpool, Carrollton, Lisbon, Minerva and Canfield, in addition to Weirton.

"We needed room to grow," Minor said, "and the Ivy Street property is a great location and the perfect solution to allow for the growth of the company (so we can) better serve our customers."

Minor Insurance has been serving the Ohio Valley since 1990. Since then, it has grown from two full-time employees to more than 20. The independent agency offers a full line of property and casualty insurance products, including auto, homeowners and commercial insurance, as well as life insurance products and services through multiple reputable companies, including AAA, Allstate, Auto Owners, Erie, Hastings Mutual, Progressive and others.

The new Weirton location will open for business Monday.

SENTENCED: A man accused of helping online poker companies move billions of dollars in illegal gambling proceeds overseas from U.S. customers has been sentenced in New York to three years in prison.

Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan ordered the sentence Thursday for Ira Rubin.

Prosecutors say Rubin made it appear that money processed by poker companies via U.S. banks was actually the proceeds of transactions on websites for golf stores and other businesses.

Rubin was among a dozen people charged in a prosecution that shut down the three largest Internet poker companies operating in the United States.

He has been held without bail after he was arrested in Guatemala in April 2011 as he prepared to travel to Thailand.

From staff are wire reports

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