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2/20/17 – 6:49 A.M.

Bowling Green State University is moving its College of Business Administration to a new location. The school says a $5 million gift from Robert and Patricia Maurer of Bowling Green will help move the College of Business Administration to Hanna Hall. BGSU plans to renovate the building to include high-tech learning facilities and amenities.

The university’s board of trustees approved the renaming of the building as the Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center in honor of the longtime supporters of the university.

Eight other alumni families are contributing to the renovation of the building. The board approved the naming of classrooms, public spaces, lounges, offices and other spaces in recognition of their support.

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2/20/17 – 5:39 A.M.

Local gas prices are down as we enter the last full week of February. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $1.97 per gallon today. That’s down 11 cents from last Monday. A month ago we were paying $2.11 per gallon.

Ottawa drivers report paying $1.99 today, down 10 cents over the last seven days.

The statewide average is still above $2 per gallon, at $2.05. That’s down only a penny since last Monday.

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2/20/17 – 5:33 A.M.

The Fostoria Police Department is working to strengthen community and police relations. The Review-Times reports the department has implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board.

The program has certified more than 430 agencies in Ohio.

The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies. The goal is to make sure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards.

MORE: Review-Times

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2/20/17 – 5:27 A.M.

Funds are still available for landowners in the Brights Ditch Watershed for sediment and phosphorus reduction. The Great Lakes Commission is offering funding for nutrient management plans. That includes grid soil testing, precise fertilizer application, and cover crops among other items. The goal is to keep runoff from getting into Lake Erie where it can cause algae blooms.

For more information call Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District at 419-422-6569.

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2/20/17 – 5:19 A.M.

Columbus Grove officials are looking at the future of the village’s fire department. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council is moving forward with a plan to consider expanding the current fire station, or building a new one. Last week council approved paying a design firm more than $13,000 to examine the options.

Fire Chief Bob Brubaker told council the department needs more space to meet state requirements. The department currently keeps turn out gear in a van and suit-up on the scene of fires. Brubaker says they should be able to get their gear on before leaving the station.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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2/20/17 – 5:09 A.M.

A one-car crash injured a Putnam County woman west of Glandorf Sunday afternoon. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on State Route 694 near Road 14-J around 12:40 p.m.

25-year-old Jessica Schreiber of Continental was driving east when she lost control and went off the road. She wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and the crash ejected her from the car. A medical helicopter took Schreiber to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of serious injuries.

Deputies continue to investigate the crash.

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2/20/17 – 5:00 A.M.

Two record high temperatures fell in Findlay over the past few days. Findlay’s Water Pollution Control Center says Friday saw a high of 62, which was one degree higher than the previous record set in 1927. Saturday’s high temperature hit 69, besting the previous record of 63 from 1911.

Sunday was nice but a few degrees short of another record. We hit 62 degrees yesterday, which was five degrees below the record of 67 set in 1930.

This week’s forecast calls for temperatures to be above 60 through Friday.

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2/17/17 – 7:26 A.M.

Findlay-based Cooper Tire & Rubber posted a higher operating profit in 2016 despite slightly lower net sales numbers. A financial statement released by the company shows Cooper had an operating profit of $384 million last year. That was a nearly 8.5 percent increase over 2015. Net sales totaled more than $2.9 billion for the year, down 1.6 percent from 2015.

In a statement, CEO Brad Hughes said, “Through consistent execution of our strategic plan and the favorable raw material cycle of the past few years, Cooper ended 2016 in a very strong position, achieving a record full year operating profit margin of 13.1 percent.” Hughes added that the company saw unit volumes increase nearly 8 percent in the fourth quarter.

The company reported a strong fourth quarter. Operating profit rose $2 million over the same period in 2015. Net sales from October through the end of December were $784 million. That’s was up $8 million over the previous year.

Looking ahead to 2017, Hughes said he expects raw material costs to continue to rise. He added the company believes that may affect numbers in the short-term, until raw-material prices level off.

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2/17/17 – 6:43 A.M.

Pharmacies can play a key role in reducing prescription drug costs. The Courier reports that was the message from CVS Health CEO Lary Merlo at Ohio Northern University Thursday. Merlo said non-generic drugs are the cause of rising prescription costs. He added that 88 percent of all prescriptions are for generic medications, but generic medications only account for 28 percent of prescription costs.

Merlo also presented ONU with a $50,000 corporate grant to support ONU’s HealthWise mobile clinic. The clinic includes a smoking cessation program and other outreach for Hardin County.

MORE: The Courier

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2/17/17 – 5:33 A.M.

A Bluffton auto parts manufacturer is changing its name. DTR Industries is becoming SumiRiko Ohio on March 1. The move brings DTR in line with a name change its parent company underwent two years ago. The company says they’re making the change to bring their 105 businesses in 23 countries under the same name.

DTR makes motor mounts and other anti-vibration products for the auto industry.

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