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11/1/16 – 5:35 A.M.

Halloween is over but one area group has no plans to stop telling ghost stories. The Carey Area Paranormal Energy Research Society will release a documentary about the old Carey school building early next year. “C.A.P.E.R.S. Investigates: The Haunted Halls of Carey School” details the group’s investigation into alleged hauntings in the old building.

The group says the documentary will be an account of the investigation, but it is also a tribute to the school?s history. DVDs will be available for $15 each.

The group is still deciding on a date and location for the official premier.

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11/1/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Amazon is building a wind farm in Hardin County. The Seattle Times reports the tech giant plans to build wind turbines to feed the grid that powers its data centers in Ohio and Virginia. The wind farm will generate 530,000 megawatts of energy every year according to the company. The wind farm will open in December of next year.

The newspaper reports Amazon has committed to offsetting the energy needs of the data centers that power Amazon Web Services with renewable resources.

MORE: Seattle Times

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11/1/16 – 5:21 A.M.

A $2 million grant will help Ohio Northern University administer an international law competition. The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. State Department recently awarded the money to the school. ONU will use the grant to manage the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Afghanistan for the next two years.

The Jessup Competition is the largest international moot court competition in the world. It features 550 law schools from 87 countries. The Afghan part of the competition takes place in early 2017. The winner of the competition comes to ONU to practice their advocacy skills before competing in the International Rounds in Washington, D.C.

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11/1/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A three-car crash injured a 16-year-old girl in Findlay Monday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of East Main Cross and Osborn Avenue just after 3 p.m. Police say 56-year-old Keith Franz of Deshler was driving east on East Main Cross when he drove through a stop sign and hit a car driven by the teenager. Both cars then hit a car headed northbound on Osborn.

Hanco Ambulance took the teen to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police cited Franz for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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11/1/16 – 5:05 A.M.

November is here, and along with it an increase in deer collisions for area drivers. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office says this month is the worst for accidents involving deer. Last year saw more than 400 crashes involving deer that caused $1,000 or more in damage in the county. 89 of those crashes happened in November.

You’re urged to be alert from sunset to midnight and shortly before and after sunrise. That’s when most collisions between cars and deer happen. If you see a deer, brake firmly but stay in your lane. Swerving to avoid a deer can cause a serious crash.

The sheriff’s office also reminds you if you see one deer, there are likely more in the area and you should drive with caution.

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11/1/16 – 4:54 A.M.

The battle for votes in Findlay continues. The wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will stop in the city Wednesday evening. Hancock County Democratic Party Chair Nancy Stephani says Anne Holton will urge people to take advantage of early voting. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Democratic campaign headquarters at 830 North Main Street.

Holton is a former secretary of education in Virginia. She also has visits scheduled for Trotwood, Lima and Toledo.

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10/31/16 – 7:23 A.M.

Cooper Tire and Rubber is reporting a slight decline in operating profit and net sales for the third quarter of 2016. Numbers released this morning show Cooper had net sales of $751 million in 2016, compared to $782 million in 2015. Operating profit was $78 million, down $4 million from 2015 Q3 figures.

A release from the company says an $11.5 million non-cash pension settlement affected operating profit. Higher manufacturing costs and negative foreign currency also affected operating profit.

A statement from CEO Brad Hughes says, “Excluding the $11.5 million pension settlement charge, our third quarter operating profit would have been 11.9 percent of net sales, a result that continues to be above our medium-term goals.”

Net sales dropped four percent compared to the third quarter of 2015. The release says unfavorable price and mix had a $17 million impact. Hughes talked about net sales in Monday’s release, saying, “Despite a decline in net sales, our Americas segment generated operating profit margin of more than 15 percent, including the impact of the preliminary tariffs on truck and bus radial tires imported from China into the United States.”

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10/31/16 – 5:39 A.M.

Local gas prices are flat for the most part compared to a week ago. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.03 today. That’s down a penny compared to last Monday. A month ago we were paying around $2.16 per gallon.

Ottawa drivers report paying $2.05 for a gallon of regular today. That’s down four cents from a week ago.

The statewide average is $2.04 per gallon, up a penny from last week.

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10/31/16 – 5:30 A.M.

A fire near Upper Sandusky destroyed a barn late Saturday afternoon. The Wharton-Richland Township Fire Department reports they received a call about a blaze at 14664 Wyandot County Road 330 just before 5 p.m. Saturday.

A nearby trash fire likely sparked the blaze. Fire Chief Shane Weatherholtz says there were no injuries fighting the fire. The barn was a complete loss.

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10/31/16 – 5:23 A.M.

You can expect more of the same when it comes to work on area highways this week. ODOT says many of the same projects are continuing. Both directions of I-75 from State Route 235 to the County Road 60 overpass remain reduced to one lane for a repaving project. ODOT says that project will continue through mid-November now.

State Route 12 between Findlay and Fostoria will see occasional lane reductions. Crews are installing pavement reflectors following a resurfacing project.

U.S. 224 between State Route 235 and the Putnam County line remains reduced to one lane in certain areas as crews complete pavement repairs.

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