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12/6/16 – 5:12 A.M.

There could be some movement to repair Main Street in Arlington. The Courier reports village council members were cautiously optimistic about the project during their Monday meeting. Councilman Brian Essinger says ODOT officials will conduct a “scope of project” walk-through of the first phase this Friday. He added that State Senator Cliff Hite mentioned extra funding for the project could find its way into the state’s next funding cycle.

Main Street in Arlington doubles as U.S. 68. The estimated cost for both phases of the repair project is $2.3 million. The goal is to pay for the work with a mix of grants and loans from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Public Works Commission, along with village funds.

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12/6/16 – 5:02 A.M.

The Hancock County Engineer’s Office is ready for winter. The department bought 900 tons of road salt for the winter driving season at a cost of nearly $41,000. The county’s salt shed can store up to 1,000 tons.

County Engineer Chris Long tells the Courier crews have finished maintenance on the trucks that will plow the roads. He added that plowing and salt can only do so much. Long reminds drivers to slow down when snow and ice are in the forecast.

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12/6/16 – 4:43 A.M.

The controversial NEXUS Pipeline won’t be crossing city-owned land in Bowling Green. City Council members voted last night against a request to build the natural gas pipeline on city property, citing residents’ opposition to the project. Safety and property values have been the main concerns among the project’s opponents. The pipeline’s developer could now change the route or get a court order to build on the property.

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12/6/16 – 4:27 A.M.

A Heidelberg University student is in jail, accused of stashing an arsenal of weapons in his dorm room. Tiffin police say David Conrad was arrested yesterday after a tip led to the discovery of two firearms, knives, a blow-dart gun and brass knuckles. Conrad is charged with aggravated menacing and marijuana possession, with more charges expected. He’s no longer welcome on the Heidelberg campus.

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12/5/16 – 7:15 A.M.

Production of two military vehicles will continue in Lima. The Associated Press reports Congress recently passed a $1.2 billion spending measure for production of the Abrams tank and Stryker armored vehicle. The Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima builds both vehicles.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman says it’s good news for employees at the plant. Three years ago funding was in doubt due to cuts in federal funding.

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12/6/16 – 7:07 A.M.

Local gas prices are up as we start a new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $2.10 for a gallon of regular. That’s up 13 cents from last Monday, but down 14 cents from last week’s high of $2.24. A year ago we were paying around $1.96 for a gallon of regular.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.09 today, up 10 cents from last Monday.

The statewide average is up 13 cents from a week ago. Around Ohio the average is $2.15, compared to $2.02 last Monday.

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12/5/16 – 6:54 A.M.

A two-car crash in Findlay injured a Rawson woman Saturday night. The Findlay Police Department says 54-year-old Rebecca Dillard was driving west on Center Street around 6:30 p.m. Saturday when she collided with a car driven by 29-year-old Derrick Mares of Port Clinton. Mares tied to make a left-hand turn into an alley and pulled in front of Dillard.

Hanco Ambulance took Dillard to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police cited Mares for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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12/5/16 – 5:34 A.M.

A Fostoria man accused of stealing prescription medication from a neighbor pleaded guilty last Friday. The Review-Times reports 22-year-old Jacob Ginnever accepted a plea deal. Prosecutors had charged Ginnever with a second-degree felony burglary charge, but dropped it to a third-degree count. Ginnever also pleaded guilty to a tampering with evidence charge.

Ginnever faces 72 months in prison at his sentencing on January 11. The prosecutor’s office is recommending medical community control sanctions.

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12/5/16 – 5:30 A.M.

A federal judge in Texas blocked a federal mandate on new overtime rules in November, but one Ohio lawmaker says he’ll fight to see it through. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the ruling is bad for working families…

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown says he doesn’t believe the law would affect business productivity. He added he thought businesses would hire people more people if they don’t want to pay overtime.

In other areas of concern, Brown says he spent a great amount of time in 2016 fighting against an influx of cheap Chinese tires into the country…

Audio: Sherrod Brown

Brown says he and Republican Senator Rob Portman got some things accomplished in this field but adds there is more to do.

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