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5/20/15 – 4:51 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum will pay a fine for alleged Clean Air Act violations. The U.S. Justice Department says the oil company will pay a $2.9 million fine, and also spend another $2.8 million on pollution controls at distribution terminals in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. The violations were said to have happened at 10 sites over recent years.

The federal government accused Marathon of failing to follow some fuel quality emissions standards. Record keeping, sampling, and testing requirements were also violated. Marathon spokesman Jamal Kheiry said the company self-reported most of the issues to the EPA between 2007 and 2014.

The agreement will see Marathon make changes to reduce emissions on 14 fuel storage tanks at distribution centers in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

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5/19/15 – 10:38 A.M.

If you’re driving in the downtown Findlay area there’s another road closure you’ll want to be aware of. The city engineer’s department reports East Street will be closed today and tomorrow between Crawford and Sandusky streets for asphalt resurfacing.

The road will be closed until 6 p.m. each night.

A detour is posted. You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

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5/19/15 – 10:23 A.M.

Renovations at Litter Landing are officially off the table. The Hancock County Commissioners voted Tuesday to reject bids for improvements at the recycling facility. As for the future of Litter Landing? Commissioner Mark Gazarek says it’s unlikely to completely close…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said the commissioners didn’t want to make improvements to Litter Landing that they couldn’t pay cash for. Falling commodity prices have meant the facility has been operating at a deficit.

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Gazarek said another reason Litter Landing is important is that it provides community service opportunities for sentences mandated by the court system.

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5/19/15 – 9:02 A.M.

A strike continues at a Marathon Petroleum refinery in Texas. Reuters reports unionized workers at the Galveston Bay facility rejected a contract proposal Monday. Officials with the USW 13-1 tell the news agency nearly 900 striking workers voted, and the proposal was soundly rejected.

The contract was proposed by a federal mediator who had met with both sides. A local union official said the contract would have removed too many protections for workers.

The strike in Galveston Bay started on February 1 as part of a walkout at several U.S. refineries. At one point, 12 refineries were on strike, but that number is down to two. Workers at the BP-Husky Energy refinery in Toledo also remain on the picket line.

MORE: Reuters

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5/19/15 – 5:29 A.M.

A monthly fee that pays for recycling in Carey will remain in place. The Courier reports village council defeated a measure to do away with a $2 monthly fee by a 4-2 vote Monday night.

Council President Chad Kin and Councilman Armand Getz wanted to stop curbside pickup in favor of a recycling center to be placed in a central location. The newspaper reports Kin and Getz weren’t happy about messes caused by recyclables being strewn around town.

MORE: The Courier

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5/19/15 – 5:15 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office wants to make sure you’re locking your doors. The agency reports there have been an increasing number of daytime burglaries in southern part of the county. You’re asked to keep an eye on your neighbor’s house and to report any suspicious activity you see.

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5/19/15 – 5:09 A.M.

A longtime Fostoria school teacher is moving up the ranks. Mike Daring has been hired to serve as the assistant principal of the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School. The announcement was made during Monday night’s school board meeting.

Daring has been a science teacher in the district for 10 years. He replaces Drew Bauman, who is taking over as principal in the same building. Bauman is stepping in for the retiring Tom Grine.

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5/19/15 – 4:57 A.M.

Arlington village council learned more about a wine shop that plans to open in the village during their Monday night meeting. The Courier reports Stephanie and Dave Rader of Van Buren said they plan to open the business on East Liberty Street. This summer they will have a petition drive to put a liquor option on the November ballot.

The business will include live music, craft beers, cheeses and other foods. The Rader’s plan on drawing customers from Upper Sandusky, Ada, Bluffton and Kenton.

Council members suggested the couple hold public meetings to give people the details of the business before a vote in the fall on the liquor option.

MORE: The Courier

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5/18/15 – 8:57 A.M.

Gas prices continue to follow an up-and-down pattern. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular is around $2.48 in Findlay today. That’s up nine cents from last Monday, but down 21 cents from last Wednesday.

Ottawa drivers reported prices around $2.59 a gallon this morning.

Around the state, the average price is $2.60 a gallon. That’s up 12 cents from last Monday, but down three cents from the highest prices we saw last week.

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