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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.

MORE: Review-Times

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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.

Full Interview: 

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12/5/16 – 5:23 A.M.

Part of Western Avenue remains closed in Findlay this week for a water main installation project. The city’s engineering department says the closure runs from Sandusky Street south to Lima Avenue. The city expects the work to take place through Thursday.

Centrex employees have access to Western at Sandusky Street so they can get to work. Access to businesses on the south side of Western is open at Lima Avenue.

Elsewhere, crews are closing Cherry Lane between Tiffin Avenue and Hilton Avenue the next two days for a storm line installation project.

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12/5/16 – 5:16 A.M.

An area representative in the state senate has three bills in the works. The Courier reports bills sponsored by Cliff Hite include an effort to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in student athletes, extra leadership training for police chiefs, and a diabetes action plan.

If passed, Senate Bill 252 would make coaches and athletic staff get training to identify sudden cardiac arrest. Hite says the condition is the number one killer of student athletes.

Senate Bill 322 aims to provide more leadership training for new police chiefs in Ohio. The 40-hour program could include diversity training and an emphasis on community-police relations. Hite says he got the idea from Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee merged Hite’s legislation designed to combat diabetes with a similar bill. Hite says the legislation requires certain state agencies assess the incidence of diabetes, along with establishing goals to reduce its prevalence.

MORE: The Courier

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12/5/16 – 5:00 A.M.

A one-car crash on I-75 in Hancock County late last week took the life of a Dayton woman. The State Highway Patrol says 60-year-old Beverly Osborne passed away at Blanchard Valley Hospital Saturday.

Osborne was a passenger in a car driven by 35-year-old Lashawna Osborne of Oak Park Michigan. They were driving south on I-75 near Rawson around 2:15 p.m. Friday when their car went off the road, hit a tree, and overturned. Lawshana Osborne suffered minor injuries in the crash. A 2-year-old and 4-year-old in the car were not injured.

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12/02/16 – 4:05 P.M.

The Lima Noon Sertoma Service Club will be holding their Annual Christmas Auction on December 13. The auction will be held at The Old Barn Out Back in Lima starting at 11 am. The proceeds of the auction will be going to five separate charities.

Here is a list of the charities receiving the proceeds.

  • Family Promise
  • Lima Rescue Mission
  • The Salvation Army
  • Samaritan House
  • Children’s Developmental Center

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, you can call Jennifer Gast at 419-222-8806.

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