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1/29/14 – 9:17 A.M.

Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum’s earnings for 2013 were down compared to the previous year. The company released its year end and fourth quarter data today. The numbers show Marathon earned $626 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to $755 million in the same time period from the year before. For the entire year earnings were $2.11 billion, down from $3.39 billion in 2012.

In a release, CEO Gary Heminger said Marathon made large investments into several segments in 2013, including the transportation and retail. The company also bought the Gavelston Bay refinery in Texas; which can refine 451,000 barrels per day according to the Marathon website.

Heminger adds that Marathon also increased emphasis on more stable earnings sources. In the release Heminger said, “We executed our first drop-down of assets to MPLX LP, the master limited partnership we created in late 2012.” The company also announced investments in Enbridge Energy Partners L.P.’s Sandpiper and Southern Access Extension pipeline projects.

MORE: Marathon Earnings Statement

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1/29/14 – 5:30 A.M.

A domestic dispute in Hardin County landed a 15-year-old girl in juvenile detention. Kentontoday.com reports the incident happened Monday afternoon on Wayne Street in Dola. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the location after the girl set a small fire, cut herself with a razor blade, and used scissors to stab her mother.

The girl was treated at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Kenton before being taken to the juvenile detention center. Her mother suffered minor injuries.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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1/29/14 – 5:23 A.M.

One person was injured in a two-car crash in Findlay Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 36-year-old Brian DeLong was stopped on North Main Street waiting to turn left onto Southcliff Drive around 3:30 p.m. when he was hit from behind by 80-year-old Gary Clark of Findlay.

DeLong was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries.

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1/29/14 – 5:18 A.M.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has proposed giving schools more calamity days this year due to the unusually harsh winter. The goal of the proposal is to save schools money by not having to be in school until the middle of June. However area educators have a bigger concern that is coming up faster on the education calendar; state testing.

Findlay Schools Superintendent Dean Wittwer tells the Courier he’d rather the state give schools the option to extend the day to make up class time lost this winter. McComb Superintendent Meri Skilliter agreed with Wittwer, saying that if the snow days aren’t made up before the testing happens then scores will probably take a hit.

MORE: The Courier

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1/29/14 – 5:10 A.M.

Technology is changing the face of the typical “snow day” for a couple of area school districts. The Courier reports McComb and Vanlue are able to use online lessons to avoid tacking days on to the end of the school year. McComb was recently approved to use the online lessons, and Vanlue was approved to do so last year.

Because McComb’s plan was just approved, the district will have to make up the days missed beyond the allotted five calamity days. But if the school has to cancel again students will be able to login to take their lessons.

Students who don’t have internet access at home are given “Blizzard Bags” which contain paper versions of the assignments. No matter which way the lessons are done, kids are given two weeks to finish the assignments.

MORE: The Courier

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1/29/14 – 4:58 A.M.

The United Way of Hancock County is celebrating a record breaking fundraising campaign. The agency reports this year’s efforts netted just over $3 million, up 5.5% from last year. Combined with the additional $95,000 raised for the Halt Hunger Initiative and the amount topped $3.1 million.

The money collected will be distributed to programs and services through a series of grants that will be reviewed by people who serve on volunteer impact teams.

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1/28/14 – 12:09 P.M.

A Findlay resident will be on hand for tonight’s State of the Union address in the nation’s capital. The office of Bob Latta says Sherri Garner Brumbaugh will be a guest of the Congressman for the event.

Garner Brumbaugh is the president of Garner Transportation in Findlay. She was recently named to the Hancock County economic development task force by the Hancock County Commissioners.

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1/28/14 – 11:52 A.M.

The extremely cold temperatures may slow down petty criminals, but scam artists never rest. Dick Eppstein of the Toledo Better Business Bureau talked about the latest scams to hit the area on WFINat10 today. He says to beware of calling back someone who calls you and only lets the phone ring once before hanging up…

Audio: Dick Eppstein

Eppstein says younger people are more frequently victimized by this type of scam because they’re not familiar with long distance fees.

Another scam people have been seeing involves home security systems…

Audio: Dick Eppstein

If you have questions about a business or person you think might be trying to bilk you out of your money, you can always contact the Better Business Bureau for more information.

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1/28/14 – 8:42 A.M.

Every county in the region saw unemployment drop in December. New numbers from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock County dropped from 5.7% in November to 5.2% in December. Putnam County’s rate dropped slightly, going from 5.9% to 5.7%.

Elsewhere in the region Wyandot County was at 5.9, Wood clocked in at 6.3, Seneca and Hardin Counties both had jobless rates of 6.6, Allen County was at 7%, and Henry County had the highest unemployment rate in the area at 7.2%

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1/28/14 – 7:13 A.M.

Wood County Fair goers won’t be taking in a concert this summer. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the fair board has opted instead to have a monster truck show. Fair board members said that the performers they were looking at for the fair were either booked already, too expensive, or not what the board had in mind for the show.

The monster truck show will be held August 2.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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