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12/20/13 – 6:45 A.M.

Volunteer medical responders in our area will get additional training thanks in part to a grant received by the University of Findlay.  The school has received more than $218,000 from a state grant, which will allow the university to offer 54 courses on how to deal with hazardous materials.  The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio reports the classes will all be offered in 2014.

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12/20/13 – 5:23 A.M.

Separate hearings were held for the two men accused in the shooting death of a Findlay resident last month. The Courier reports that both 20-year-old Ralph Harris III and 21-year-old Montre Robinson were able to meet with Judge Joseph Niemeyer to establish evidence has been shared among attorneys. Robinson has waived his right to a speedy trial, while Harris talked about his rights with Niemeyer. Both men are charged with murder and tampering with evidence in the November 8 killing of Joe Gutierrez III.

Police say Gutierrez had at least one prior dispute with Harris and Robinson. Authorities insist the shooting was not gang related.

MORE: The Courier

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12/20/13 – 4:48 A.M.

A priest from Sylvania is taking over the responsibilities of former Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair.  Reverend Charles Ritter was elected Thursday as the diocesan administrator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo.  He is taking over the position immediately and will “keep things running” until a new bishop is appointed.

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From GOP.com

12/19/13 – 6:44 A.M.

Findlay native Jo Ann Davidson has been honored with the unveiling of her portrait at the Statehouse. Davidson was the first woman to serve as speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives. The portrait of Davidson was painted by Toledo artist Leslie Adams and will hang in the Ladies Gallery outside the Statehouse Atrium.

Davidson was first elected as a representative in 1981. In 1995, she became the first woman elected as Speaker, serving in that post from 1995 until she left the legislature in 2001.

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12/19/13 – 5:38 A.M.

Lawmakers from Ohio and Mississippi are trying to return stability to the joint venture Findlay’s Cooper Tire & Rubber has in China. The Daily Journal of Tupelo Mississippi reports Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown of Ohio as well as Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississippi have all signed a letter urging a U.S. delegation to address the subject during a meeting in China this week.

According to the article the letter says the unrest at the facility in the Shandong Province that has locked out U.S. managers is putting the entire company at risk. Cooper Tire spokeswoman Anne Roman told the newspaper that the company appreciated the support, but added there was no threat to U.S. jobs.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Mike Froman will meet with their Chinese counterparts this week.

MORE: Daily Journal

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12/19/13 – 5:23 A.M.

Two Findlay residents suffered minor injuries in a construction zone accident on I-75 in Lima Wednesday afternoon. The State Patrol reports that around 4:30 p.m. 66-year-old Bonnie Manley of Findlay was driving a tractor trailer north on the interstate when she entered a construction zone and hit a concrete protective barrier head-on. The impact of the collision sent the concrete flying, causing two other cars to crash as they tried to avoid the debris.

Manley and her passenger, 74-year-old Roy Manley, were taken to a Lima hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The drivers of the other cars involved in the crash were treated at the scene of the accident.

Bonnie Manley was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.


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Ron Tulley

12/18/13 – 12:03 P.M.

A criticism of social media we often hear is that it’s turned us all into narcissists. However, Dr. Ron Tulley of the University of Findlay says it’s probably more likely we were all narcissists to begin with, only now more people get to see that side of us…

Audio: Ron Tulley

Tulley has written a dissertation on the subject and talked about it on WFINat10 today.

Another common knock on social media is that most of what is posted is negative or combative. Tulley says that type of thing was going on long before Facebook, the social media aspect just amplifies it…

Audio: Ron Tulley

Tulley says for the most part people use social media as a “digital mirror” of sorts, as most profiles and comments are fairly reflective of who the user actually is.

Listen to the full conversation from today’s WFINat10:

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12/18/13 – 11:37 A.M.

It’s an unfortunate truth to this time of year, sometimes circumstances beyond a family’s control can put a major damper on Christmas. Hope House of Findlay is working to help change those circumstances once again…

Audio: Sunny Davis

Sunny Davis of Hope House says they’ve received sponsors for all but three families requesting aid this year, but that doesn’t put them in the clear…

Audio: Sunny Davis

If you’d like to sponsor a family this Christmas, you can call Hope House at (419)427-2848.

Listen to the fuill interview from today’s WFINat10:

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12/18/13 – 6:48 A.M.

The Fostoria school board is trying to help Superintendent Andrew Sprang with his move into the district.  The Courier reports the board approved spending $2,500 from the general fund this week to help Sprang and his family move from Findlay to Fostoria.  Sprang has sold his house and is looking for a new place in Fostoria.  The district requires the superintendent to live within the school district within 18 months of being hired.

MORE: The Courier

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12/18/13 – 6:40 A.M.

North Baltimore officials plan to examine the village’s ambulance services. The Courier reports the issue was called into the question this week, when council members read a letter from a resident who said there was no local response to someone who was having a heart attack recently. Help eventually arrived in the form of Hanco Ambulance.

Council members say they’ve been looking for ways to boost the ranks of emergency medical technicians to cover all shifts. Council is expected to hold public meetings on the topic in 2014.

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