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10/24/16 – 12:55 P.M.

Donald Trump Jr. campaigned in Findlay for his father Monday. Speaking in front of the Republican Party headquarters, Trump said there’s a groundswell of support for his father that doesn’t show up in polling…

Audio: Donald Trump Jr.

Trump Jr. told the audience people are sick of politicians on both sides of the aisle not keeping their promises when they get to Washington. He added that was a big part of the appeal of his father’s campaign…

Audio: Donald Trump Jr.

Part of Trump’s message was encouraging supporters to take advantage of early voting. He said those on hand should also talk to their friends and family and make sure they get to the polls as well.

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10/24/16 – 6:54 A.M.

Local gas prices are down to start the last full week of October. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay is $2.04 for a gallon of regular today. That’s a 10 cent drop over the last seven days. By comparison, local prices are around 10 cents cheaper than they were a year ago.

In Ottawa, drivers are paying $1.99 per gallon.

The statewide average is $2.03 for a gallon of regular, down 12 cents over the last week.

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10/24/16 – 5:30 A.M.

You’ll see road crews in a few different parts of Hancock County this week. ODOT reports crews will occasionally reduce State Route 12 between Findlay and Fostoria to one lane to install pavement reflectors. In the meantime eastbound State Route 12 in Findlay remains closed during daytime hours from Tiffin Avenue to Bright Road. A storm sewer line installation project continues in that area.

Crews will reduce U.S. 224 between State Route 235 and the Putnam County line to one lane this week. Pavement repair is taking place in that area.

On Thursday ODOT will close the I-75 southbound exit ramp at State Route 103 in Bluffton for pavement repair.

I-75 remains reduced to one lane in both directions between State Route 235 and the Hancock County Road 60 overpass for a resurfacing project.

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10/24/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Our look at candidates in contested races continues today with the Putnam County Sheriff’s contest. Brian Siefker has been an employee with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for more than 20 years. He says opioid addiction is the biggest issue in the county, and the sheriff’s office should lead an education initiative about the problem…

Audio: Brian Siefker

Siefker adds there should be zero tolerance for people who sell opioids in the county.

Siefker says he believes he can foster a good relationship between the community and the sheriff’s office…

Audio: Brian Siefker

Siefker adds he believes his years of work in the sheriff’s office have helped him build good relationships with other law enforcement agencies in the county.

Tomorrow we will continue our look at the Sheriff’s race with a feature Dennis Cupp.

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10/24/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Donald Trump Jr. will campaign for his father in Findlay today. He’s expected to be at the Findlay Republican Party Headquarters between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Cheryl Blakely is the chairwoman of the Trump campaign in Hancock County and says Trump Jr. will talk about early voting.

The Republican Party headquarters in Findlay is at 113 West Crawford Street.

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10/24/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Hancock County residents have a new way to get connected to United Way supported services. The agency announced today that there is now a “live chat” option on their website. To use the new feature you can go to LiveUnitedHancockCounty.org/211 and click on “live chat.”

The program is an extension of the 2-1-1 service available in the community. The 2-1-1 help center provides information on veteran’s services, health care, health insurance, prescription help, and more.

If you have an agency in Hancock County that would like to collaborate with 2-1-1 services, you can send an email to 211updates@unitedwaycleveland.org

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10/24/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Some Putnam County residents can’t call 911 from a landline this morning. In a Facebook post, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said residents with a Pandora, Columbus Grove, and Leipsic phone exchange are in the outage area. The post says these are the known affected areas, but the issue could expand further than that.

If you need to call 911 from these areas you’ll need to use a cell phone.

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10/24/16 – 4:48 A.M.

Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Ted Strickland paid a visit to Findlay over the weekend. The Courier reports Strickland told an audience at the United Steel Workers hall Saturday it was important to get out and vote. He also said it was important to stump for votes in an area that typically leans Republican…

Audio: Ted Strickland

Strickland also said it’s important to have two strong parties in Ohio…

Audio: Ted Strickland

Strickland said it was too late to try and sway voters from one candidate to another. Instead, he said the conversation has to be about getting people who have made up their mind to the polls.

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Our series of profiles for the candidates you’ll see on the November ballot looks at the 83rd House District race today. On the topic of opiate abuse in the state, incumbent Robert Sprague says he’s supported measures to reduce opiate addiction…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says he has also supported efforts to limit doctor shopping among other initiatives.

When it comes to education, Sprague says high standards are good, but they need to stop changing so much…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague says as far as educational funding goes, the state has worked to make sure rural districts get their share of funding as well.

On the topic of overseeing medical marijuana, Sprague says doctors should only prescribe it in certain situations…

Audio: Robert Sprague

Sprague does not believe a chronic pain diagnosis should get a prescription for medical marijuana.

Next week we’ll focus on the Putnam County Sheriff’s race.

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10/17/16 – 12:36 P.M.

Our series of profiles for the candidates you’ll see on the November ballot changes its focus to the 83rd House District race today. On the topic of opiate abuse in Ohio, challenger Mary Harshfield says there needs to be more education about the subject…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield says there also needs to be more money spent at a state level on recovery efforts for addicts.

When it comes to education, Harshfield says the state needs to let teachers decide what’s best for students…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield says she fears that children who don’t do well on tests are getting left behind.

On the topic of overseeing medical marijuana, challenger Mary Harshfield says believes the state will put proper restrictions in place…

Audio: Mary Harshfield

Harshfield adds it took way too long for Ohio to legalize medical marijuana.

Tomorrow we’ll hear from the incumbent in the 83rd House District, Robert Sprague.

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