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7/2/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Fostoria drivers will see changes at an intersection in the city. The Courier reports a traffic light will be removed at the intersection of North Wood and West North Streets. A four-way stop will be put in its place. City Engineer Dan Thornton says his office has been studying many intersections in the city to see where there are unnecessary stop lights.

Thorton added that traffic flow seemed the same in all directions at the intersection. The changes should be made in the next few days.

Drivers have had time to make adjustments already. The light was inactive and temporary stop signs had already been put up.

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7/2/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The former mayor of Ottawa made a court appearance in Lima Tuesday. The Lima News reports 64-year-old Kenneth Maag pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to solicit a prostitute. He was arrested last Friday in a sting operation ran by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Sam Crish says Maag made arrangements to meet a woman he thought was a prostitute to meet her in her house.

Maag pleaded no contest to a similar charge in 2011. The arrest led to his resignation as Ottawa’s mayor.

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7/1/14      2:56 p.m.

Ohio is a big shipping state for both rail and highway, which can sometimes lead to big problems.

The Dayton Daily News recently ranked Ohio third worst in hazardous material spills with 250 serious spills since 2005 totalling 40 million dollars of damage.

Randy Van Dyne, executive director of the University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center, says because we’re such a crossroads state for shipping the spills probably cannot be avoided. However, education to properly handle them when they happen is key.

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Ohio ranked third behind only Texas and California.

 

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7/1/14 – 11:27 A.M.

Education was the topic of discussion when State Senator Cliff Hite paid a visit to Chris Oaks this morning. Ohio’s new graduation standards were brought up. Hite said one of the main reasons new standards were passed was because Ohio students were behind…

Audio: Cliff Hite

The new standards mandate students to pass tests in seven subject areas. Hite says that even though there are seven end of course exams in the plan, it still helps reduce overtesting of students.

Hite adds new graduation standards will give students different paths to their diplomas…

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The SAT and ACT will also be factored in.

Some educators have been critical of the plan, saying the tests need a level of technology that many schools don’t have. Hite says paper and pencil options are still available for testing.

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7/1/14 – 6:49 A.M.

The Findlay Rotary Club has a new president. The gavel of the organization was passed to Michael Momany Monday. Momany serves as the resource development director for the United Way of Hancock County. He’s been a rotarian since 1985.

Momany said, “I am humbled to serve as president of an organization that has given back to the community in so many ways.”

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7/1/14 – 6:41 A.M.

A man lost his foot when he tried to jump from a train in Fostoria. The Review-Times reports emergency responders were called to train tracks near Columbus Avenue around 8:30 last night. The man apparently got his foot caught when he tried to jump from the train.

He was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment.

No other information was available.

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7/1/14 – 5:29 A.M.

It’s been a quarter of a century since a Findlay institution underwent a big name change. On July 1, 1989 Findlay College became the University of Findlay. Since that time enrollment has nearly tripled and the campus has grown from 25 to 88 acres.

The Courier reports the school will hold a celebration of the 25 year anniversary later this year. A gala event will be held September 27 in the Koehler Center.

The school was founded in 1882 as Findlay College. The change to a university coincided with the addition of the school’s first graduate program. UF now offers nine master’s programs.

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7/1/14 – 5:12 A.M.

The Putnam County Health Department is changing the way it handles vaccines for children. The Lima News reports the agency will now bill private insurance for childhood immunization vaccines instead of giving them for free. The move is being made because the department is now buying the vaccines from a private company. In the past the state had provided them for free.

There are exceptions to the rule. The health department is part of the Vaccine for Children program; which pays for vaccines for uninsured children. It also covers the treatments for children on Medicaid or who have insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines.

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7/1/14 – 5:02 A.M.

Two painters who worked on the Glenwood Middle School project have been paid for their work, after going unpaid for more than a year. Joseph Edinger, the parent of one of the painters, tells the Courier his son and the other painter were, “paid what they claimed they were owed.” The painters signed a non disclosure agreement and can’t talk about the deal.

The problems stemmed from a company subcontracted to do painting work while the new middle school was being built. The painters worked for Global Contracting, which was eventually dropped by ACI, the general contractor on the project. ACI claimed Global couldn’t keep up with the work load, and replaced the company. As a result, they never paid Global. In turn, Global said that it did not have enough money to pay the painters.

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