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2/2/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Once again, you might run into some delays on I-75 if you’re headed south today. ODOT says the southbound lanes of the interstate will be restricted to one lane just south of Beaverdam for road work. Crews will be doing bridge deck repair work in that area.

Restrictions will be in place from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

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2/4/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Falling oil prices are slowing some growth plans for Findlay-based MPLX. The Courier reports the company, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum, is designed to encourage investment in energy infrastructure. A drop in oil prices has slowed that demand, resulting in MPLX seeing a 38 percent decline in 4th quarter profits.

MPLX is a master limited partnership, meaning it pays no corporate income tax. In exchange the company must pass on the majority of its earnings to shareholders in the form of cash distributions. Because of the decline in profits, Marathon has lowered MPLX’s cash distribution growth rate to 12 to 15 percent for this year. There had been talk about a 25 percent rate.

For all of 2015, MPLX saw profit grow 29 percent, for a total of $156 million for the year. Marathon plans to continue investing in the business. It plans to contribute to MPLX’s inland marine business of tugboats and barges this spring.

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2/4/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A memorial service for former Congressman Michael Oxley will be held tomorrow on the University of Findlay campus. The ceremony will start at 2 p.m. in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Oxley passed away on January 1 of this year. He represented Ohio’s 4th District in Congress from 1981 to 2006.

Tomorrow’s speakers will include UF President Katherine Fell; law partner and friend Judge Allan Davis; Congressman Bob Latta, and Senator Rob Portman among others. His widow, Patricia, is expected to be featured in a video tribute.

The service will be broadcast live on 1330 WFIN and video will be streamed at uftv.findlay.edu.

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2/4/16 – 4:55 A.M.

A three-car crash injured a Findlay woman Wednesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department reports 39-year-old Maria Botello was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment following the collision at the intersection of West Trenton Avenue and Bolton Street. The incident happened around 3:15 p.m.

A police report says 78-year-old Robert Frink was driving south on Bolton Street when he started to cross Trenton, and was hit by a pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Trevor Bermudez. Frink’s minivan then hit Botello’s car.

Frink and Bermudez were treated at the scene. Frink was cited for failure to yield.

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2/3/16 – 6:47 A.M.

The North Baltimore sewage treatment plant has unused capacity, and village officials are looking to see how they might use that to their advantage. The Courier reports council members were given some options to consider during their Tuesday meeting. John Rauch of the Rural Community Assistance Program says the village could accept sewage from other towns. The extra capacity could also be used to attract businesses to the area.

Rauch said more sewage customers could potentially “lighten the load” of existing customers.

The reason the plant has unused capacity is because of a sewer separation project. Before the storm water and sewer lines were split, the sewage plant had a daily flow of 828,000 gallons. After the lines were separated, that number dropped to 383,000 gallons of flow per day.

MORE: The Courier

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2/3/16 – 5:25 A.M.

You might experience delays on I-75 if you’re headed south again today. ODOT says the southbound lanes of the interstate will be restricted to one lane just south of Beaverdam for road work. Crews will be grounding pavement to give the highway extra traction

Restrictions will be in place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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2/3/16 – 5:20 A.M.

Bluffton residents are being warned about a series of car break-ins. The Bluffton Police Department reports several vehicles were either entered or damaged Monday night. Most of the incidents happened on the west side of town.

Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to call the police department at (419)358-2961.

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2/3/16 – 5:14 A.M.

Fostoria city council members had plenty of questions about the city’s budget during a Tuesday night meeting. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner presented his 2015 financial report during the meeting. It showed a negative balance of more than $389,000 in the general fund.

Councilman Brian Shaver said he felt misled by previous statements from Garner. Shaver said, “We’re getting a budget tonight that’s showing we’re that far in the red and I just feel a little bit duped because we had a chance to rectify that problem without causing major changes to the city’s infrastructure.” He was referring to a cancelled plan to end a 1 percent tax credit for people who live in the city and work elsewhere.

Public backlash led to council rejecting the plan. Shaver said council only voted against it because Garner said the budget would be in better shape this year. Garner said there were increased overtime costs for the city because of some injuries. He added he mentioned that issue to council and former Service-Safety Director Allyson Murray in July.

Garner also said he never told council that Fostoria would be out of the red by the end of 2015.

MORE: The Courier

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2/3/16 – 4:57 A.M.

One person was injured in a crash that closed the southbound lanes of the interstate late Tuesday night. The State Highway Patrol reports 52-year-old Mary Boes of Findlay was driving south on the interstate when she lost control on wet pavement and hit a median wall near County Road 99 around 11:45 p.m. Boes’ car then hit a guardrail and came back onto the interstate, where it was hit by two commercial trucks.

Boes was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The truck drivers were not hurt.

The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-75 for around two hours. Traffic was rerouted up the County Road 99 exit ramp, and then back onto the interstate from the entrance ramp on the other side.

Boes was cited for failure to maintain reasonable control.

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2/2/16 – 12:12 P.M.

A Findlay High School student has been nominated for acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy. A release from Senator Sherrod Brown’s office says an offer of appointment was given to FHS senior James Reneau. Reneau was a captain on the football team and also is part of the school’s robotics team.

Admission into the Naval Academy requires a nomination from a member of Congress. Nominations are based on the recommendation of an advisory committee put together by the Senator.

In the release, Senator Brown said, “Mr. Reneau’s family and the Findlay community should be proud of this impressive young man, who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation.”

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