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An Ohio Senator wants to make sure the United States is prepared for the next health threat.   Senator Sherrod Brown re-introduced the "Strategies to Address Antibiotic Resistance" or STAAR Act.  Doctors say that antibiotic resistance is a looming health crisis and could set medical advancem… More >>

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The "Great Resignation" continues as job open signs continue to pop up around the country.   Employers are still struggling to fill millions of open jobs.  On top of that, the November job report saw only 210,000 new jobs created, which is below the half a million new jobs that were predicte… More >>

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An Ohio Senator introduced a bill that could strengthen the future of the United States's supply chain. Senator Sherrod Brown’s Supply Chain Resiliency Act would create a federal office to monitor, research, and address the vulnerability of supply chains. The office would also provide loans,… More >>

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All counties in West Central Ohio saw drops in unemployment numbers for the month of October. According to the Ohio Department Job and Family Services, Allen County has the highest unemployment rate in our area but also saw the biggest fall, going from 6.1% in September to 4.2% in October. P… More >>

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Just before 9 am, Wapakoneta troopers were called to U.S. 127 near Shindeldekcer Road in Mercer County for a three-vehicle crash. 38-year-old Joseph and 39-year-old Amber McCavitt of Elkhart Indiana were heading south when their vehicle went left of center hitting a semi-trailer and then ano… More >>

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A Mercer County man was killed after running into a semi Monday morning. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers from the Wapakoneta post, the crash happened on state route 127 near state route 117.  78-year-old Ned Hileman of Rockford was heading northbound when his vehicle went lef… More >>

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    Ohio lawmakers are still hammering out the details to legalize sports betting in the state.    In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individual states can set up their own rules for sports betting, and since then all the states surrounding Ohio have done so. The Ohio House and Senat… More >>

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The director of the Ohio Department of Health says the state could be experiencing the start of a second wave of the delta variant. In the last 21 days, hospitalizations have increased by 23% and ICU admissions by 15%. That is why he and other doctors are urging those who are unvaccinated to… More >>

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Sheriff's deputies say 32-year-old Richard Daniel Medina died from his injuries after being lifeflighted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.  Reports say Medina was heading west on Oregon Road and failed to yield at the intersection of Hoenie Road.  His car hit the SUV being driven southboun… More >>

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It stems from labor issues during the pandemic, when some factories were forced to shut down because of COVID, and the fact that consumer demand for some items switched over the past year and a half. Since the supply chains are so connected, it caused a ripple effect all over the world, when… More >>

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39-year-old Sarah Reis was arrested on felony drug possession charge on Thursday. According to the Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, The Grand Lake Task Force and his deputies asked for a search warrant for Reis’s home after drugs were found during a traffic stop. During the search of the hom… More >>

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73-year-old Toney Kidwell was found guilty on four counts of sexual battery, and one count of attempted sexual battery. A Mercer County Grand Jury indicted him on a total of 33 counts including rape, sexual battery, and gross sexual imposition. The other charges were dropped as part of the p… More >>

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The oceans play a major role in weather as nearly three-fourths of our planet is covered with water. Long-range forecasts in the winter are strongly influenced by the state of ocean temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. Warmer than normal ocean temperatures represent an El Niño… More >>

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Senate Republicans are looking for accountability for the way that the United States withdrew from Afghanistan.  Senator Rob Portman joined 20 other Republicans in introducing the Afghanistan Counterterrorism Oversight, and Accountability Act.  It establishes a state department task force th… More >>

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The Mercer County Library is handing out the kits as part of Gov. Mike DeWine's call for libraries across the state to do so to help the public get easier access to testing. With the delta variant hitting Ohio, it seemed like a no-brainer for the Mercer County District Library to start offer… More >>

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The latest Fall Color Report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources shows only patchy color across West Central Ohio as of October 8th. Shorter daylight plays the biggest role in the leaf changing process as less of the green chlorophyll pigment is produced. This allows the red and or… More >>

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A signing ceremony for a new database of criminal sentences that have been made in the state of Ohio was held Monday morning in Columbus. The Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission and the University of Cincinnati worked together to create the database, which was put together in response to sev… More >>

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In the state of Ohio, if drivers see a vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights, they must move over to an adjacent lane if possible and slow down. That includes any law enforcement or crews out on the roads like the Ohio Department of Transportation Many drivers are aware of thi… More >>

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Construction on the Burntwood-Langenkamp wetland has begun this week. The wetland aims to improve the overall water quality of the lake, while also enhance the quality of life for those who live in the area and improve the overall visitor experience. The 90-acre project will work to filter p… More >>

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October 4th is the last day that you can register to vote. The Allen County Board of Elections will run on special hours that day to ensure that voters can register in time. The board of elections is strongly urging those that plan to vote but have not registered to do so as soon as possible… More >>

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The local Democrats in Mercer County got together to feel a sense of unity. The dinner was to let the like-minded people in the area know that they're not alone. They invited the mayor of Cincinnati John Cranley, who is running for governor, and Jeff Sites, the 4th Congressional District can… More >>

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Planning a trip or traveling, in general, has looked a lot different since the pandemic hit. One effect of the pandemic is that more people are opting to insure their trips. Some insurance providers have even started offering plans that cover losses because of covid-19 or other epidemic dise… More >>

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Latta was vaccinated against the virus and is not showing any symptoms. He announced that he contracted the virus after he was exposed to someone who also tested positive. He said that he will quarantine and follow CDC guidelines.  Latta's tweet about him being positive came shortly after Co… More >>

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According to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Allen County fell from 6.3% in July to 5.3% in August. Mercer County has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.4%, just behind Holmes County. Hardin County fell 1.3% between July and August, which is the biggest dro… More >>

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The Ohio Redistricting Commission voted along party lines to approve the new district maps. But since it was not a unanimous vote, the commission will have to look at redrawing the maps again in four years, versus 10 years if the whole commission approved the maps. Some groups say the maps w… More >>

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JD Vance appeared across West Central Ohio including Lima on Thursday. The Republican candidate for the U.S Senate seat discussed a variety of topics that included voting, jobs, and more. Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced plans to step down from his seat in 2022 when his current term ends. … More >>