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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 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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Election season is upon us, and that means that many people in our area will be heading to the polls over the next month. Here is a collection of some of the issues that will be found on ballots around the area. 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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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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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 >>

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The Putnam County Sheriff’s office is investigating an injury crash that occurred when eighty-one-year-old John Smith of Fort Jennings was traveling northbound on County Road 24 and failed to stop for the stop sign at County Road N.  His vehicle was struck by another vehicle which was being … More >>

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High-profile disasters, like Hurricane Ida, are always big for scammers to try and play on the heartstrings of individuals who want to help victims. Other scammers are posing as people and service personnel stuck in Afghanistan, saying that they need money to get them out of the country. The… More >>

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The blood shortage that started before the pandemic continues and the Red Cross is looking for a few volunteers to lend an arm to save a life. In recent weeks, the organization has seen blood donor turnout drop ten percent while hospital demand continues to be larger than the donations comin… More >>

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Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a virus that affects the lungs. Young children suffer from the virus, with babies born prematurely or with heart or lung conditions at the highest risk. Common symptoms of RSV include trouble breathing, coughing, and irritability. If your child is showing… More >>

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Every 10 years after the U.S. Census is complete, Ohio's 99 House districts and 33 Senate districts must be redrawn to reflect the results of the most recent data. The commission could draw the congressional maps too if state lawmakers cannot reach an agreement on the map design. The first o… More >>

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A bill introduced by Ohio Republican Senator Andrew Brenner would prohibit state boards of education, the Ministry of Education, or school districts from requiring students, teachers, or other employees to wear face covers in public education. This includes face-to-face instruction or extrac… More >>

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The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a semi on the CSX crossing on Sycamore Street in Columbus Grove around 6:45 Monday night. Video footage shows the train is unable to stop and hits the semi, just behind the cab - dragging part of the truck around 250 yards down the tra… More >>