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Baxter Faces Accusations

Van Wert County’s auditor and two deputies in his office are indicted after officials say they broke into the county treasurer’s office, hacked into a computer and tampered with records. Auditor, Philip Baxter is charged with felony breaking and entering and unauthorized use of property. Julienne Rolsten, a deputy county …

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BMU Hike Update

Bryan Municipal Utilities appears to be readying an expected increase in water rates…part of a multi-year rate plan adjustment, suggested in 2018. A study showed BMU should raise $750,000 per year to fund necessary capital improvements for the Water Department and that the then-current rate plan was not sufficient. In …

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Defiance Span Set To Open

Transportation officials don’t see anything standing in the way of opening Defiance’s new Clinton Street bridge during the first week of December. ODOT is confident nothing can derail the expected opening…set for the second.

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Educators Concerned In Montpelier

Some Montpelier residents express concern at the school board meeting about recent charges leveled by teachers of bullying, bias, a lack of trust and a fear of retribution by school administration and Superintendent, Jamison Grime. In question?… they say an atmosphere of bullying of MEA members…a fear of retaliation or …

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Major Health Study In OH

Ten Ohio counties will be among the first wave of communities participating in the National Institutes of Health’s HEALing Communities Study. About $66 million dollars will be channeled for the study through Ohio State University. The study will also look at communities in Kentucky, New York and Massachusetts, as well. …

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GM Sells Lordstown

General Motors is selling the assembly plant it shut down earlier this year in Lordstown…a closing that drew threats and some scolding from President, Trump, to a newly formed company that intends to begin making electric trucks by late 2020. Lordstown Motors Corp. plans to hire 400 production workers at …

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New Econ Numbers For IN

The Kelley School of Business’ annual economic forecast for 2020 expects Indiana to see about 1.25% growth, trailing the 2% national rate. The economists say that’s because Indiana remains the state with the highest percentage of jobs in manufacturing and those companies are having trouble hiring more workers. Finance professor, …

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Towns Found Guilty

Williams County Sheriff, Steve Towns is found guilty on a misdemeanor charge of public dissemination of confidential information. Prosecutors say he posted confidential child abuse reports to the Sheriff’s department’s website and Facebook page. Special prosecutor, Mark Weaver told the court Towns recklessly posted confidential reports about suspected child abuse …

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New Rules For Voters In Jail

A federal judge rules inmates awaiting trial must be given the same voting rights as other Ohio citizens…this, in a 2018 lawsuit filed against Ohio’s secretary of state by two Montgomery County inmates. The lawsuit argues state law violates the U.S. Constitution by treating pre-trial inmates differently than other voters. …

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Resistance To Duke Increase In IN

An Indiana agency advises regulators to deny Duke Energy’s request to increase average monthly charges by as much as $23 per customer, countering that fees should instead be lowered. Indiana’s Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, Bill Fine has recommended the utility reduce its average charges by nearly $8 a month. …

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