WEDNESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS COPY

WIMA NEWS COPY FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019

>>TORNADOES HELP - ONN

THOSE IMPACTED BY A SWATH OF TORNADOES IN LATE MAY ARE GETTING SOME MUCH-NEEDED HELP FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

OHIO IS NOW RECEIVING FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR NEIGHBORS IN 10 COUNTIES RECOVERING FROM SEVERE WEATHER INCLUDING AUGLAIZE AND MERCER COUNTIES LOCALLY. GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE SAYS PRESIDENT TRUMP ISSUED A DISASTER DECLARATION.

A PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ASSESSMENT BY FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES IDENTIFIED 942 HOMES AND BUILDINGS EITHER DESTROYED OR SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED.

THE DECLARATION CLEARS THE WAY FOR THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE LOW-INTEREST LOANS TO THOSE BUSINESSES LOOKING TO REBUILD. IT ALSO ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO SEEK FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.

THOSE IN NEED OF HELP FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN REGISTER ONLINE AT DISASTER-ASSISTANCE-DOT-GOV.

>>FATAL FIRE - ONN

TUESDAY WAS A DEADLY DAY IN OHIO AS TWO SEPARATE FIRES CLAIMED SIX LIVES.

INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING INTO A FIRE THAT KILLED THREE PEOPLE IN EASTERN OHIO'S COSHOCTON COUNTY.

THE FIRE THAT KILLED THOSE CHILDREN HAPPENED IN A BARN ON STATE ROUTE 60. A FOURTH PERSON IN THAT FIRE WAS INJURED - BUT SURVIVED. THE COSHOCTON TRIBUNE SAYS THAT PERSON WAS ALSO A CHILD. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS NOT YET KNOWN.

MEANWHILE A HOUSE FIRE IN LICKING COUNTY ALSO KILLED THREE PEOPLE.

THE HOUSE IS JUST A SHELL WITH THE FRAME REMAINING. NO FOUL PLAY IS SUSPECTED IN THAT INCIDENT.

VAPING TAX - ONN

A PROPOSAL IN THE SENATE VERSION OF OHIO'S TWO-YEAR BUDGET WOULD PLACE A 17-PERCENT TAX ON THE INVOICE PRICE OF VAPING PRODUCTS.

SENATE FINANCE CHAIRMAN MATT DOLAN, A REPUBLICAN FROM CHAGRIN FALLS, SAYS HE'S CONCERNED THAT VAPING HAS FILLED A NICHE IN OHIO THAT IS ATTRACTING TEENS.

THE OHIO VAPOR TRADE ASSOCIATION SAYS THE PRODUCT ISN'T TOBACCO AND IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO FIT VAPING INTO THE SAME TAX FRAMEWORK AS THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY.

>>I-75 Work Today

(Lima, OH) --Your commute through or to Lima on I-75 could be impacted today as ODOT is planning to work on repairing cable barriers on the Interstate with lane restrictions on the southbound side between Breese and McClain Roads.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FOR WEDNESDAY JUNE 19, 2019

>>Reds Win Again, Top Astros

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Jesse Winkler, Derek Dietrich and Kyle Farmer homered off Justin Verlander as the Reds beat the Astros 4-3 at Great American Ball Park for their third straight win. Anthony DeSclafani picked up the win, pitching into the sixth inning and allowing one run and six hits. Michael Lorenzen got the save.

>>Reds Will Face AL Strikeout Leader Today

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Astros will start Gerrit Cole tonight in the series finale this afternoon against the Reds in Cincinnati. Cole leads the American League with 140 strikeouts. Tyler Mahle will start for the Reds.

>>Indians Clobber Rangers

(Arlington, TX) -- Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez each drove in three runs as the Indians routed the Rangers 10-3 in Arlington. In addition to Ramirez's three-run homer, Jake Bauers, Roberto Perez and Tyler Naquin went back-to-back-to-back in the seventh inning. Rookie Zach Plesac allowed one run and two hits over seven innings to pick up the win. The Indians won for the fourth time in five games.

>>Plutko Will Start Against Rangers Tonight

(Arlington, TX) -- The Indians will start Adam Plutko in the third game of the series tonight against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. Texas will recall Joe Palumbo from Double-A Frisco for the start. He made one start on June 8 with a no-decision in his big league debut.

>>Locos Fall at Licking County

(Newark, OH)--The Lima Locos fell to 7-4 on the season with a 2-1 loss at Licking County last night. Lima has scored just one run over its last two games. The teams meet in Newark again tonight.

>>Nartker Wins LJGA Event

(Lima, OH)--Christian Nartker carded a 4-over 74 to win yesterday’s Lima Junior Golf Association event held at Springbrook.

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