THURSDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS COPY

WIMA NEWS COPY FOR THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019

>>Mother Nature Strikes Again

(Lima, OH)--West Central Ohio was again drenched last night and there was a line of very heavy rain from Celina to Bellefontaine that produced as much as 4 inches of rain in some spots.

If you’re travelling in Auglaize, Logan, Mercer or Shelby Counties this morning be aware that some roads are still experiencing high water and some roads are closed.

Major roads that have been closed overnight include U.S. 127 and State Route 219 in Mercer County, State Routes 119 and 274 in Shleby County and State Route 235 in Logan County.

Conditions are generally improving this morning but again be on the lookout for high water this morning.

>>DEWINE FARMERS - ONN

IN PERRYSBURG YESTERDAY GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE SPOKE WITH FARMERS TO LEARN ABOUT THE TOUGH PLANTING SEASON THEY'VE HAD BECAUSE OF SO MUCH RAIN. THE FARMERS ARE ABOUT A MONTH BEHIND NORMAL SCHEDULE.

GOVERNOR DEWINE SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO HELP THEM…

SFX – DEWINE :15OQ “HIGH RISK”

FARMERS STRESSED THAT THE PROBLEM IS AFFECTING CROPS STATEWIDE.

TO THAT END, LAST FRIDAY DEWINE SENT A LETTER TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE SECRETARY SONNY PERDUE REQUESTING A USDA SECRETARIAL DISASTER DESIGNATION FOR OHIOSO THAT ASSISTANCE CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE TO FARMERS.

>>TOLEDO NURSES STRIKE - ONN

NEARLY A THOUSAND NURSES WHO WENT ON STRIKE AT MERCY HEALTH ST. VINCENTS MEDICAL CENTER IN TOLEDO HAVE REJECTED A PROPOSED CONTRACT AGREEMENT THAT UNION NEGOTIATORS REACHED WITH THE HOSPITAL.

A UNION STATEMENT SAYS 57 PERCENT OF VOTING NURSES REJECTED THE PROPOSED CONTRACT ON TUESDAY. NURSES TOLD THE UNION THE PROPOSAL DIDN'T GO FAR ENOUGH, ESPECIALLY ON STAFFING ISSUES.

THE NURSES WENT ON STRIKE MAY 6 AND RETURNED TO WORK JUNE 13, AFTER THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED. THE UNION SAID NURSES REMAINED ON THE JOB AS OF WEDNESDAY.

>>CLINIC EMPLOYER - ONN

STATE DATA SHOWS THE CLEVELAND CLINIC HAS SURPASSED WALMART AS OHIO'S LARGEST PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYER.

THE CLEVELAND-BASED HOSPITAL SYSTEM HAS 50,825 EMPLOYEES, COMPARED TO WALMART'S 49,330. THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE OHIO DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AGENCY'S ANNUAL REPORT ON MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN THE STATE.

HONDA, WITH 15,000 OHIO EMPLOYEES, REMAINS THE STATE'S LARGEST MANUFACTURER.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FOR THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019

>>Reds Sweep Astros With Walk-Off Victory

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Nick Senzel and Jesse Winker delivered ninth inning run-producing singles as the Reds rallied for a 3-2 walk-off win over the Astros at Great American Ball Park. Yasiel Puig homered in the second inning for the other Cincy run as the Reds swept the three-game set. Tyler Mahle allowed two runs over seven innings in a no-decision. Matt Bowman picked up the win.

>Reds Will Open Series Tonight In Milwaukee

(Milwaukee, WI) -- The Reds will open a four-game road series tonight with the Brewers in Milwaukee. Tanner Roark will start the opener for Cincy. The Brewers will counter with Jimmy Nelson. The Reds will be seeking their fifth straight victory.

>>Indians Blowout Rangers For Second Straight Game

(Arlington, TX) -- The Cleveland Indians offensive power surge continues as the Tribe slugged their way to a 10-4 win over the Texas Rangers in Arlington. Jason Kipnis drove in four runs by homering twice, and Jordan Luplow had three RBIs as the Tribe belted out 12 team hits. Cleveland's offense has been red hot lately, scoring 47-runs in the past six games and 88-runs since June 4th. The Indians will look to take the series from the Rangers this afternoon when they send Shane Bieber to the hill with first pitch set for 2:05 p.m.

>>Locos Fall At Licking County

(Newark, OH) --The Licking County Settlers and Mother Nature conspired to beat the Lima Locos last night in Newark. The Settlers defeated Lima 9-4 in a game that was called after 5 innings because of rain. The Locos have lost three straight to fall to 7-5 on the season. Lima is scheduled to host Hamilton tonight at 7:05 at Simmons Field.

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