MONDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS

WIMA NEWS COPY MONDAY JULY 1, 2019

BUDGET DEADLINE - ONN:

GOVERNOR MIKE DEWINE HAS SIGNED A STOPGAP MEASURE TO CONTINUE STATE FUNDING AFTER LAWMAKERS FAILED TO MEET A STATUTORY DEADLINE THIS WEEKEND FOR AGREEMENT ON A TWO-YEAR OPERATING BUDGET FOR OHIO.

WITH TIME RUNNING OUT TO MEET SUNDAY'S DEADLINE, THE SENATE LATE SATURDAY APPROVED A 17-DAY STOPGAP MEASURE TO FUND STATE GOVERNMENT UNTIL AN AGREEMENT CAN BE REACHED ON A TWO-YEAR BUDGET. THE HOUSE APPROVED THE INTERIM BUDGET IN A SUNDAY NIGHT SESSION.

A JOINT HOUSE-SENATE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN WORKING THROUGH DIFFERENCES IN THE $69 BILLION SPENDING BILL. A FINAL PROPOSAL MUST BE APPROVED IN UP-OR-DOWN VOTES BY BOTH CHAMBERS. SOME OF THE DIFFERENCES THAT HAVE DIVIDED THE CHAMBERS INCLUDE TAXES, HEALTH CARE AND SCHOOL FUNDING.

GAS TAX - ONN:

AN INCREASE IN THE STATE'S GASOLINE TAX HAS KICKED IN – IT'S AN ADDITIONAL TEN-AND-A-HALF CENTS PER GALLON FOR REGULAR GAS AND 19 CENTS FOR DIESEL. JACK MARCHBANKS, DIRECTOR OF O-DOT DIRECTOR SAYS HAD THE GAS TAX *NOT* PASSED HIS AGENCY WOULD HAVE BEEN STOPPED FROM ADVANCING PROJECTS THAT WERE NECESSARY.

THE STATES GAS TAX IS SLATED TO GENERATE 865 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. . . MONEY STATE LEADERS SAY WILL GO TOWARD BRIDGE AND ROAD REPAIR PROJECTS.

TOXIC ALGAE - ONN:

RESEARCHERS SAY TOXIN-PRODUCING ALGAE HAVE FORMED IN NORTHERN OHIO'S SANDUSKY BAY AND ARE MIGRATING INTO LAKE ERIE NEAR CEDAR POINT, A SIGNAL THE LAKE'S WESTERN BASIN COULD SEE MASSIVE BLOOMS THIS SUMMER.

THE TOLEDO BLADE REPORTS AN OFFICIAL FROM BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY'S GREAT LAKES CENTER SAYS TESTS SHOW TOXIN LEVELS THUS FAR ARE RELATIVELY LOW AND DON'T THREATEN WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS IN LAKESIDE COMMUNITIES. TOXINS FROM AN ALGAE BLOOM IN 2014 CAUSED MASSIVE PROBLEMS FOR TOLEDO'S LAKE-FED SYSTEM.

THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION SAYS HEAVY SPRING RAINS HAVE HELPED PUSH ALGAE FROM THE BAY INTO THE LAKE.

VINDY CLOSING - ONN

THE DAILY NEWSPAPER OF OHIO'S NINTH LARGEST CITY HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO PERMANENTLY CEASE PUBLICATION IN AUGUST AFTER 150 YEARS.

THE YOUNGSTOWN VINDICATOR ANNOUNCED THE DECISION IN A LETTER TO READERS PUBLISHED SATURDAY. PUBLISHER BETTY J.H. BROWN JAGNOW AND GENERAL MANAGER MARK BROWN WROTE THE MOVE STEMS FROM FINANCIAL STRUGGLES AND THE INABILITY TO FIND A BUYER.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES JUST DAYS AFTER THE PAPER MARKED ITS 150TH ANNIVERSARY. IT IS THE ONLY DAILY NEWSPAPER IN YOUNGSTOWN AND MAHONING COUNTY.

>>Christmas in July

(Lima, OH)--The Salvation Army’s Christmas in July Kettle Campaign will kick off a week from today. Individuals, businesses, organizations or churches willing to volunteer to ring the bell at one of the kettles should contact Paul Downing at the Salvation Army at 224-9055.

WIMA SPORTS COPY MONDAY JULY 1, 2019

>>Blair Wins City Golf Title

(Lima, OH)--Englishman and UNOH golfer Reece Blair defeated Josh Hollar 2-and-1 yesterday to claim the 92nd Lima Men’s City Golf Championship.

Blair built a three-hole lead through 11 holes and then held off Hollar after the 2015 Champion won the 14th and 15th hole to close within one.

Other flight winners included:

First Flight: Clay Plaugher

Second Flight: Ethan O’Connor

Third Flight: Mike Borges

Senior Championship: Dean Meyer

Senior Open: Jeff Harris

Super Senior 1: Mike Allen

Super Senior 2: Steve Creps, Sr.

>>Reds Top Cubs

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Eugenio Suarez belted a monstrous three-run homer in the first inning and the Reds held on for an 8-6 over the Cubs in Cincinnati. Phillip Ervin and Nick Senzel each drove in a pair of runs for Cincinnati Anthony DeSclafani went six scoreless and struck out seven for the Reds, who captured the weekend series, winning two of three.

>>Mahle Will Start Against Brewers

(Cincinnati, OH) -- Tyler Mahle will start tonight for the Reds in the opener of a four-game series with the Brewers at Great American Ball Park. Milwaukee will counter with Adrian Houser.

>>Indians Blank Birds Behind Bieber

(Baltimore, MD) -- Shane Bieber struck out 11 over eight innings of three-hit ball as the Indians blanked the Orioles 2-0 in Baltimore. Brad Hand worked the ninth for his 23rd save. Carlos Santana had two run-scoring singles as the Tribe avoided a three-game sweep.

>>Indians At Royals Tomorrow

(Kansas City, MO) -- The Indians have a travel day today as they head to Kansas City. They begin a three-game series with the Royals tomorrow. Trevor Bauer starts opposite KC's Jakob Junis. The Indians are a half-game out of a wild card spot.

>>Alex Bowman Wins Camping World 400

(Joliet, IL) -- Alex Bowman is taking home his first career win by winning the Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Bowman briefly lost the lead to Kyle Larson, but came back to take the win. Larson finished second. Joey Logano placed third while Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

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