FRIDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS

WIMA NEWS COPY FRIDAY JULY 19, 2019

>>Greater Lima Region Leadership Change

(Lima, OH)--There’s a change at the top of the Greater Lima Region organization as Jeff Sprague will leave his post as President/CEO to join the Regional Growth Partnership, which serves as JobsOhio’s regional network partner. The move is effective in mid-August. At that time Sprague will be replaced by Doug Olsson. He has been serving as Vice President of Communications and Business Development. Greater Lima Region’s mission is to stimulate economic development and investment in the region.

>>Guilty Pleas in Koneta Hotel Arson Case

(Wapakoneta, OH)--A fire at the historic Koneta Hotel building in downtown Wapakoneta two days before Christmas left many families without shelter and caused the demolition of the building. The man who set that fire has now plead guilty to arson. Hometown Stations reports that 20-year-old Wesley Slaughter pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree felony aggravated arson. It's recommended he serves 11 years for each charge but served concurrently. Slaughter also pleaded guilty to second degree aggravated arson with a recommended 8 years on that charge for a total of 19 years.

>>Celebration Continues in Wapakoneta

(Wapakoneta, OH)--The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing is going on all week in Wapakoneta. Today’s the Summer Moon Festival continues downtown with food, a beer garden and live entertainment including Mustang Sally at 9:00. Also, all day at the Armstrong Museum there will be NASA Exhibits in the STEM Inspiration Center and meet and greet sessions with astronauts. And there will be a live TV broadcast on NASA TV from 1-3.

>>NUCLEAR BILL - ONN

THE STATE SENATE HAS APPROVED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD GIVE OHIO'S NUCLEAR PLANTS UP TO $150 MILLION A YEAR BY ADDING A FEE ONTO CONSUMERS' ELECTRICITY BILLS, BUT THE HOUSE VOTE WAS DELAYED.

THE LEGISLATION CLEARED THE SENATE IN A 19-12 VOTE YESTERDAY. SUPPORTERS OF THE BILL IN THE HOUSE APPARENTLY LACKED ENOUGH VOTES TO GET THE 50-VOTE MAJORITY NEEDED TO SEND IT TO THE GOVERNOR BEFORE RECESSING UNTIL AUGUST 1ST. FIRSTENERGY SOLUTIONS HAS SAID IT WILL BE FORCED TO CLOSE THE TWO PLANTS IN NORTHERN OHIO BY NEXT YEAR IF IT DOESN'T GET THE FINANCIAL HELP. OPPONENTS SAY THE PLANTS ARE OUTDATED AND PROVIDING A FINANCIAL LIFELINE WOULD GIVE THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OVER OTHER POWER PLANTS AND ENERGY SOURCES.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH REPORTS THAT THE BILL WOULD ADD $1.50 PER MONTH TO A RESIDENTIAL ELECTRIC BILL, BUT SUPPORTERS SAY THE NET COST TO CONSUMERS WOULD ACTUALLY DROP BECAUSE THE BILL REDUCES FEES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FRIDAY JULY 19, 2019

>>Locos Clinch Division

(Lima, OH)--The Lima Locos defeated the Grand Lake Mariners 7-4 last night at Simmons Field to clinch the Great Lakes League North Division Title.

The 25-11 Locos are now set to host game one of a best of three semifinal series on Thursday. They are at Grand Lake today and then host the Mariners tomorrow afternoon at 4:00.

>>Reds Fall To Cardinals At Great American Ball Park

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The injury-plagued Cincinnati Reds gave up a big sixth inning to the St. Louis Cardinals who took the game 7-4 at Great American Ball Park. St. Louis scored five times in the sixth on the back of third baseman Tommy Edman who hit his first career grand slam. The Reds had ten team hits with two each from Jose Iglesias and Yasiel Puig. Cincinnati has dropped three straight and will look to get a win tonight when they again face off with the Cardinals.

>>Indians Complete Four-Game Sweep Of Detroit

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 to complete a four-game sweep at Progressive Field. Tribe starter Trevor Bauer struck out ten batters over six-plus innings and notched his ninth win while Brad Hand earned his 26th save. For the second straight game, Cleveland was led at the plate by Jose Ramirez who hit a three-run home run. The Indians will now try for their sixth in a row when they welcome in the Kansas City Royals for a new home series tonight.

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