WIMA NEWS COPY MONDAY DECEMBER 16, 2019
>>Winter Weather Returns
(Lima, OH)--Winter Weather returned to West Central Ohio overnight with as much as 3 inches of snow reported in and around Lima. Snowfall totals are higher to the south. Roadways will be slippery this morning. For a full list of school delay go check our website.
>>House Fire in Lima Sunday Afternoon
(Lima, OH)--A vacant home caught fire yesterday afternoon in Lima. The home at 662 North Elizabeth Street is considered a total loss. The Lima Fire Department says the blaze started on the lower floor and worked its way to the upstairs. Since the home was vacant, there were no injuries.
Fire crews were on the scene just less than two hours.
(COLUMBUS, OH)-- OHIO IS EXPANDING AN ONLINE CHECK-IN PROGRAM AIMED AT REDUCING THE TIME PEOPLE SPEND WAITING IN LINE AT THE BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES FOR SERVICES SUCH AS LICENSE RENEWALS.
OFFICIALS SAY THE “GET IN LINE, ONLINE” PROGRAM WILL EXPAND STATEWIDE OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. IT LETS CUSTOMERS CHECK IN ONLINE, THEN ARRIVE AT THEIR DEPUTY REGISTRAR LOCATION WITHIN A FOUR-HOUR WINDOW AND CLAIM THEIR SPOT IN LINE. A PILOT PROJECT WAS LAUNCHED IN JUNE IN CUYAHOGA, FRANKLIN AND HANCOCK COUNTIES. THE FIRST EXPANSION WAS ANNOUNCED FRIDAY FOR COLUMBIANA, MAHONING AND TRUMBULL COUNTIES. ANOTHER EXPANSION ANNOUNCEMENT IS PLANNED TODAY IN ZANESVILLE.
(COLUMBUS, OH)--BACKERS OF GUN BACKGROUND CHECKS REPORTEDLY WON'T TRY TO ADD A BALLOT ISSUE IN 2020.
OHIOANS FOR GUN SAFETY WAS CLEARED IN JULY TO BEGIN COLLECTING SIGNATURES FOR A PROPOSAL TO CLOSE LOOPHOLES IN BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN SALES, INCLUDING TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS; HOWEVER, THE GROUP SAYS ITS GOAL WAS TO GET THE ISSUE ON THE BALLOT NEXT YEAR BUT NO LATER THAN 2021. SHOULD THE PETITION ADVANCE, IT WOULD FIRST ASK OHIO LAWMAKERS TO ENACT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS THAT WOULD INCLUDE FEW EXEMPTIONS. IF LAWMAKERS DECLINE, THE PETITION COULD BE PRESENTED DIRECTLY TO VOTERS.
THE GROUP NEEDS NEARLY 133,000 SIGNATURES FROM REGISTERED VOTERS IN AT LEAST HALF OF OHIO'S 88 COUNTIES.
WIMA SPORTS COPY MONDAY DECEMBER 16, 2019
>>Basketball Buckeyes Suffer First Loss Of The Season On The Road In Minnesota
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team lost their first game of the season with an 84-71 road defeat to Minnesota. The Buckeyes were held to 38 percent shooting in just their second game of the season away from Columbus. Freshman standout D.J. Carton led the Bucks with 19-points, while E.J. Liddell put in 14, and Kaleb Wesson had 12. Ohio State returns tomorrow for a game with Southeast Missouri State at Value City Arena.
>>Boston College Hires OSU Defensive Assistant Jeff Hafley As Their New Head Coach
(Columbus, OH) -- Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley is leaving the program after just one season. Boston College announced over the weekend it had reached a contract agreement with Hafley to become their next head football coach. Although not yet confirmed, Hafley is expected to remain with Ohio State through the end of the bowl season.
>>Browns Fall To Arizona As Playoff Hopes All But Disappear
(Glendale, AZ) -- The Cleveland Browns started slow and never recovered as the Arizona Cardinals ran their way to a 38-24 win in the desert. Arizona running back Kenyan Drake scored four times as the Cardinals jumped out to a seven-point lead and never trailed in the game. In a battle of Heisman winners, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Cardinals QB Kyler Murray dueled to a draw with Mayfield throwing for two scores and Murray finishing with a higher QB rating. Cleveland faces Baltimore Sunday in their home finale.
>>Bengals Hot Start Fades Quickly In Home Loss To Patriots
(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Cincinnati Bengals took a three-point first-quarter lead before surrendering 20 unanswered points on the way to a 34-13 loss to the New England Patriots. Joe Mixon led the offense with 136-yards on the ground while Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass but was also picked off four times. The win capped off a controversial week for the Patriots who are currently the subject of league review for illegally videotaping the Bengals' sideline during a game with the Browns on December 8th. Cincinnati plays its road finale Sunday at the Dolphins.
>>Cleveland Indians Trade Away Corey Kluber To The Texas Rangers
(Cleveland, OH) -- The Cleveland Indians are parting ways with Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. The Indians traded Kluber to the Texas Rangers on Sunday in exchange for outfielder Delino DeShields and right-handed reliever Emmanuel Clase. Kluber spent nine seasons in Cleveland where he won 98-games, struck out over 15-hundred batters, made three All-Star teams, and won two Cy Young Awards, but the emergence of rising stars like Mike Clevinger, Shane Bieber, and Zac Plesac made him expendable. The Tribe will now welcome in Clase who sports a dominating a 98 mile-per-hour fastball and DeShields who is known for his speed and defense and could win the starting center field job.
>>Blue Jackets Return To Columbus For Game Tonight Against Washington
(Columbus, OH) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets will head back at Nationwide Arena looking to halt a two-game skid tonight against the Washington Capitals. The Jackets have lost two in a row since their last win, which was over this same Capitals team one week ago in D.C.