MONDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS


WIMA NEWS COPY MONDAY JANUARY 27, 2020

>>Berger in D.C.

(Washington, D.C.)--Lima Mayor David Berger spent time in Washington last week as he took part in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He chairs the Mayors’ Water Council and says that the fight with the EPA over unfunded mandates spans administrations of both parties. Lima is currently constructing a sewer overflow project near Simmons Field that is part of a negotiated deal with the EPA. Berger says that the Mayors’ group continues to work closely with the EPA on future rules for unfunded mandates.

>>LORDSTOWN PLANT

A STARTUP COMPANY THAT WANTS TO BUILD ELECTRIC TRUCKS AT A FORMER GENERAL MOTORS ASSEMBLY PLANT IN OHIO IS CONSIDERING ASKING FOR A FEDERAL LOAN TO GET PRODUCTION RUNNING.

U.S. REP. TIM RYAN, A NORTHEAST OHIO DEMOCRAT, SAYS HE EXPECTS LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP. TO APPLY SOON FOR A $200 MILLION LOAN. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED LATE LAST YEAR THAT IT HAD BOUGHT THE ONCE-BUSTLING FACTORY NEAR YOUNGSTOWN THAT CLOSED LAST MARCH 2019. LORDSTOWN MOTORS SAYS IT'S LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE LOAN PROGRAM. THE COMPANY DIDN'T REVEAL ADDITIONAL DETAILS. IT HAS SAID IT WANTS TO BEGIN PRODUCTION BY YEAR'S END.

>>OHIO CORONAVIRUS

THERE ARE NOW FIVE CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE U-S, WITH TWO IN CALIFORNIA AND ONE EACH IN ARIZONA, ILLINOIS AND WASHINGTON STATE. THE OHIO HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS ORDERING THAT ANY CASES OF THE DANGEROUS NEW VIRUS FROM CHINA BE REPORTED TO THE STATE IMMEDIATELY. THE STATE'S HEALTH DIRECTOR, DR. AMY ACTON, SAYS SHE WANTS TO MAKE SURE OHIO’S PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM IS PREPARED. THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION IS EXPECTING MORE AMERICANS TO BE DIAGNOSED WITH THE NEWLY DISCOVERED VIRUS IN COMING DAYS.

>>UNEMPLOYMENT OHIO

OHIO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HELD STEADY AT 4.2 PERCENT IN DECEMBER FOR THE FOURTH MONTH IN A ROW.

STATE OFFICIALS SAID FRIDAY THAT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT INCREASED BY 9,800 JOBS IN DECEMBER WITH 5.6 MILLION PEOPLE EMPLOYED. THE NUMBER OF THOSE UNEMPLOYED IN OHIO WAS UP 1,000 FROM NOVEMBER TO DECEMBER. THE NUMBER OF THOSE UNEMPLOYED DECREASED BY 4,000. OHIO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE THE PREVIOUS DECEMBER STOOD AT 4.6%. THE NATIONAL RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT WAS 3.5% IN DECEMBER, UNCHANGED FROM THE PREVIOUS MONTH, AND DOWN FROM 3.9% IN DECEMBER 2018.

WIMA SPORTS COPY MONDAY JANUARY 27, 2020

>>Basketball Buckeyes Get Much Needed Road Win At Northwestern

(Evanston, IL) -- Freshman D.J. Carton returned to form and Justin Ahrens provided a spark off the bench as the Buckeyes downed the Northwestern Wildcats 71-59 on the road. Carton scored 17-points while Ahrens added in a season-high 12-points for the Buckeyes who got a much-needed win since starting the month off in a slump. Andre and Kaleb Wesson each had eleven-points, and C.J. Walker dished out six-assists for the Bucks. Ohio State improved to 3-6 in Big Ten play and will now take the week off before returning to action on Saturday when they host the Indiana Hoosiers at Value City Arena.

>>Xavier Falls To Creighton On The Road In Big East Action

(Omaha, NE) -- The Xavier Musketeers dropped a tough Big East match up 77-66 on the road to the Creighton Blue Jays. Tyrique Jones had eleven-points and 13 rebounds to record his eleventh double-double of the season while Naji Marshall had 15-points, and Zach Freemantle dropped in a career-high 18 to lead Xavier's offense. The Musketeers will look to rest up the next few days before hosting Marquette on Wednesday at the Cintas Center.

>>Cavs Hope To End Losing Streak Tonight In Detroit

(Detroit, MI) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers head to the Motor City tonight for a match with the Detroit Pistons. The Cavs have lost their last seven games in a row and haven't registered a win since December 11th when they beat the Denver Nuggets. The Pistons have dropped two in a row and three of their last four. Tip-off from Little Caesars Arena is set for 7 p.m.

>>Leishman Surges Past Field To Claim Farmers Insurance Open

(San Diego, CA) -- Marc Leishman is taking home the crown at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Leishman surged to the lead after a seven-under-par final round to finish 15-under for the tournament. Jon Rahm finished one behind Leishman at 14-under. Rory McIlroy and Brandt Snedeker tied for third at 12-under. Tiger Woods shot two-under in the final round to finish nine-under to tie for ninth.