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WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY JANUARY 28, 2020

>>Murder Trial Underway

(Lima, OH)--The murder trial in the shooting death of Branson Tucker began yesterday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.

Kenneth Cobb is charged in Tucker’s death just over a year ago. On January 15th, he was found inside a vehicle after that vehicle was involved in an traffic accident. Tucker had been shot and died later that morning at the hospital.

Police determined that Tucker was shot at 975 St. John’s Avenue. Police said that address is not only Cobb’s residence but also an after-hours establishment and that the precipitating incident was a dispute over a dice game. The Lima News reports that Cobb’s defense laid the groundwork for a self-defense claim on the trial’s first day.

Jerome Fuqua has also been charged in Tucker’s death.

>>Lima Gets High Marks For Manufacturing Activity

Lima was ranked as the #7 small city where manufacturing is thriving, according to a new study from business insurance research firm AdvisorSmith.

Manufacturing output per capita was $39,946 in Lima compared with a national average of $7,032.

Lima ranked #12 among cities of all sizes, beating out Mansfield (#80) and Cincinnati (#87).

AdvisorSmith conducted a study on 318 U.S. cities to determine the top cities where U.S. manufacturing is thriving. We based our rankings on four key economic factors: manufacturing output growth rate, manufacturing output per capita, manufacturing location quotient, and manufacturing employment growth rate.

>>MINIMUM WAGE

OHIO'S MINIMUM WAGE WORKERS ARE A STEP CLOSER TO A PAY RAISE.

THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT TO A PROPOSAL THAT COULD CHANGE THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO CHANGE THE MINIMUM WAGE. RIGHT NOW, THE MINIMUM WAGE IS $8.70 AN HOUR. A GROUP WANTS TO RAISE IT TO $13 AN HOUR BY 2025. THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT GOES NEXT TO THE OHIO BALLOT BOARD WHERE SUPPORTERS NOW HAVE TO COLLECT 442,000 SIGNATURES. IF THEY SUCCEED, IT'LL BE ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT.

>>TRAFFICKING DATABASE

A PROPOSAL AT THE STATEHOUSE COULD CREATE A DATABASE OF THOSE CONVICTED OF PAYING FOR SEX IN OHIO.

UNDER LEGISLATION INTRODUCED IN THE OHIO HOUSE, THOSE WHO ARE CONVICTED OF TRYING TO BUY SEX OR TRAFFICKING WOMEN FOR SEX, WOULD BE PLACED ON A PUBLIC DATABASE FOR FIVE YEARS. THEY WOULD AUTOMATICALLY DROP OFF THE DATABASE IF FIVE YEARS PASS WITHOUT ANOTHER CONVICTION. IF A CONVICTION WAS OVERTURNED BEFORE THAT, THEY COULD PETITION THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE TO HAVE THEIR NAME REMOVED.

>>SAFETY NETTING

A LAWMAKER IN NORTHEAST OHIO IS PUSHING LEGISLATION REQUIRING ALL MAJOR AND MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS IN THE STATE TO INSTALL PROTECTIVE NETTING FROM FOUL POLE TO FOUL POLE.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH REPORTS DEMOCRATIC STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN PATTERSON HAS INTRODUCED HIS BILL IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS FROM A CONSTITUENT BLINDED IN ONE EYE BY A HARD-HIT FOUL BALL. PATTERSON'S LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE FOUL POLE-TO-FOUL POLE NETTING BE INSTALLED BY THE 2021 SEASON.

WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY JANUARY 28, 2020

>>UM Suspends Zavier Simpson

(Ann Arbor, MI) -- University of Michigan senior guard, Lima Senior grad Zavier Simpson will miss the tonight's game against Nebraska after he was suspended for violating team rules. Head coach Juwan Howard said that they will continue to handle the matter appropriately and within the program. Simpson is averaging 12.8 points, 8.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game this season. This is the first time he will miss a game in his Michigan career. 

>>Cavs End Losing Streak With Road Win Over Detroit

(Detroit, MI) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 115-100 win over the Pistons in Detroit. Five Cavs scored in double-figures with Collin Sexton putting in a game-high 23 and Kevin Love adding in 20 while Tristan Thompson had another double-double with 17-points and eleven rebounds. Love, who was a teammate of Kobe Bryant on the U.S. Olympic Team, played only 24-minutes in honor of the NBA legends number 24 jersey. Cleveland will return to action tonight when they host NBA phenom Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans.

>>Reds Sign Infielder Nick Castellanos To Four-Year Deal

(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Cincinnati Reds are adding an offensive infielder to their roster with the signing on free-agent Nick Castellanos. On Monday the club announced they had signed Castellanos to a four-year deal worth 64-million dollars with a 20-million dollar mutual option for 2024. Last season with the Chicago Cubs, Castellanos hit 289 with a career-high 27 home runs and 73 RBIs. 

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