FRIDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 6-26

WIMA NEWS COPY FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2020

>>COVID HITTING YOUNGER PEOPLE

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- OHIOANS WERE CAUTIONED THURSDAY TO RETURN TO BEING VIGILANT ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING, MASK-WEARING AND HAND-WASHING, AFTER CASES OF COVID-19 HIT THEIR HIGHEST MARK SINCE MID-APRIL.

ACCORDING TO FIGURES FROM THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE LATEST ROUND OF CASES DISPROPORTIONATELY STRUCK YOUNGER OHIOANS, WITH 60 PERCENT BEING REPORTED AMONG PEOPLE 20 TO 49. THE AVERAGE AGE OF OHIOANS GETTING THE DISEASE ONCE THOUGHT TO BE A PARTICULAR THREAT TO THE ELDERLY HAS NOW DROPPED TO 42. REPUBLICAN GOV. MIKE DEWINE CALLED THE NUMBERS, INCLUDING 892 NEW CASES “CHILLING” AND SAID THAT INCREASED TESTING DOESN'T ENTIRELY EXPLAIN THE INCREASE IN CASES.

MEANWHILE, THIS WEEK THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZATIONS, I.C.U. ADMISSIONS AND DEATHS CONTINUED TO SEE THEIR 21-DAY AVERAGES FLAT OR DECLINING.

>>PORTMAN, BROWN INTRODUCE AMENDMENT TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR A1 STRYKER VEHICLES

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- YESTERDAY, U.S. SENATORS ROB PORTMAN (R-OH) AND SHERROD BROWN (D-OH) INTRODUCED A BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO THE SENATE’S FY 2021 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT (NDAA) REQUESTING AN ADDITIONAL $375 MILLION IN FUNDING TO ADDRESS A CRITICAL UNFUNDED ARMY REQUIREMENT TO FIELD 60 ADDITIONAL A1 VARIANT STRYKER VEHICLES. THESE VEHICLES WILL BE MANUFACTURED AT THE JOINT SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING CENTER (JSMC) IN LIMA. THE NDAA INCLUDES $847 MILLION FOR UPGRADING STRYKER VEHICLES AND $392 MILLION FOR MODIFYING THE STRYKER A1 VEHICLES BUT DOES NOT INCLUDE THIS ADDITIONAL FUNDING NEEDED IN ORDER FOR THE ARMY TO ACHIEVE ITS READINESS NEEDS.

>>TRAFFIC CAMS COURT RULING

(COULUMBUS, OH) -- BY A 7-0 DECISION, THE OHIO SUPREME COURT ON WEDNESDAY DAY STRUCK DOWN A KEY PART OF TOLEDO’S RED LIGHT CAMERA PROGRAM.

LAST YEAR, HOUSE BILL 62 PASSED, PLACING EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION IN THE MUNICIPAL COURTS TO HANDLE EVERY NON-CRIMINAL TRAFFIC LAW VIOLATION. TOLEDO CONTINUED TO OPERATE WITH ITS OWN CITY-APPOINTED OFFICERS TO OVERSEE APPEALS. THE CITY TELLS US THEY WILL BEGIN WORKING TO SWITCH APPEALS OVER TO MUNICIPAL COURT. THE DECISION WILL HAVE AN AFFECT ON OTHER CITIES' RED LIGHT PROGRAMS IF THEY USED THE SAME TYPE OF HEARINGS.

THE CITY SAYS RED LIGHT CAMERAS SAVE LIVES, BUT THE ATTORNEY LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST THEIR USE, ANDREW MAYLE SAYS THEY CAN ONLY BE ENFORCED NOW IF A POLICE OFFICER IS PRESENT, SO MANY DRIVERS IGNORE THEM.

>>SCOTUS SIGNATURES

(WASHINGTON, DC) -- THE U.S. SUPREME COURT HAS DENIED AN EFFORT BY OHIO BALLOT CAMPAIGNS TO WIN ACCESS TO MORE FLEXIBLE SIGNATURE-GATHERING RULES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

THE HIGH COURT DENIED THE CAMPAIGN’S APPLICATION WITHOUT COMMENT THURSDAY. THAT LEAVES IN PLACE A DECISION BY THE U.S. SIXTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS BLOCKING RELAXED RESTRICTIONS ON THE SIGNATURES ORDERED BY A LOWER COURT.

>>HOUSEHOLDER: WITHDRAW STATEHOUSE FROM COLUMBUS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- CLEVELAND.COM REPORTS THAT OHIO HOUSE SPEAKER LARRY HOUSEHOLDER SAID THURSDAY HE’S RESEARCHING WHETHER THE OHIO STATEHOUSE COULD BE LEGALLY WITHDRAWN FROM COLUMBUS, CITING HIS CONCERNS OVER THE CITY’S ABILITY TO PROTECT STATE PROPERTY FROM VANDALISM.

HOUSEHOLDER MADE THE NEW THREAT IN A PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH THE OHIO CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE THAT PUBLISHED THURSDAY.

WIMA SPORTS COPY FRIDAY JUNE 26, 2020

>>COBB AND NAUMANN WIN LJGA EVENT

(FINDLAY, OH) -- THE LIMA JUNIOR GOLFERS TOOK THEIR SHOW TO SYCAMORE SPRINGS YESTERDAY. HERE ARE THE WINNERS IN THE VARIOUS AGE GROUPS:

BOYS 16-18: BRYCE COBB 72, BY SCORECARD PLAYOFF. ADAM BALLAS ALSO SHOT 72.

BOYS 14-15: PARKER JUDY 81, BY SCORECARD PLAYOFF. CONNOR NARTKER ALSO SHOT 81.

BOYS 12-13: BREVIN BRANDT 43

GIRLS 16-18: ELLEN NAUMANN 75

>>NFL PLANS TO OPEN CAMPS ON-TIME

(NEW YORK, NY) -- LEAGUE OWNERS WERE INFORMED THAT THE NFL PLANS TO HOLD TRAINING CAMPS ON TIME, STARTING NEXT MONTH, ALTHOUGH CONTINGENCY PLANS ARE IN PLACE. NFL GENERAL COUNSEL JEFF PASH TOLD OWNERS TO CONTINUE WITH THE ORIGINAL LEAGUE CALENDAR, INCLUDING MOST TEAMS BEGINNING

TRAINING CAMPS ON JULY 28, WITH ROOKIES AND CERTAIN OTHER PERSONNEL REPORTING EARLIER.

>>SOME FANS TO BE ALLOWED AT RUN FOR THE ROSES

(FRANKFORT, KY) -- THE RESCHEDULED KENTUCKY DERBY WILL HAVE LIMITED FANS IN THE STANDS

FOR THE SEPTEMBER RACE. THE KENTUCKY GOVERNOR AND LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS GAVE CHURCHILL DOWNS THE GREEN LIGHT TO HAVE REDUCED CAPACITY UNDER STRICT GUIDELINES FOR THE 146TH RUNNING OF THE MARQUEE TRIPLE CROWN RACE. THERE WERE 150,729 SPECTATORS AT LAST YEAR'S RUNNING.

>>GREAT SCORING AT THE TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(CROMWELL, CT) - MACKENZIE HUGHES SHOT A CAREER-LOW 60 TO TAKE THE FIRST-ROUND AT THE TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP AS THE PGA TOUR TRIED TO SWITCH ITS FOCUS BACK TO GOLF AMID GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS.

HUGHES, A 29-YEAR-OLD CANADIAN, HAD A CHANCE TO SHOOT THE 12TH SUB-60 ROUND IN PGA TOUR HISTORY, BUT HIS 40-FOOT BIRDIE ATTEMPT ON HIS FINAL HOLE CAME UP SHORT. JIM FURYK SHOT A 12-UNDER 58 ON THE SAME TPC RIVER HIGHLANDS COURSE FOUR YEARS AGO, THE LOWEST SCORE IN A TOUR EVENT.

IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THREE-SHOT LEAD OVER RORY MCILROY, XANDER SCHAUFFELE AND VIKTOR HOVLAND, WHO EACH SHOT 63 ON A DAY OF LOW SCORING.

PHIL MICKELSON, PAIRED WITH MCILROY IN HIS FIRST COMPETITIVE ROUND SINCE TURNING 50, WAS ONE OF SIX PLAYERS TO SHOOT 64. BRYSON DECHAMBEAU'S 65 WAS THE WORST SCORE IN THE MARQUEE THREESOME.

MICKELSON LEARNED EARLIER THURSDAY THAT HE WAS GRANTED AN EXEMPTION INTO THIS YEAR'S U.S. OPEN FOR BEING IN THE TOP 70 IN THE WORLD ON MARCH 15, WHEN GOLF WAS SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

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