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Significant algae bloom predicted for Lake Erie
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:02 PM

TOLEDO (AP) — Lake Erie will have a significant bloom of toxic blue-green algae in its western basin this summer, though it isn’t expected to be as large last year’s or the record-setting 2011 outbreak, researchers in northern Ohio predicted Thursday.

Summer algae blooms have become more frequent and troublesome in Lake Erie, the shallowest of the five Great Lakes. They have threatened the lake’s tourism and fishing industries, and toxins produced by the algae have contributed to oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can’t survive.

Sen. Portman: Could consider ‘16 presidential bid
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:01 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he has definite plans to run in 2016 — at least for re-election. Whether he decides to aim higher, he said, will depend on the field of presidential candidates and the issues they campaign on.

Questions about Portman’s plans cropped up anew this week after the announcement that the Republican National Convention is likely headed to his home state, specifically Cleveland. He was asked about them Thursday in a conference call he regularly has with Ohio reporters.

Grove and Jennings Early Discovery Preschools receive 5-star award from state
Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:00 PM



OTTAWA — In recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children, Columbus Grove and Fort Jennings Early Discovery Preschool programs operated through the Putnam County Educational Service Center have received a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the state of Ohio — the highest such rating given to preschool programs.

Van Wert County court news
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:01 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:02 PM )



VAN WERT — Seven cases were heard Wednesday at the Van Wert Common Pleas Court. Two pleas, two treatment violations, two sentencings and a one-time waiver were heard.

Also, Tracy Hartman, 39, of Van Wert was found not guilty of child endangering after a two-day jury trial held Monday and Tuesday.


Help the Red Cross prevent a summer shortage
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:02 PM )



The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.