MORNING NEWS DIGEST – July 2, 2012
*President Coming to Maumee This Week
As 13abc first reported, President Obama will be in northwest Ohio this week. He will be in Maumee on Thursday. There's no word on what other potential stops he will be making.
*AEP Announces Power Restoration Times
Western Ohio Area - Bucyrus: Midnight July 3; Findlay: Midnight July 7; Kenton: 90 percent complete 100 percent by Midnight July 4; Lima: Midnight July 7; Ottawa: Midnight July 7; Upper Sandusky: Midnight July 3; Van Wert: Midnight July 7.
*Findlay Flooding Fix (AP)
(AP) - Federal officials are trying to come up with a solution to combat the frequent flooding around Findlay. The Courier reports officials are surveying land for a place to divert the water. One of the possible fixes is a diversion channel and temporary water retention for the Blanchard River.
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*OH – Columbus Transit Crunch
(AP) - Hundreds of bus drivers and mechanics in Columbus have gone on strike despite reaching a tentative agreement with their public transit agency, putting travelers in a pinch a day before the city's massive Independence Day celebration downtown. Central Ohio Transit Authority workers began the strike as promised this morning, shortly after the tentative deal was reached. It will be presented to union members this evening. Union and COTA representatives tell reporters that bus service could resume Tuesday if the deal is approved.
*OH – Gas Prices Down Across the State
(AP) - A dive in Ohio gas prices has some drivers cheering, though weekend storms have closed some gas stations and left others running slowly. The average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.25 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's down 18 cents from a week ago. The cost at this time last year was higher at $3.59.
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*Flesh-Eating Bacteria Victim Goes Home
(AP) - A Georgia woman diagnosed with a rare, flesh-eating disease has left a hospital after nearly two months. Aimee Copeland was released today from Doctors Hospital in Augusta. The 24-year-old is moving to an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. She'll spend the next several weeks learning to move with the aid of a wheelchair after having her left leg, right foot and both hands amputated.