Cooper loses Delaware court battle

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is not entitled to a $112.5 million fee from would-be buyer Apollo Tyres after the deal failed last year, a Delaware judge has ruled. Each company blamed the other when the proposed $2.5 billion purchase unraveled. Cooper...

School issues, state races before voters

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Residents of Hancock and neighboring counties will help decide races for governor and six other statewide offices in Tuesday’s general election. In Hancock County, big school construction projects will be decided in the Van Buren and Liberty-Benton...

Area voters to decide Ohio House races

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Voters in Hancock and neighboring counties will decide races for six Ohio House seats and elect one state senator in Tuesday’s general election. All the House seats are contested, but state Sen. Cliff Hite of Findlay is unopposed in the 1st Senate...

Heminger unveils plans to speed MPLX growth

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Higher charges for use of its pipelines pumped profits 35 percent higher last quarter, to $29.1 million, for MPLX LP, Marathon Petroleum’s pipeline subsidiary. Earnings in the July-September quarter amounted to 37 cents per share for the...

Marathon Petroleum’s profits soar in quarter

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Improved profit margins in refining oil, and then selling it as fuel, quadrupled Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s earnings last quarter from a year earlier to $672 million. Earnings translated to $2.36 per share in the July-September quarter. All that...

Gasoline prices likely to stay low

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gasoline prices, at $2.85 in Findlay on Wednesday, probably will not dip much lower. But prices are likely to remain lower in 2015 than they have been since 2010, the Energy Information Administration reports. Most of the credit for lower fuel prices...

WITH VIDEO: Confident Kasich: ‘Let’s send a big message’

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER His re-election next Tuesday looking like a slam dunk, Gov. John Kasich was folksy during a visit Wednesday to Findlay. He seemed to fuel speculation he may run for president in 2016. Kasich urged unity over personal differences, and touted Ohio’s...

Latta facing two challengers

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Republican Bob Latta, Democrat Robert Fry and Libertarian Eric Eberly are vying Nov. 4 to represent Ohio’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Latta is the incumbent. The 5th District includes Hancock, Wyandot, Hardin, Putnam, Henry, Wood...

Retailers seeking holiday help

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Many area retailers are hiring part-time workers for the holiday season. “The idea is to get everybody ready for Black Friday,” said Sean Penrose, a home theater salesman for Best Buy. “That’s our Super Bowl.” Good help is...

FitzGerald blasts Kasich’s record

By LOU WILIN STAFF WRITER Gov. John Kasich bloated the state budget by starving schools, cities and counties of funds, Democrat Ed FitzGerald said Tuesday. It’s why local tax levies have become more common, said FitzGerald, who is hoping to unseat his Republican opponent in...