State briefs

Gas prices decline

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gas prices around Ohio continue to fall going into the workweek.

Ohio’s average gas price for a gallon of regular gas was down to $2.06 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s down 12 cents from a week ago and about 31 cents below the state average this time last month.

Monday’s national average price was $2.16, compared with $2.21 last week and $2.31 a month ago.

This time last year, the state average was $2.50 and the national average was $2.72.

Gas prices continue to drop in most parts of the country due to abundant fuel supplies and declining crude oil costs.

Trump stumping in Ohio

TOLEDO — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans a campaign rally in northwest Ohio as Democrats continue their convention in Pennsylvania.

Officials with the GOP candidate’s campaign say Trump is scheduled to appear at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Wednesday night.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are the scheduled keynote speakers in Philadelphia that night at the Democrats’ convention leading up to Thursday’s nomination of that party’s candidate.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton plans to travel to Columbus for a rally in Ohio’s state’s capital on Sunday.

‘Shawshank’ tree comes down

MANSFIELD — A tree that became a popular attraction for its role in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption” has fallen.

High winds last week apparently downed the 200-year-old white oak tree, which had split during a storm in 2011, said Jodie Snavely, of the Mansfield and Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Ohio.

The tree is featured in one of the final scenes of the 1994 film. The movie, based on a Stephen King novella, stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. It’s underneath the tree that Freeman’s character finds an important letter buried by Robbins’ character.

The tree sits on private property, but fans could view it from a nearby state park. It’s a featured stop in a series places in north-central Ohio related to the film.

Snavely said the bureau was informed Friday about the downed tree. And since then, the office has gotten calls and messages from people wanting to preserve the wood or repurpose it in some way.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen to it,” she said Monday. “We hope the owner utilizes it for the good of the ‘Shawshank’ fans.”

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