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Panel sets vote on $22.5M for vets' raffle devices
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Monday, 10 March 2014 06:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state legislative panel is set to consider authorizing $22.5 million in spending to build and operate new electronic raffle machines for veterans' posts and fraternal organizations.

The state Controlling Board votes on the Ohio Lottery Commission request Monday.

A lottery spokeswoman says 188 posts and lodges have committed to take 555 machines. The request funds 1,200 machines made by Intralot, a Greece-based international company that manufactures other lottery machines. That represents about $19,000 per machine over two years.

The request supports $10 million for state education funding and $7 million for the posts and lodges annually.

Lottery pursued the new devices after Attorney General Mike DeWine declared earlier raffle machines illegal. DeWine ordered those devices shut down, but that order was on hold pending court action.


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Shooting kills 3 in Fremont nightclub
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Monday, 10 March 2014 06:25
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In this undated photo provided by Elmore police, officer Jose Andy Chavez is shown. Chavez was one of the three men killed in a shooting at the Last Call Bar in Fremont, Ohio, Sunday, March 9, 2014. No arrest has been made, and detectives are working to identify the gunman. (AP Photo/Elmore Police)

FREMONT, Ohio (AP) — Police are still seeking the suspect who opened fire inside a northern Ohio nightclub over the weekend, killing an off-duty police officer and two other men.

A fourth person was wounded in the shooting early Sunday at the Last Call Bar in Fremont, about 35 miles southeast of Toledo.

Detectives were working to identify the suspect, who may have been in the bar for some time and gotten into a fight with another patron before he started shooting.

Killed were 26-year-old Elmore police officer Jose Andy Chavez, 28-year-old bartender Ramiro Sanchez, and a 25-year-old customer, Daniel Ramirez.

A fourth man who was shot at the bar, 25-year-old Ramiro Arreola, was flown to a Toledo hospital in critical condition.

Investigators were asking for anyone with information to come forward.


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Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 10:20
 
Plans moving forward for new Detroit-Canada bridge
Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 06:23

DETROIT (AP) — The omission in the federal budget for funding specifically for a border inspection plaza in Michigan is not expected to delay efforts to build a commuter bridge connecting Detroit with Canada, state officials say.

Land acquisition for the New International Trade Crossing could start this summer on the U.S. side of the Detroit River, with bridge construction scheduled to begin in 2016. The project would be completed in 2020.

The span would compete for the lucrative cross-border toll revenues in Detroit and Windsor, Ont., mainly being captured by the privately owned Ambassador Bridge.

"This infrastructure project is of utmost economic significance to both Michigan and the entire U.S. and our largest trading partner, Canada," said Sara Wurfel, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder, who supports the project.

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Man dies in northern Ohio duplex fire
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Monday, 10 March 2014 06:24

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northern Ohio say a 39-year-old man was killed in a fire over the weekend.

The Lorain County coroner said 39-year-old Lonnie Mullet died of burns and smoke inhalation in the fire early Sunday at a duplex in Lorain.

The (Lorain) Morning Journal (http://bit.ly/Phgjrn ) reports that arriving firefighters found smoke billowing from a rear kitchen window. Mullett was found in a small room off of the living room of one of the units.

Rescuers worked to revive Mullett, but he was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Fire officials said the blaze could have been started by unattended cooking on the stove.

The adjacent unit was occupied at the time of the fire, but a firewall between the two units prevented it from spreading.

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Information from: The Morning Journal, http://www.morningjournal.com


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Historians seek revival of studying the Midwest
Written by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 06:19

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A quick glance of the history departments of universities in the Midwest will reveal courses of study ranging from the American South to Asian, European and African cultures — even gender and race.

What you're not likely to find is a course on Midwest history.

"I think parents in the Midwest would be shocked to know that they're paying all of this money for a college education, and their children are learning almost nothing about their own Midwestern roots," said Jon Lauck, author of "The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History."

Historians have delved into topics such as race relations in the South over the past 50 years, but the industrialization of agriculture and Native American relations have received comparatively little coverage, he said, leading to a dearth of an overall Midwest historical account over the past 50 years.

Lauck and his fellow historians in the Midwestern History Working Group believe the region's contemporary history needs to be catalogued. To that end, the coalition is launching a new online academic journal of Midwest history next month and a new Midwest history association this fall — the first in decades with that sole focus.

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