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$2M settlement reached in Ohio caged kids case
Written by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:19

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Eleven children forced to sleep in cages by their adoptive parents reached a $2 million settlement with an Ohio county where three of them lived before they were placed in the home outfitted with wire and wood enclosures.

The agreement, which still needs a judge's approval, likely will bring a close to the series of lawsuits and financial settlements that came after the children were taken out of the home in 2005.

The adopted and foster children ranged in age from 1 to 14 when authorities removed them from their home near Norwalk. Their adoptive parents, Michael and Sharen Gravelle, spent two years in prison for abusing some of the children.

The Gravelles, who said they used the cages at their northern Ohio home to protect children they said acted up and were destructive, lost custody in 2006.

All 11 of the children were placed with foster parents. The oldest two are in college and have used the money from earlier settlements to pay for tuition, said Jack Landskroner, an attorney for the children.

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Ohio group refiles petition in voter-access effort
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 March 2014 15:45

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio group has refiled its paperwork after hitting a snag in an effort to guarantee certain voter protections in the state constitution.

Last month, Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition for the proposed "Ohio Voters Bill of Rights," saying its summary was not a fair and truthful statement of the proposal.

Backers said Monday they have worked with DeWine and resubmitted the summary. The campaign's attorney says organizers added two sentences describing federal law.

The proposed amendment would expand early voting times on weekends and make other changes to election rules. It is supported by a coalition of black lawmakers, clergy and civil rights leaders.

DeWine must certify the summary's phrasing before supporters can continue with their ballot push and eventually collect signatures to get it before voters.


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Snow, ice still affecting some Ohio counties
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 March 2014 07:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of schools were closed or delayed in parts of central and southern Ohio as crews continued to work to rid roads of snow and ice from the latest winter storm.

Counties south and southeast of Columbus reported hazardous driving conditions early Monday as remnants of Sunday's storm hung around before moving off to the east.

The conditions were accompanied by bone-chilling temperatures in a winter that just won't end. Wind chills were below zero early Monday in many parts of the state.

The state transportation department has been ordering more salt to help communities, but officials say demand has outpaced supply. They say the state could wind up using nearly twice the average winter amount of 630,000 tons.


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Ohio's 4 casinos mark 1st full year of operations
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Monday, 03 March 2014 15:10
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FILE - This photo made Monday, May 21, 2012, shows the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, Ohio. If current revenues hold through March, the four voter-approved casinos in Ohio will be on track for revenues of nearly $900 million during the first full year they've all been operating. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CINCINNATI (AP) — As the last of Ohio's voter-approved casinos celebrated its first birthday Monday, revenue projections for the first full year of operations for all four gambling destinations are falling far short of campaign promises.

Cincinnati's casino opened last March 4 with a massive fireworks display and music pumping throughout downtown streets. But the Horseshoe Cincinnati and the state's three other casinos are not yet delivering on the hype, according to revenue projections.

Through the end of January, the casinos drew about $772 million since all four have been feeding into state and local coffers, according to statistics with the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

If current revenues hold through March, the casinos will be on track for revenues of nearly $900 million during the first full year they have all been operating. That would mean about $297 million in state tax revenues, which go toward each casino's host city, and the state's 88 counties, and school districts.

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Relentless winter delays Ohio's maple syrup season
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 March 2014 07:15

CLEVELAND (AP) — The unrelenting winter is turning out to be particularly bitter for Ohio's maple syrup producers.

Syrup season in the state typically begins by mid-February, but many producers still haven't tapped their trees.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1bOZHBb) that's because of the unusually frigid February.

Ideal syrup conditions are warm days followed by below-freezing nights.

Of the 12 states in the country that produce syrup, Ohio typically ranks fourth or fifth. The state produced 155,000 gallons of the sweet stuff in 2013, beaten only by Vermont, New York, Maine and Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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