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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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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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Two teen suspects in Indiana killing arrested in Ohio
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 March 2014 07:14

HELTONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Extradition proceedings will begin this week against two southern Indiana teenagers arrested in Ohio in connection with the beating death of a man in his remote Lawrence County home, according to authorities.

Taylor Flynn, 19, and a 16-year-old boy, both of Bedford, were arrested Saturday evening on murder warrants in Ironton, Ohio, Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig said.

The two are suspected in the slaying of Rodney Allender, 43, Craig said. A relative found Allender's body Thursday night in his northeastern Lawrence County home about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.

"They're going to be held in Ohio" over the weekend, Craig told The Times-Mail (http://bit.ly/Nk6pnH ). "The extradition process will start at the first of the week to see about bringing them back here for their charges."

A third Bedford-area teen, Austin Curtis, 18, was being held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail on Sunday, a day after being arrested on preliminary charges of murder and robbery, Craig said.

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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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Man killed in Ohio snowplow crash
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 03 March 2014 07:11

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a 22-year-old man was killed when he slammed his car into the rear of a snowplow.

The patrol said Daniel D. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident just before 9 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 6 in Sandusky County in northern Ohio.

Johnson was wearing his seat belt when he crashed his 2002 Pontiac Bonneville into the 2006 International truck driven by 54-year-old Donald E. Schlea, who was injured and taken to a hospital. There was no word on his condition.

The crash is still being investigated. Troopers don't believe alcohol was a factor.


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