Dayton racino could lead to 1,000 jobs for region
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 08:08

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the new Dayton racino expected to open in October could lead to around 1,000 jobs for the region.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1sLcOIT ) reports that harness racing will begin Oct. 3 at the $125 million Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. It's currently being built on the 125-acre site of an old automotive plant in north Dayton.

The racino also will have at least 1,000 video slot machines, with the possibility of up to 1,500.

Gary Dewitt, vice president and general manager of the racino, said the 1,000 jobs include positions expected at the track itself and those expected through the development of new restaurants, hotels and other businesses near the site.

Dewitt says about one-third of the racino jobs are expected to be offered to Dayton residents.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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Chief urges civil online comments after stabbings
Written by KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the crush of social media reaction to the Pittsburgh-area school stabbings that wounded 21 students, a small-town Ohio police chief drew a response with a straightforward plea: "Pipe down and let the people mourn."

The admonishment from Chief David Oliver was part of a longer post aimed at people reacting with online comments more about policy and politics than support for children affected at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, a two-hour drive from Oliver's Brimfield Township department in northeast Ohio.

Oliver, whose forthright and sometimes humorous style has earned him an outsized Facebook following, urged commenters to set a good example by being respectful.

"Until we, as adults, learn to stop being angry, insulting each other and picking fights every chance we get, how in heck can we expect our kids to behave any differently?" he wrote Wednesday.

About 106,000 Ohioans enroll in expanded Medicaid
Written by ANN SANNER, Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 106,000 Ohioans have signed up for Medicaid under an expansion of the taxpayer funded health program, while thousands of others are waiting to hear whether they are deemed eligible.

Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration moved forward with extending Medicaid eligibility last fall under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Coverage took effect Jan. 1.

The safety-net program for the poor and disabled provides coverage for one of every five Ohioans.

The Medicaid expansion allows those earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level to gain health care coverage. For a single adult, that's about $16,104 a year.

Ohio's monthly report on Medicaid caseloads shows that 106,238 residents had enrolled under the extension as of March 31. That's about 29 percent of the roughly 366,000 newly eligible people estimated to sign up by the end of June 2015.

Reporting of drug-addicted babies to be Ohio law
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 11 April 2014 06:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has signed a bill requiring hospital maternity units and newborn care nurseries to report the number of babies born addicted to drugs.

The measure was among 13 bills signed into law Thursday by Gov. John Kasich.

The legislation is aimed at reducing the state's prescription painkiller addiction epidemic. Supporters say tracking the number of drug-addicted babies will help the state monitor Ohio's progress fighting drug addiction.

Overdose drug deaths have been the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio since 2007, surpassing car crashes. Many of those deaths are from painkillers and heroin.

Another bill signed by Kasich creates special license plates for the Ohio Statehouse, disabled American veterans and prisoners of war. Several other measures designate portions of highways for people.

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Policy on weddings at Ohio statehouse under review
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Friday, 11 April 2014 06:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A committee will review a policy that now prevents same-sex couples and others without valid Ohio wedding licenses from renting the Ohio Statehouse and its grounds for weddings and receptions.

A spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board that oversees the building and grounds said Thursday that a board committee plans to review the policy.

FreedomOhio, a group supporting same-sex marriage, says the policy discriminates against gay couples who are banned from getting licenses to wed in Ohio.

State Rep. Michael Stinziano (sten-ZEE'-ah-noh) says he wanted the policy reviewed. The Columbus Democrat says he doesn't think it was specifically intended to discriminate against same-sex couples. But he also says Ohio's state parks do not have the license requirement and the Statehouse could benefit financially from changing the policy.

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