May 22, 2015

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Cincinnati casino set to open March 4

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati’s $400 million downtown casino is now set to open March 4. Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati will be the last of four voter-approved casinos to open in the state in less than a year. Casinos in Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus opened starting in May. Construction on the two-story, 400,000-square-foot facility is in its final Read More…

Plain Dealer employees reach deal to minimize layoffs

CLEVELAND — Unionized newsroom employees at Ohio’s biggest daily newspaper have ratified an agreement intended to minimize layoffs after job cuts planned next year. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland plans to lay off 58 reporters, photographers, artists and researchers beginning in May. The paper said the agreement endorsed Tuesday by Newspaper Guild members would minimize Read More…

Lower water levels in Great Lakes expose at least five shipwrecks

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — The remains of a wooden steamer built 125 years ago recently were uncovered in West Michigan because of lower Great Lakes water levels. The Muskegon Chronicle reports sections of the 290-foot steamer Aurora, which burned in 1932, and parts of at least four other shipwreck hulks were exposed by the receding Read More…

Clerks who shot and killed armed robber won’t be charged, prosecutor says

CINCINNATI — Two gas station workers were protecting themselves when they pulled guns and fatally shot a robber, an Ohio prosecutor said today. The two employees won’t face charges. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said police interviewed the two clerks, reviewed store videos and a 911 call, and recovered a BB gun that looks like Read More…

Ohio crackdown on Internet cafes runs out of time

COLUMBUS — Don’t bet on a crackdown this year on gambling operations known as Internet cafes. The Ohio Senate won’t act before the session ends this month on a proposal that amounts to a virtual ban on the game parlors, Senate spokeswoman Angela Meleca said Tuesday. Senate President Tom Niehaus has told his Republican caucus Read More…

250-pound pot-belly pig found in back seat of stolen car

YOUNGSTOWN — Police in northeast Ohio made a curious discovery after finding a stolen car — a full-grown pot-belly pig in the back seat. Police reports said officers responding to a call about an abandoned car Monday found the Nissan Cube with air bags deployed, two flat tires and heavy damage to the front end. Read More…

‘Big Hank’ to forgo senior year at Ohio State, head to NFL draft

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COLUMBUS — The guy they call “Big Hank” is taking a big, early jump to the next level. All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced Monday he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft. “I will always be grateful for the family I have Read More…

Ohio Internet cafe workers seek to save their jobs

CLEVELAND — Owners and employees of Ohio Internet cafe storefront gambling operations say forcing them out of business could cost 4,000 jobs or more. Internet cafe backers rallied Monday in Cleveland carrying placards reading “Please save our jobs” and “All I want for Christmas is my job.” Last week the Ohio House approved a proposal Read More…

Exotic animal owner tells judge new rules would wipe out her business

COLUMBUS — An animal owner has told a federal judge that Ohio’s new regulations on exotic creatures would wipe out most of her business and put her animals’ lives in danger. Cyndi Huntsman testified today that a requirement that animals receive a microchip for identification would put animals at risk because of sedation during surgery. Read More…

Shooter in apparent murder-suicide at airport lot is identified

CLEVELAND — The medical examiner’s office has released the identity of the shooter in a murder-suicide in an employee parking lot at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The shooter in Sunday’s incident was identified as 28-year-old Ahmad Alkahder. Police say he fatally shot his wife — a Transportation Security Administration officer — before turning the gun Read More…