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Morning news headlines for April 18, 2013
Horseshoe Casino fined; Internet cafes raided; Hagan blasts Portman for gun vote

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  • Horseshoe Casino fined for gaming rules violations
  • Six internet cafes raided
  • Rep. Hagan blasts Portman for gun vote, says he’ll run against him
  • Kasich continues discussions on Medicaid expansion
  • Columbus mayor opposes school takeover plan
  • Kent State president retiring next year
  • Charges filed in McDonald’s employee murder
  • Dayton drops aerial surveillance plan
  • Dayton Air Show cancels Hiroshima reenactment
  • Horseshoe Casino fined for gaming rules violations
    Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino has been fined $180,000 for violating state rules, including using unapproved dice and replacing chips with quarters. The fine approved by the Ohio Casino Control Commission is the second against the casino, which opened last May. It was fined $15,000 in January for using unapproved software for a gambler incentive program. The latest fine was handed down for violations also including mishandling keys and failing to post a problem-gambling hotline on promotional posters. The casino agreed to pay the fine in settlement that includes corrective measures.

    Six internet cafes raided
    Six internet cafes were raided in the Cleveland area Wednesday, in what Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says is just the beginning of a statewide crackdown on the businesses. Federal, state and local police confiscated video terminals and cash and bank accounts at the store front businesses in Cleveland, Euclid, Westlake. Search warrants were also served to two New Jersey-based companies that provided sweepstakes software, equipment, and servers to the Cuyahoga County businesses. At an earlier news conference Wednesday, DeWine said he's taking his authority to prosecute the cafes for illegal gambling from a district court order that ruled against cafes in Cleveland. DeWine said he doesn’t buy the argument that the cafes are in business to legally sell phone cards and Internet time. 

    State Rep. Hagan blasts Portman for gun vote, says he’ll run against him
    An outspoken Youngstown Democratic State Representative took to Twitter on Wednesday to blast Ohio Senator Rob Portman, and to say he intends to run against the Republican in 2016. Bob Hagan tweeted that Portman “showed his lack of courage” in voting against the proposal that would have expanded background checks on gun sales. Hagan added “I am declaring my candidacy for US Senate to run against him in the next election.” Hagan last night told the Vindicator newspaper that he’s serious about running.

    Kasich continues discussions on Medicaid expansion
    Gov. John Kasich's administration says it will continue discussions with federal officials over how to extend health coverage to more low-income Ohioans. That's despite a move by legislative leaders to scrap the governor's plans for expanding the federal-state Medicaid program. A Republican lawmaker in Ohio wants to block a federal program that calls for the state to issue driver's licenses to young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally. State Rep. Matt Lynch opposes the federal program and wants to scrap it in Ohio. Thirty-seven states have already adopted it. Ohio officials determined last month that the state must comply with a White House program that allows some young immigrants living illegally in the U.S. to get temporary licenses. But Lynch said earlier this week that the move will result in "more illegals coming to Ohio." He said that would put a financial burden on Ohio's taxpayers.

    Columbus mayor opposes school takeover plan
    The Columbus mayor says he opposes a new legislative plan that allows him to pick some members of a state panel that would take over the troubled city school system. An amendment included in the state budget bill that's set for a vote today allows for creation of an "academic distress commission" for any district found to be involved in manipulation of attendance data. Mayor Michael Coleman has said he doesn't want to take over city schools, instead looking to a 25-member committee he created to recommend changes to the school system. The Columbus district is embroiled in an investigation of data-rigging designed to improve overall performance rankings.

    Kent State president retiring next year
    Kent State University's President Lester Lefton plans to retire next year. Sixty-six-year-old Lefton announced his retirement plans Wednesday, effective July 1, 2014. He became Kent State's president in 2006. 

    Charges filed in McDonald’s employee murder
    Akron police have charged a man with the murder of a McDonald’s employee earlier this month. The case drew widespread attention because the victim, 28-year-old John Lehman, was developmentally disabled and known in the Highland Square neighborhood as a gentle person. He was shot to death while emptying trash behind the restaurant as it was closing. Now Akron police have charged 21-year-old Johnnl Lanier Lewis of Akron with aggravated murder and robbery. Police say Lewis confessed that he had intended to rob the McDonald’s and Lehman would not let him in the back door. One acquaintance of the victim says Lehman may not have completely understood what was happening.

    Dayton drops aerial surveillance plan
    Officials in a southwest Ohio city who considered using aerial surveillance to deter crime are dropping the proposal, which drew concern from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and some residents over the issue of privacy rights. Dayton officials say they were concerned by confusion about how the technology would be used. Some residents and ACLU officials voiced concern about the proposed surveillance video that would be recorded by a camera system on piloted aircraft. Police said the surveillance wouldn't violate privacy rights.

    Dayton Air Show cancels Hiroshima reenactment
    The popular Dayton Air Show has canceled a re-enactment of a World War II atomic bomb attack on Japan after an online petition was posted in protest. The air show says the June 22-23 show at Dayton International Airport will keep a planned pyrotechnic show but not as an event meant to re-enact the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima. A Dayton art curator started the online petition to object to the "glamorization of destruction."

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