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Morning headlines: Right-to-work dead on arrival in Ohio Senate
Also: Lanci plans to announce run for Cleveland mayor, Pilot Flying J hires high-profile defense attorney
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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  • Ohio Senate president says “right to work” doesn’t have support
  • Ken Lanci plans to announce Cleveland mayoral run Monday
  • Pilot Flying J hires high-profile attorney
  • Concealed carry licenses up sharply
  • Two internet café owners plead guilty to gambling charges
  • Horseshoe owner plans to buy Higbee Building
  • Austintown racino gets green light from the state
  • NASA Glenn evacuated after employees complain of skin irritation
  • Body of man killed over a year ago exhumed again
  • Ohio Senate president says “right to work” doesn’t have support
    Ohio Senate President Keith Faber says newly proposed right to work legislation isn't part of his agenda and lacks support in the General Assembly. Faber's statement late last night says the only purpose such discussion has is to fundraising appeals from Ohio Democrats who oppose it. Proposals from GOP state Reps. Kristina Roegner and Ron Maag would strip Ohio unions of the ability to require membership and automatically collect dues. But Republican leaders including Gov. John Kasich and House Speaker William Batchelder didn't endorse the bills. Unions organized protests Wednesday even before Roegner and Maag held an event to introduce their proposals. 24 states have such right-to-work provisions in place.

    Ken Lanci plans to announce Cleveland mayoral run Monday
    A Cleveland businessman plans to make his run for mayor of the city official on Monday. 63-year old Ken Lanci filed paperwork last December that allowed him to raise campaign donations and spend money on polling. The Plain Dealer reports the registered Democrat will announce Monday that he’ll challenge incumbent Democratic Mayor Frank Jackson in the September primary. Lanci is chairman and CEO of Consolidated Graphics Groups. In 2010, he unsuccessfully ran for Cuyahoga County Executive.

    Pilot Flying J hires high-profile attorney
    Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s truck stop business has hired a high-profile defense attorney amid an FBI investigation into fuel rebate fraud. The Plain Dealer reports Reid Weingarten will serve as Pilot Flying J’s special independent counsel. Weingarten has represented key white-dollar defendents and served as a trial attorney for the Justice Department.  FBI and IRS agents raided Pilot's headquarters last month and Haslam told media that would hire an outside investigator to conduct a full internal audit. The company faces several lawsuits. No charges have been filed.

    Concealed carry licenses up sharply
    The state attorney general says the number of Ohio licenses issued for carrying concealed weapons in the first three months of this year increased sharply compared with the same period a year ago. Attorney General Mike DeWine says county sheriffs issued more than 37,000 licenses for carrying concealed weapons in the first quarter of 2013. More than 31,000 of those were new licenses. That's up from a little under 17,000 new licenses in the first quarter of 2012. The 76,000 total licenses issued throughout 2012 marked the highest number reported in Ohio since the licensing began in 2004.

    Two internet café owners plead guilty to gambling charges
    Two Cleveland-area internet café owners have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor gambling charges. Robert Rogers and Terry Fiala together ran Infinity 2 Internet cafe in Westlake and was one of six in Cuyahoga County raided last week and indicted on racketeering charges.  They agreed to a plea deal that dismisses a racketeering charge and other felony counts. Each man was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and agreed to testify against others who have been charged and pleaded not guilty this week.

    Horseshoe owner plans to buy Higbee Building
    The owner of Cleveland’s Horseshoe casino says it will pay $79 million for the old Higbee department store downtown. Rock Ohio Caesars has been in the works to buy the building that currently houses the casino on several floors, but had not disclosed a price. The Plain Dealer reports the sale clears the way for Rock Ohio Caesars to build a controversial skywalk form the casino parking garage to the Higbee building. The purchase still needs state regulatory approval.

    Austintown racino gets green light from the state
    A new racino near Youngstown has won state approval following months of uncertainty and heated debates over site plans. The Ohio Racing Commission on Wednesday approved the license for Hollywood Slots in Austintown. The commission and Penn National have clashed over the number of open seats to be provided for live horse racing. Penn National has agreed to revise its plans to provide more than 1,000 seats, and more barn and stall space. Those plans must be submitted by June 15. Penn National says construction is about a month behind schedule but still plans to open the racino by next summer.

    NASA Glenn evacuated after employees complain of skin irritation
    A substance that led to the evacuation of Cleveland’s NASA Glenn Research Center turned out to be non-hazardous material. Eight employees were taken to a hospital Wednesday after an employee complained about a skin irritation after being exposed to a white substance in a drawer. NASA says the substance turned out to be a silica-based insulation material.

    Body of man killed over a year ago exhumed again
    Authorities in northern Ohio have again exhumed the body of a 19-year-old man who died from a gunshot wound over a year ago. The exhumation just outside Sandusky is part of an investigation into how Jacob Limberios died. A county coroner ruled the death a suicide last year but also said the teen might not have known the gun was loaded. The Sandusky Register reports that his parents and about 40 others gathered at the cemetery Wednesday to protest the exhumation. The parents say exhuming the body a second time wasn't necessary. They previously hired their own forensic pathologist to do an autopsy, and that person concluded the death was a homicide after the teen's body was exhumed last fall. A special prosecutor is looking into his death.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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