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Rescue crews searching for 12-year-old who was swept away
Other noon headlines: More force used against black inmates; Casino payments to schools is up

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  • More force used against black inmates
  • Rescue crews searching for 12-year-old
  • Casino payments to schools is up
  • Casino payments to schools is up
    The state of Ohio says its schools are getting more than $45 million next month from casino tax revenue.

    The Ohio Department of Taxation figures released this week show that's a 19-percent increase from the first distribution in January. The higher number reflects the March opening of the state's fourth casino, in Cincinnati.

    The exact amount each school district will receive won't be known until the new school year begins, but generally the semi-annual payments to schools from the casino tax fund amounts to about $20 per pupil.

    The estimated $45.4 million payment compares with $38 million received by schools in January for the previous six months.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports a total of $70.6 million came to the state from casino taxes in the quarter ending June 30.

    Rescue crews searching for 12-year-old
    Rescue crews are searching for a 12-year-old autistic boy who was swept away in a rain-swollen creek behind an apartment complex in Akron.

    Summit County divers searched Thursday night for Nicholas Shaffer, and they’re searching again today. Witnesses said he was swept away in Mud Brook, which is usually a small creek but was turned into a rushing waterway by the rain.

    Police said the boy was sitting on a retaining wall with his mother when he jumped in. Witnesses said they saw the boy's head bob in the water and heard his sister screaming that he needed help.

    Three people jumped in the creek to try to help but climbed out before the waterway merged with the Cuyahoga River. Authorities then took up the search.

    More force used against black inmates
    A new report commissioned by the state says force is used by prison staff members more often against black inmates.

    The report by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee shows nearly 65-percent of "use of force" incidents last year involved blacks, who make up about 46-percent of the total prison population.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that, overall, force incidents are down 17-percent from 2011.
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