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Cleveland kidnap victims turn down captor’s money

Other morning headlines: Casino revenue down from same period a year ago; First Energy to cut jobs in Akron
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ



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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Cleveland kidnap victims turn down captor’s money
  • Casino revenue down from same period a year ago
  • First Energy to cut jobs in Akron
  • Tornado touches down near Orrville
  • OSU to implement tobacco ban this month
  • Air Base furloughs will take time to recover
  • OSU: Miller did not profit in memorabilia sales
  • Cleveland kidnap victims turn down captor’s money

    The prosecutor says three women kidnapped and raped in a Cleveland house over a decade turned down $22,000 seized from their captor. The confiscated money found in Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home had been allocated for demolition. But, the demolition work done Wednesday was donated and Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty says the money was offered to the victims, but they asked that it be used for the community. Castro has been sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years.The  Cleveland Courage Fund set up to help the women has raised more than $1.3 million. Meanwhile, Cleveland officials say they will be forming a committee to discuss what to do next with the property now that the home has been torn down. The Plain Dealer reports two other Seymour Avenue homes are to be torn down in the next two weeks. One idea is to build townhouses at the site.

    Casino revenue down from same period a year ago
    Regulators say monthly revenue grew slightly at each of Ohio's four casinos in July but came in below the totals from a year ago for the two casinos that were open then. The Ohio Casino Control Commission's Wednesday report shows revenue for the Cleveland casino last month was nearly $20 million, down 17 percent from July 2012. The Toledo casino brought in $15 million, marking a nearly 20 percent drop compared with a year ago. Both casinos opened in May 2012. Ohio's newest casino, in Cincinnati, had the biggest dip from May to June but rebounded a bit in July with revenue of about $19 million. Revenue at the Columbus casino was about $14 million, up 6 percent from the previous month.

    First Energy to cut jobs in Akron
    FirstEnergy on Wednesday announced it will eliminate 250 jobs, including laying off 70 at the company’s Akron headquarters and other Northeast Ohio facilities. The layoffs among corporate support staff will happen next month. First Energy employs nearly 2,500 in Summit County. More than 150 jobs will be eliminated by not filling open positions or attrition companywide. The cuts also come with health care benefit cutbacks. First Energy missed its revenue target and lost $164 million last quarter compared to turning a profit during the same quarter last year. Still, its adjusted earnings per share topped analysts’ expectations.

    Tornado touches down near Orrville
    Officials in Wayne County say a small tornado touched down near Orrville Wednesday afternoon, downing trees and ripping off part of home’s roof. The line of storms prompted tornado warnings in Stark and Wayne counties. The Beacon Journal reports the twister traveled about 200 feet. There were no reported injuries.

    OSU to implement tobacco ban this month
    An Ohio State University spokesman says the all-campus tobacco ban will begin when classes resume later this month — but officials want to give it time to sink in. Ohio State spokesman Gary Lewis Jr. says officials are still fine-tuning the ban and figuring out what the penalties will be. The ban will be in effect when classes start Aug. 21, but violators won't start being punished until January. Lewis says the university wants to give people a chance to learn about the new initiative. All of OSU's campuses will be 100-percent tobacco free. The Columbus Dispatch reports that nearly 1,200 public and private campuses nationwide have tobacco bans. In Ohio, 16 public and private schools already ban smoking on parts or all of their campuses.

    Air Base furloughs will take time to recover
    The commander of Ohio's largest military base says it could take weeks to catch up on the backlog of work created by the furloughs of thousands of civilian workers. And Col. Cassie Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, says base leaders have started planning for possible cuts and the potential of furloughs next year. Furloughs were ordered as part of mid-year federal budget cuts, but this week defense officials announced that the unpaid days off would be shortened from 11 days to 6 days. It includes about 10,000 civil service workers at Wright-Patterson.

    OSU: Miller did not profit in memorabilia sales
    Ohio State has determined star quarterback Braxton Miller did not profit from the sale of items he had signed at a Big Ten preseason kickoff luncheon. Athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday the university talked to Miller after someone offered autographs and signed memorabilia for sale online without the junior's knowledge. Ohio State is still on NCAA probation because of a memorabilia scandal two years ago.

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