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Ohio sheriffs propose new prison rules to ease lawsuits
Other headlines: Casinos underperforming at one year mark; Dropouts drag on Ohio economy

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  • Casinos underperforming at one year mark
  • Dropouts drag on Ohio economy
  • YSU trustees could grant outgoing Dunn early release 
  • Cleveland Indians sell out opening day in 15 minutes
  • Ohio sheriffs propose new prison rules to ease lawsuits
    New rules have been proposed on how Ohio handles the living conditions of the state’s 20,000 prison inmates.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports that a proposed set of minimum standards would allow just two meals a day, showers every other day, and less visitation time.

    The new rules also reduce the amount of training required for jail employees.

    The head of the Buckeye Sheriffs Association told the Dispatch that the intent of the rule changes is to limit liability and make it harder for prisoners to sue jailers for mistreatment.

    Critics of the planned changes say jail conditions could deteriorate.

    Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections currently employs just two inspectors for all of Ohio’s 349 jails.

    Casinos under perform at one year mark
    The last of four voter-approved Ohio casinos is celebrating its first birthday — and revenue has failed to meet expectations.

    Cincinnati's casino opened March 4 last year. The state's first casino opened in Cleveland in May 2012, followed by Toledo and Columbus.

    If current revenues hold, the casinos will be on track for revenues of nearly $900 million during the first full year they've all been operating.

    That figure is far short of the 2009 campaign promising voters that revenues could be as high as $1.9 billion annually.

    Dropouts a drag on Ohio economy
    The large number of high school dropouts are having a negative impact of the state’s economy according to a new study by the Ohio Department of Education.

    The report estimates that the 24,000 kids who don’t finish school cost the state $332 million dollars in lost revenue due to lower wages, increased crime, and higher healthcare costs.

    Ohio currently spends $105 million on charter schools that specialize in dropout recovery.

    YSU trustees could grant outgoing Dunn early release 
    The President of Youngstown State University could be leaving as soon as this month if trustees agree to let him go.

    Randy Dunn announced in February that he would be leaving YSU to take the top post at Southern Illinois University after only seven months on the job.

    Dunn’s contract requires six months’ notice, but The Youngstown Vindicator reports the YSU board of trustees could wave that requirement at their meeting this week.

    Provost Ikram Khawaja will likely serve as interim president. 

    Cleveland Indians sell out opening day in 15 minutes
    It took just 15 minutes for the Cleveland Indians to sell out their home opener.

    Tickets went on sale at 10:00am this morning for the April 4th game against Minnesota.

    It’s the 22nd consecutive year that the opener has sold out.  

    The Tribe's opening day record hasn't fared as well - Cleveland has lost 13 of the 22 sell outs, and hasn't won an opener since 2008.

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