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Issue 1 allows Ohio to borrow $1.875 billion for infrastructure
Other headlines: Fund gathers $1.4 million for three Cleveland kidnap victims; FirstEnergy disputes tax value of downgraded plant

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  • Fund gathers $1.4 million for three Cleveland kidnap victims
  • FirstEnergy disputes tax value of downgraded plant
  • Tri-date cockfighting ring uncovered near Toledo
  • Issue 1 allows Ohio to borrow $1.875 billion for infrastructure
    The renewal of a public works program in Ohio is drawing last-minute pitches from both sides of the ballot issue.

    Voters on Tuesday will decide whether to allow the state to borrow $1.875 billion over 10 years through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

    The money would be used by the Ohio Public Works Commission to give grants and loans to local governments for capital improvement projects. Those could include updates to roadways, wastewater treatment systems and sanitary collection.

    The Libertarian Party of Ohio argues the state should not borrow and spend money it doesn't have.

    Gov. John Kasich says the measure will make possible needed improvements in infrastructure.      

    Fund gathers $1.4 million for three Cleveland kidnap victims
    The fund set aside to support the three Cleveland women held captive for a decade has reached $1.4 million.

    The Cleveland Courage Fund began gathering contributions within days of the May 6th release of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight.

    More than 10,000 people have donated to the trust which will be divided equally between the three survivors. 

    FirstEnergy disputes tax value of downgraded plant
    A northeast Ohio utility is disputing the value of a soon to be downgraded power plant with the local tax authority.

    FirstEnergy Generation filed a complaint with the Lake County Board of Revisions about the value of the Eastlake power plant.

    The News Herald reports that the Lake County auditor set a value of $65 million, FirstEnergy says that number should be more than ten times less, at around $4.5 million for last year’s tax assesment.

    The city of Eastlake and Willoughby-Eastlake Schools have been asked to set aside money in case it is determined FirstEnergy has overpaid.

    The Eastlake plant is expected to stop producing power this fall. 

    Tri-date cockfighting ring uncovered near Toledo
    Authorities in northwest Ohio say they've broken up a cockfighting ring.

    Fulton County authorities said they cited 52 people and seized 72 live roosters on Sunday near the village of Delta, west of Toledo.

    Deputies who responded to a report of gunshots fired found people running away from a barn where the roosters were found. They also found $1,500 in cash.

    The misdemeanor citations included animal-fighting or being a spectator. Deputies said the people at the barn were from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

    The Humane Society of the United States says cockfighting is a centuries-old sport in which two or more specially bred birds are placed in an enclosed pit to fight as spectators wager. 

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