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Brennan's Colony to reopen three weeks after owner was murdered
Other morning headlines: Ohio's online sales tax collections hit all-time high; Armed robbery reported at CWRU
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
The latest WKSU morning news headlines:

Brennan's Colony to reopen three weeks after owner was murdered
A popular Cleveland Heights restaurant and bar that’s been closed since its owner was killed during a robbery attempt last month will reopen gradually this week. Brennan’s Colony announced on its Facebook page that it will open its doors for drinks on Tuesday. The kitchen will reopen Friday evening with a limited menu. Four men have been charged with the shooting death of owner Jim Brennan. The business in the Cedar Lee area has been closed since the June 30th shooting. Fundraisers for Brennan’s Colony employees have raised tens of thousands of dollars. 

Ohio's online sales tax collections hit all-time high
Online sales tax collections have hit an all-time high in Ohio this year. The Dayton Daily News reports that the state has collected $45 million from out-of-state retailers in the 2014 budget year. That's a 68 percent increase over the past five years. The money is pouring in after Ohio officially joined a multi-state effort to streamline sales tax for online purchases. The Ohio Department of Taxation estimates that the state stands to eventually tap into an estimated $308 million worth of tax revenue from online sales. Still, Ohio doesn't have legal authority to collect from online retailers who don't operate in a physical location in the state, such as Amazon. The result: Many buyers don't get charged sales tax on millions of dollars' worth of purchases.

Tuition to rise at nearly all Ohio public universities
Tuition is going up at most public universities in Ohio this fall. Tuition will rise at 11 of the 13 traditional, four-year public universities for next school year. Some students are complaining about this fall's increase but university advocates say the state's cap keeps increases to a fraction of what they were in past years. Since 2010, the most that public schools have been able to raise tuition in a year was 3.5 percent. From 1996 to 2006, the average tuition increase at Ohio's public universities was 9 percent. Tuition at Miami University will still be the highest in the state after a $256 bump puts it at $14,013 a year. 

Ohio ready to address how to dispose of Lake Erie harbor silt 
Ohio is ready to start solving a problem that's been plaguing Lake Erie for more than 25 years. The state is spending $10 million to find ways to end the dumping of sand and mud scooped out of Toledo's and Cleveland's harbors. The biggest question now is what to do with the mounds of silt that are enough to fill the Cleveland Indians' ballpark each year. Those studying the issue believe the silt could be used to grow crops, make compost and redevelop old industrial sites. But solving the cost of transporting the silt is one of several hurdles. Gov. John Kasich says it's worth exploring because the solutions could end up helping the state's economy and the health of Lake Erie.

More than 200 names on arson registry, but usefulness of list unknown
Officials say 221 names were listed during the first year of Ohio's registry for people convicted of arson-related offenses. When Ohio joined the few states that require such offenders to register with authorities, officials hoped it would help solve more cases, deter repeat offenses and prevent deaths and property damage. The usefulness of the registry created last July is difficult to evaluate. The Ohio Attorney General's Office runs software that houses the database, but a spokeswoman says the agency doesn't track how often the registry is accessed or whether it has helped identify suspects in new cases. The registry isn't public record. It's funded by registration fees paid by the offenders.

State set to install 700 next-gen electronic raffle machines
Lottery officials say 700 next-generation electronic raffle machines will be installed at Ohio veterans' posts and fraternal organizations in September. The Columbus Dispatch reports about 200 facilities will get the charitable games that the Ohio Lottery Commission was cleared to buy after the attorney general declared existing raffle machines unconstitutional. A state legislative panel decided the lottery commission could spend $22 million for the machines, with 60 percent of proceeds going to the state and 40 percent for the groups. Many posts and lodges are keeping their existing raffle machines while a legal challenge is pending.

Gas prices inch up 
Ohio gas prices are up slightly to start the work week. The average price for a gallon of regular is $3.49 in today’s survey from auto club AAA and its partners. That's 2 cents more than a week ago — and 28 cents lower than a month ago in Ohio. The national average is $3.57. Analysts say the price of crude oil was elevated on anxiety about the Middle East, though the likelihood of disruption in supplies was small.

Armed robbery reported at CWRU
Four Case Western Reserve University students were robbed at gunpoint while on campus this weekend. The students were studying in the Wade Commons university building on Saturday afternoon, when three men wearing red bandanas demanded their belongings. The suspects carried a silver handgun and had hoodies tied to their faces. The students' belongings were found in a nearby, off-campus home. Police have made no arrests.

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