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State lawmakers set meeting on Lake Erie toxic algae
Other news headlines: Indians plan major renovation at Progressive Field; Casinos look to bounce back from sluggish June
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
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State lawmakers set meeting on toxic algae in Lake Erie
A group of Ohio lawmakers is planning to meet just outside Toledo next week to talk about the algae problems on Lake Erie. The legislators say the state of emergency brought on over the weekend by toxins in Toledo's water supply shows there should be greater urgency in fighting the algae. Both Republicans and Democrats who make up the Lake Erie Legislative Caucus are planning to attend a meeting about the algae next Friday at Maumee Bay State Park.

Indians plan major renovation at Progressive Field
The Indians are planning an extensive renovation of Progressive Field over the next two years. The team has a press conference set for this morning. The AP reports the club intends to make interior and exterior modifications to the area stretching from center to right field. The changes will require a reduction in seats, which the team will offset by the addition of social areas to accommodate fans.

Appeals court hears from both sides in same-sex marriage cases
A state official says that Ohio has traditionally defined marriage as between a man and woman, and that same-sex marriage is too new to be considered a deeply rooted, fundamental right. State solicitor Eric Murphy argued Wednesday in favor of the ban on same-sex marriage passed by Ohio voters a decade ago. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati was considering bans in four states. Attorney Al Gerhardstein of Cincinnati countered that Ohio's refusal to recognize out-of-state gay marriages violates the dignity of same-sex couples. It's not known when the judges will rule.

Casinos look to bounce back from sluggish June
The latest monthly revenue totals for Ohio's four voter-approved casinos are due to be released by a regulatory panel. The Ohio Casino Control Commission will share the July revenue figures this afternoon. In June, the casinos in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo saw a revenue slump similar to colder months this year. Revenues that month totaled about $63million, down about 7 percent compared with a year earlier. The casinos have drawn more than $400 million so far this year. 

OSU alumni association wants fired band director reinstated
Despite Ohio State University officials standing by their decision to fire director Jonathan Waters, the band's alumni association says it will continue to work to get him reinstated to the job. Lawyer Gary Leppla said at a news conference Wednesday that members are continuing to look into whether the investigation that led to Waters' firing was proper.  A two-month investigation concluded Waters knew about but failed to stop a "sexualized culture" of rituals — a culture that he and his lawyer say he was trying to change. Leppla says Waters was never given specific guidelines to change the band's culture when he took over in 2012.

Columbus rallies for DNC 2016 bid
State and local leaders plan to join Democratic planners to discuss Columbus' bid to host the political party's presidential convention in 2016. A technical advisory team from the Democratic National Committee is wrapping up a two-day site visit to Ohio's capital. The group was welcomed to the city by sign-waving supporters at a Wednesday rally downtown. Additional tours and meetings are planned today before officials hold a press event. Columbus is among five cities competing for the convention. It's the only Ohio contender after Cleveland dropped its bid last month, having won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel to host that convention in 2016.

Gay Games participants begin to arrive 
People participating in the Gay Games will begin arriving in Northeast Ohio today. Athletes and participants check in at Cleveland’s Convention Center through Saturday.  About 10,000 people are expected from more than 50 countries. Opening Ceremonies are Saturday night at the Q.  

Pro Football HOF to add contributor category
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is adding a contributor category for nomination next year. The addition was announced Wednesday, after being approved by the Hall's bylaws for the selection committee. The new category has the potential of increasing the number of annual inductees to eight. The proposal to add a contributor category was first raised on Friday, a day before the 2014 seven-member class was inducted.

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