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RNC to make Cleveland 2016 convention official today
Other morning news headlines: Columbus is hopeful for 2016 DNC bid; Ohio's prison director addresses maggots in food
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 

RNC to make Cleveland 2016 convention official today
The Republican National Committee is expected to officially name Cleveland host of the 2016 national convention during its annual conference in Chicago. The party's site selection committee picked Cleveland over Dallas and Denver last month. That decision must be ratified by the 168-member RNC today. Convention planning continues in Cleveland, especially key fundraising efforts. The RNC expects Cleveland's host committee to raise about $60 million for expenses.

Columbus is hopeful for 2016 DNC bid
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the Ohio capital has the facilities and abilities to host the Democratic Party's next presidential convention. Coleman made the remarks Thursday as a technical advisory team from the Democratic National Committee was wrapping up its two-day visit to the city. Columbus is among five cities competing for the 2016 convention.

Ohio's prison director addresses maggots in food
Ohio's prisons director says his department and the private vendor that feeds inmates share responsibility for conditions that led to maggots at the women's prison in Marysville. Director Gary Mohr tells The Columbus Dispatch an inaccessible floor drain containing food debris was probably a breeding ground for maggots found this week during a washing of the kitchen floor at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. It is the ninth time maggots were found in prison kitchen or dining areas this year. The problems have emerged since Aramark Correctional Services took over prison food service last year. The company defends its record.

Casino revenue rebounds, but still down from last year
A monthly update shows Ohio's casino revenue increased nearly 7 percent in July compared with the previous month but fell short of the totals from a year earlier. In July, the casinos in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo totaled nearly $68 million in revenue. That's down 5.6 percent from last July. Each of the four casinos saw revenue increases compared with their June totals. But July revenues in Cincinnati and Cleveland were down from a year ago.

Indians announce Progressive Field renovations
The Cleveland Indians will be making extensive renovations to 20-year-old Progressive Field, cutting the capacity of the downtown ballpark by 5,000 seats. The changes will include a new two-story bar, an expanded section for children and other amenities. Most of the changes will be in the right-field sections. The work is expected to be mostly completed by opening day next season and team president Mark Shapiro says the changes better reflect today’s fan experience. 

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