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Drilling company sues Coshocton man over "poisoned water" billboards
Other morning headlines: Owner of Cleveland Horseshoe casino, Thistledown racino fined; Northeast Ohio man indicted in real-estate investment scheme 
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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

Drilling company sues Coshocton man over "poisoned water" billboard
An eastern Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing gas-drilling wastewater wells faces a legal threat from the wells' operator. Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a lawsuit that billboards paid for by Michael Boals of Coshocton contain false and defamatory attacks against its deep-injection sites. They dispose of contaminated wastewater from fracking. Boals refuses to pull the billboards. Pittsburgh based non-profit, Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, argues that quoting prophecy from Revelation — on men dying from waters "made bitter" — is Boals' free-speech right.

Owner of Cleveland Horseshoe casino, Thistledown racino fined
The corporation that owns Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino and Thistledown racino has been fined $200,000 for failing to fill in the Ohio Casino Commission on a loan refinancing. The fine is leveled against ROC Finance LLC, which the state says failed to tell the commissioner it did not complete the expected refinancing of the loan. In a statement, the company says it recognizes the state’s point and “has swiftly taken the necessary steps to refine our internal processes, policies and procedures related to debt transaction."

Northeast Ohio man indicted in real-estate investment scheme
A federal indictment alleges a Northeast Ohio man and a California man defrauded 60 people out of more than $6.5 million through a fraudulent real-estate development investment scheme. The indictment says 41-year-old Stanley Paulic of Aurora and 45-year-old Steven Long of Mather, California, co-founded a real-estate development business with regional offices near Cleveland, Chicago and Sacramento. Prosecutors allege the men solicited investors for funds intended for development of residential real estate in Arizona. The indictment says Paulic and Long conspired to convert investment money to funds for their personal use.

Ohio State group gets more time to defend lawsuit over gun ban
A judge is giving a gun rights group more time to argue why its lawsuit challenging Ohio State University over its weapons ban shouldn't be dismissed. The Students for Concealed Carry Foundation says the ban restricts constitutionally protected rights, including the right to self-defense by Ohio State students living in university housing. Earlier this month, Ohio State asked a judge to throw out the lawsuit, arguing the group hasn't shown how its individual members are harmed by the ban. The judge has agreed to give the group more time to respond to Ohio State's request.

Turnpike commission says 'no' to naming rights for road
The Ohio Turnpike Commission is saying no to selling naming rights for the toll road that crosses the northern part of the state. It also says no, for now, to branding the spans and service plazas for entities that are willing to pay for them. Those are about the only things off limits when it comes to advertising and sponsorship. The commission has OK’d collecting advertising revenue for everything else from pet walking trails to snow plows. Gov. John Kasich is pushing to collect more revenue from the turnpike, some of which is being passed on for maintenance of other highways in Ohio.

Cleveland-area man indicted in credit union fraud
Federal authorities say a Cleveland-area man accused of defrauding a now-failed credit union out of $2.3 million has been indicted on charges including four counts of money laundering. The U.S. Attorney's office says 51-year-old John Struna of Concord Township also faces single counts of bank fraud, making false statements and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The FBI alleges Struna willfully overdrew his accounts with Cleveland-based Taupa Lithuanian Credit Union. The state and the National Credit Union Administration took over the credit union last year. Taupa's CEO is among several people who've been convicted for roles in defrauding the credit union.

OSU officials to meet with band leaders today
University and marching band leaders at Ohio State are preparing to meet to discuss the future path of the organization after the firing of its director. A spokesman says president Michael Drake is scheduled to meet today with interim directors and some of the band's 33 student squad leaders. Spokesman Gary Lewis says Drake has no plans to revisit the July 24 firing of director Jonathan Waters. However, the high-profile dismissal is anticipated to come up during the gathering. Waters was fired after a two-month university investigation concluded he knew about but didn't stop a "sexualized" band culture of rituals. The university board rejected Waters' request for reinstatement, which was supported by leaders of the band alumni association.

KSU football player dies
Kent State says one of its football players has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. The school said in a release that starting center Jason Bitsko was found unresponsive in his off-campus apartment Wednesday morning. The 21-year-old Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. 

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