Ohio's Republican party chairman has announced he's stepping down just two weeks after GOP leaders in seven of the state's largest counties asked him resign.
Kevin DeWine says he's leaving his post April 13 when a successor will be elected. He says he will remain on the state central committee.
In a letter to party officials Wednesday night, DeWine said "factions within our party" are fighting over who is best to provide leadership. He says that fight could become a "party-splitting dispute that no one will win and everyone will lament."
The Ohio Supreme Court is weighing whether to require juvenile offenders facing the possibility of detention to consult with an attorney before deciding to waive their right to a lawyer.
Current court rules don't require such a meeting. The proposal is pitting youth advocates against some judges who say the requirement hinders the rights of parents and juveniles to make the decision themselves.
Kim Tandy, executive director of the Children's Law Center in Covington, Ky., says too many children are going through the juvenile court system without legal representation.
Slot machines are almost fully installed and table games have been delivered to Ohio's second casino, which is scheduled to open in late May in Toledo. That was among updates heard by Ohio regulators Wednesday as the state prepares for the openings of four voter-approved casinos.