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8:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Ohio Death Penalty Committee Looks at Racial Bias

An Ohio Supreme Court committee studying the state's capital punishment law plans to vote on recommendations today requiring the collection of data to detect racial bias in death penalty cases.

The data would include a review of past cases as well as collecting information in the future on all homicides that might be eligible for capital punishment.  Other recommendations would require prosecutors, lawyers and judges involved in death penalty cases to be trained to protect against racial bias.

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Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Conrad's Corner: July 18, 2012

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's poem, "Today I Crave Sleep."

Education
5:32 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Analysts Study Ohio School Funding

Legislative analysts say Ohio could replace all the property tax money that's going to school districts through a hike in the state sales tax.

But to raise the more than $9.9 billion that's needed, policymakers would need to more than double the sales tax rate - from 5.5 cents on the dollar to 13.2 cents.  That's in part because the higher the tax goes the less consumers like to spend.

The Ohio Legislative Service Commission provided the estimate Wednesday to an Ohio House subcommittee that's studying school funding ideas.

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Music
4:43 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Live on Excursions: Gathering Mercury

Gathering Mercury

Ashley Stacy (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), QuiQue Bucio (Bass, Vocals) JJ Mangold (Drums) and new member Max Mobarry (Lead Guitar, Vocals) are gearing up to release their debut album as Gathering Mercury.

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Statewide News
4:04 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Ohio Casino Set to Open This Fall

Adam Tinworth

Ohio's third casino is scheduled to open by early October in Columbus.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission on Wednesday decided the Hollywood Casino Columbus should open by Oct. 8, as long as it meets necessary requirements.

Commission Executive Director Matt Schuler says that includes the installation of about 3,000 slot machines and 70 table games and the licensing of employees and the casino itself.

A spokesman for developer Penn National Gaming says about 900 of the 2,000 employees have been hired.

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