Statewide News
4:39 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Sex Trafficking Trial Faces Series Of Delays

A federal trial involving more than a dozen defendants accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs has faced a series of delays even before opening arguments start.

U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes again this week ordered jurors to return on Monday as defense attorneys argued that the defendants, many of whom are refugees from Somalia, were juveniles at the time the crimes occurred.

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Statewide News
4:37 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Security Guard Gets Ohio's No. 1 Casino License

Ohio has moved closer to the debut of casino gambling by issuing its first employee license to a security guard hired by the Cleveland casino opening in May.

Ohio Casino Control Commission member June Taylor and commission employee licensing manager David Acosta presented license No. 1 on Thursday to 28-year-old Taneshia Pitts of Cleveland.

Pitts has been working as a security guard just across the street with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team owned by Dan Gilbert, a casino partner.

Around the Miami Valley
9:03 am
Thu April 5, 2012

DDN: Home Price Sales Rise

Diana Parkhouse

A report focusing on single-family home and condo sales indicates Dayton Home prices grew rapidly in the last four months.  According to Clear Capital’s quarterly Home Data Index, local home prices rose by 6.3 percent.  Only Phoenix Arizona saw a higher climb in home prices.

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8:38 am
Thu April 5, 2012

GOP Party Chair Kevin Dewine Resigns

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."

Business & Technology
8:32 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Regulators Say Nuclear Plant in Ohio Had Problems


Regulators say several minor problems found at an Ohio nuclear power plant in 2011 have been ongoing for about two years.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Perry Nuclear Power Plant near Cleveland must devise a plan to correct the problems.

In a March 5 letter, a regulator says plant owner First Energy Nuclear Operating Co. and federal inspectors found errors in following proper work procedures and documentation.

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