The Ohio State Racing Commission has given the green light to new "racinos" in Dayton and in the Youngstown area.
The commission on Wednesday approved the transfer of racing licenses from other Ohio tracks to the new tracks to be built on the site of a former auto parts manufacturing plant on Dayton's north side, as well as one in Austin.
An Ohio Senate panel has approved a bill to immediately halt the expansion of Internet cafes.
The measure that cleared the Senate's government oversight committee on Tuesday would extend a current moratorium on the opening of new sweepstakes gambling operations until June 2014. It would require operators of current facilities to file more thorough affidavits with the state, or they could face a fine.
Dayton city officials have approved development plans for a $125 million racino on the former site of an automotive plant.
Construction is expected to begin this spring on the harness-racing track, which will include a 600-seat grandstand and 1,500 slots-like video terminals. It's being built on the site of a razed Delphi plant and is expected to open in mid-2014.
The Dayton Daily News reports that project is expected to create 1,000 jobs and another 1,000 during construction.