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Source: Ohio gov. to announce acceptance of slots

  COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A source says Gov. Ted Strickland will announce his willingness to accept slot machines as part of the solution to the state's budget deficit.

A source from the Ohio Racing Commission tells the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Strickland plans to make the announcement at a news conference Friday. The source requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the governor's decision.

 Strickland has been against the expansion of gambling as a way to raise revenue for the cash-strapped state. Lawmakers are struggling with ways to fill a roughly $3.2 billion gap in the two-year budget that would begin July 1.

 Strickland, as well as legislative leaders of both parties, have said so far that they want to rely on cuts.

 (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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