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A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side. The crash happened early Wednesday afternoon in Colerain Township. A funeral procession was headedFull Story >
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side.Full Story >
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Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but...Full Story >
The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.Full Story >
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A grant from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs awards more than $8.6 million to 24 counties in Ohio aiming to prevent homelessness. The grant will serve approximately 2,300 homeless and at-risk veteranFull Story >
A grant from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs awards more than $8.6 million to 24 counties in Ohio aiming to prevent homelessness.Full Story >
Thursday, August 21 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-08-21 12:44:06 GMT
Officials from Family Dollar says the discount chain's Board of Directors has unanimously rejected a proposal made by Dollar General to merge the companies. The board cited antitrust regulatory considerationsFull Story >
Officials from Family Dollar says the discount chain's Board of Directors has unanimously rejected a proposal made by Dollar General to merge the companies.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
In two weeks with the Grand Opening of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, all four Ohio casinos will be up and running.
Each day, taxes are collected for the state casino tax revenue fund. From there, it's distributed to the state, counties and host cities broken down into seven funds:
51% to all Ohio counties based on population 34% to all school districts based on student population, with first distribution in January 5% to the host city 3% to the Casino Control Commission 3% to the Ohio State Racing Commission 2% to the Law Enforcement Training Fund 2% to the Problem Casino Gambling and Additions Fund
Cincinnati's new downtown casino will bring money, people, and a new entertainment atmosphere to the city.
From October to December, with three casinos in operation, the gross casino revenue fund totaled more than $52 million.
"We're taxed at 33% of our revenues by the state, and it's a direct contribution back to the state government, of course the school system, a lot of beneficiary," explained Ameet Patel, VP and GM of Hollywood Casino Columbus.
Almost $27 million was distributed to counties, and more than $17 million was distributed to schools. Despite this fact, gross revenue is drastically less than projected when voters approved the casinos in 2009.
Those millions of dollars were generated by millions of new visitors.
"Prior to the casino opening in 2011, we had just over 5 million visitors a year. And with the casino, and the opening of our new convention center, we're going to expect somewhere in the order of 11.5 to 12 million visitors downtown," said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Positively Cleveland.
As a result of more visitors in the downtown area, a common concern is an increase in crime. Similar to Cincinnati, Cleveland's casino is located downtown.
"To be perfectly frank, downtown Cleveland is amazingly safe and the casino numbers have not changed that one iota. In fact, a lot of people thought there would be a negative element concerning the casino. That has not been the case," revealed Joe Marinucci, President of Downtown Cleveland Alliance.
Gilbert says the downtown location of Cleveland's casino brings much more activity to the area, as well as 24/7 security presence, making the area safer as a whole.
Both Columbus and Cleveland have seen a positive economic impact in surrounding areas. Since opening, the City of Cleveland has received nearly $3 million. In Columbus, the west side of town has seen redevelopment.
"It just makes us a more well rounded destination," said Scott Peacock, of Experience Columbus. "It gives us more appeal to markets that we maybe didn't reach before."
In Cleveland, about a dozen eateries have been added since the casino opened and at least a dozen more are on track for 2013.
"When you add the fact that there's 1600 employees migrating to the site every day, that's also significant economic impact as well," Marinucci added.
Casinos in Cleveland and Cincinnati are both operated under Horseshoe. The company partners with local hotels and restaurants as part of its rewards program.
"We don't contend to be the savior of all things downtown," said Horseshoe Cleveland General Manager Marcus Glover. "We do consider ourselves to be an active participant in all of the vibrancy that's going on."
"There's no doubt that you see more vibrancy, more people on the street at all hours," Gilbert agreed.
Marinucci went on to say that the full economic impact of all four casinos likely won't be known until 2014, after a full year of operation here in Cincinnati.
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Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstFull Story >
Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. That's why she became a Florence Police officer in 2012. Now, she says, she is forced to choose between her job and her family.Full Story >
Thursday, August 21 2014 5:49 AM EDT2014-08-21 09:49:04 GMT
The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison. Hamilton Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of Blake Seylhouwer WednesdayFull Story >
The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison.Full Story >
You may be a hot mess after reading some of these cray new words added to the Oxford Online Dictionary. While some of the new words are pretty amazeballs, others have us scratching our heads. Britain'sFull Story >
Britain's Oxford University Press announced on Thursday that they will be adding new words to its online Oxford Dictionary to reflect new language trends.Full Story >