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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio state senator who resigned abruptly this week is apologizing for inappropriate conversations and physical contact with a state worker. Republican Cliff Hite, of Findlay, issued a statement on Twitter on Wednesday, two days after he resigned. The 63-year-old Hite says that he had inappropriate conversations with a female state employee who did not work for him and that he "sometimes asked her for hugs."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A survey says the percentage of Ohioans deemed problem gamblers has doubled since the implementation of racinos and casinos four years ago. The Ohio Gambling Survey says 0.9 percent of residents or about 76,400 people are problem gamblers, up from 0.4 percent or about 46,200 in 2012. State health officials say the increase was expected with the arrival of casinos and racinos, or horse tracks outfitted with video slot machines.

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio leaders are promising Amazon they can deliver what the e-commerce giant needs for its second headquarters. Their pitches range from highlighting affordable housing in trendy neighborhoods to safety from natural calamity, as the state and its major cities vie with competitors from across the country salivating over the potential boost of hosting the company and some 50,000 workers. Amazon has invited bids that are due Thursday.

SEATTLE (AP) - Memo to the many places vying for Amazon's second headquarters: It ain't all food trucks and free bananas. For years now, much of downtown Seattle has been a maze of broken streets and caution-taped sidewalks. Dozens of enormous cranes tower overhead. Housing prices have soared faster than anywhere else in the country. While lawmakers, economists and many residents say the benefits of Amazon clearly outweigh the drawbacks, life in its hometown is one more endeavor the tech giant has disrupted.

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