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TOLEDO — Attorneys for 11 adopted and foster children forced to sleep in cages by their adoptive parents reach a $2 million settlement with one of the counties that placed three of the children in the home. If approved, the agreement will bring an end to the lawsuits and settlements that came about after the children were removed in 2005 from the home with wire and wood enclosures. By John Seewer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS — An Indiana National Guardsman who was stopped in Ohio with explosives and guns in his vehicle is charged by federal prosecutors with illegal possession of destructive devices. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1:30 p.m., update from 2:30 p.m. court appearance, then 350 words by 4 p.m., pursuing photo.
AROUND THE STATE:
OHIO CASINOS-FIRST FULL YEAR
CINCINNATI — The last of four voter-approved Ohio casinos is celebrating its first birthday, and their revenue has failed to meet expectations. By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1:30 p.m., pursuing photos.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee is West Virginia University's new permanent president. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1:30 p.m., photo.
AKRON — Last year was a record for Ohio public school students moving outside of their home districts as part of the state's open-enrollment process. SENT: 370 words.
LEBANON — Redevelopment of the fairgrounds in one southwestern Ohio county is on hold as state officials figure out the details of distributing $12 million in payments to communities affected by the legalization of racinos. SENT: 270 words.
— WINTER WEATHER-OHIO — COLUMBUS — Dozens of schools were closed or delayed in parts of central and southern Ohio as crews continued to work to rid roads of snow and ice from the latest winter storm.
— FATAL SNOWPLOW CRASH — SANDUSKY — The State Highway Patrol says a 22-year-old man was killed when he slammed his car into the rear of a snowplow.
— BABY KILLED-FIRE — COLUMBUS — The coroner's office has identified the month-old baby girl who died in a weekend house fire in Columbus.
— NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY-UNIVERSITY — CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati is helping promote safety in adjacent city neighborhoods through a team of "safety ambassadors."
— FRATERNITY CLOSES-HAZING — OXFORD — An investigation into allegations including hazing and alcohol abuse has resulted in a fraternity closing its Miami University chapter in southwest Ohio.
— GAS PRICES-OHIO — COLUMBUS — Gas prices in Ohio continue to rise, and analysts say that's because seasonal maintenance is taking place at refineries, and crude oil prices have been rising as Russia's military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world's major energy producers.
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