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Morning headlines: Three missing women found
Also: Lanci enters race for Cleveland mayor, Hagan files to run against Portman for Senate
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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  • Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight found alive
  • Lanci enters Cleveland mayoral race
  • Bob Hagan files paperwork to challenge Portman for Senate
  • May Primary is today
  • April casino revenues to be released today
  • Indiana congressmen sign letter supporting Ohio-Indiana drone test site
  • Ohio Supreme Court set to hear case of only woman on death row
  • Local food banks get $255,000 in grants
  • Grand Lake St. Marys water quality improving
  • More than 2,200 Ohio bridges are structurally deficient
  • Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight found alive
    We’ll learn more details today about Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight who were found Monday after each missing for about a decade. Cleveland police have a press conference scheduled for 9:00 a.m. this morning and we’ll bring you the latest throughout the day. Police have been searching the west side home at 2207 Seymour Avenue throughout the night where it’s believe the women have been held captive since their disappearances. The women have been at MetroHealth Medical Center throughout the night and the hospital says they are in good spirits.

    Lanci enters Cleveland mayoral race
    A Cleveland businessman says he's entering the race for the city's mayor. Ken Lanci announced Monday that he'll run as a Democrat in this year's mayoral election, challenging two-term Democratic incumbent Frank Jackson. Lanci is the first challenger officially in the race. He's chairman and chief executive of the Cleveland printing company Consolidated Graphics Group Inc. He last ran as an independent in 2010 for Cuyahoga County Executive and finished third among six candidates. The top two vote-getters in the September mayoral primary will face off in the November election.

    Bob Hagan files paperwork to challenge Portman for Senate
    A Youngstown Democratic state representative has taken a step in his 2016 run for U.S. Senate. Bob Hagan says he has filed paperwork with the secretary of the U.S. Senate that allows him to begin raising money for a run against Republican Rob Portman. Hagan is term-limited from his Ohio House seat next year. Last month, he took to social media to announce he would challenge Portman. It followed Portman voting against a proposal that would have expanded background checks on gun sales.

    May Primary is today
    Polls open at 6:30 this morning for the May Primary in Ohio. Turnout is expected to be around 20-percent, as about a dozen Northeast Ohio school districts have tax issues on the ballot.  Lakewood Schools has a 3.9-mill levy on the ballot. Officials say they’ve lost more than $6 million in state funds over the past two years. Other districts asking for property tax hikes include Brooklyn, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Westlake, Kent and Avon Lake.

    April casino revenues to be released today
    April revenues for Ohio's four casinos are expected to be released today. In March, Cincinnati's brand-new casino raked in $21 million during its first month of operation. The other three casinos saw double-digit percent increases in their revenues. Toledo had the biggest gains, from $14.8 million in February to $17.8 million in March. That's a 20 percent increase. Statewide, casino revenues increased from $55.5 million in February to $84.3 million in March, partially because of the addition of Cincinnati. Combined, they've brought in $543.6 million. A third of that has gone to Ohio's schools, counties and cities.

    Indiana congressmen sign letter supporting Ohio-Indiana drone test site
    All 11 members of the Indiana congressional delegation have co-signed a letter to federal officials supporting an Ohio-Indiana bid for one of six drone aircraft test sites. The delegation says the two states have the military and civil resources needed to be a leader in unmanned aircraft systems. Ohio is proposing that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton become a regional hub for drone development.  NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is also conducting research and development work for drones. Proposals were due Monday. The FAA is expected to select sites by the end of the year.

    Ohio Supreme Court set to hear case of only woman on death row
    The Ohio Supreme Court is once again weighing whether to uphold the sentence of the only woman on death row in the state. Attorneys for Donna Roberts plan to tell justices today that evidence showing their client was mentally ill and suffered brain trauma should have been considered by the judge who resentenced her to death in 2007. Roberts was convicted of the 2001 murder of her former husband, Robert Fingerhut, in Howland near Warren.

    Local food banks get $255,000 in grants
    Three food banks and six partner agencies in Ohio are getting hunger-relief grants totaling $255,000. That's part of $3 million being distributed to organizations around the country by Feeding America through a Walmart initiative called Fighting Hunger Together. Walmart says the public voted online last month to choose the 40 Feeding America food banks and 60 partner organizations receiving grants. The Cleveland Foodbank, the Mid-Ohio Foodbank outside Columbus and the West Ohio Food Bank in Lima each will get $45,000.

    Grand Lake St. Marys water quality improving
    Ohio's natural resources department says the water quality at Ohio's largest inland lake is getting better. Cleaning up Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio has been a big priority for the state since it was hit by a toxic algae bloom in 2010. Water warnings went up around the lake and tourism dropped off dramatically. Much of the problem was tied to phosphorous runoff from farms. The Lima News reports that the state has been increasing the amount of sediment being dredged from the bottom of the lake that feeds the algae in the summer. The state again is trying to encourage visitors to return to the lake by offering discounts on fees for docks, camping and day use.

    More than 2,200 Ohio bridges are structurally deficient
    The Ohio Department of Transportation says that more than 2,200 bridges are structurally deficient statewide, but there isn't enough money to fix them. A bridge labeled structurally deficient means that it must be monitored and eventually repaired or replaced. State records show the cost of bridge projects statewide has been on the rise, growing from $570 million in 2003 to a projected $1 billion in 2014.

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