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Ohio high court preps for arguments over traffic cameras
Other headlines: JobsOhio, Former Chesapeake CEO; Lordstown power plant, Austintown racino
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Jeff St. Clair
 
In The Region:
  • JobsOhio gets the Ohio Supreme Court's OK to keep operating
  • Ohio high court looks at constitutionality of traffic cameras
  • Former Chesapeake CEO invests $1.75 billion in new leases
  • Lordstown rejects plans for new power plant
  • Jobs at Austintown racino are big draw
  • JobsOhio gets the Ohio Supreme Court's OK to keep operating
    The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an advocacy group and two state lawmakers challenging the constitutionality of JobsOhio have no standing to do so.

    This morning’s ruling effectively means the quasi-private economic development corporation formed by Gov. John Kasich can keep operating.

    The high court decision came down against ProgressOhio, Sen. Michael Skindell and former House member Dennis Murray. It says none of them had a personal stake in the outcome of the case, nor do they have legal standing because of the way their lawsuit was filed.

    In the opinion, Justice Judith French said the court is NOT eliminating everyone from challenging the constitutionality of JobsOhio. And she says that for someone with the right standing, “The courthouse doors remain open.”


    Ohio high court looks at constitutionality of traffic camera
    The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether cities are overstepping their powers by using traffic cameras to issue tickets.

    The justices will hear from a motorist who sued the city of Toledo over a 2009 camera-generated ticket.

    His lawsuit charged that the city's handling of tickets unconstitutionally bypasses the court system and violates his due-process rights.

    Toledo contends that the camera systems are allowed under its "home rule" powers.

    It's among a number of legal and legislative challenges to cameras in Ohio and nationally.


    Former Chesapeake CEO invests $1.75 billion in new leases
    The former CEO of Chesapeake energy is adding 27,000 acres of Ohio land to his new company’s portfolio.

    Aubrey McClendon formed American Energy Partners last year after being forced out of energy giant Chesapeake.

    The company is closing deals on $1.75 Billion worth of new leases in Ohio’s Monroe County and 48,000 acres in five West Virginia counties.

    The latest acquisitions are part of American Energy Partners $3.5 billion investment in Ohio’s Utica shale play.

    McClendon is investing a total of $10 billion on shale drilling in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

    Lordstown rejects plans for new power plant
    The Village of Lordstown has rejected plans for a new $800 million dollar electrical power plant.

    The vote last night by the Lordstown planning commission puts into question plans by a Boston-based company to build a 800 mega Watt natural gas fueled plant on 57 acres in the village.

    The site had been selected because of nearby power lines connecting Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and the availability of natural gas from fracking.

     

    Jobs at Austintown racino are big draw
    Around 2,000 people showed up to apply for 400 jobs at a new racino in northeast Ohio.

    The crowds stood in line at a shopping center to apply for full- and part-time jobs at the combination horse track and casino opening n this fall near Youngtown.

    The $125 million Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is one of seven racinos either already open or opening soon in Ohio.

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