Lottery ready in case the Irish got lucky
CLEVELAND - The Ohio Lottery doesn't trust the luck o' the Irish. Traditionally, thousands of Ohioans bet on 3-1-7 in the lottery's Pick 3 game on St. Patrick's Day. To prevent a big loss, lottery computers were programmed to cut off wagers on 3-1-7 if the potential payout on those bets reached $7.5 million.
The lottery halted bets on 3-1-7 at 6:30 p.m., an hour before the evening Pick 3 drawing. Monday night's numbers were 6-4-2, and the midday selection was 8-0-4.
The lottery typically pays out about 50 percent of the bets it takes on Pick 3 and Pick 4.
But when popular numbers hit, payouts can jump.
When 2-2-2 popped up on the evening draw of Feb. 12, for example, the lottery paid out $3.3 million, more than four times the total amount bet.
Banged-up tavern opens for one day
COLUMBUS - A tavern rammed last summer by a 35-ton ladder truck reopened ahead of schedule for one day to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Patrick J's Bar & Grille, just north of the Ohio State University campus, reopened on Monday, but will close today until April 1 to carpet and paint, owner John Raphael said.
The firetruck was unable to complete a turn while on an emergency run in July and crashed in the tavern. The accident was blamed on faulty brakes. Four firefighters and five patrons were injured.
The bar was issued a temporary occupancy permit for the one-day party to benefit the Immaculate Conception School's athletic association.
Environmental justice policy to be discussed
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments is holding a series of public meetings to review the agency's environmental justice policy.
The meetings will be 4-7 p.m. March 25 at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., downtown; 4-7 p.m. March 26 at the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky African-American Chamber of Commerce, 2945 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills; 4-7 p.m., Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, 20 West Pike St., Suite 200, Covington; 3-6 p.m., March 28, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott St., Covington; 4-7 p.m., and March 31, OKI Offices, 801-B West Eighth St., Suite 400, Queensgate.
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Teachers union asks court to halt cuts
COLUMBUS - Teachers on Monday asked the Ohio Supreme Court to prevent Gov. Bob Taft from cutting $100 million from schools, saying the reductions exacerbate what has already been found to be an inadequately funded system.
"It's devastating that our state funding system, already declared unconstitutional, could be subject to even deeper cuts if the governor's order is allowed to stand," said Gary Allen, president of Ohio Education Association.
The 130,000-member teachers union filed the request in the Supreme Court on behalf of five parents from Girard, Warren and Columbus, who also are educators in Ohio's public schools. They asked the court to restore state funding for schools to levels before the reductions.
Lawmakers, who said they believed Taft could cut state agency budgets even further to fill the deficit before raising taxes, had added a provision to the budget bailout bill that would have barred Taft from cutting funding for schools.
But Taft vetoed that provision when he signed the bill into law, meaning his March 5 executive order remains in effect.
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