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Anna Louise Inn rally today, casino revenue drops, Ohio's business climate improves

Anna Louise Inn.
Anna Louise Inn.

Supporters of the Anna Louise Inn, the women-only shelter near Lytle Park, will hold a rally in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse at noon today, which was supposed to be the day Western & Southern and Anna Louise Inn owner Cincinnati Union Bethel met in court again. The court date has been delayed as the controversy continues to grow. The legal battle surrounds Western & Southern’s attempts to take over the Anna Louise Inn property and build a luxury hotel in its stead. After Western & Southern failed to buy the Inn at below market value in 2009, the financial giant has taken to court challenges to slow down government-funded renovations at the property and seemingly force Cincinnati Union Bethel to give up and sell. CityBeat’s extensive coverage about the Anna Louise Inn can be found

here

.

Cincinnati’s Horseshoe Casino

dropped to the No. 3 spot

for Ohio casino revenue last month, losing out to casinos in Columbus and Cleveland. The Horseshoe Casino brought in adjusted gross revenues of $17.8 million, according to figures released by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. With the drop, the city’s projections of bringing in $10 million to $12 million in casino tax revenue for the year are looking far more accurate.

Ohio’s business climate is the

most improved in the nation

, with Ohio’s rank going from No. 35 in 2012 to No. 22 this year, according to the annual survey of CEOs by Chief Executive Magazine. The improved ranking comes despite Ohio losing half a star in “workforce quality” and “taxation and regulations” between

2012

and

2013

. But the ranking doesn’t seem to be translating to real jobs, considering both liberal and conservative think tanks seemingly agree Ohio is not undergoing an

“economic miracle.”

If the city fails to restore its emergency powers through court battles, it could

ask voters to reinstate the powers

on the November ballot, according to City Solicitor John Curp. Previously, the city used emergency clauses to remove 30-day waiting periods on laws and effectively remove the ability for voters to referendum, but opponents of the city’s

parking plan

say the City Charter does not explicitly remove referendum rights. So far, courts have sided against the city; if that holds, voters will have to rework the City Charter to restore the powers.

A study from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital found nurse-to-patient ratios

really do matter

.

Charles Ramsey, the man who allegedly helped save three kidnapped women and a child in Cleveland, has become an Internet sensation because of his

expressive interview

with a TV news station. Read more on the kidnappings at the

Toledo Blade

.

A 32-year-old Hamilton man

jumped on a moving train

because, according to him, he’s filming an action movie.

News of massacres and gun violence can seem pretty bleak at times, but it’s worth remembering gun homicides in the United States are

down 49 percent since 1993

. The analysis from The Washington Post and Pew Research points to economic conditions, stricter prison sentences and lead abatement as driving factors, but it’s also worth noting the

Brady Act

, which requires background checks on many firearm purchases, passed in 1993 and went into effect in 1994, around the time the dip in gun homicides began.

Teachers, rejoice. New software can teach photocopiers to

grade papers

.

A vaccine

halts heroin addiction in rats

, and it’s now ready for human trials.
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