New southwest Ohio racino clears another hurdle

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A $175 million racino in southwest Ohio has cleared another important hurdle and is on track for construction to begin early next year.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/V7xsie ) reports that the Ohio Racing Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to approve the horse racing permit for the track in Lebanon, between Dayton and Cincinnati. The project still needs to win other approvals from the state.

The 120-acre site would include a harness racing track with grandstand and an indoor site with 2,500 video lottery terminals. Officials say it will create 700 permanent jobs and pour $24 million a year into the region's economy.

Scioto Downs in Columbus opened a racino in June, and others are in the works in the state, including in Dayton. The racinos combine horse racing with video slots.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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