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This week on "The State of Ohio": The major political party candidates aren't the only ones on the ballot. A talk with candidates from the Green Party and the Libertarian Party of Ohio this week.
 

Pair behind failed casino drive in 2008 plan to build Ohio’s 8th horseracing track.
By Karen Kasler - January 17, 2011
The developers behind 2008’s failed drive to bring casino gambling to Ohio say they want to build the state’s first horseracing track in 50 years. Brad Pressman and Rick Lertzman say they’re applying for a license to build a thoroughbred horseracing track and resort on 100 acres in Mahoning County near Youngstown. Pressman tells Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler that the Mahoning Valley Downs and Resort will include an auto-racing track, a spa and a hotel, and he’s hoping for one more thing to help make the track profitable.
Brad Pressman with Karen Kasler (1:00)
Pressman says the project would cost $300 million, and could create a thousand construction jobs and up to 2,000 permanent jobs. And Pressman says he and Lertzman targeted Youngstown because none of the four casinos approved by voters in 2009 will be built there. Pressman and Lertzman were behind the proposal for a casino in Wilmington, which was rejected by voters two years ago. They’ll unveil details of their horseracing track proposal tomorrow in the Youngstown area.


 
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