95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
Efforts to move the Columbus casino from the arena district to the west side of the city now shift to the Ohio legislature. Lawmakers must approve an amendment that would place the issue on the ballot for a statewide vote in May. But not every Ohioan supports legislative action.
Ohio voters may have a chance to approve or reject expanded gambling this November. If the ballot initiative passes, it would amend the state constitution to allow slot machines at the state’s horseracing tracks plus two locations in Cleveland. Proponents are marketing the idea as free college tuition. Critics say it’s merely another plan by racetrack owners to increase profits.