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Ohio township gets first installment from racino

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Officials in northeastern Ohio say they're going to use the first $1 million payment from a proposed racino to pay off a new communications system.

Austintown township trustees got the money Tuesday from the owner of the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course. It's under construction and set to open next fall.

The (Youngstown) Vindicator (http://bit.ly/18rrKzd ) reports that in addition to receiving the $1 million this year and next year, the township will receive $500,000 every year after that as long as the racino is open.

Officials say the money enables the township to focus on improving and growing infrastructure.

Penn National Gaming got permission to relocate an existing race track in suburban Columbus to Austintown, near Youngtown. The track will also feature slot-machine gaming.

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