CHICAGO — Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland this week warned he would call a special session over the holidays if legislators are not able to fill an $850 million hole in the state's two-year budget by the end of the week.

The legislature passed a $52 billion 2010-2011 budget in July but a subsequent state Supreme Court ruling that a key gaming revenue source is subject to voter referendum left the budget $850 million short.

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