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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 2 pm, OH

May 22, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Ohio. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Columbus bureau at 614-885-2727 or APColumbus@ap.org. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk. Interim AP Ohio news editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

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CINCINNATI _ Some Ohio legislators are challenging a 10-year-old tax incentive program for moviemakers. While film commission officials say the state’s industry has momentum, critics say they don’t see much benefit to Ohioans’ pocketbooks in subsidizing Hollywood. The state House eliminated the motion picture credit in its proposed state budget, but the battle is only beginning as the Senate and governor offer their thoughts about expanding the industry. By Dan Sewell and Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 730 words, photos.


TOLEDO _ An Ohio hospital strike has put a spotlight on the debate about forcing nurses to repeatedly work mandatory overtime. It comes at a time when state lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow mandatory overtime protections for nurses. About 2,200 workers have been on strike since May 6 at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Hospital officials say the way they handle staffing is reasonable and common in the industry. Nurses say forcing them to work long hours isn’t safe for them or for patients. By John Seewer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m. Pursuing photos.


_ URANIUM PLANT-CLEANUP-SCHOOL-CLOSING: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered his agency to release more than four years’ worth of data from air monitors near a school in Piketon where trace amounts of radioactive material were discovered.

_ XGR--OHIO HOUSE-PRIORITIES: A proposed House bill would make it easier for Ohioans to seal low-level nonviolent and non-sexual offenses to help them move forward with their lives. _ RAPE CASE-CHILD: A Stark County judge has delayed a hearing so a man accused of raping and impregnating an 11-year-old girl can have an interpreter who speaks his native language.

_ COUNTY JAIL-CLEVELAND: The troubled county Cuyahoga County jail system will have a new director beginning next month.

_ REFUGE-POLLUTION PREPAYMENT: A Columbus, Ohio-based multinational power company has completed an agreement to pay for potential pollution by reforesting wetlands for a national wildlife refuge in Louisiana.




CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Indians designated Carlos Gonzalez for assignment after the veteran outfielder failed to produce for a team that has struggled offensively all season. Gonzalez batted .210 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games. The Indians signed Gonzalez to a minor-league contract in spring training. SENT: 460 words, photos.


CHICAGO _ Members of the U.S. under-23 pool and a few foreign-based veterans are among the 21 Americans who will start training Monday ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, while regulars such as Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley will report in early June. Just 11 players on the 40-man preliminary Gold Cup roster are on the initial training camp roster. Players from Major League Soccer will report following their games from May 31 to June 2 along with Europe-based players being given time off. SENT: 510 words. SOC--MLS-SOUNDERS-MARSHALL

TUKWILA, Wash. _ Three-time MLS defender of the year Chad Marshall has announced his retirement due to injury, bringing an end to a 16-year career that included stints with the Columbus Crew and Seattle Sounders. Marshall announced his decision Wednesday after missing Seattle’s last two games with knee inflammation. Marshall spent his first 10 seasons with Columbus before joining Seattle via trade in 2014. He won an MLS Cup title with each team. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.


_ BBA--ATHLETICS-DAVIS: Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis is undergoing an MRI on his ailing left hip in Cleveland, but the team has opted against placing him on the injured list for now. On Tuesday night, Oakland manager Bob Melvin and Davis both said the 2018 major league home run leader would be going on the 10-day IL after the injury flared up during a 5-3 win over the Indians. By Brian Dulik. _ BKC--OHIO STATE-SUEING TRANSFER: The Ohio State basketball program is adding California’s leading scorer Justin Sueing to the team. The 6-foot-7 forward will have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Golden Bears, who finished 8-23 last season. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2020-21. SENT: 130 words.


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