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BC- BC-OH--Ohio Digest 2 pm

April 15, 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 is on the desk and 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

SEVERE WEATHER

UNDATED _ Strong storms, including at least one tornado, swept through parts of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic region, damaging homes and businesses and causing injuries after storms in the South killed at least eight people. Storms that hit Ohio on Sunday and moved into New Jersey overnight into Monday brought heavy rains, lightning, strong winds and, in Ohio, at least one tornado. The storms followed worse conditions that had swept across the South, unleashing more than a dozen confirmed tornadoes and flooding, killing at least eight people, injuring dozens and flattening much of a Texas town. SENT: 370 words.

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CONNECTICUT TOLLS

UNDATED _ Gov. Ned Lamont sees an opportunity for Connecticut to get some transportation funding before the first electronic highway toll is even installed. The Democrat has suggested borrowing against the $800 million a year tolls are projected to generate, so Connecticut can reap some upfront cash and accelerate spending on transportation. But that’s a tactic that’s been blamed partly for financial challenges in Ohio. A final tolling bill is still being negotiated. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 780 words

ELECTION 2020-UNIONS

LAS VEGAS _ Some people in the labor movement are expressing concerns about whether 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are focused on the issues they care most about. Union officials say the candidates are spending too much time talking about issues like the Senate filibuster and the composition of the Supreme Court. Ted Pappageorge is president of the Las Vegas Culinary Union for 60,000 hotel and casino workers and says Democrats have to “pay attention to kitchen table economics.” By Michelle L. Price and Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

_ LAWMAKER-IMPAIRED DRIVING: A state lawmaker from Cincinnati who faced a felony charge over a pill found in his vehicle has completed a drug education program, and the charge was reduced and dismissed Monday to resolve that matter.

_ WRESTLING COACH-HAZING: A youth wrestling coach in Ohio has been charged after investigators in Franklin say he knew about hazing among teammates and didn’t stop it. Also moving on some sports wires.

_ XGR--SCHOOL TAKEOVERS-OHIO: State lawmakers pushing an overhaul of Ohio’s school-funding system say proposals to change how the state takes control of poor-performing districts shouldn’t be part of the budget debate.

_ GRASS CARP LARVAE FOUND: Biologists from the University of Toledo are scouring streams following tests that confirmed larvae from the invasive Asian grass carp were found for the first time in the Great Lakes watershed.

_ OHIO RIVER-WATER STANDARDS: A commission that watches over the Ohio River’s health across six states is looking at making some of its pollution standards for the river voluntary.

_ UNPAID CHILD SUPPORT-GAMBLING: Ohio says it’s continuing efforts to recoup unpaid child support from gambling jackpot winners, with $10 million brought in over the past five years.

_ LAWSUIT OVER STADIUM: The University of Akron is suing several companies over the condition of railings in the school’s stadium, saying shoddy construction and design led to $1 million in needed repairs.

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SPORTS:

BKC--CINCINNATI-BRANNEN

CINCINNATI _ The Bearcats didn’t have to look far _ just across the Ohio River _ for a coach to replace Mick Cronin. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.

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