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

May 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CINCINNATI _ Attorneys for news organization have argued that the U.S. public should see federal data about how prescription opioids were distributed. They urged a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Thursday to overturn a lower court judge’s denial of access to the information. The data is a key piece of evidence in hundreds of lawsuits filed by state and local governments against companies that make and distribute the drugs. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 530 words, photos.


UNDATED _ A federal judge in Ohio has ruled that a Muslim-American radio host can recover monetary damages against a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism. SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah is seeking more than $1 million in damages against The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, who hasn’t responded to Obeidallah’s libel lawsuit. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 790 words, photos.


PHOENIX _ A battle is heating up in Arizona and some three dozen other states over how to regulate car-sharing. Apps such as Turo gaining popularity in the U.S. They function like Airbnb for vehicles, allowing people to rent out their cars when they’re not using them. Rental car companies and airport authorities say users should pay the same taxes and fees that come with traditional rental cars. San Francisco-based Turo says rental car companies are trying to stifle competition. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.


FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ A Virginia-based legal group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to end what it says has become an abuse of eminent domain by companies that build natural-gas pipelines. The Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia, says judges are increasingly allowing pipeline companies to defer payments to landowners whose property is condemned to allow for pipeline construction. They argue the process deprives landowners leverage to n negotiate the land’s value. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 850 words, photos.


_ RACIST PROM PROPOSAL: An Ohio high school student’s prom proposal sign referencing black people picking cotton has been condemned by officials with Clear Fork Valley Local Schools as hurtful and inappropriate.

_ UNIVERSITY STUDENT-MENACING CHARGE: Police say a student at Miami University in Oxford is accused of maintaining a hit list and threatening to “shoot up” his fraternity.

_ XGR--SCHOOL TAKEOVERS-OHIO: Ohio’s system for intervening in poor-performing school districts would change significantly under a bill passed by the Republican-led House.

_ PEACE OFFICERS-MEMORIAL CEREMONY: An annual memorial ceremony in London has honored the nearly 800 Ohio peace officers who have died in the line of duty since 1823, including four last year.

_ TRIPLE FATAL CRASH: The State Highway Patrol says a two-vehicle crash in Muskingum County has killed three people, including an off-duty deputy, and injured four children.

_ PROFESSOR-ILLICIT SEX: A former professor at Miami University in Ohio has admitted to traveling to Missouri to have sex with a teen girl who was actually an undercover agent.

_ CICADA SWARM: The 17-year cicadas, with their bulging red eyes and deafening mating song, are about to emerge.




CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Indians will soon find out how long they’ll be without ace Corey Kluber, whose broken right arm could alter their season. The two-time Cy Young Award winner sustained a non-displaced fracture Wednesday night when he was struck by a line drive in a start against Miami. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.


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