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

March 23, 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. John Seewer 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

OHIO SMOKING AGE

DAYTON _ Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is proposing raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 as part of his two-year state budget. SENT: 260 words.

EXCHANGE-NATIONAL GUARD-OHIO

COLUMBUS _ The two-star general now in charge of the Ohio National Guard poked himself in the chest as he spoke about the tough new physical-fitness standards being implemented across the Army, to emphasize that it’s all about being a warrior. By Holly Zachariah. The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 900 words, photo.

BRIEFS:

_ OHIO FAMILY KILLED: Prosecutors in Ohio are opposing a request to dismiss the charges against a woman facing charges in connection to the killings of eight people nearly three years ago.

_ INDIANS-CHIEF WAHOO PROTEST: Opponents of the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo logo are planning to demonstrate before the club’s home opener even though team has dropped the mascot from their caps and jerseys.

_ TRAPPED STUDENT DEATH: A new pavilion at a Cincinnati park will be named in honor of a 16-year-old boy who died while trapped in a minivan parked near his school last April.

_ DOCTOR SLAIN-DNA: The Ohio Supreme Court says it won’t consider an appeal filed by a former Ohio police officer who’s seeking a new trial for the 1997 slaying of his ex-wife.

_ FRATERNITY HAZING REPORT: A university in Ohio has suspended a fraternity over what the school’s president says is a “brutal and deplorable” report of hazing.

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