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

March 9, 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. Mark Gillispie 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DATA CENTER-ENERGY EFFICIENCY

COLUMBUS -- Before there was even an internet, there was big data in what may seem an unlikely place: a chemical research clearinghouse in the heart of the American Midwest. For more than a century, Chemical Abstracts Service in Columbus has been gathering and summarizing chemical research breakthroughs from around the globe and then sharing them with researchers and businesses. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 620 words. AP photos.

CLIMATE CHANGE-VALVE TURNERS

BISMARCK, N.D. _ An idea developed by indigenous peoples and environmentalists in Canada to protest an oil pipeline has been embraced in recent years by climate change activists in the U.S. who believe fossil fuels are precipitating a global warming crisis. But the energy industry and its advocates say the fledgling tactic of turning pipeline emergency shut-off valves on private property amounts to domestic terrorism. Lawmakers in several states are considering stiffening penalties for so-called valve turners. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 940 words. AP photos.

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MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-LAND OF LANDSLIDES

CINCINNATI -- Landslides have become a problem in the Cincinnati area and are expected to get worse with more weather extremes. By Hannah Sparling and Terry Demio, Cincinnati Enquirer. SENT: 1,715 words. AP photos. Mandatory member credit.

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BRIEFS:

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO: The state Commerce Department has awarded Ohio’s first certificate of operation to a medical marijuana processor, allowing for the conversion of cannabis into edibles, tinctures, creams and other products.

_ GRASS CARP LARVAE FOUND: Officials say tests have confirmed that larvae from the invasive Asian grass carp have been found for the first time in the Great Lakes watershed.

_ GM RESTRUCTURING-LAST CRUZE: The last Chevy Cruze sedan assembled at General Motors’ Lordstown assembly plant in northeast Ohio has a buyer.

_ SKYGLIDER-STATE FAIR: The Ohio State Fair will replace chairs on an overhead ride its manufacturer sent a safety warning about just months after similar corrosion problems caused a catastrophic and deadly failure on another ride in 2017.

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