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

March 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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COLUMBUS _ Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State speech in an annual event coming back to the Statehouse, following his predecessor’s decision to give the address in various cities around Ohio. Among the topics he’s expected to highlight: the need for a boost in Ohio’s gas tax, programs to improve the lives of children, and plans to slow the state’s deadly addictions epidemic. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 a.m., followed by a 130-word update from speech scheduled to begin at noon and then 700 words by 2 p.m.


_ STATE OF THE STATE-GLANCE: Highlights of the speech and gubernatorial proposals.




TOLEDO _ Hundreds of workers at four General Motors plants slated to close this year are facing a painful choice: Take the company’s offer to work at another factory _ possibly hundreds of miles away _ even if that means leaving behind their families, their homes and everything they’ve built. Or stay and risk losing their high-paying jobs. By John Seewer. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.


WASHINGTON _ The White House national security adviser on Sunday described President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a success despite the lack of an agreement providing for the verifiable dismantling of the North’s nuclear sites. John Bolton tried to make that case that Trump advanced America’s national security interests by rejecting a bad agreement while working to persuade Kim to take “the big deal that really could make a difference for North Korea.” Bolton also sought to explain Trump’s comments about taking Kim’s word about Otto Warmbier, the American college student from suburban Cincinnati who was held prisoner in North Korea, then sent home in a vegetative state. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 540 words, photos.


UNDATED _ Sherrod Brown says the Democratic presidential hopefuls “respect” each other _ and he’s contrasting that with the bickering among the Republicans who ran in 2016. The Ohio senator was on a plane ride to Alabama with two senators already in the 2020 race, Corey Booker of New Jersey and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. They’re marking the 54th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march. SENT: 530 words.


COLUMBUS _ The Ohio Department of Transportation is working to encourage drivers to stay safe and to smile. The Blade in Toledo reports transportation officials are inserting humor into their digital roadway signs, with messages such as “Camp in Ohio state parks, not the left lane,” and “Visiting in-laws? Slow down, get there late.” Department spokesman Matt Bruning says while they have fun, the overall goal is to spark conversations on driver safety. SENT: 310 words.


ST. LOUIS _ A storm that dropped several inches of snow to parts of the Midwest over the weekend was heading toward the Northeast, where it could disrupt Monday morning commutes. Up to 8 inches (15 centimeters) of snow had fallen in parts of far western Kansas by Sunday morning. But most areas of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Illinois that were within the path of the storm had gotten no more than a few inches of snow. SENT: 170 words, photos.


CINCINNATI _ An 86-year-old nun who has spent the last three and a half decades at Xavier University as a teacher, academic adviser, special assistant to the president, NCAA faculty athletics representative, and all-around helper has been named a Great Living Cincinnatian by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. By Adam Baum, The Cincinnati Enquirer. SENT: 1,700 words, photos. An AP Member Exchange. Member credit mandatory.


_ MAN FATALLY SHOT: Police say a man has been found with multiple gunshot wounds near a Cleveland intersection and has died.

_ TATTOO REMOVAL-HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Ohio is offering grant money to help human trafficking victims get rid of tattoos or brands that were used to identify them as someone’s property.

_ JENNIFER GARNER-GRADUATION SPEECH: Actress Jennifer Garner has announced she will be speaking at the graduation ceremony at her Ohio alma mater, Denison University.

_ RAINBOW TROUT-OHIO: State officials say more than 100,000 rainbow trout will be stocked this spring in 66 Ohio public lakes with trout releases for anglers to take place through May 19.




GOODYEAR, Ariz. _ Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani is trying to avoid the injuries that cut short his last three seasons. So far, he’s been healthy in spring training. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. _ College basketball teams are trying to get fans to keep coming to games in the age of smartphones by making those phones an integral part of the experience. That’s evident every time cellphones in the stands light up arenas across the country during pregame lineup introductions. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 990 words, photos.


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