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

March 12, 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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PLANNED PARENTHOOD-OHIO

CINCINNATI _ A divided federal appeals court has upheld an Ohio anti-abortion law that blocks public money for Planned Parenthood. The Tuesday ruling by the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling and could result in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Ohio law targeted funding that Planned Parenthood receives through the state’s health department. That money is mostly from the federal government and supports education and prevention programs. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

_ HOSPITAL DEATHS-DOCTOR: Another family is suing a Columbus-area hospital and a critical-care doctor accused of ordering excessive doses of pain medication for dozens of patients who died.

_ SHOOTING-TEEN KILLED: Police in Ohio say a shooting outside a home in Toledo has killed a 16-year-old girl and injured another person.

_ DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof says he’s happy to discuss alternative execution methods as the state once again faces long capital punishment delays.

_ FIRE-13 DOGS DIE: Fire officials say a house fire in Toledo has killed 13 dogs, including eight puppies.

_ FLOODING ASSISTANCE-OHIO: A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Ohio counties damaged by flooding last month.

_ OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS-OHIO: The state’s prescription reporting system shows the number of prescription opioids dispensed to Ohioans declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2018.

_ XGR--SCHOOL TAKEOVERS-OHIO: Ohio lawmakers have proposed undoing a law that shifted operational control of poor-performing school districts to state-run panels and unelected CEOs, though three districts already affected would remain under state control.

_ BUSINESS COALITION-EDUCATION: A new coalition of Ohio business leaders focusing on education and related policy is expressing support for school choice, saying families should decide the best school for their children and have funding for that.

_ GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE-REPAIRS: Ohio plans to use state-allocated money for needed repairs to the Governor’s Residence.

_ AKRON-BUILDING DONATION: The city of Akron has indicated it is ready to donate a 250,000-square-foot building and two lots near downtown to nonprofit organizations already using them.

_PHOENIX ZOO-LION: The Phoenix Zoo is the new home of an African lion received from the Columbus Zoo.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS-FREE AGENCY

CLEVELAND _ The Browns beefed up their defensive line before NFL free agency opened. Vikings tackle Sheldon Richardson agreed Tuesday to a three-year, $39 million contract with Cleveland, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. By Tom Withers. SENT: 270 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

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_ FBN--FREE AGENCY-THE LATEST

BKC--AP ALL-BIG TEN

Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Purdue’s Matt Painter is its coach of the year. Winston, Purdue’s Carsen Edwards and Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference. Michigan freshman Ignas Brazdeikis was picked newcomer of the year. By Eric Olson. SENT: 650 words, photos.

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

UNDATED _ Wofford made plenty of NCAA Tournament at-large candidates nervous before doing them all a favor. The 20th-ranked Terriers trailed most of the way before closing with a 20-3 run to outlast UNC Greensboro 70-58 on Monday night in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game at Asheville, North Carolina. By Steve Megargee. SENT: 740 words, photos.

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