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

March 4, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 was expected to bolster arguments for raising the Ohio gas tax by 18 cents, promote programs to improve children’s lives and discuss plans for fighting the opioid epidemic, in the Republican governor’s first State of the State speech on Tuesday. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 350 words by 9 a.m., followed by 130-word update from speech scheduled for noon, and then 700 words by 2:30 p.m. AP Photos.


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




CINCINNATI _Attorneys for voter rights groups argue that Ohio Republicans’ focus was locking in a 12-4 majority when they drew the state’s congressional map. Attorney Alora Thomas of the American Civil Liberties Union told a three-judge panel on Monday that the federal lawsuit against elected Republican state officials who controlled the remapping is “about real voters and real people.” Attorneys for Republicans say the map resulted from bipartisan compromise that was “democracy in action.” By Dan Sewell. SENT: 480 words, photo.


TOLEDO _ General Motors says production will end this week at one of five North American plants that it wants to close by next January. A GM spokeswoman said Monday that the last Chevrolet Cruze will come off the assembly line Wednesday at its sprawling Ohio assembly plant near Youngstown. The plant closings in the U.S. still must be negotiated with the union so some workers at GM’s Lordstown plant in Ohio are hoping it still can be saved. By John Seewer. SENT: 470 words, photos.


COLUMBUS _ Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to push for an increase in Ohio’s gas tax and promote efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in his first State of the State speech. The Republican also is expected to highlight programs he’s advocated to improve the lives of children. DeWine is bringing the event back to Columbus following the decision by his Republican predecessor, Gov. John Kasich, to hold seven of eight speeches in cities around Ohio. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 530 words.


LOS ANGELES _ Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52. The actor who was born and raised in Fredericktown, Ohio, was surrounded by family and friends when he died, publicist Arnold Robinson said. The actor had been hospitalized since last Wednesday, after a 911 call summoned medical help to his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 330 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The northeastern U.S. was digging out Monday after a snowstorm that closed schools and slowed the morning commute. The storm dropped up to 8 inches on much of the region, with northern New England expecting up to 10. Pennsylvania officials issued speed and commercial vehicle restrictions, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio closed schools Monday. SENT: 290 words, photos.




_ CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOT BOY: A police union says it has appealed the firing of a white Cleveland police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old black boy playing with a pellet gun.

_ CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-PROTEST: A sentencing hearing in Virginia, has been delayed for an Ohio man convicted of driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

_ PEDESTRIAN FATAL-OHIO: Police say an Ohio man who went outside to retrieve his newspaper has been struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-WICHITA: A suburban Cincinnati man whose online video game dispute allegedly led to a deadly hoax call has told a federal court in Kansas that he plans to change his plea.

_ OHIO STATE-GRADUATION SPEECH: Ohio State University has announced that journalist, author and political scientist Fareed Zakaria will deliver its spring commencement address.

_ MEDICAL INSTITUTE-SHUTDOWN: A Tampa-based medical institute with facilities in states including Ohio has closed its doors abruptly, laying off more than 500 employees nationwide.

_ CLEVELAND MUSEUM-ENDOWMENT: A retired businessman and his wife have donated $3 million to endow the position overseeing American art at the Cleveland Museum of Art

_ UNIVERSITY-BASEBALL GIFT: The University of Akron has received a nearly $1 million gift from a former university baseball player and his wife to help revive its baseball program. Also moving on some sports wires.




UNDATED: The Big Ten Conference says Jim Delany will step down as commissioner when his contract expires June 30, 2020. The 71-year-old Delany has been commissioner since 1989 and has been one of the most influential figures in college athletics over the past three decades. The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors has started a search for Delany’s successor. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


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