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

April 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ A new lawsuit alleges officers at an Ohio prison watched and laughed as an inmate slipped his handcuffs, pulled out a blade and stabbed four fellow prisoners who were handcuffed to a table and couldn’t defend themselves. The civil rights lawsuit filed Wednesday by two of the injured men alleges officers hadn’t strip-searched the attacker as required and didn’t provide first aid to the bleeding inmates. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 360 words. Pursuing AP photos.


WICHITA, Kan. _ A gamer from North College Hill, Ohio, accused of recruiting a prankster to make a bogus emergency call is expected in federal court to answer for his alleged part in the hoax that got an unarmed Kansas man killed by police. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words developing from hearing set to start at 2:30 p.m. EDT.


_ SOLDIER KILLED-AFGHANISTAN: The body of a 29-year-old Ohio soldier who died in combat in Afghanistan has been returned to his hometown. With photos.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-OFFICER INJURED: Police in Fairborn say an officer responding to a report of gunfire at a residence has been shot and injured and a suspect has been taken into custody.

_ POLICE CHASE-ZOO: Cleveland’s zoo has opened as scheduled Wednesday morning after police and park rangers searched unsuccessfully for a man and a woman seen climbing over a fence there following a police pursuit.

_ MOBILE HOME CRASH-CHARGES: A prosecutor says a man accused of crashing into a mobile home in Franklin Township and causing the death of a woman inside the home has been indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.

_ APPALACHIAN INVESTMENTS: The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced grants aimed at supporting local responses to the substance abuse epidemic in Kentucky and Ohio.




CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Indians have signed manager Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2022 season. The 59-year-old Francona’s deal was set to expire after 2020. He has just begun his seventh season with the Indians and the club decided to lengthen its relationship with the popular manager for another two years. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, photos.


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