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

March 11, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

REDISTRICTING-OHIO

CINCINNATI _ A former speaker of the Ohio House is insisting there was Democratic input during the redrawing of the state’s congressional map. Retired Republican Rep. William Batchelder testified Monday, as a federal trial entered its second week in a lawsuit by voter rights groups that say the current seats resulted from “an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.” The redrawn districts have held steady at 12 Republicans, four Democrats, with few competitive elections since the remap ahead of 2012 elections. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 300 words, photo.

BRIEFS:

_ WWII SAILOR’S REMAINS ID’D: The body of an Ohio sailor from Butler County who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II has been identified.

_ FATAL CAR-BUS CRASH: Authorities say a car fleeing a police traffic stop has crashed into a regional transit bus in Trotwood, killing two people in the car and injuring seven other people.

_ TRANSGENDER NAME CHANGE: An Ohio appeals court has overturned a Warren County judge’s decision that denied a transgender 15-year-old a legal name change.

_ SEX ASSAULT TASK FORCE-INDICTMENTS: A sexual assault kit task force in Cuyahoga County has opened cases connected to more than 7,00 rape kits and is nearing 800 indictments from those investigations.

_ CLOUD COMPUTING DEGREE: A new two-year program at Columbus State Community College aims to teach students about cloud computing.

_ MISSING WOMAN-CASINO: The FBI is trying to solve the 12-year-old disappearance of a Pennsylvania woman who vanished after leaving a casino in Hancock County, West Virginia, across the river from Ohio.

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SPORTS:

BKC-T25--MICHIGAN ST-WARD

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 6 Michigan State expects standout forward Nick Ward to play in the Big Ten Tournament later this week. Coach Tom Izzo says he isn’t sure how many minutes the 6-foot-9 junior will be able to play nearly a month after having surgery on his left hand. The top-seeded Spartans will face the winner of the Ohio State-Indiana in the conference quarterfinals. Ward is Michigan State’s second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder. By Larry Lage. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

BKC--OHIO STATE-WESSON

COLUMBUS _ Ohio State center Kaleb Wesson will play in the Big Ten tournament after missing the last three games because of a suspension. SENT: 130 words.

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