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BC-OH--Ohio Digest 2 pm, OH

April 10, 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.

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COLUMBUS _ More than a dozen principals from U.S. schools impacted by shootings have formed a support network for the next colleagues who join their unenviable ranks. The Principals Recovery Network will also advocate for resources to help schools prevent violence. The initial group of 17 includes former Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis and a principal from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. DeAngelis says it’s a network each participant wishes they’d had. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 660 words, photo.


COLUMBUS _ No topic seemed off limits as Ohio abortion-rights supporters fought the latest version of the state’s twice-vetoed heartbeat abortion ban, which is expected to take its next steps Wednesday toward a new governor’s likely signature. Back alleys and coat hangers, the lessons of slavery, the book of Genesis and the 2020 youth vote were all rolled out during a committee hearing Tuesday in their efforts to turn back the fast-moving bill. Republicans were unmoved. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from House session scheduled to start at 1 p.m., Senate session scheduled for 1:30 p.m.



UNDATED _ Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected _ which means as early as six weeks, when many women don’t even know they’re pregnant. Georgia could join them if Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signs a measure that has been sent to him, and similar bills are pending in at least eight other states with anti-abortion GOP majorities in their legislatures. By David Crary. SENT: 860 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ A year after buying startup Story, Cincinnati-based Macy’s is bringing to life the retail concept to 36 stores in 15 states including its Manhattan flagship store. The concept, which curates merchandise around a theme and rotates every four to six weeks, comes at a time when department stores are trying to rethink how to better excite shoppers who are increasingly going online. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 410 words, photos.


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. _ The nation’s largest casino workers union is asking gambling regulators to protect employees from neglect by hedge funds or private equity firms seeking short-term returns from casino ownership. Unite Here approached gambling regulators in three states Wednesday, asking them to keep workers in mind when approving Wall Street firms for ownership or management changes regarding casinos. The request was made to regulators in New Jersey, Nevada and Ohio. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 570 words by 3 p.m.


_ POPULAR VOTE-OHIO: A ballot measure proposing to give Ohio’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote has been withdrawn.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-TEEN: Authorities say a 13-year-old boy plotted to kill a 14-year-old girl and now faces a juvenile charge of aggravated murder in her fatal shooting last month in Canton.

_ PASTORS-SEX CHARGES: A former minister convicted child sex trafficking after a woman told jurors he groomed her for sex when she was 14 and encouraged her to have sex with two other pastors is seeking a new trial in Toledo.

_ MURDER CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED: Three East Cleveland men wrongfully imprisoned for murder for nearly 20 years will split a wrongful-conviction payment of $1.5 million from the state of Ohio.

_ FLOODING ASSISTANCE: Federal funding is being made available to help repair damage in southern Ohio from storms, flooding and landslides after severe weather in February.

_ HEALTH PROVIDERS-SUPPORT: The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is giving more than $15 million to an effort to help support health care providers in a program conceived by the Cleveland Clinic.




UNDATED _ Kyler Murray and Nick Bosa are among the 23 prospects who plan to attend the NFL draft this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, could be selected No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals. Bosa, a defensive end from Ohio State, also is expected to be a top-three pick. SENT: 130 words, photos.


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