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

April 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HYUNDAI-KIA FIRES

DETROIT _ The U.S. government’s highway safety watchdog has decided to open two investigations into fires in Hyundai and Kia vehicles that aren’t involved in crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it opened the probe after getting more than 3,100 complaints of fires from consumers and the automakers that included 103 injuries. By AP Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 690 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

BRIEFS:

_ GM PLANT CLOSINGS-LAWSUIT: Attorneys for General Motors have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the automaker sidestepped an agreement with union workers through its plans to idle three plants, including one in Ohio.

_ BODY IN RIVER-POLICE CHASE: Police in Lodi say a man was trying to evade capture from officers and jumped or fell into a river where his body was recovered hours later.

_ POLICE ASSAULT-CHARGES: Police in Ohio say a man forced his way into a police department, assaulted officers and a firefighter there and was then arrested.

_ DRIVER’S LICENSES-LAMINATION: A lawsuit seeking refunds for some 2 million Ohioans who paid for driver’s license lamination services that didn’t take place has been filed.

_ KENT STATE-BOB WOODWARD: Kent State University says journalist Bob Woodward is scheduled to speak at the school next month.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS-MOVES

CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Browns have released safety Derrick Kindred and wide receiver Ricardo Louis. On the first day of their offseason program, the club also signed free agent defensive back Juston Burris, defensive lineman Trevon Coley, wide receiver Rashard Higgins and defensive back Jermaine Whitehead. Kindred and Louis were both selected in 2016 by Cleveland’s previous front office, which drafted 14 players that year. By Tom Withers. SENT: 330 words, photos.

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

NEW YORK _ The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics were stepping stones for LeBron James on his annual trips to the NBA Finals. Now they are getting ready for their chance in the Eastern Conference playoffs that no longer include James. The Raptors appear set to be the No. 2 seed and the Celtics are fighting for fourth. Boston is mostly healthy and still hoping to live up to its preseason expectations. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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