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

March 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ The Ohio hospital system where an intensive-care doctor is accused of ordering painkiller overdoses for dozens of patients says it has put more employees on leave and changed key leaders at the hospital where nearly all those deaths occurred. Mount Carmel Health System said Wednesday that 48 nurses and pharmacists under review have been reported to regulatory boards. It says 30 are on leave, and 18 no longer work there. The doctor was fired in December. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3:30 p.m. AP Photo planned.


CINCINNATI _ The longest-serving woman in U.S. House history blames partisan gerrymandering for making “a mess” of Congress and hurting America. Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo, Ohio, testified Wednesday in the final day of testimony about a federal lawsuit challenging Ohio’s congressional map as unconstitutional. The 19th-term congresswoman expressed outrage over the Republican-controlled redrawing of her 9th district ahead of the 2012 elections to force a primary battle with another incumbent. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


COLUMBUS _ The Republican-led Ohio Senate is expected to pass a so-called heartbeat bill to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The new GOP governor says he’d sign the bill, which would be among the most restrictive abortion measures in the country. By Kantele Franko. UPCOMING: 250 words developing from Senate


LORDSTOWN _ Ohio’s governor says he doesn’t think General Motors is planning to make a new line of vehicles at its assembly plant in Lordstown. The plant near Youngstown that shut down last week is one of five factories GM says it wants to close by next January. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine tells The Vindicator in Youngstown that GM has given no hints about using the plant again and that the automaker has indicated it’s talking with another company about using the site. SENT: 330 words, photo.


COLUMBUS _ An Ohio prosecutor says he’ll review and dismiss open cases handled solely by a vice officer who stands accused of forcing women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein also said prosecutors will review cases of defendants who previously pleaded guilty in convictions involving the officer on a case-by-case basis. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130 words from hearing set to begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Developed on merits.


_ PLANE INTO HOUSE: Ohio’s governor says it seems clear that General Motors isn’t planning on making a new line of vehicles at its assembly plant near Youngstown.

_ GOVERNORS-GREAT LAKES RESTORATION: Governors of five states, including Ohio, oppose President Donald Trump’s call for a 90 percent spending cut for a Great Lakes cleanup program.

_ WOMAN KILLED-STALKING: A man accused of killing an Ohio woman in Butler County after stalking her for months has pleaded guilty to murder and other charges

_ POLICE RELATIONS-OHIO: The state says the latest law enforcement agencies to be certified on standards governing the use of deadly force and other policies are a sheriff’s office and two village police departments.

_ OHIO SPORTS HISTORY: A new exhibit opening Saturday at the Ohio History Connection Museum tells the story of Ohio sports and their role in shaping American athletic history.

_ COUPLE KILLED: A suburban Detroit man who was arrested in Cincinnati in August has been ordered to stand trial in last year’s slayings of his sister and her boyfriend in Michigan.




CLEVELAND _ A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Browns and free agent tight end Demetrius Harris have agreed to a two-year contract. Harris, who backed up Pro Bowler Travis Kelce in Kansas City, will be added to the roster when the NFL free agency signing period begins said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because teams are not permitted to announce any moves until later. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words.




GOODYEAR, Ariz. _ Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor was to play in a controlled minor league game, a major step in his recovery from a calf strain. Lindor was expected to bat three times and play in the field on Wednesday. The Indians remain hopeful that Lindor will be ready for the club’s March 28 opener at Minnesota, but have put no firm timetable on his return. By Theresa Smith. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


UNDATED _ The NCAA Tournament’s bubble got a little tighter after Saint Mary’s upset No. 1 Gonzaga to earn an automatic bid to the Big Dance. The Gaels had an outside shot at earning an invitation to the NCAA Tournament even if they had lost to Gonzaga, but now there’s no doubt that the WCC is a two-bid league. The surprising win is bad news for teams like Belmont, UNC Greensboro, Alabama and Ohio State, who are fighting for the same shrinking pool of at-large bids in the 68-team field. By David Brandt. SENT: 810 words, photos.


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