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

March 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PASTORS-SEX CHARGES

TOLEDO _ A former minister in Ohio has been convicted of 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. Anthony Haynes faces up to life in prison. Jurors found him guilty Wednesday of charges including sex trafficking and child sexual exploitation. By John Seewer. SENT: 300 words.

HEALTH CARE LAW-OHIO

CLEVELAND _ Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says he will file a court brief in support of maintaining health care coverage for Ohioans with pre-existing medical conditions. A federal appeals court in New Orleans will consider whether or not to uphold a Texas judge’s decision to strike down all aspects of former President Barack Obama’s signature American Care Act. By Mark Gillispie. UPCOMING: 130 words, followed by 400 words by 4:30 p.m.

OHIO FAMILY KILLED

PIKETON _ A woman facing charges in connection to an Ohio family massacre is to go before a judge and ask that her charges be dismissed. Prosecutors are opposing the request and also want a gag order to stop Fredericka Wagner from speaking about the case. A hearing was set for Thursday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: To be updated from hearing set to start at 1:30 p.m. EDT with 130 words, then 300 words by 4 p.m.

BRIEFS:

_ FETAL REMAINS-OHIO: The Republican-controlled state Senate has approved a bill requiring Ohio abortion clinics to arrange for fetal remains to be buried or cremated.

_ HOSPITAL DEATHS-DOCTOR: A Columbus-area hospital where dozens of patients died after receiving potentially fatal doses of painkillers says it has fully addressed concerns about its pharmacy services that jeopardized its Medicare participation.

_ LANDSLIDES-PARKWAY: The mayor of Cincinnati says parts of Columbia Parkway could close down for the next two years in order to stop landslides.

_ PAIN MEDICATION INSPECTIONS-FAKE COP: An Ohio woman is accused of following people home from a St. Clairsville pain clinic, pretending to be a police officer and telling them she needs to inspect their medications.

_ CINCINNATI OPENING DAY: Cincinnati Reds fans have milestones to celebrate during their annual opening day festivities.

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SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-PERFECT BRACKET

COLUMBUS _ Gregg Nigl defied huge odds and picked every NCAA Tournament game correctly through the first two rounds. The achievement has made a national celebrity out of the 40-year-old neuropsychologist from Columbus, Ohio. He’s been on most of the major network news shows. Now Buick is going to fly him and his 9-year-old son to California to see their beloved Michigan Wolverines play in the next round. The bracket was one of four Nigl filled out online this year. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 490 words, photos.

BKC--UMKC-DONLON

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Missouri-Kansas City hired Northwestern assistant Billy Donlon on Thursday to take over its men’s basketball program, which has never qualified for the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level. SENT: 130 words.

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