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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 2:30 pm, OH

May 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE

NEW YORK _ Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-FARMERS

MADRID, Iowa _ As a candidate, Donald Trump won over rural America in part by pledging to put an end to trade practices that have hurt farmers for years. While his prolonged trade war with China has only made a miserable situation works, there’s little indication Trump is paying a political price. Even without a deal, he’s getting credit for trying for the farmers caught in the middle. By Sara Burnett and Scott McFetridge. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.

DEATH PENALTY-MENTAL ILLNESS

COLUMBUS _ A bill now in Ohio’s legislature would prevent people convicted of aggravated murder from receiving the death penalty if they’re found to have had a ’serious mental illness” at the time of the offense. Republican Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer, of Uhrichsville, sponsored the bill. The Columbus Dispatch reports the bill has bipartisan support and support from mental health advocacy groups. Prosecutors in Ohio have opposed the bill. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 420 words by 4 p.m.

BRIEFS:

_ STANDOFF-SUSPECT DIES: Police say a man who reportedly called 911 saying he shot a woman in the head at a home in Montville Township in Medina County has been found dead after holding police at bay for three hours.

_ UNIVERSITY-AIR FORCE PLANE: A decommissioned C-130 Hercules Air Force cargo plane has been delivered to the University of Dayton for research on cost-effective ways to keep older C-130s flying.

_ OHIO AIRPORT-IMPROVEMENTS: Officials at Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus say the airport will receive $15 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for improvements, including runway upgrades that will help increase cargo activity.

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