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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 2:20 pm, OH

March 2, 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. Mark Gillispie is on the desk. Interim AP Ohio news editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins is on the desk and 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State speech in an annual event coming back to the Statehouse, following his predecessor’s decision to give the address in various cities around Ohio. Among the topics he’s expected to highlight: the need for a boost in Ohio’s gas tax, programs to improve the lives of children, and plans to slow the state’s deadly addictions epidemic. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. AP Photos. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 a.m., followed by a 130-word update from speech scheduled to begin atr noon and then 700 words by 2 p.m.


_ STATE OF THE STATE-GLANCE: Highlights of the speech and gubernatorial proposals.




CINCINNATI _ Voting rights groups that charge that Ohio’s congressional map was unfairly manipulated by state Republicans will have their say in federal court. The trial for a lawsuit filed last year is scheduled to open Monday in Cincinnati. The suit challenges the district maps in effect through 2020 for “an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” that violates voters’ rights. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 430 words. AP photos.




HEBRON, Ohio _ An Ohio couple has made a church empty for years as their home. By Sheridan Hendrix, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 830 words. AP photos. Mandatory member credit.



_ HEAD-ON COLLISION-3 DEAD: The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it has seized 55 gallons (208 liters) of CBD oil containing the non-psychoactive chemical compounds found in cannabis plants.

_ CBD OIL SEIZURE: The Ohio State Highway Patrol says it has seized 55 gallons (208 liters) of CBD oil containing the non-psychoactive chemical compounds found in cannabis plants.

_ UNIVERSITY-THEATER NAME: The Black Student Union at an Ohio university is pushing the school’s president to rename a theater honoring an actress who starred in “The Birth of a Nation,” considered one of the most racist movies ever made.

_ SCHOOL THREAT-INDICTMENT: Federal authorities say a man has been indicted for threatening to shoot Ohio school students on Snapchat.

_ POLAR BEAR POOP COLLECTION: An Ohio zoo has become the repository for the world’s largest collection of polar bear poop as researchers work to create a pregnancy test to aid the survival of this threatened species.

_ CONCEALED CARRY-OHIO: Ohio saw a record of nearly 100,000 renewals of concealed carry gun permits last year.

_ STOLEN BEATLES MAGAZINE RETURNED: An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a “kid” and sent $100 to cover late fees.


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