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

March 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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PIKETON _ Attorneys for a woman charged in connection to an Ohio family massacre are seeking dismissal of obstruction and perjury charges against her. Fredericka Wagner’s son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons have pleaded not guilty to the 2016 slayings of eight Rhoden family members in Pike County. Wagner also has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m. AP Photos planned.


COLUMBIA, S.C. _ While nearby states including Ohio are acting quickly to move more restrictive abortion laws through their legislatures, South Carolina lawmakers have barely touched the issue so far in 2019. Lawmakers have introduced at least nine different abortion bills in the South Carolina General Assembly in 2019, from a near outright ban on abortions to banning specific abortion methods. None of them have received public hearing. By Jeffrey Collins and Christina L. Myers. SENT: 700 words, photo.


SHARONVILLE _ More than 450 middle and high school students and their advisers in southwestern Ohio have formed the region’s first Hope Squads. The squads are groups of peers trained to listen to classmates suffering disappointment, crisis, mental health problems or suicidal thoughts. Hope Squad is a national movement to address the youth-suicide epidemic by countering the notion that teenagers don’t have the maturity to handle heavy emotions. By Ann Saker, The Cincinnati Enquirer. SENT: 520 words. An AP Member Exchange. Member credit mandatory.


_ AUDIT-STUDENT SAFETY: The U.S. Department of Justice has criticized Cincinnati Public Schools on its handling of a $5 million school safety grant.

_ CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS-DEFAULT: A construction firm has been accused of defaulting on at least three uncompleted, taxpayer-funded projects in Ohio, including one at a state park and ones in Ross County and Franklin County.




CLEVELAND _ Free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez intends to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. By Tom Withers. SENT: 270 words, photos.


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