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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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LANSING, Mich. _ After passing waves of tax cuts in recent years, some Republican-dominated states have decided it’s time to make a big exception, calling for tax increases to fix roads crumbling from years of low funding and deferred maintenance. In the past month alone, three GOP governors have signed fuel tax hikes, in Ohio, Alabama and Arkansas. Proposed increases are now before three legislatures fully or partly Republican-controlled, including a whopping 45-cent hike in Michigan. By David Eggert. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
EXCHANGE-DEATH IN VIETNAM-ANNIVERSARY
WAPAKONETA, Ohio _ Fifty years will have passed this Saturday since Gary Detrick was killed by enemy fire in Vietnam. He was 20 years old. By Jim Krumel, The Lima News. SENT: 1,100 words.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska _ The four members of the Team Winnie the Pooh live more than 3,800 miles from the Fairbanks Curling Club. However, the Ohio curlers seemed to be right at home in the club during the 84th edition of the four-day Fairbanks International Bonspiel. By Danny Martin, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. SENT: 900 words.
_ FRUIT RECALL-SALMONELLA OUTBREAK: An Indianapolis-based company has issued a recall for melon products sold in 16 states after being linked to a salmonella outbreak.
_ MOVE OVER LAW-ENFORCEMENT: The State Highway Patrol is focusing on enforcement of Ohio’s Move Over law as construction season starts.
_ PROSECUTOR INDICTED-OHIO: An Ohio county prosecutor accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a female kidnapping victim in his office has been convicted of coercion but acquitted of a sex charge.
_ BODY FOUND-NATURE PRESERVE: Ohio authorities have begun an investigation after human remains were found in a nature preserve.
_ BABY SITTER-ABUSE CASE: An Ohio baby sitter charged with murder in a 3-year-old girl’s death has been convicted of the child’s death.
_ OHIO LEGISLATIVE AIDES-PAY: Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder says the chamber will pay $616,000 a year to boost the starting pay of legislative aides.
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The arrival of transfer Justin Fields from Georgia after the first of the year was a seismic game-changer for Ohio State, which was losing Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins Jr. to the NFL draft. As spring practice finishes with the annual Scarlet and Gray game, new Ohio State coach Ryan Day is still presenting it as a two-man QB race between Fields and Matthew Baldwin. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio _ The Columbus Blue Jackets have been up two games to none in a playoff series before, and they know to not get too excited. Last year they were up 2-0 on Washington, which dusted them in four straight games on the way to winning a Stanley Cup championship. This time they are up 2-0 on the formidable Tampa Bay Lightning and will try to keep their foot on the gas as the series moves to Columbus on Sunday night. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. EDT.
_ KUCHEROV SUSPENDED: NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for Game 3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
LOS ANGELES _ Carlos Vela and league-leading Los Angeles FC look to jump out to a 6-0-1 start when they host expansion FC Cincinnati. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Starts 7:30 p.m. PDT.
SOC-MLS--COLUMBUS CREW-MONTREAL IMPACT
MONTREAL _ The Columbus Crew plays at the Montreal Impact. 150 words, more on merit.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Cleveland and Kansas City continue their three-game weekend series at Kauffman Stadium. By David Smale. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:15 p.m.
MONTERREY, Mexico _ The Cardinals and Reds open a two-game series at Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey. Adam Wainwright (1-0) faces Tanner Roark (0-0). By Carlos Gonzalez. Game time 7:10 p.m.
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