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

March 7, 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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:

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

COLUMBUS _ Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed three additional executions to give the state prison system time to develop a new lethal injection method. The Republican governor’s order Thursday follows a federal judge’s scathing critique in January of the first drug used in the current process. DeWine said Thursday it was “highly unlikely” any new injection process would make it through expected lawsuits in time for the next three executions. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 550 words, photos.

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_ DEATH PENALTY-OHIO-THE LATEST

ELECTION 2020-SHERROD BROWN

COLUMBUS _ U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he won’t run for president after making an exploratory swing through early-voting states. The Ohio Democrat announced his 2020 decision to a group of home-state reporters on Thursday. Brown says he feels his “dignity of work” tour succeeded in its mission of putting the struggles of working people on the Democrats’ 2020 radar and he can be most effective in the Senate. By Julie Carr Smyth and Elana Schor. SENT: 470 words, photos.

EARNS-KROGER

CINCINNATI _ Shares of Kroger are falling sharply after the grocer’s costly modernization plan dragged down profits during the fourth quarter. The Cincinnati chain posted net income of $259 million, or 48 cents per share. That’s down from last year’s $854 million and per-share earnings were four cents short of Wall Street expectations, according to a survey by FactSet. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

BRIEFS:

_ GAS TAX-OHIO: A transportation budget bill that includes increases in the state’s gas and diesel taxes to help maintain roads and bridges is scheduled for a vote before the full House. With Gas Tax-Ohio Glance.

_ POLICE CHASE-DROWNING: Authorities say an Ohio man who fled Canton police and whose body was found in a creek a few weeks later drowned accidentally.

_ TRUCK HITS HOME: A woman in Rockford says she was getting her children ready for the day when a semitrailer crashed straight into their home, causing severe damage but no serious injuries to the family or the driver. With photos.

_ BAIL REFORM-CONSERVATIVES: A number of Ohio conservatives are renewing a push for bail reform by forming a new group.

_ XGR--GUNS-BOTCHED BILL: State lawmakers have fixed a mistake in an Ohio bill that gun rights advocates said could inadvertently ban several types of legal guns and have sent the corrective bill to the governor for his signature.

_ GREAT LAKES-FUNDING: Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality.

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SPORTS:

BKN--JAMES PASSES JORDAN

LOS ANGELES _ When LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan’s career points total, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side. That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan meant to James while he grew up. James idolized Jordan and strived to be like the Chicago Bulls superstar throughout his youth, even studying the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 1,040 words, photos.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ No. 7 Michigan and No. 9 Michigan State meet in East Lansing on Saturday with the winner earning at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship. Defending champion Michigan State handed the Wolverines their only home loss of the season with a 77-70 win on Feb. 24. Both teams could be without key players because of injuries. Back-to-back home wins over ranked opponents put Indiana on the NCAA Tournament bubble. By Eric Olson. SENT: 640 words, photos.

FBN--BROWNS-JOHNSON

CLEVELAND _ Free agent cornerback Kevin Johnson is scheduled to meet with the Browns, a person familiar with the visit confirmed to The Associated Press. Johnson, who was released this week by the Houston Texans, is scheduled to be at the team’s headquarters later this week, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not confirming visits. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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