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

March 6, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING

LORDSTOWN _ General Motors’ sprawling Lordstown assembly plant near Youngstown is about to end production of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, ending for now more than 50 years of auto manufacturing at the site. The jobs of nearly 1,700 hourly workers will be eliminated when production ends Wednesday afternoon and a contingent of workers finish making replacement parts like hoods and fenders sometime later this month. By Mark Gillispie and Tom Krisher. SENT: 530 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 130 words from closing about 2:30 p.m., and then about 700 words by 4:30 p.m.

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_ GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING-GLANCE

_ GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING-THE LATEST

GAS TAX-OHIO

CINCINNATI _ Ohio House Republicans have proposed cutting Republican Gov. Mike Dewine’s 18-cents-per-gallon recommended gas-tax increase to maintain roads and bridges to 10.7 cents. Republicans unveiled their plan Tuesday in a substitute version of Ohio’s transportation budget. The House finance committee plans to vote on it Wednesday with a full House vote expected Thursday. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 380 words, photos.

TRUMP-INVESTIGATIONS

WASHINGTON _ White House lawyers expect to point to executive power and privilege as they turn back requests for documents by House Democrats launching investigations related to President Donald Trump. Officials at the White House tell The Associated Press that the counsel’s office for the president plans to be cooperative but is unlikely to provide the documents Democrats want. At the same time, Trump and his aides are publicly denigrating the investigations as wholly unwarranted. By Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

_ MOSQUE VANDALIZED: Islamic leaders are calling recent vandalism at a mosque in Dayton a hate crime.

_ COUNTY JAIL-CLEVELAND: Records show the U.S. Marshals Service gave a county jail in Cleveland positive reviews for 10 years, including one just two months before it released a scathing report that called conditions inside the lockup inhumane.

_ PENCE-OHIO: Vice President Mike Pence is headed to Columbus to headline a fundraiser for the oil-and-gas industry.

_ GORILLA LAWSUIT-CINCINNATI: The Cincinnati Zoo and a California group the zoo loaned a male silverback gorilla to in 1991 have agreed on a plan for the gorilla’s court-ordered return to the zoo.

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SPORTS:

FBC-T25--OHIO STATE-NEW DAY

COLUMBUS _ New Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has opened his first practice of his tenure with plenty of new faces. Day, who replaced a retiring Urban Myers, convened the first practice of spring with a bunch of new assistants and a new likely starter at quarterback in heralded transfer Justin Fields. The Buckeyes will practice without pads twice this week and then will resume after the university’s spring break. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

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