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 until 4:30 p.m. Delano Massey, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmassey@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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BRIEFS:

— BABY OVERDOSES: The father of a 1-year-old boy who ingested a toxic mix of drugs and died has been sentenced to prison.

— POLE VAULTER-LAWSUIT: A federal judge has a rejected a lawsuit by a pole-vaulter who says his Ohio high school banned him from competing because he refused to practice in the rain.

— COAL MINING COMPANY: Federal officials are being asked to investigate whether a financially-troubled coal company has posted sufficient bonds to cover future reclamation work at its mines in the U.S. and Canada.

— INMATE-DREADLOCKS LAWSUIT: A federal judge has ruled that Ohio can't force a convicted killer to cut off his dreadlocks, calling it a violation of religious rights.

— GOVERNOR'S RACE-SPORTS BETTING: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging state lawmakers to get in front of a potential ballot issue by legalizing sports betting.

— 2 KILLED-SUSPECTED CARJACKING: Ohio authorities say two people have been killed in a crash of vehicle taken in a suspected carjacking.

— MONARCH BUTTERFLY-CONSERVATION PLAN: Public comment is being sought on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines.

— JUDGE CONFIRMED: A Kentucky lawyer who is a partner in a Cincinnati law firm has been confirmed to be a judge for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

— EX-COUNCILMAN INDICTED: A former Cleveland city councilman has been sentenced to probation for voting on contracts involving a company he had close ties with.

— CHARTER SCHOOL-AUCTION: Property that once belonged to an online Ohio charter school is being liquidated in an online auction that runs through mid-June.

— SCHOOL WORKER-THEFT: A former Ohio school maintenance supervisor has been indicted for allegedly using the district's money to buy $65,000 worth of equipment including a custom-built utility vehicle.

— OHIO GOVERNOR'S RACE-BIDEN: Former Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Democrat Richard Cordray for Ohio governor.

— BRAIN DISEASE-DEER: New York state officials are proposing new actions and regulatory changes to prevent a deadly brain disease from infecting the state's deer and moose populations.

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