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BC-OH--Ohio Digest 2 pm, OH

April 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CINCINNATI _ A federal magistrate has ordered that a 23-year-old man charged with lying to federal agents about being a missing child from Illinois continue to be held without bond. U.S. Magistrate Karen Litkovitz said Tuesday she considers Brian Michael Rini, of Medina, Ohio, a flight risk. He was charged last week after DNA tests ruled him out from being Timmothy Pitzen. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 400 words by 3 p.m.




SAN ANTONIO _ An Air Force report indicates a Special Forces veteran’s disruptive behavior and mental instability had been evident long before he killed his commander and himself in Texas in April 2016. Tech. Sgt. Steven Bellino, who grew up in Parma, Ohio, was armed with two hand guns, a knife and 61 rounds of ammunition when he killed Lt. Col. William Schroeder, 39, of Ames, Iowa, then himself at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. SENT: xxxxx words


_ XGR--SPORTS BETTING-OHIO: A bill to legalize sports betting in the state has been introduced in the Ohio House.

_ XGR--ABORTION-OHIO: A committee vote is scheduled in the Republican-led Ohio House on legislation to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected after the bill was altered to make heartbeat detection as easy as technologically possible.

_ DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: A Marion man whose 1994 death sentence for the rape and slaying of a woman was overturned has been resentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

_ INJURED TROOPER-CHARGES: An Ohio man is accused of fleeing a traffic stop, leading Georgia authorities on a car chase, causing a crash and then fleeing on foot while carrying his child.

_ POLICE-ICE CREAM: Police officers in one Ohio city will be cruising neighborhoods in a new ride this summer _ an ice cream truck.




COLUMBUS _ The spotlight is about to get brighter for 19-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets rookie Alexandre Texier. The French forward is getting lots of attention after playing only two NHL games. Now he’ll be with the team when it opens the playoffs Wednesday in Tampa. Texier made his debut with the team Friday and scored his first goal on Saturday. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 620 words, photos


UNDATED _ The start of the NHL playoffs will begin determining which teams took the right approach by either making deals or standing pat at the trade deadline in February. Winnipeg and Nashville restocked their lineups in a bid to spur their Stanley Cup championship aspirations. The President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning made no significant changes to a talented roster. The playoffs open on Wednesday night. By John Wawrow. SENT: 880 words, photos.


CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Cavaliers’ downtown home has a new name. Quicken Loans Arena has been renamed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The team announced the change a few hours before hosting the Charlotte Hornets in its season finale. The arena has been undergoing a massive, $185 million renovation that won’t be completed until this fall. By Tom Withers. SENT: 260 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES _ Mick Cronin has been hired as UCLA’s basketball coach, ending a months-long search to find a replacement for the fired Steve Alford. The university says Cronin agreed to a $24 million, six-year deal. He leaves his alma mater Cincinnati after 16 seasons, having led the Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last nine years. By Beth Harris. SENT: 430 words, photos.


DETROIT _ Cleveland Indians starter Mike Clevinger will miss at least six weeks with a back muscle injury. The Indians placed the right-hander on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Monday. He was pulled from Sunday’s 3-1 victory against Toronto after five innings and 75 pitches. By Matt Schoch. SENT: 130 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Pittsburgh pitcher Chris Archer has been suspended for five games, Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig for two and Reds manager David Bell for one for their roles in a bench-clearing fracas last weekend. The commissioner’s office said Tuesday that Archer has appealed his penalty and will play pending a decision. Puig and Bell were to serve their discipline starting Tuesday. SENT: 130 words, photos.


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