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

March 15, 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. Mark Gillispie 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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:

OHIO BUDGET

COLUMBUS _Efforts to support Ohio’s vulnerable children and adults, prepare more skilled workers, and address water-quality concerns would get targeted funding increases under Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s first state operating budget proposal. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 415 words. Will be updated.

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MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-OHIO SPORTS HISTORY

COLUMBUS -- Ohio has no shortage of elite athletes, such as LeBron James, Jack Nicklaus and Archie Griffin. A new exhibit opening Saturday at the Ohio History Center will put a spotlight on Ohioans and their roles in shaping the nation’s sports history. Ohio-Champion of Sports will remain open at least through September 2020. By Eric Lagatta, Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 850 words. AP photos. Mandatory member credit.

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BRIEFS:

_ SHOOTING-TEEN KILLED: Authorities in Ohio say a pair of 17-year-old boys will be in Juvenile Court next week to face charges in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.

_ GAS PIPELINE FIGHT: A judge has tossed out a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan.

_ POLICE PROMOTIONS LAWSUIT: A judge in Ohio has sided with two police officers who say their department skipped over their promotions due to the death of a fellow police officer.

_ GRADUATION RULES-OHIO: The state school board is recommending that Ohio lawmakers give high school students more flexibility to earn a diploma through options not relying on standardized tests.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS-HUNT SUSPENDED

CLEVELAND -- The NFL has suspended Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games after a video showed him kicking a woman and his involvement in a fight at a resort. The league cited a violation of its personal conduct policy for “physical altercations” at his residence in Cleveland last February and at a resort in Ohio last June.” Hunt was released last season by Kansas City. He will not be paid during the half-season suspension, which he will not appeal. Hunt can practice until the suspension starts. By Tom Withers. SENT: 820 words. AP photos.

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