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

April 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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:

INMATE ASSAULT-CHARGES

PORTSMOUTH _ An Ohio man serving life in prison for aggravated murder has been sentenced to 86 years more for a guard’s stabbing last year and a 2017 stabbing that wounded four prisoners who were handcuffed to a table and unable to defend themselves. A prosecutor says 39-year-old Greg Reinke changed his plea to guilty last week on charges including attempted murder for the attacks at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 350 words, photos.

POPULAR VOTE-OHIO

COLUMBUS _ Ohio’s coveted electoral votes would be delivered to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote under a proposal making its way toward the state’s fall ballot. The recently certified amendment would require members of the powerful Electoral College to deliver their votes to whichever candidate wins the most votes nationally, rather than the most votes within Ohio. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 450 words.

HEALTH CARE LAWSUITS-STATES

HELENA, Mont. _ Montana’s attorney general has joined his Ohio counterpart in opposing a Texas judge’s ruling to strike down the Affordable Care Act. The court filing Monday by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, both Republicans, goes against the Trump administration’s position that the Obama-era health care law is unconstitutional. SENT: 260 words,

BRIEFS:

_ GAS TAX-OHIO: Ohio House and Senate lawmakers are continuing efforts to reach a compromise on raising the state gas tax to fix deteriorating roads and bridges

_ LAWMAKER-IMPAIRED DRIVING CASE: A state lawmaker from Cincinnati who was charged with impaired driving and felony drug possession after a traffic stop says he drove after drinking but believes he wasn’t impaired.

_ ABORTION CLINIC-OHIO: An Ohio appeals court has upheld a state order revoking the license of an abortion clinic in Kettering.

_ HOT CAR-INFANT DEATH: A Zanesville woman whose infant son died after she left him in a car on a broiling summer day has pleaded guilty to charges.

_ PANHANDLING LAWSUIT-OHIO: A civil rights group has joined a lawsuit asking a federal court to strike down Summit County’s panhandling ordinance as unconstitutional.

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