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

March 14, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING FRIDAY:

OHIO BUDGET

COLUMBUS _ Republican Gov. Mike DeWine outlines his proposed two-year budget for Ohio. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., then updated with 130 words from event set to start at 10 a.m. followed by 450 words by noon. AP Photos planned.

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TOP STORIES:

HOSPITAL DEATHS-DOCTOR

COLUMBUS _ Ohio officials are pursuing potential discipline against 25 nurses accused of failing to question an intensive-care doctor’s orders for excessive doses of painkillers given to dozens of hospital patients who then died. Ohio’s nursing board says the nurses from the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System have a right to administrative hearings. Mount Carmel says its employees who were part of administering drugs for the affected patients have been removed from patient care. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m.

LAKE ERIE ALGAE

TOLEDO _ Ohio’s governor is proposing spending nearly $1 billion to clean up the toxic algae in Lake Erie and to protect the state’s other waterways. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine wants to set aside $900 million from this year’s new state budget for water quality projects over the next 10 years. DeWine said Thursday that he expects much of the money will go toward combating the algae in Lake Erie. By John Seewer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

UPS-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT

TOLEDO _ Workers at a UPS distribution hub in Ohio say they’ve been subjected to a series of racist acts and discriminatory hiring decisions. The employees near Toledo say in a lawsuit that white employees in 2016 put up a noose and Confederate flags and directed racist language at them. They also say black employees have been passed over for promotions. UPS says in a statement that it responded quickly and fired two employees. SENT: 310 words.

INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT

UNDATED _ The operator of a leading neo-Nazi website claims it’s too dangerous for him to travel to the U.S. to be questioned under oath for a lawsuit accusing him of terrorizing a Montana real estate agent’s family. Attorneys for The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin have asked a federal judge for an order excusing him from an in-person deposition in the U.S. Anglin’s lawyers insist the Ohio native hasn’t lived in the U.S. for years and fears for his safety if his whereabouts are disclosed. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 550 words.

BRIEFS:

_ TRUMP-OHIO: President Donald Trump is set to travel to Ohio next week to highlight his investments in defense spending and to raise money for his re-election bid.

_ COUNTY JAIL-CLEVELAND-GOVERNOR: Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has asked for a review of the state’s jail inspections process after discrepancies in reports about a county jail where eight inmates died in 2018.

_ REDISTRICTING-OHIO: The future of Ohio’s congressional district map is in the hands of three federal judges.

_ TRANSGENDER TEEN-NAME: A Warren County Probate judge has reversed his earlier denial of a transgender 15-year-old’s legal name change and is allowing that change.

_ WRONG-WAY DRIVER: Police in Columbus successfully stopped a motorist who was driving the wrong way on a highway.

_ ICE JAM-DAMAGED CEMETERY: The future of Ohio’s congressional district map is in the hands of three federal judges.

_ HOSPITAL MOVING: The Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati is planning to move its operations to Dayton and sell its building in Cincinnati.

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