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

February 21, 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 is on the desk and 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GAS TAX-OHIO

CINCINNATI _ Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration on Thursday recommended increasing the state gas tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 and annually adjusting that tax for inflation to provide sufficient funding for maintenance of roads and bridges. Ohio’s Department of Transportation director, Jack Marchbanks, introduced the governor’s $7.43 billion transportation budget proposal to the House Finance Committee. The gas tax included in the two-year budget would be adjusted annually with the consumer price index to ensure sufficient funding going forward, Marchbanks said. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 440 words.

SPORTS BETTING-STATES

UNDATED _ Legislatures in roughly two dozen states are considering bills to legalize sports gambling, made possible after a Supreme Court ruling last year ended Nevada’s monopoly. An Associated Press review finds that lawmakers have introduced more than 100 legalization bills around the country. Many of them have broad support, but they also reveal areas of dispute, such as what to do with any new state revenue. By Geoff Mulvihill. 950 words. Photos. Graphic. A spreadsheet giving details of every state bill is being made available to customers who are signed up for AP’s data distributions.

BRIEFS:

_ TERROR THREAT ARREST: Authorities say a man accused of threatening a mass shooting in Michigan has been arrested at a residence in Youngstown, Ohio.

_ GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING: More job losses are coming as part of the shutdown of a General Motors plant in Lordstown that makes the Chevrolet Cruze.

_ EARNS-WENDY’S: Dublin-based Wendy’s Co. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $18.8 million.

_ DEAD SONS-MOTHER CHARGED: The trial of a Bellefontaine Ohio woman accused of suffocating her three sons has been delayed again after the judge agreed to a defense request for more testing and evaluation of the woman.

_ ANONYMOUS GIFT-OHIO COLLEGE: John Carroll University says an anonymous graduate has pledged a $20 million gift to the school in Ohio.

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SPORTS:

BBA--INDIANS-CLIPPARD: The Cleveland Indians and two-time All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard have agreed to terms on a minor league contract.

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