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

February 16, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CAMPAIGN THEFT ALLEGATIONS

CLEVELAND -- The re-election committee for an Ohio Republican congressman suspects its former treasurer has stolen tens of thousands of dollars from the campaign’s bank account. Cleveland.com reports Rep. Dave Joyce’s campaign sent the Federal Election Commission a letter Friday saying security camera footage helped confirm ex-treasurer Scott Coleman used the campaign’s ATM card to make more than $80,000 in unauthorized withdrawals. SENT: 310 words.

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MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-WALMART SHOOTING

CINCINNATI -- It’s been more than four years since John Crawford was shot and killed by a police officer in Walmart in suburban Dayton. Although Crawford was doing nothing illegal, Officer Sean Williams has been cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, his own department and federal investigators. But Crawford’s family is suing Williams, the police department and Walmart. By Keith Bierygolicks, The Cincinnati Enquirer. SENT: 2,885 words. Mandatory member credit.

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BRIEFS:

_ MARSH CLEANUP: Ohio officials have released $10.8 million earmarked to clean up a marsh damaged by salt pollution over the last 50 years. Cleveland.com reports the state controlling board approved releasing the money for Mentor Marsh in Lake County this week.

_ CHIEF WAHOO-MUSTARD: The maker of Cleveland’s ballpark mustard is removing the Chief Wahoo logo from its branding and packaging to maintain longstanding ties with the Cleveland Indians baseball team.

_ FBI CLEVELAND: An Ohio native who served as a special assistant to the FBI’s three most recent directors in Washington is the new leader of the agency’s Cleveland field office.

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