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

March 29, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 SLAYING-WITNESS RECANT

CLEVELAND _A federal appeals court has ruled a civil rights lawsuit filed by three men who spent decades in prison for a murder they didn’t commit can proceed to trial. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that a federal judge wrongly dismissed lawsuits filed by Rickey Jackson, Kwame Ajamu and Wiley Bridgeman against Cleveland, a former police detective and the estates of three other detectives who are deceased. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2:30 p.m.

XGR-GAS TAX-OHIO

COLUMBUS _ The state gas tax would rise 11 cents under a deal worked out by Gov. Mike DeWine and House Speaker Larry Householder to fix deteriorating roads and bridges, but the next step in negotiations is to bring Senate Republicans on board. SENT: 310 words. Will be updated based on developments.

POLICE SHOOTING-WICHITA

WICHITA, Kan. _ A California man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the U.S., including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online video game players, including one from Ohio. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 430 words. AP photos.

CLERGY ABUSE-NEW MEXICO

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M _ Religious orders once associated with a now-shuttered Catholic boarding school for Native Americans are being accused of failing to protect students from sexual abuse by clergy and faculty. The lawsuit naming an Ohio-based order of Franciscan Friars and the Pennsylvania-based Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament was filed this week in a New Mexico court by a law firm that has represented dozens of abuse survivors over the years. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 680 words.

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BRIEFS:

_ XGR-GUN LEGISLATION-OHIO: Law-abiding Ohioans age 21 and older could legally carry hidden firearms without getting a permit under a proposal introduced by House Republicans and supported by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine.

_ CAR ON CURB-CHILD KILLED: Authorities say a man charged with driving over a curb, killing a toddler in a stroller and fleeing the scene has died of an apparent drug overdose at a county jail in Cincinnati.

_ HUMAN REMAINS-OHIO: Authorities say skeletal remains found recently in a ravine in suburban Cincinnati have been identified as those of a man who had been missing for nearly two years.

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SPORTS:

FBN--NFL FIELD-DAYTON

DAYTONS _ The NFL says its nonprofit NFL Foundation will fund construction of an artificial turf field in Ohio to honor the site where the league’s first game was played. SENT: 130 words.

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