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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 2:30 pm, OH

May 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MEDICAID APPLICATIONS-OHIO

COLUMBUS _ Federal regulators have asked the state to work on resolving its backlog of over 70,000 applications from poor and disabled Ohioans seeking Medicaid benefits. Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran says regulators indicated Ohio isn’t where it needs to be regarding Medicaid applications, even though the number of pending applications has dropped about 30 percent in recent months. The Columbus Dispatch reports Corcoran says regulators asked Ohio to put together a plan addressing the issue. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

EXCHANGE-HISTORIC LOCOMOTIVES-ROUNDHOUSE

SUGARCREEK _ The Age of Steam Roundhouse in Ohio’s Amish country offers a look into the past with dozens of historic locomotives, including 22 steam locomotives. The new attraction opened for tours for the first time this month. By Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer. SENT: 960 words, photos. An AP Member Exchange. Member credit mandatory.

BRIEFS:

_ JAIL OFFICER-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A former jail officer accused of sexually assaulting or trying to sexually assault a dozen female inmates and probationers has been convicted in Meigs County of sexual battery and kidnapping charges.

_ CINCINNATI MARATHON: Two past winners of the annual Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati have won the event again. With photos. Also

_ DOWNTOWN HOTEL: Cincinnati officials have requested proposals for a new, upscale hotel they say will boost the city’s convention business.

_ ANTI-BULLYING LICENSE PLATE: Ohio children have the chance to design an anti-bullying license plate.

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