AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 pm, OH

Hello! 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. Ohio News Editor Delano Massey can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmassey@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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COLUMBUS — Dozens of municipalities around Ohio challenge a law that would allow telecommunications companies to place wireless antennas on municipally owned structures within city limits. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m., pursuing photos.


COLUMBUS — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci enters the 2018 Ohio governor’s race against a potential trio of GOP state officeholders. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 260 words, photos.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Four of Maryland’s U.S. House members are criticizing Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for not speaking out against the GOP health care bill in Washington. Four Republican governors in Ohio, Nevada, Michigan and Arkansas are calling for a more gradual approach to overhaul Medicaid that would include more options for states. By Brian Witte. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.


TOLEDO — President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut Ohio’s Amtrak passenger train service if it passes. SENT: 290 words.


— OHIO TROOPER KILLED: A driver suspected of fatally hitting a state trooper along a Cleveland interstate has pleaded not guilty to additional charges that could bring a tougher sentence if he’s convicted.

— REDUCING JAIL BOOKINGS: An effort to ease jail overcrowding in one northeastern Ohio county is drawing concern from police chiefs, who are wary of not immediately jailing people charged with nonviolent, low-level felonies.

— LIQUOR INVENTORY-OHIO: Ohio plans to update the relatively new computer system it uses to track liquor sales and distribution, amid complaints from retailers that the current system has been plagued by problems in its first two years.

— DOOLITTLE RAIDERS-75TH: Seventeen World War II B-25 bombers will fly over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio next month to mark the 75th anniversary of an air raid by the United States on Japan.

— TRUCKING COMPANY-FIRE: Tennessee officials believe a Wilmington, Ohio-based trucking company engaged in serious safety violations prior to an explosion that killed a maintenance shop employee last year.

— COUNTY GETS GROCERY STORE: A groundbreaking is set for a supermarket in a southern Ohio county that hasn’t had a grocery store for three years.

— OHIO HEALTH DIRECTOR: The director of the Ohio Department of Health is leaving that job and will be replaced for now by someone who has previously filled the same role.

— GAS PRICES-OHIO: Ohio drivers are seeing slightly higher fuel prices at the official start of spring.

— BBN–REDS-OPENING DAY PARADE: A member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame will serve as grand marshal of the Reds’ Opening Day parade.

— TOYOTA EDUCATION CENTER: Toyota says it is donating a facility on its northern Kentucky campus for an education center.



CINCINNATI — In many ways, Xavier is the most unlikely of the Sweet 16 teams. The Musketeers lost their top two players and six straight games late in the season, but reinvented themselves for one final push. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


GREENVILLE, S.C. — The NCAA Tournament bracket has a different look after top overall seed Villanova’s loss along with the Atlantic Coast Conference’s opening-weekend flameout. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 900 words, photos.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Ohio and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.