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

May 15, 2019 GMT

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


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COLUMBUS _ Planned Parenthood and Ohio abortion clinics have sued to prevent the state’s restrictive abortion law from taking effect. The complained filed Wednesday in federal court in Columbus says the ban of abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat is unconstitutional and would prohibit virtually all abortions in Ohio. The legal challenge was expected by the law’s backers, who are using it as part of a national anti-abortion strategy to challenge Roe v. Wade. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 420 words.


NEW YORK _ Macy’s customers could start to feel the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette said the higher levies on furniture will have some impact on the business but it can be mitigated. He’s more worried about the potential fourth round of tariffs placed on all Chinese imports that includes items like shirts and household goods. The escalating trade wars put a damper on the Cincinnati-based department store chain’s retailer’s fiscal first-quarter performance, which smashed Wall Street estimates. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 700 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ The 25% tariffs President Donald Trump has imposed on thousands of Chinese-made products have business owners trying to determine how or whether they can limit the damage to profits from the import duties. Many owners will pay higher prices and see if they can pass on the added expense to customers. Some are considering getting products made in other countries, but that’s an expensive alternative that takes time to work out. Others want to find U.S. suppliers, but that may be impossible. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 980 words, photos.



_ IMMIGRANT PLEA-COURT: The Ohio Supreme Court says a judge must reconsider a rejected motion to withdraw guilty pleas by a man facing deportation to his native Honduras.

_ COUNTRY CLUB-HISTORIC MOUNDS: An Ohio country club in Licking County plans to appeal a judge’s order that it sell its property to a nonprofit agency seeking to provide public access to ancient burial mounds.

_ FATAL FIRE-RESCUER DIES: A woman says her nephew died in a house fire in Licking County’s Hanover Township after rescuing his family from the burning home and going back to search for the family’s blind and deaf dog.

_ COUNTY JAIL DEATH: A coroner says a woman who died in the Tuscarawas County Jail in New Philadelphia ingested a package containing a yet unknown substance.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO: Edible gummies are finally available at some Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries.

_ PROJECT DELAYED-KESTREL NEST: The discovery of kestrels nesting on the exterior of a Cleveland commercial building has prompted a developer to delay some rehabilitation work for as long as two months while the chicks are raised.

_ HIGH WATER-SHORE BIRDS: High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines.

_ DOGFISH HARVEST: Federal regulators say there will be a reduction this year in the harvest of a species of shark that is subject to commercial fishing.




CHICAGO _ John Beilein has no doubt leaving Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers is the right move to make. He decided it was time to jump to the NBA and see if he can win on basketball’s biggest stage after molding winners at the college level for 41 years. The offensive whiz who re-established the Wolverines as national championship contenders will try to orchestrate a similar turnaround in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers won just 19 games following LeBron James’ departure for the Los Angeles Lakers. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 800 words, photos.


BEREA _ One practice appears to be enough for Odell Beckham Jr. The star wide receiver was not at Cleveland’s voluntary workout Wednesday after showing up Tuesday following a monthlong absence. Beckham had been in constant contact with the club while he was away and the team is comfortable with him stepping away again. The Browns acquired Beckham in an offseason trade with the New York Giants. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words, photos.


_ HKN--BLUE JACKETS-MERZLIKINS: With free agent Sergei Bobrovsky expected to depart, the Columbus Blue Jackets have locked in goaltender Elvis Merzlikins for next season.


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