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

February 20, 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 is on the desk and 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CLEVELAND _ State inspectors give the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center bad marks for the jail’s myriad problems a year after give the facility passing grades. By Mark Gillispie. UPCOMING: 420 words, photos by 2 p.m.


CINCINNATI _ Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration is expected to announce his proposed recommendation for increasing the state gas tax to address a revenue shortfall in spending for maintaining roads and bridges. The proposal is expected to be released Thursday by the director of the state Department of Transportation when he testifies before the state House Finance Committee. By Lisa Cornwell. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., then 130-word update from testimony set to start at 9 a.m. followed by 400 words.




RIMINI, Mont. _ Public records show that millions of gallons of water containing arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow daily from contaminated U.S. mining sites into lakes and stream. The Associated Press found that much of the water is untreated, tainting drinking supplies and poisoning aquatic life. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,310 words, photos.


MANSFIELD _ Police records show that a woman abducted from an Ohio college campus and later fatally shot in Kentucky had complained to police about her ex-boyfriend abusing her. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


_ OHIO PRISON-WEAPONS: The State Highway Patrol says inmates at an Ohio maximum security prison were plotting “a possible escape attempt and possible riot” when the plan was interrupted.

_ BITCOIN-OHIO TAXES: Ohio’s state treasurer says only two tax payments have been made using bitcoin through the recently-launched option to pay taxes using the cryptocurrency.

_ DEATH IN CUSTODY: An arbitrator has cut the suspension for a Cleveland police officer disciplined in the death of a mentally ill woman who stopped breathing while she was handcuffed and struggling with police.

_ CITY COUNCIL-TEXTS: A judge says a tentative deal has been reached in a months-long case over text messages sent between Cincinnati City Council members.




GOODYEAR, Ariz. _ Sonny Gray agreed to a trade from the Yankees after deciding he wanted to be part of the Reds’ attempt at a resurgence. Now they have to figure out where he fits in the rotation. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


UNDATED _ Detroit Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek has been dealt at the NHL’s trade deadline. He doesn’t entirely rule out another move this year. Though talented players are available, the trade market is moving slowly in the week leading up to Monday’s deadline. By John Wawrow. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.



Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

One-party rule in 49 state legislatures reflects flaws in democratic process. By Nancy Martorano Miller, University of Dayton. . https://theconversation.com/one-party-rule-in-49-state-legislatures-reflects-flaws-in-democratic-process-109395


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