Good morning! 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. Andrew Welsh-Huggins is on the desk, followed by Kantele Franko. Deb Martin, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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OHIO VOTING AT 17
COLUMBUS — A policy for Ohio’s youngest voters is under dispute in the swing state, causing confusion and prompting a legal challenge days before the primary election. At issue is whether 17-year-olds who will be 18 this fall can have a say in presidential primary race. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 650 words by 2 p.m.
DEM 2016-OHIO-BILL CLINTON
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former President Bill Clinton is returning to Ohio for his wife’s presidential effort ahead of the March 15 Democratic primary. Clinton’s campaign says he will be at her Columbus office around midday Wednesday and then head to Dayton for an evening fundraising event. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from late morning event, then 350 words by 2 p.m. AP Photos.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Yet to win a state and far behind in the delegate count, John Kasich turns to Ohio hoping high approval ratings and a robust get-out-the-vote operation will deliver him a victory in his home state next Tuesday. Should he succeed, Kasich would deprive Donald Trump of the 66 winner-take-all delegates, slowing the businessman’s path toward clinching the GOP nomination outright. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 780 words.
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MAPLE SYRUP SEASON-OHIO
COLUMBUS — Unseasonably warm March temperatures are ending Ohio’s maple syrup season, a year after unseasonably cold temperatures led to a disappointing output. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.
— JUSTICE CENTER-COSTS: The amount of money a northern Ohio city will spend on a new justice center has been capped at $3 million as the overall cost of the project increases.
— JAIL ESCAPE-DRONE: Police say a drone helped them track down an inmate shortly after he escaped from a northern Ohio jail.
— PRISON VIOLENCE-REPORT: A new report from a legislative watchdog agency says a southern Ohio prison continues to be the state’s most violent, troubled by gang activity, drug use and inmate complaints of use of force by corrections officers.
— OHIO VOTING: Ohio’s elections chief says more than 173,000 ballots have been cast ahead of the swing state’s primary contests next Tuesday.
— CAMPAIGN 2016-OHIO-AARP: AARP members, volunteers and activists in red t-shirts are showing up at presidential campaign events around Ohio to urge candidates to weigh in on the issue of Social Security.
— FIGHT ON VIDEO: Police say a central Ohio fight that left a 16-year-old girl seriously hurt was recorded on video by several of the dozen witnesses.
— AKRON ZOO-RENOVATIONS: The Akron Zoo in northeast Ohio has unveiled upgrade plans that include building a Ferris wheel high enough to provide a scenic view of downtown Akron.
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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.