Democrat to talk infrastructure in Ohio Senate race

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio plans to highlight an Ohio River bridge as an example of national infrastructure needs.

Former Gov. Ted Strickland will be near the Brent Spence Bridge that connects Cincinnati and northern Kentucky on Monday to discuss his plan to invest in such infrastructure. The bridge is considered functionally obsolete, but plans to take action on it have faltered over lack of agreement on funding.

Meanwhile, incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman plans to be in suburban Columbus with Attorney General Mike DeWine at a Worthington community conversation on heroin.

Portman championed in Washington legislation aimed at the nation’s deadly drug epidemic, with focus on evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law last month while complaining about insufficient funding.