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. Kantele Franko is on the desk, followed by Lisa Cornwell. Delano Massey, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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COLUMBUS — A public comment period on strict new rules proposed for the use of medical marijuana in Ohio is ending. The deadline to weigh in is Friday, also when the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee next meets. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by noon.
URBANA — A teenager charged in a school shooting that wounded two students is due in juvenile court for a competency hearing as his attorney pushes to keep the proceedings out of public view. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after hearing set for 9:30 a.m., developed on merits.
— XGR–OHIO BUDGET: State representatives are beginning the process of making adjustments to Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget bill, which cuts income taxes and freezes college tuitions with the help of tax hikes on alcohol, tobacco and gas drilling.
— NO-BID CONTRACTS-OHIO: Ohio’s auditor says his staff is taking another look at millions of dollars’ worth of information-technology contracts that were awarded by the state without a competitive bidding process.
— WOMAN FALLS FROM BALCONY: Cleveland police are reviewing whether a dispatcher properly handled communications to send an ambulance after a woman fell headfirst from a bar’s second-story balcony on St. Patrick’s Day and was critically hurt.
— RECYCLING BIN-BODY: A man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a recycling bin partially submerged in a creek has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder.
— SEVERE WEATHER-OHIO: The National Weather Service has confirmed that two weak tornadoes touched down near Springfield as severe storms rolled through the region earlier this week.
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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.