AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 pm, OH


Hello! 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. Ohio News Editor Delano Massey can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmassey@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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TOP STORIES

HIPPO HAPPINESS

CINCINNATI — Millions have seen her on video, thousands have bought “Team Fiona” T-shirts and thousands more have chomped on Fiona-themed cookies. People have sent her everything from pacifiers to Easter baskets, and she has her own mail bin to handle cards and letters of support from around the world. The public embrace of the Cincinnati Zoo’s prematurely born hippopotamus has helped ease the months of backlash over Harambe, a gorilla whose shooting death turned him into a cultural phenomenon. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 750 words.

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CONGRESS-COAL MINERS

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state Democrats threatened to shut down the government over the issue in December, but they retreated after winning a four-month extension that preserves benefits through April 30. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 850 words.

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CINCINNATI-INTERSTATE CONSTRUCTION

CINCINNATI — A new construction project is scheduled to begin on Interstate 75 in Ohio, adding to the frustrations of drivers navigating projects already underway. SENT: 270 words.

EXCHANGE-HISTORIC CANAL BOAT

CANAL FULTON, Ohio — In 1967, a small model of a canal boat sat on a table during lunchtime in the Louisville Sportsmen Club. Then-state legislator Ralph Regula and the late Al Simpson, a longtime editor at The Canton Repository, wanted to know if the club members were up for the challenge of building the first canal boat replica. By Samantha Ickes, The (Massillon) Independent. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,000 words.

SPORTS

PAUL NEWBERRY-PLAYOFF UPSETS

Say this about the NBA playoffs: It’s usually quite predictable. Nothing wrong with that. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,030 words.

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IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Authorities in West Virginia say the driver of a bus that slammed into a tree, injuring 26 students and one adult from Ohio, has been cited for driving too fast.

— SCIENCE MARCH-OHIO: Thousands of people were expected at rallies around Ohio as part of global demonstrations on Earth Day to defend science research.

— KENT STATE COMMENCEMENT-ACTRESS: Kent State University’s first universitywide commencement will get a touch of Hollywood as Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer speaks to graduates of the northeastern Ohio school.

— ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUM-HARVARD: A Harvard University museum is marking its 150th anniversary with a new exhibit showcasing its role developing the study of anthropology.

— CAR DEALERSHIP KILLINGS: Investigators say a slain dog could hold clues to the shooting deaths at a Cleveland car dealership of the couple who owned the business.

— RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS-FUNDING: State officials have approved federal grant funding of more than $216,000 for projects to help fire departments and fire associations serving small communities across Ohio.

— DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date in 2020 for a man sentenced to die for beating a mother to death and raping and strangling her 12-year-old daughter.

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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.