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. John Seewer is on the desk at 9 a.m. Ohio News Editor Delano Massey can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or email@example.com.
A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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POLITICS OF PAIN-OHIO
COLUMBUS — Under pressure from pharmaceutical lobbyists, legislative analysts in Ohio reduced their estimates for the cost of allowing Medicaid providers to prescribe abuse-deterrent opioids by nearly 60 times, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 640 words, photo.
CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING
CLEVELAND — A prosecutor says he hasn’t decided whether to pursue charges against five Cleveland police supervisors for their alleged failure to control a high-speed chase that ended with two black people killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 380 words, photos.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — After learning of her father’s new job as a project manager for an Ohio-based restoration company, Colleen Simpson snapped a picture of the historic 1914 Nueces County Courthouse during her commute to work. More than a year later, her father, his employer and a financier have signed a sales agreement for the courthouse. By Julie Garcia, Corpus Christi Caller-Times. SENT: 590 words, photos.
— FATAL FIRE-RAPE CASE: A northeast Ohio sheriff says his office isn’t changing its prisoner transport procedures after a suspect being led from a Youngstown courtroom jumped to his death from a fourth-floor courthouse balcony. — CLEVELAND SHOOTINGS: Three suspects in a Cleveland shootout that killed a 61-year-old college instructor and a 15-year-old boy have pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges.
— OFFICER ASSAULT-SEX TOY: A former suburban Cleveland police officer has been charged with gross sexual imposition and abduction for assaulting two women with a sex toy.
— BURNING BODY NEAR CHURCH: A homeless man charged in the death of another homeless man whose body was found burning outside an Ohio church last year has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder.
— FATAL SHOOTING-TEENS: Police say a 17-year-old boy accused in the fatal shooting of an Ohio teen has been charged as a juvenile with murder and aggravated robbery.
— PASTOR-SEX CHARGES: An Ohio pastor married to a county administrator will remain in custody for now while facing federal allegations of sex trafficking of children.
— EX-GIRLFRIEND SLAIN-RETRIAL: A northeastern Ohio man who was tried and convicted three times in the 1992 slaying of his ex-girlfriend has again been sentenced to life in prison, with possible parole after serving 20 years.
— PARKING LOT CRASH DEATH: Columbus police say a man loading items into his vehicle’s trunk in a store parking lot was knocked onto the pavement and seriously hurt when another car hit the front of his vehicle, and he later died.
— DRUG TRAFFICKING-OHIO ARRESTS: Authorities say they’ve arrested four men suspected of drug trafficking and seized drugs worth a street value of about $2 million.
— SEDIMENT DUMPING-LAKE ERIE: The federal agency that maintains shipping channels along Lake Erie has resumed dredging in the Cuyahoga River, removing sediment to keep paths navigable for ships.
— GOOD FRIDAY-PRAYING STEPS: People have lined the hillside stairs to a church from bottom to top in the Cincinnati tradition of “praying the steps” on Good Friday.
LeBron James hasn’t lost a first-round game in five years, Paul Pierce prepares to say farewell and oddsmakers love Golden State. All that and more makes the AP’s list of 10 things to watch going into these playoffs. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — Lance Stephenson flapped his arms and screamed loudly after scoring an innocuous first-half basket Wednesday night. In some corners, fans may scowl at the sight of a journeyman bench player creating unnecessary drama. In Indiana, it’s embraced as a welcome change. The Pacers next face the Cleveland Cavaliers. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m., photos.
CLEVELAND — Their fierce on-the-floor rivalry blossomed into a strong friendship that will be put on hold. LeBron James and Paul George are about to face off again in the NBA playoffs. By Tom Withers. SENT: 800 words, photos.
— BBA–INDIANS-KIPNIS-SHINGUARD SEARCH: A Cleveland Indians player has enlisted the help of social media to help him find a discontinued piece of protective gear.
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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.