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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk, followed by Andrew Welsh-Huggins. Deb Martin, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COLUMBUS — Polling is now consistently showing that a strong majority of Ohioans favor the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. That has inspired a steady stream of ballot proposals that would lift Ohio’s current prohibition. With that as a backdrop, the Republican-led Ohio House has offered a bill that legalizes medical marijuana and put it on a fast track. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 650 words, photo by noon.
TOM HANKS-OHIO COLLEGE
DAYTON — Actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks helps dedicate a newly renovated motion pictures center named for him and mingle with students among events at a college in southwest Ohio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m. AP photos planned.
COLUMBUS — Funeral services are set for an Ohio police officer who was fatally shot when a man opened fire on a SWAT team that was trying to arrest him. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update. Developed on merits. Pursuing photos.
— TODDLER BEATEN-ARRESTS: Attorneys for a man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter want charges against him dropped because they say his constitutional rights were violated when attorney-client phone calls at a southwest Ohio jail were recorded.
— IMPRISONED OFFICIAL-LAWSUITS: A former Cuyahoga County commissioner serving 28 years for bribery has settled a lawsuit against the operators of a private prison where he claimed he slipped and fell in a puddle.
— BODY FOUND-SCIOTO RIVER: Authorities are working to identify the body of a man who was found in the Scioto River in central Ohio.
— POLICE SHOOTING-SETTLEMENT: City officials in Columbus have approved a $237,000 settlement with a man who was shot by a city police officer in 2013.
— POLICE RELATIONS-OHIO: The state says more than 100 Ohio law enforcement agencies are seeking to adopt new standards for use of deadly force by police.
— BARN FIRE-PIGS KILLED: Authorities say more than 300 pigs were killed during a barn fire in north-central Ohio.
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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.