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AP-OH--Ohio News Digest 2 pm, OH

September 19, 2018

Good afternoon. 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. Interim AP Ohio news editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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COLUMBUS — Reporters can view preliminary autopsy reports and photos in the still-unsolved slayings of eight Ohio family members in one of the state’s most notorious crimes, the Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday. The court ruled unanimously in favor of The Cincinnati Enquirer, saying Ohio law allows reporters to view preliminary autopsy and investigative notes and findings, and photographs. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 430 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.




NEWARK — The U.S. border wall with Mexico is frequently in the news, but few people have a chance to visit it up close, or to see details of the various sections. Kenneth Madsen, an Ohio State University geography professor and border wall expert, hopes his new photo exhibit will help bring the border closer to people at a time of heated discussion about the role of the wall, and of barriers in society overall. By Andrew Welsh Huggins. SENT: 630 words, photos.


DAYTON — Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray, the former federal consumer watchdog, face off in the first of three formal debates Wednesday. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos developing from debate set to begin at 7 p.m. EDT.


AUSTIN, Texas — Three years after a health scare that nearly spelled the end of the line for a beloved Texas brand, Blue Bell has rebounded — and is, in fact, growing and expanding. A Blue Bell spokeswoman says 59 distribution centers are now up and running, serving customers in all or part of 22 states including Ohio. By Gary Dinges and Sebastian Herrera, Austin American-Statesman. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. AP Member Exchange. Mandatory member credit.


— BOY SMOTHERED TO DEATH: An Ohio judge in Georgetown has found a 400-pound (181-kilogram) man not guilty of reckless homicide for smothering his mildly autistic grandson to death while trying to restrain him.

— LITERARY PEACE PRIZE — A debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family and a book of essays exploring race and identity during Barack Obama’s presidency have been named the winners of the annual Dayton Literary Peace Prize. With photo.

— WORKPLACE FATAL: Authorities say a man has been killed in an accident at his automotive service workplace in Mansfield, Ohio.

— POLICE RELATIONS-OHIO: The state says the latest law enforcement agency to be certified on standards governing the use of deadly force and other policies is a police department serving the Ohio village of Middlefield.

— BEER BREWING DEGREE: A university in Sylvania, Ohio, will soon offer an undergraduate degree in beer and wine making.

— OHIO CONSTITUTION-DEGREE: The state is announcing plans for a new exhibit showcasing some of Ohio’s earliest constitutions.

— OHIO SWIMMER-TV: The Travel Channel says it will air a segment on the Grove City baker who swam from Cuba to Florida at age 65 in 1978 in an attempt at a peace gesture.

— OBIT-DAVID DICHIERA: Musician David DiChiera, who championed opera’s role in reviving downtown Detroit and spent a decade as the Dayton (Ohio) Opera Association’s artistic director, has died of pancreatic cancer in Detroit. He was 83.




CINCINNATI — The Bengals are down to Giovani Bernard as their only experienced running back who knows their offense. Joe Mixon had surgery to remove torn knee cartilage and will be out for a few games, leaving the Bengals (2-0) with Bernard and Tra Carson as their experienced running backs at Carolina (1-1) on Sunday. By Joe Kay. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


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