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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 5pm, OH

December 22, 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. John Seewer is on the desk at 9 a.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

OKLAHOMA MARIJUANA-RAPID ROLLOUT

OKLAHOMA CITY _ The rollout of statewide medical and recreational marijuana programs typically is a grindingly slow process that can take years. Not so in Oklahoma, which moved with lightning speed once voters approved medical cannabis in June. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 940 words, AP Photos RPSM101-103.

EXCHANGE-SIGN LANGUAGE-THEATER

COLUMBUS _ It’s safe to say that most American Sign Language interpreters probably don’t do a lot of twerking while translating a live theatrical production for deaf audience members. Yet there was Lindsey Longbrake — hands on the ground, posterior in the air — backing it up on the Shadowbox Live stage on a recent Friday night. By Eric Lagatta, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 950 words.

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ELECTION 2020-BROWN’S BARBER

GARFIELD HEIGHTS _ An Ohio barber said he has a policy of not talking politics in his shop — but maintains the new haircut he gave to client and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown made him look “more like a candidate for president.” SENT: 250 words, photo.

BRIEFS:

_ MURDER-SUSPECT ARRESTED: West Virginia Police say they have arrested an Ohio suspect who law enforcement officials say was involved in a November murder.

_ CORRECTIONS OFFICER-SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGE: A former corrections officer accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate has been indicted on sexual battery charges.

_ HOUSE FIRE-5 CHILDREN KILLED: Firefighters and family members are among those gathered for the funeral services for five children killed in a fire at their Ohio home. AP Photos PAPIT601-1215182217, PAPIT600-1215182220, PAPIT101-1210181526.

_ XGR--BODY FOUND-MISSING STUDENT: Criminal sentencing law changes named for a slain Ohio State University student have been signed into law in Ohio.

_ UNIVERSITY FOUNDER-LEGACY PROBE: The University of Cincinnati says it will create a commission to examine the legacy of its slave-owning founder who asked that the school only admit white people.

_ FATAL CRASH: A Columbus man is dead after a crash involving another car and a semi-tractor trailer.

_ SAFE DRIVING-HOLIDAY: Ohio’s State Highway Patrol says its enforcement efforts this holiday season will focus on removing impaired drivers from the roads to reduce fatal and injury crashes.

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SPORTS:

HKN--JACKETS-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA _ Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. By Aaron Bracy. SENT: 480 words.

BKC--SOUTH CAROLINA-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI _Nysier Brooks had a career-high 17 points and eight rebounds, and Cincinnati relied heavily upon its reserves Saturday while pulling away to a 77-56 victory over South Carolina State. By Joe Kay. SENT: 300 words.

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