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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 1:30 pm, OH

January 10, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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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UPCOMING FRIDAY:

OHIO GOVERNOR

COLUMBUS _ The inauguration of Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine will mark a shift away from volatility in a state buffeted in recent years between the shifting ambitions of an outspoken governor and the frequent outbursts of an unpredictable president. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by noon.

UPCOMING SUNDAY:

OHIO GOVERNOR

COLUMBUS _ Republican Mike DeWine is set to be sworn in as Ohio’s 70th governor in a small, midnight ceremony at his home in southwestern Ohio. By Kantele Franko. NN and writethru of 250 words to move by 11 a.m., followed by 130-word update following 12:01 a.m. ceremony, followed by about 300 words, photos by 1 a.m. Monday.

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_ OHIO GOVERNOR-THE LATEST.

UPCOMING MONDAY:

OHIO GOVERNOR

COLUMBUS _ Republican Mike DeWine will have his inauguration as Ohio’s 70th governor in a noon ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, before a crowd expected to include dozens of members of his large family. By Kantele Franko. UPCOMING: 130 words by 7 a.m., updated from noon ceremony, then 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.

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_ OHIO GOVERNOR-THE LATEST.

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TOP STORIES:

KASICH-BEHIND THE SCENES

COLUMBUS _ Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich used his final gathering with top advisers to celebrate accomplishments, lament defeats, recall challenges and share a few laughs. He granted The Associated Press exclusive access to the four-hour Cabinet meeting held Monday. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 790 words, photos.

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QUOTABLE KASICH

UNDATED _ Gov. John Kasich came into office eight years ago with a blunt warning and rarely shied away from making bold statements. The Republican who spoke off the cuff even during major speeches often peppered his exchanges with folksy sayings and scripture. Over the years, his tone has shifted from scolding and brash to encouraging and down to earth. By John Seewer. SENT: 600 words, photos.

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

COLUMBUS _ An Ohio man sentenced to death in the fatal shooting of a volunteer addiction counselor says he’s innocent and is asking that his life be spared. Warren Keith Henness is scheduled to die by lethal injection Feb. 13 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Henness was convicted of killing 51-year-old Richard Meyers in Columbus in 1992. The Ohio Parole Board scheduled arguments for and against mercy Thursday. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 490 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing, timing uncertain.

REDRAWING AMERICA-REDISTRICTING LAWSUITS

UNDATED _ A busy year of legal battles is getting underway in states including Ohio over allegations that hundreds of legislative districts across the country were illegally drawn to disadvantage certain voters or political parties. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

EXCHANGE-DEAD SONS-MOTHER CHARGED

BELLEFONTAINE _ Attorneys for a woman charged with suffocating her three young sons over a 13-month period are again challenging her confession. Brittany Pilkington’s defense team argued this week that her nine-hour confession wasn’t voluntary and that she lacked the ability to understand her rights. They also are arguing that prosecutors must have some evidence outside of a confession to proceed with such a case. By Holly Zachariah, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 830 words. Pursuing photos. An AP Member Exchange for weekend use. Mandatory member credit.

EXCHANGE-TEXAS-RECYCLING MARKET,ADV

HOUSTON _ Oceans choked with discarded plastics. Soil contaminated by fragments of plastics. The Houston Chronicle reports as environmentalists, corporations and the public increasingly focus on plastics discarded every day, they are running into a stubborn problem that has yet to be solved. The recycling market continues to sputter, most recently from weak demand and low prices. Waste Management, the Houston trash collection and disposal company, expects its 2018 earnings from recycling to shrink. By Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle. SENT: 1, 530 words. An AP Member Exchange FOR RELEASE MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019, AT 1:01 EST. Mandatory member credit.

BRIEFS:

_ OHIO GOVERNOR-CLEMENCY: Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich has commuted the life sentence of a woman convicted of killing her ex-boyfriend who she said abused her for years.

_ STUNT-CAR CRASH: Police say a man doing doughnuts in a brand new car struck a power pole in Riverside, sending him and his two children to the hospital.

_ WOMAN’S BODY FOUND: A prosecutor in Ohio says a man whose estranged wife’s body was found last year about a mile from his home in Ashtabula County has been indicted on murder and other charges in the death.

_ GOVERNOR ELECT-CABINET PICKS: Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has appointed a veteran lawmaker to oversee the state’s public colleges and universities among other new picks for his Cabinet as he prepares to take office next week.

_ DEER SEASON-MUZZLELOADER: State officials say hunters in Ohio harvested more than 14,000 white-tailed deer in this year’s muzzleloader season.

_ HUMAN WASTE SPILL-FREEWAY: A freeway in southeastern Michigan just north of the state line with Ohio has been closed after a truck hauling human waste rolled over and spilled its contents along the roadway.

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SPORTS:

HKN--BLUE JACKETS-BOBROVSKY

COLUMBUS _ Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will miss Thursday night’s game because of an unspecified team “incident.” SENT: 130 words.

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