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AP-OH--Ohio News Digest 6 pm, OH

October 2, 2018

Good evening. 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 takes the desk starting at 7:30 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO

CLEVELAND — One of Ohio’s large-scale medical marijuana cultivators expects to sell the state’s first legal pot to licensed dispensaries sometime in December. Buckeye Relief LLC, which is based outside of Cleveland in Eastlake, planted its first seeds July 31 after the state granted the company permission to begin growing pot for Ohio’s fledgling medical marijuana industry. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 830 words, photos.

TRUMP-PORN STAR

COLUMBUS — Two women who were arrested at an Ohio strip club along with porn actress Stormy Daniels sued four police officers Tuesday claiming they sought to retaliate against Daniels for her sex allegations concerning Donald Trump before he became president. SENT: 300 words.

KAVANAUGH-PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE

WASHINGTON — Some minorities see a racial double standard when they hear supporters of Brett Kavanaugh invoke the “boys will be boys” defense. They complain that young blacks often aren’t afforded the same presumption of youthful innocence as privileged whites. By Jesse J. Holland. SENT: 870 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

— ATTORNEY GENERAL-VIOLENT CRIME: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced in Columbus that federal racketeering charges have been filed against 19 alleged gang members in a conspiracy involving murder, attempted murder and drug trafficking.

— USA DIVING-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT: USA Diving is seeking to be dismissed as a defendant in a federal lawsuit from several female divers who say they were sexually abused and exploited by a former coach who worked at Indiana University and at Ohio State University.

— CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING: A judge won’t dismiss misdemeanor charges against five Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to supervise a high-speed chase that ended in the deaths from police gunfire of two unarmed black people in 2012.

— RHINO BITE: Officials at an Ohio zoo say a 1-year-old baby rhinoceros has bitten the tip of a man’s finger during a behind-the-scenes tour at the facility. With photo

— ELECTION 2018-GOVENOR-OHIO: Two-time Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein (styn) is in Ohio stumping for the party’s gubernatorial candidate.

— KROGER-WALGREENS PILOT: The nation’s biggest grocery and drugstore chains are testing a plan to work together, trying to keep pace with Americans who increasingly shop with the click of a button or a swipe on an iPad.

— ANTI-BARKING ORDINANCE: City councilors in Akron, Ohio, are backing off on a proposed ordinance that would jail dog owners if their dogs bark excessively.

— GREAT OHIOANS-NOMINATIONS: A state board and foundation are seeking nominations for the 2019 class of “Great Ohioans.”

— WALMART-ELOQUII: COLUMBUS — Walmart says it’s acquiring an online plus-size fashion brand called Eloquii Design Inc. — based in Long Island City, New York, and Columbus, Ohio — and extending its buying spree of niche brands as it tries to compete better with online leader Amazon.com. With photos.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BENGALS-DALTON’S REVIVAL

CINCINNATI — The Bengals knew drastic changes were in order after they finished last in the league in offense and Andy Dalton suffered through his worst season since he was a rookie. They changed the playbook, bolstered the offensive line and decided to set Dalton loose. One month into the season, he’s back in a comfort zone and producing as well as ever. By Joe Kay. SENT: 620 words, photos.

FBN--BROWNS-MITCHELL

CLEVELAND — The Browns placed starting cornerback Terrance Mitchell on injured reserve with a broken right wrist. By Tom Withers. SENT: 160 words, photos.

BBA--INDIANS REDEMPTION

CLEVELAND — There was new postseason gear awaiting the Indians when they arrived at Progressive Field for an intra-squad scrimmage, one of their last workouts before things get very real. The fresh swag included blue-and-red T-shirts emblazoned with “October Ready.” By Tom Withers. SENT: 880 words, photos.

BBA--ALDS--INDIANS ROTATION

CLEVELAND — Indians right-hander Mike Clevinger will start Game 3 of the AL Division Series against the Houston Astros. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-GOMES

CLEVELAND — Indians All-Star catcher Yan Gomes said he’ll “absolutely” play Game 1 of Cleveland’s AL Division Series against Houston despite cutting his right thumb last weekend. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words, photos.

BBO--ATTENDANCE DROP

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 4 percent to 28,830, its lowest since 2003 after 14 consecutive seasons topping 30,000. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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