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

August 23, 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. Mark Gillispie takes the desk starting at 8 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING FRIDAY:

OHIO PRIMARY-HOUSE SPECIAL

COLUMBUS — Final results in a deadlocked special congressional election in Ohio are expected Friday. Leading candidate Troy Balderson, a Republican state senator, has made slight gains since Aug. 7 against Democrat Danny O”Connor. But O’Connor is still hoping the official vote count will be close enough to trigger an automatic recount. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., then 450 words developing from 10 a.m. board meeting.

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TOP STORIES:

OHIO STATE-MEYER

COLUMBUS — Urban Meyer may have weathered scandal at Ohio State, but not without a lasting stain as an exhaustive report detailed behavior that could easily have taken down a coach of lesser stature. The investigation released soon after Meyer answered questions from reporters about his suspension Wednesday night showed that he tolerated bad behavior for years from assistant coach Zach Smith. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 970 words, photos. Also moving on sports wires.

OHIO STATE-MEYER FINDINGS

UNDATED — Ohio State releases a 23-page summary of findings from an independent investigation of coach Urban Meyer’s handling of domestic violence allegations against a former Buckeyes assistant coach Zach Smith. Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season and will forgo six weeks of pay. SENT: 550 words, photos. Also moving on sports wires.

KROGER-PLASTIC BAGS

CINCINNATI— The nation’s largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their environmental impact. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. will start Thursday at a chain its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores next year. SENT: 530 words, photos.

JO-ANN FABRIC-TARIFFS PETITION

CLEVELAND — The national retail chain Jo-Ann Fabric wants its customers to sign an online petition and send letters to members of Congress and to the White House urging exemptions from tariffs on hundreds of products the company imports from China. A company official said Thursday that without the exemptions, Jo-Ann customers would “immediately suffer the consequences of these goods being taxed” when the company is forced to raise prices. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 370 words.

BRIEFS:

— FATAL MAULING-PIT BULL: Authorities say a woman found unresponsive at an Ohio home was mauled to death by a pit bull.

— BABY IN CAR DIES: An Ohio man whose 6-month-old daughter died after she was found unresponsive in a hot car in Medina last month has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering.

— POLICE SHOOTING-WOMAN KILLED: Police say an officer working undercover was stabbed in the hand and an armed female suspect was fatally shot in Ohio’s capital city.

— HARASSSING VOICEMAILS-SYNAGOGUES: A man accused of leaving harassing voicemails at Jewish houses of worship in two Cleveland suburbs has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined $700.

— DRUG OFFENSES-OHIO: Ohioans will vote in November on whether to reduce penalties for non-violent drug crimes while allowing many current inmates to seek shorter sentences.

— UNIVERSITY STRIKE THREAT: Wright State University’s unionized faculty members are threatening to strike ahead of a fact-finder’s report that’s due next month.

— FEMALE FIREFIGHTER-LAWSUIT: A federal jury in Columbus has awarded $3.35 million to a female ex-firefighter in Ohio who says she was the longtime victim of sexual harassment.

— TEEN DROWNS: Sheriff’s officials say a teenager who drowned in a northern Minnesota lake was a foreign exchange student from Egypt who was attending Oberlin College in Ohio.

— BALD EAGLES-CLEVELAND — Officials say a pair of bald eagles that were the first to roost in Cleveland’s industrial valley in over a century now has two fledgling eagles.

— MICHIGAN-PIPELINE LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.

— DEAD ZOO LION: The Phoenix Zoo says an eight-year-old African lion named Kitambi that was born at the Columbus Zoo has died after a brief illness.

— STATE FAIR-MIDWAY INJURY: A midway worker at the Kentucky State Fair has been injured and the ride where the employee worked has been removed from the fairgrounds

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SPORTS:

FBC--ON FOOTBALL-MEYER’S FAMILY

UNDATED — What has transpired over the last three weeks at Ohio State should be a lesson to all coaches. Your football program is not a family. Urban Meyer treated Zach Smith like family, and it almost cost one of the most accomplished coaches in college football his job. A case can be made that it should have. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 770 words, photos. Also moving on news wires.

FBN--HOOKER’S RETURN

INDIANAPOLIS — Malik Hooker looks around the Indianapolis Colts’ newly renovated locker room and reflects on his long journey back to football. By Michael Marot. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BKN--KYRIE IRVING-RESERVATION VISIT

FORT YATES, N. D. — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving and his older sister were officially welcomed into their mother’s Standing Rock Sioux tribe on Thursday. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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