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

September 26, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES

UNDATED — Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. Their work accelerated after the Valentine’s Day slaughter at a high school in Parkland, Florida. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,900 words, photos. A shorter version also is moving.

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GUNS-STATE LEGISLATURES-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich has grown increasingly frustrated as he’s watched shootings in Las Vegas and Florida — and closer to home in Cincinnati and his city of Westerville — fail to move state lawmakers around the country to tighten state gun laws. That includes in Ohio, where his fellow Republicans in Columbus have sidelined a package of what Kasich dubbed “sensible (gun law) changes that should keep people safer” that the governor advanced this spring. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CLERGY ABUSE-OHIO

CLEVELAND — Three of Ohio’s six Roman Catholic dioceses now say they will release new lists of priests who have been removed from parishes because of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations, The Associated Press has learned. The Catholic Diocese of Columbus said Wednesday it would release a list in the next few months that will include the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of abuse, whether they are living or dead. The announcement comes a day after the Steubenville diocese said it will make public the names of abusive priests by the end of October and several weeks after the Youngstown diocese made a similar announcement. By Mark Gillispie and John Seewer. SENT: 820 words, photos.

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SHOOTINGS-CINCINNATI

CINCINNATI — A bank executive says she urged first responders to a deadly downtown Cincinnati shooting attack to save her life for her two small children. Thirty-seven-year-old Whitney Austin survived 12 gunshots Sept. 6. She recounted her ordeal in a taped interview that aired Wednesday on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America.” By Dan Sewell. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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BRIEFS:

— HASLAMS INVESTIGATION: The former president of the largest U.S. fuel retailer has been sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison and fined $750,000 in a scheme to defraud trucking companies.

— BULLETPROOF VESTS-GRIEVANCE: Ohio’s largest police union wants Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine to stop distributing campaign fliers and ads in which he wears the seal of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

— CLEVELAND POLICE JUDGMENT: Cleveland has agreed to pay the family of a man fatally shot by an off-duty police officer $3.7 million.

— WOMAN’S BODY-FIRE: A woman whose body was found ablaze along a road in New Franklin, Ohio, has been identified.

— PEDESTRIAN FATAL-OHIO: Police say a man walking on a road has been struck by a vehicle and has died in Ohio’s capital city.

— OHIO STATE-PERFORMANCE AUDIT: A performance audit from the state says Ohio State University could save at least $6.4 million a year by making changes to its computing and printing equipment and systems used in hiring and in processing expenses.

— AMUSEMENT PARK FINED: The parent company for Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky has been fined over $140,000 for safety violations.

— CARTOON FESTIVAL-COLUMBUS: The creator of the “For Better Or For Worse” comic strip and the artist behind the “Bone” graphic novels are among the participants in an annual cartoon and comic strip festival in Ohio’s capital city.

— GREAT LAKES-ECONOMY: A newly released analysis based on research at the University of Michigan says a federal Great Lakes cleanup program is good for the region’s economy.

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SPORTS:

FBN-FALCONS-RIDLEY’S BREAKOUT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Opposing coaches have a new reason to reconsider making Calvin Ridley the third priority in defensive plans against the Atlanta Falcons’ passing game. The New Orleans Saints tried that approach last week, devoting extra defensive help to both Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu while leaving Ridley in man-to-man coverage. By Charles Odum. SENT: 730 words.

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FBN--BENGALS-DRE AND JULIO

CINCINNATI — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick got to see receiver Julio Jones’ rare abilities during practice at Alabama. They’ve never gone head-to-head in the NFL, which is about to change on Sunday in Atlanta when they’re paired again in a nostalgic rematch. By Joe Kay. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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— HKN--BLUE JACKETS-JONES INJURY: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will be sidelined four to six weeks with a knee injury.

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