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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 2 pm, OH

September 23, 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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk until 5 p.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS

LANSING, Mich. — It’s a resume that reads like an ideal springboard to higher office: investigated sexual assaults of Olympic gymnasts, charged government officials responsible for a tainted water crisis, bucked the governor on tax hikes. With that background and his party controlling all statewide offices, Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette might be on the fast track to winning the Michigan governor’s race in November. One reason he’s not: President Donald Trump. As with many races around the country, this year’s midterm campaigns for governor are in many ways proxy fights over support or opposition to the Trump administration. By David Eggert and Geoff Mulville. SENT: 1050 words, photos.

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— ELECTION 2018-GOVERNORS-GLANCE

FATAL DRUG OVERDOSES-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Information reported to the state shows fatal drug overdoses increased to a record 4,854 last year in Ohio, a 20 percent rise compared with the previous year. A newspaper’s review of the data also shows fentanyl continued to fuel the drug epidemic. The synthetic opioid accounted for nearly three-fourths of last year’s overdose deaths. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.

BRIEFS:

— BAR FIGHT-FATAL SHOOTINGS: Police say a fight that began in a bar continued outside and two men have been fatally shot in Cincinnati.

— SCHOOL SAFETY-OHIO: Ohio is notifying schools about how they’ll split $12 million that was set aside to help boost school safety and security.

— DEER HUNTING-OHIO: Ohio’s archery season for hunting white-tailed deer begins later this month, while gun season for deer hunting begins in November.

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