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 Mark Gillispie takes the desk starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Interim AP Ohio news editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or

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UNDATED -- With Ohio's special congressional election still too close to call, questions have been raised about the veracity of voter rolls in the swing state. Since the election, some conservative websites have published stories citing a survey conducted last August by the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative research group, which found 170 registered voters over the age of 116 in Ohio's 12th Congressional District in 2016. Ohio election officials don't dispute Eggers' count of 170. According to their most recent figures, which were provided to The Associated Press, of the 544,510 voters in the district, 165 have placeholder dates of birth. By Beatrice Dupuy. SENT: 590 words.


FOREST CITY, N.C. -- North Carolina authorities say a man fatally shot by a teenager while strangling the girl's mother had faced domestic violence accusations in multiple states. The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office said 46-year-old Steven Kelley had assaulted the mother at least one other time before the Aug. 8 attack that ended with his death. The sheriff also said two women in Indiana and Ohio had filed domestic violence protection orders against Kelley. SENT: 387 words.



— WORKER KILLED: A West Virginia Parkways Authority employee has been killed and two others critically injured when a truck hit them on Interstate 77.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-OHIO: State officials say Ohio's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly from June to July.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO: The Department of Commerce says it's made additional progress in ramping up Ohio's medical marijuana program.

— IDENTITY THEFT-PLEA: A 30-year-old New York man who pleaded guilty to identity theft charges in Ohio and Pennsylvania has admitted to using his relatives' IDs to steal more than $170,000 in cash and personal loans in his home state.

— SUSPECT-MISTAKEN RELEASE: Authorities are looking for a bank robbery suspect they say was mistakenly released from a county jail in Ohio.

— RECORD RAINFALL: Slow-moving storms have drenched the Cincinnati area at record rates. The National Weather Service says the 5.02 inches measured Thursday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport was by far the wettest Aug. 16 and wettest August day on record.

— ATV-CRASH: Officials in southeastern Ohio say two teenagers riding an all-terrain vehicle were injured when they crashed into a car.

— FRONTIER AIRLINES-OHIO: Frontier Airlines has announced that it is adding nonstop service from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Ohio to West Palm Beach, Florida.

— KINGS ISLAND-ANTIQUE CAR RIDE: Antique cars are coming back to Kings Island amusement park in Ohio. Park officials announced Thursday the cars will return in spring 2019 as part of a new attraction called Kings Mills Antique Autos.




DETROIT -- Frank Solich has accomplished a lot as Ohio's coach, but one triumph that has eluded him is a Mid-American Conference title. The Bobcats are among the favorites this year. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.


MASON — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Simona Halep are scheduled to play rain-delayed matches Friday morning before the quarterfinals begin at the Western & Southern Open. More rain is in the forecast. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


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