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

November 15, 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. Angie Wang 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

WINTRY WEATHER

NEW YORK — One of the first big storms of the season moved across the eastern half of the country Thursday, causing at least seven deadly traffic crashes and closing schools as it dropped snow as far south as central Alabama. As much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow blanketed the St. Louis area, and forecasters predicted up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) in parts of southern New England as the storm made its way east. They also predicted northern New Jersey could see 4 to 8 inches of snow before the system exits the region by early Friday, while 2 to 5 inches is expected in the central region of the state. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.

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— WINTRY WEATHER-OHIO: A mix of freezing rain and ice in parts of Ohio created hazardous travel conditions across the state, left thousands without power and led to school delays and closings.

OHIO FAMILY KILLED

CINCINNATI — Two women who are the mothers of two suspects in the massacre of a family, and the grandmothers of the other two, pleaded not guilty Thursday to misleading investigators of the crime, which went without any arrests for more than two years. Authorities, meanwhile, braced for a long, complex and expensive court case that has already taken a financial toll on the small, rural Ohio county where eight members of the Rhoden family— seven adults and a teenage boy — were found shot in the head in April 2016. By Angie Wang and Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 640 words, photos.

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TRAPPED STUDENT DEATH

CINCINNATI — A prosecutor says no one will face criminal charges for the failed response to a 16-year-old Ohio student who died trapped in a minivan parked near his school. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 340 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-KASICH

CONCORD, N.H. — Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday while he remains undecided about another presidential run, the midterm election results could suggest a greater opening for an independent or third-party candidate. Kasich made his second trip this year to New Hampshire, where he finished second in the state’s leadoff Republican presidential primary in 2016. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 400 words from event scheduled for 7 p.m.

XGR--GENERAL ASSEMBLY-LAME DUCK

COLUMBUS — Lawmakers in the Ohio House have opened a lame-duck session by approving relaxed gun regulations and a strict anti-abortion bill, measures long sought by Republicans and at odds with outgoing GOP Gov. John Kasich. The House on Thursday approved the so-called anti-abortion “heartbeat bill,” which would ban abortions in Ohio after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. SENT: 410 words.

IMMIGRANT LEGAL FUNDS

DENVER — A network of U.S. cities and counties paying for lawyers to represent immigrants facing deportation in the wake of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown is planning to expand. By Colleen Slevinsent. SENT: 490 words. AP Photos planned.

BRIEFS:

— POLICE OFFICER SHOT-CLEVELAND — A man accused of shooting and injuring a Cleveland police officer with an assault-type rifle while the officer was responding to a call about a shooting has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder.

— OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR: A law firm hired by Ohio State University to investigate a former team doctor accused of sexual misconduct against athletes and students hopes to wrap up its fact finding by the end of the year.

— XGR--CAMPUS FREE SPEECH-OHIO: The creation of so-called “free speech zones” designated for protests and demonstrations would be prohibited at Ohio’s public college campuses under legislation introduced by two Republican lawmakers, who say it’s aimed at protecting free speech.

— RED WOLVES-AKRON ZOO: The Akron Zoo says two wolves that are a part of a critically endangered species have come to live at the zoo as part of a Species Survival Plan.

— HAUNTED HOUSE-MOCK RAPE: Springfield Township police in northeast Ohio say they won’t file criminal charges in connection with a haunted house attraction where visitors complained that actors simulated raping them.

— FOUR KILLED-CRASH: The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the names of the four people — including a Pickerington, Ohio, man — killed in an accident on Interstate 70 year Columbia.

— DEMOCRATS-PELOSI-MASSACHUSETTS: U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is ramping up his opposition to Nancy Pelosi as the next House speaker and instead pushing Rep. Marcia Fudge for the post as Democrats prepare to formally retake the chamber in January.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BENGALS-LEWIS IN CHARGE

CINCINNATI — The joy shows on Marvin Lewis’ face. The Bengals coach is back to doing what he loves — running a defense. By Joe Kay. SENT: 750 words, photos.

FBN--BENGALS-RAVENS PREVIEW

BALTIMORE — Joe Flacco’s sore right hip means Ravens coach John Harbaugh may have to wait until Sunday before deciding who to start at quarterback in a pivotal game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Harbaugh’s options are Flacco, an ailing 11-year veteran; Lamar Jackson, a rookie who’s never made an NFL start; or Robert Griffin III, who’s been inactive every game this season. By David Ginsburg. SENT: 810 words, photos. For weekend use.

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FBN--BROWNS BYE

CLEVELAND — The losing has slowed, but hasn’t stopped for the ever-rebuilding Browns. They’re in the midst of yet another coaching search, and the NFL playoffs will come and go without them again this season — the 16th straight postseason since their most recent appearance. But as Cleveland hit its bye week, and with six games left in another season going nowhere, optimism abounds around a franchise that has had little to celebrate over the past 25 years. By Tom Withers. SENT: 940 words. For weekend use.

FBN--MAYFIELD-SPECIAL OLYMPICS

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield is making a handoff from the heart. The Browns rookie quarterback has teamed up with Barstool Sports to raise money for Special Olympics, an organization he first made a personal connection with while playing at Oklahoma. Mayfield has helped create a line of clothing merchandise, including T-shirts, hoodies and a flag bearing his image, with 100 percent of the sales proceeds going to Special Olympics Ohio. By Tom Withers. SENT: 520 words, photos.

FBC--T25-CINCINNATI’S RESURGENCE

CINCINNATI — Coach Luke Fickell listens to ’80s hits and country music while driving to his office, so he’s unaware of the talk about how he’s turned around the Bearcats’ football team in one year. No. 19 Cincinnati is in contention for the American Athletic title at it prepares to play at 11th-ranked and undefeated UCF on Saturday. By Joe Kay. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

UNDATED: Ohio State faced plenty of off-field distractions and uneven on-field performances. Yet the Buckeyes are still in line to play for the Big Ten championship if they take care of business at Maryland on Saturday and beat Michigan for a seventh straight year next week. By Eric Olson. SENT: 560 words, photos.

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— BKC-VANDERBILT-MOYER: Vanderbilt forward and Syracuse transfer Matthew Moyer has received an NCAA waiver enabling him to play for the Commodores right away rather than sitting out a season.

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