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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 1:30pm, OH

December 28, 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. Kantele Franko is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 SATURDAY:

GAY CONVERSION THERAPY

NEW YORK _ Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks in part to the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. But in Ohio, supporters of a bill that would ban conversion therapy for minors realize they have an uphill fight in a legislature with GOP supermajorities. By David Crary. UPCOMING: 850 words by 3 p.m. Saturday, photos.

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TOP STORIES:

YE--OHIO-TOP STORIES

An investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by an Ohio State team doctor, the death of a 16-year-old boy while trapped in his family minivan, and a mass shooting at a Cincinnati bank are among the top stories in 2018 as selected by The Associated Press. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m., photos.

SEVERE WEATHER

A powerful winter storm that brought blizzard warnings Friday across the Upper Midwest was blamed for at least three fatal crashes while flash flooding from rains in the South swept away cars and forced dozens of water rescues. By John Seewer. SENT: 530 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

_ CHRISTMAS WEED: A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill in Toledo has apparently met an early demise. With photos.

_ INMATES ESCAPE-OHIO: Authorities in southwestern Ohio say two inmates serving time on drug charges have escaped from the Community Correctional Center in Warren County.

_ XGR--BODY CAMERAS-PUBLIC RECORD: An Ohio bill prohibiting the release of police body camera footage under certain conditions, including video shot inside a home, is headed to Republican Gov. John Kasich.

_ SHOWBOAT FOR SALE: Cincinnati is looking to sell the Showboat Majestic, a 95-year-old riverboat that was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989. With photo.

_ POLICE CHIEF-DONATIONS: Officials say a former New Vienna police chief used donations that were meant for a police K-9 on himself and has been indicted on a charge of theft in office.

_ OHIO JUSTICE-REPLACEMENT: A Solon attorney who made an unsuccessful bid this fall for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has been appointed as a judge for that court.

_ PERSISTENT OHIO PLANT NOISES: A West Virginia city is asking local leaders what can be done about the humming sound that’s drifting across the Ohio River from a manufacturing plant in Washington County, Ohio.

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SPORTS:

_ SOC-COLUMBUS CREW-MOVE: Ohio and its capital city are dropping a lawsuit that sought to keep the Columbus Crew in Columbus, and they say the dismissal makes way for the soccer team to be sold to a new ownership group that plans to do just that.

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