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

November 20, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SAFETY DIRECTOR RETIRES

COLUMBUS — After 31 years in law enforcement, John Born has witnessed his share of crashes, crime and human misfortune. But it hasn’t made him cynical. Ohio’s retiring public safety director says the secret to his optimism is in the numbers. That includes the lowest violent crime rate since 1975. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m.

BRIEFS:

— GOP LEADER-WILDFIRE: Columbiana County’s GOP chairman says he was mistaken in publishing a meme on Facebook that appeared to refer to the California wildfires as “God’s Punishment to Liberal California.”

— CHILD PORN CHARGES-OFFICER: A former spokesman for the police department in Columbus has pleaded guilty to charges related to using child pornography.

— TRAPPED STUDENT DEATH: A police union leader in Cincinnati says it’s time to end the investigations into the failed response to a 16-year-old Ohio student who died trapped in a minivan parked near his school.

— FATAL FIRE-2 DEAD: Fire officials say a fire broke out in a house in the Cleveland suburb of Mayfield Heights and a woman and child have died.

— SOLDIER IDENTIFIED: Federal officials say the remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified as those of a Toledo man.

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SPORTS:

BKN--CAVALIERS-SMITH GONE

CLEVELAND — Disgruntled Cavaliers forward J.R. Smith has gotten his wish: He is parting ways with Cleveland. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.

FBC--THE GAME-DEFENSE

UNDATED — No. 4 Michigan has the nation’s top-ranked defense, but its success will be tested at No. 10 Ohio State. UPCOMING: Developing by 5 p.m.

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