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

May 20, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS _ Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is preparing to respond to investigative findings involving a pattern of sexual abuse of students by a now-dead Ohio State University team doctor. The governor’s remarks will follow Friday’s release of findings that Dr. Richard Strauss sexually abused at least 177 male students in at least 16 sports and at the student health center. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 1:30 p.m. news conference.

DRONES-STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENTS

SALT LAKE CITY _ There’s been a sharp increase in how state governments are using drones. A report by the nonprofit American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials shows just how rapidly state governments are adopting drone technology. The report says most states are now using drones and 36 states have certified drone pilots on staff. By Lindsay Whitehurst. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ A federal judge will hear arguments about a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is suing the state over the law, signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant in March. The organization is Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on the clinic’s request that he block the law from taking effect July 1. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

BRIEFS:

_ DEATH PENALTY-OHIO-ISSA: A 49-year-old man sentenced to death will get a new trial in the 1997 slaying of a Cincinnati convenience store owner.

_ DRUG LAWS-SENTENCING: A bill designed to reduce low-level drug possessions to misdemeanors and increase penalties for drug dealers is before an Ohio Senate committee.

_ CLEVELAND MARATHON-RUNNER DIES: A 22-year-old woman running in the Cleveland Marathon has collapsed and died.

_ ZOO-RHINO EXHIBIT: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is expanding its Eastern black rhino exhibit to more than twice its current size to accommodate its herd of five rhinos.

_ COASTAL SMALL TOWN WINNER: The city of Sandusky along Lake Erie has been selected as the best coastal small town in America by a USA Today reader’s survey featuring 20 coastal towns.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS-HUNT

BEREA _ Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has been watching Kareem Hunt work toward redemption. On Sunday, he showed the running back that he’s got his full support. Kitchens and general manager John Dorsey surprised Hunt by attending his baptism. Hunt was suspended eight games by the NFL for two physical altercations, one where he shoved and kicked a woman. By Tom Withers. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BKN--CAVALIERS-BICKERSTAFF

CLEVELAND _ The Cavaliers have added former Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff to John Beilein’s staff as an associate head coach. Bickerstaff was a candidate for Cleveland’s opening and interviewed for the job before the Cavs lured Beilein from Michigan after a successful 12-year run. Bickerstaff was fired in April by Memphis following a 33-49 season. Bickerstaff’s father, Bernie, is a senior adviser with the Cavs. By Tom Withers. SENT: 300 words, photos.

GLF--PGA-VARNER WOES

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. _ After getting supportive messages from Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan the night before, Harold Varner III could not have had a better start to the final round of the PGA Championship. He birdied the first hole at Bethpage Black playing in the final pairing to draw within five strokes of eventual champion Brooks Koepka, who bogeyed the hole. But Varner ultimately shot an 11-over 81 and went from sole possession of second place to finishing tied for 36th. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

What your ability to engage with stories says about your real-life relationships. By Nathan Silver, Ohio State University. https://theconversation.com/what-your-ability-to-engage-with-stories-says-about-your-real-life-relationships-114424

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