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

December 6, 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. John Seewer is on the desk at 8:30 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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PHILIPPINES-AMERICAN PRIEST ARRESTED

MANILA, Philippines _ Philippine immigration authorities say they have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in a case one official described as “shocking and appalling.” Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said Thursday the Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, who has been indicted in Ohio for alleged illicit sexual conduct in the Philippines, was arrested in a church in Naval town on the island province of Biliran. By Jim Gomez and Angie Wang. SENT: 770 words, photo.

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CONFEDERATE MONUMENT PROTEST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. _ A witness told jurors Thursday that James Alex Fields Jr. appeared calm and “maybe a little bit scared” before he plowed his car into a group of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, a crash that killed one woman and injured many other people. Joshua Matthews was the final witness called by defense lawyers as they attempted to convince the jury that Fields was afraid for his life when he drove into the counterprotesters in 2017. Fields is charged with first-degree murder and other counts. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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OHIO POLITICAL DEBATES-DISPUTE

COLUMBUS _ State election regulators in Ohio delivered a blow to two minor parties on Thursday, dismissing complaints that alleged three debates this year that excluded their candidates for governor represented illegal corporate contributions. In a unanimous vote without discussion, the Ohio Elections Commission tossed out complaints brought by the Libertarian and Green parties over three face-offs between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray, including one organized by the newly formed Ohio Debate Commission. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 750 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS

NEW YORK _ Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year’s end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full three months before the premier debate of the 2016 cycle. And long-rumored White House hopefuls are already bowing out. By Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

OPIOID LAWSUIT-MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. _ Mississippi is suing three opioid distributors, saying it failed to prevent the diversion of those drugs into the state and contributed to the opioid crisis. The complaint was filed in Hinds County Circuit Court against Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp. and AmerisourceBergen Corp., Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release Thursday. It alleges the companies breached their legal duties to “monitor, detect, investigate, refuse, and report suspicious orders of opioids.” SENT: 330 words.

BLACK GUN OWNERS-SHOOTING

ODENTON, Md. _ Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man who drew a gun in response to a crime in the U.S. was shot to death by a white police officer after apparently being mistaken for the bad guy. Some African-Americans who are licensed to carry weapons say it’s cases like those that make them hesitant to step in to protect others when they see a crime. By Jesse Holland. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

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_ POLICE SHOOTING-MAN SHOT: Police say a suspect pointed a gun at an undercover SWAT officer while robbing the officer during a sting operation and has been shot and injured by another officer in Columbus.

_ FATAL STABBINGS-2 DEAD: Police say a man accused of fatally stabbing his mother and sister at their home in Xenia in western Ohio has been charged with murder in the deaths.

_ EARNS-KROGER: Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter earnings of $317 million.

_ SHOOTING-COUPLE SLAIN: The adult son of a couple found fatally shot in their suburban Cleveland home in North Royalton has been indicted on aggravated murder charges.

_ INMATE DEATH-JAIL OFFICER: A veteran officer at the Cleveland-area county jail has been fired amid an investigation into his actions on the day an inmate died after an apparent drug overdose in August.

_ AIR FORCE PROGRAM-JOBS: Congress members representing southwestern Ohio say Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton will get at least 400 new jobs as it adds a mission related to managing versions of the F-35 strike fighter.

_ BACON VENDING MACHINE: Ohio State University in Columbus now has its very own bacon vending machine.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BENGALS-CHARGERS PREVIEW

CARSON, Calif. _ The Los Angeles Chargers are coming off a big win at Pittsburgh and have a key AFC West showdown next week at Kansas City. But it is Sunday’s game against Cincinnati that concerns coach Anthony Lynn the most. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos. FOR WEEKEND USE.

FBC--T25--AP PLAYER OF THE YEAR

UNDATED _ Kyler Murray is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, the second straight Oklahoma quarterback and fifth overall to win the award since it was established in 1998. Murray beat out Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in voting by 56 AP college football poll voters who submitted player of the year ballots. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. was third in the award announced Thursday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 490 words, photos.

BBA--INDIANS-CARRASCO DECISION

CLEVELAND _ The Cleveland Indians have signed starter Carlos Carrasco to a four-year contract extension. The three-time AL Central champions and Carrasco agreed Thursday to a $47 million contract, a deal that includes $37.25 million in new guaranteed money and could keep him in a Cleveland uniform through the 2023 season. By Tom Withers. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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_ BKN--CAVALIERS-THOMPSON FINED: Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson has been fined $15,000 for making an “inappropriate gesture” to a spectator. With photos.

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