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

December 14, 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. Angie Wang 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GENERAL MOTORS-JOBS

DETROIT _ The General Motors’ massive 14,000-person layoff announced last month might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories. Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year. But most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 750 words, photo.

PAINKILLERS-LAWSUIT

FRANKFORT, Ky. _ A Kentucky appeals court says the secret testimony from a former president of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of dangerously addictive opioid painkillers must be released to the public. A three-judge panel ruled Friday the deposition of Richard Sackler must be unsealed. Sackler is a former president of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. He’s a member of the family that controls the company. His testimony could reveal more information about the company’s marketing practices. By Adam Beam. SENT: 575 words.

DEATH PENALTY

WASHINGTON _ Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year. That’s according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 680 words, photo.

BRIEFS:

_ XGR--OHIO ABORTIONS: Republican lawmakers have sent Gov. John Kasich a pair of new abortion restrictions, including legislation banning abortion at the first detectable fetal heartbeat that he’s vowed to veto.

_ HOUSE FIRE-TODDLER DEAD: Fire officials in northeastern Ohio say a blaze that killed a 2-year-old child and injured 10 members of an Amish family began with a lamp that used liquid fuel.

_ BODY FOUND-HOUSE DEMOLISHED: Crews have demolished an abandoned house in Cleveland where a teenage girl was found dead in January 2017.

_ BODY FOUND-TRUNK: Authorities have identified an Ohio woman found dead in the trunk of a vehicle.

_ DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: Federal appeals judges have declined to hear Ohio’s challenge to a ruling throwing out a man’s conviction and death sentence.

_ ONLINE SCHOOLS-OHIO FUNDING: As lawmakers consider changing how Ohio funds online charter schools, the state auditor recommends they consider models factoring in student performance or testing.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LEGAL FEES: State regulators are seeking $2.1 million in additional money to cover legal costs tied to medical marijuana lawsuits against Ohio’s Department of Commerce.

_ POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING: Police have charged a 16-year-old girl with murder in connection to a police shooting that killed another 16-year-old boy.

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SPORTS:

BKC--TEXAS-HAYES RISING

AUSTIN, Texas _ Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes is on a meteoric rise from raw talent to early buzz as a potential 2019 NBA draft pick. At nearly 7-feet tall, Jackson is averaging 10 points and nearly five rebounds for the Longhorns. He’s twice been named Big 12 newcomer of the week. All from a player who didn’t start a game in high school until his senior season. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 975 words, photo.

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