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

January 18, 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. Mark Gillispie 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Parole Board on Friday rejected a clemency request by a condemned killer who says he’s innocent of the fatal shooting of a volunteer addiction counselor and is asking that his life be spared. Warren Keith Henness, who goes by his middle name, was convicted of killing 51-year-old Richard Meyers in Columbus in 1992. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 500 words. AP photos.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

UNDATED -- Lawsuits are seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for the opioid crisis in the US, but one family is getting a lot of the scrutiny. A new filing in a Massachusetts case ramps up the legal and financial pressure against the Sackler family, which owns the company that makes OxyContin. The specific allegations of deceitful marketing are likely to work their way into other lawsuits across the country, possibly including the 1,500 cases that are being overseen by a federal judge in Ohio. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 920 words. AP photos.

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BRIEFS:

-- CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING: A prosecutor has dropped misdemeanor charges against three of the five police supervisors accused of dereliction of duty for failing to control a high-speed chase that ended with two unarmed black people being killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire.

-- WINTER WEATHER: strong winter storm system is forecast to sweep across the Midwest into New England, bringing double-digit snow accumulations and high winds.

-- GM RESTRUCTURING-OHIO GOVERNOR: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has urged the head of General Motors to keep the automaker’s Lordstown plant open or allow it to be sold quickly.

-- POLICE CHASE-BYSTANDER SHOOTS: A dashcam video released by police outside Cleveland shows a bystander blocking a car during a traffic stop and then firing several rounds at the suspect as he fled the scene.

-- UNEMPLOYMENT-OHIO: State officials say Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged from November to December

-- TROOPER DEATH-FUNERAL: Funeral services will be held for an Illinois State Police trooper who was struck and killed by a vehicle as he responded to a crash in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm.

-- ROBOTICS COMPETITION: Thousands of students from 10 states are gathering in northern Ohio for a regional robotics competition.

-- GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-OHIO: Furloughed federal employees in Ohio are being offered free admission to a central Ohio zoo and Ohio State sporting events.

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