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

January 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HOSPITAL DEATHS-DOCTOR

COLUMBUS _ An Ohio hospital says a doctor who ordered excessive and possibly fatal doses of pain medicine for dozens of patients kept working for weeks after concern was raised. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System says three patients died during those weeks after getting excessive dosages of medication ordered by Dr. William Husel. Mount Carmel says it now knows of more affected patients _ at least 34 over the past few years. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 480 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-HOUSE DEMOCRATS

WASHINGTON _ President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He’s unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Democrats are sticking together with an unusual amount of unity as a way to strengthen Pelosi’s hand and set a tone in the new Congress that Trump can’t simply demand $5.7 billion _ using federal workers as leverage _ to get his long-promised border wall with Mexico, or anything else on his wish list. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

TRUMP-REPUBLICAN PARTY

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N. M. _ As President Donald Trump’s approval rating falls, the Republican Party is grasping him ever tighter. Gathering in New Mexico, the Republican National Committee’s governing body will take the unusual step Friday of voting to declare the party’s “undivided support” for Trump and his “effective presidency.” By Zeke Miller. SENT: 860 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

_ DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: Franklin County’s prosecutor is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reject a condemned man’s request to delay his execution set for next month.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-OHIO: The head of Transportation Security Administration operations for Ohio has praised workers remaining on the job amid the government shutdown.

_ PIPELINE EXPLOSION OHIO: Authorities say a natural gas pipeline explosion has injured two people and destroyed or damaged six homes in Summerfield.

_ RIVER FLOODING-OHIO: Ice blocking a river in Ohio caused it to overflow its banks and prompted the evacuation of around a dozen people and some pets after water began entering some homes in Vermilion. With video.

_ WOMAN’S BODY-OHIO: An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found ablaze on the side of a road along the border of Barberton and New Franklin.

_ RETHINKING BAIL-OHIO SUPREME COURT: Ohio’s chief justice has convened a task force to study the state’s bail system for possible changes.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-DAYTON: Their private nonprofit operator says two Dayton historical sites associated with the famous Wright brothers will remain open during the government shutdown.

_ CITY SNOW APOLOGY: The city of Akron has apologized for problems with its snow removal plans after residents expressed frustration over unplowed residential streets.

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SPORTS:

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

UNDATED: Purdue has won four straight, and next up is a showdown with No. 6 Michigan State. The Boilermakers lost by 18 at Michigan State earlier this season, but they get the Spartans at home this weekend. The winning streak for Purdue includes double-digit victories over Indiana and Ohio State. By Noah Trister. SENT: 480 words, photos.

ALSO:

_ BBA--ORIOLES-COACHES _ The Baltimore Orioles have hired Don Long as hitting coach and Doug Brocail as pitching coach under first-year manager Brandon Hyde.

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