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

December 19, 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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk at 9 a.m. Thursday. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING THURSDAY:

CHRISTMAS WEED

TOLEDO, Ohio _ Call it a poor man’s Charlie Brown Christmas tree. A street corner weed decked out with Christmas lights and ornaments is sprouting holiday goodwill in Ohio. By John Seewer. About 400 words by 11 a.m. AP Photos.

TOP STORIES:

KASICH

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Outgoing Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich acted as expected Wednesday to veto a bill broadening access to guns and, in a surprise move, also expanded a years-old anti-discrimination order to include gender identity. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 500 words. AP Photos.

AIR FORCE BASE-SECURITY

CINCINNATI _ Air Force officials say an injured jogger screaming in pain while training exercises were going on began a series of miscommunications that led to a chaotic “active shooter” alert at an Ohio air base near Dayton. A report released Wednesday says the injury during training scenarios that included an active shooter response at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base resulted in a mistaken call of a ’real world active shooter event,” a base lockdown, and a sweeping emergency response. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 570 words by 2 p.m.

MICHIGAN PIPELINE:

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A recently established state panel could give final approval to a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority is scheduled to meet for the first time Wednesday in St. Ignace, Michigan. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from meeting scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST.

TRAPPED STUDENT DEATH

CINCINNATI _ Federal regulators received nearly 180 seating complaints about Honda Odyssey minivans over the years, according to a newspaper’s investigation after a teenage Ohio boy died trapped in one such van. A coroner said 16-year-old Kyle Plush, of Cincinnati, died April 10 of asphyxiation because his chest was being compressed. It’s suspected the minivan’s rear seat flipped over and pinned him as he reached into the back. SENT: 500 words.

TREATMENT CENTERS-MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT

CONCORD, N.H. _ The Executive Council approved an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates Wednesday for residential addiction treatment providers, who had warned that they might have to eliminate beds and reduce services despite the ongoing opioid crisis. The drug and alcohol treatment centers had been getting more money since 2014, when the state expanded its Medicaid program by using federal money to put people on private health plans that paid more. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 400 words.

BRIEFS:

_ ESCAPED INMATE-HOT TUB: An escaped inmate is back in custody in Waverly after being found soaking in a hot tub at an Ohio senior living community, still wearing her yellow jail outfit.

_ DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: The Ohio Supreme Court has set an execution date nearly five years in the future for an inmate sentenced to die in the slayings of fellow inmates during a 1993 prison riot at a prison in Lucasville.

_ SHOES FOR KILLER: The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected arguments on behalf of a death row inmate who wanted his court-ordered payments adjusted, saying he’s so poor he can’t afford new shoes or boots.

_ MISSING WOMAN-BODY FOUND: Authorities say skeletal remains found in Moraine in September have been identified as those of a woman missing since 2017.

_ ELECTION 2018-OHIO GOVERNOR: Campaign finance filings show this year’s campaign for Ohio governor was the most expensive gubernatorial race in state history.

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SPORTS:

BROWNS-PRO BOWLERS

BEREA, Ohio _ Myles Garrett interrupted linebacker Joe Schobert’s interview session and then took his place at the podium — shirtless. Pro Bowlers can do whatever they want. By Tom Withers. SENT: 900 words.

AP Photos.

ASTROS-BRANTLEY

HOUSTON _ Free agent outfielder Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros have finalized a $32 million, two-year contract. The 31-year-old, whose deal was announced Wednesday, had spent his entire 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians, where he was a three-time All-Star. By Kristie Rieken. SENT.

AP Photos.

FBN--BENGALS-MAYFIELD AGAIN

CINCINNATI _ Baker Mayfield had his way with the Bengals defense last month, throwing for four touchdowns in a 35-20 win. Cincinnati’s defense has been a bit better heading into the rematch in Cleveland. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6:30 p.m.

FBC--SIGNING DAY-GEORGIA

ATHENS, Ga. _ Quarterback Dwan Mathis has signed with Georgia after giving a verbal commitment to Ohio State, giving the Bulldogs crucial depth at the position as Justin Fields contemplates a possible transfer. By Charles Odum. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated following Kirby Smart’s scheduled 6:15 p.m. news conference.

ALSO:

_ SOC--MLS-AUSTIN-STADIUM: Officials in Austin, Texas, have finalized a partnership for a new 20,000-seat stadium for the eventual Major League Soccer club Austin FC.

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