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

January 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2020-SHERROD BROWN

BRUNSWICK _ Sen. Sherrod Brown is ready to kick off his multi-state tour of states that cast pivotal early votes in the 2020 presidential primary. The Ohio Democrat begins his “Dignity of Work” tour Wednesday in the Ohio city of Brunswick, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Cleveland. The circuit is a key step before he decides whether to launch a campaign for the White House. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 130 words from event set to start at 7:30 p.m. EST, followed by 500 words, photos by 10 p.m.

SYNAGOGUE PLOT-ARREST

TOLEDO _ A man accused of plotting a mass shooting at an Ohio synagogue in the weeks following a deadly attack at a Pittsburgh synagogue has been indicted on a federal hate crime charge. While the plan was never carried out and investigators said there wasn’t an immediate threat to the public, the Department of Justice said the suspect spent months talking and planning for a violent attack. By John Seewer. SENT: 260 words.

WINTER WEATHER

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The deadly deep freeze enveloping the Midwest sent temperatures plunging Wednesday to rival some of the most frigid spots in the world, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and the canceling of more than 1,600 flights from Chicago’s airports. The cold even prompted the U.S. Postal Service to suspend mail delivery to a wide swath of the region. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

WITH:

_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

BRIEFS:

_WINTER WEATHER-OHIO: Schools and universities across Ohio are canceling classes, some for the next two days because of the bitter cold. With photos.

_ STATE OF THE STATE-OHIO: New Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine plans to deliver his first State of the State address in Columbus, breaking with his Republican predecessor’s pattern of taking the annual speech on the road.

_ WORKPLACE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE-OHIO: Gov. Mike DeWine has signed an executive order expanding Ohio’s policy on workplace domestic violence to offer more protection to state employees who are victims of such violence.

_ DRUGS IN PAPERS-PRISONS: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland says 11 people have been charged in a plot to smuggle synthetic drugs into federal prisons by soaking papers in drugs.

_ CHIROPRACTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A judge in Columbus has found a former Ohio chiropractor guilty of inappropriately touching 22 of his patients.

_ DOWN SYNDROME-ABORTION: Lawyers are preparing to make their cases to a federal appeals court in Cincinnati for and against the constitutionality of an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

SPORTS:

BBN--REDS-PUIG’S NEW PLACE

CINCINNATI _ Yasiel Puig is starting to settle into his new home. The Reds got him in a trade with the Dodgers that remade both lineups. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: Developing with words, photos from 5 p.m. media availability.

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EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

Europe’s refugee crisis explains why border walls don’t stop migration. By Eleanor Paynter, Ohio State University. https://theconversation.com/europes-refugee-crisis-explains-why-border-walls-dont-stop-migration-110414

Guatemala in crisis after president bans corruption investigation into his government. By Rachel E. Bowen, Ohio State University. https://theconversation.com/guatemala-in-crisis-after-president-bans-corruption-investigation-into-his-government-109864

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