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

December 7, 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. John Seewer 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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-DEMOCRATS

NEW YORK _ Democrats are hitting fast forward. The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year’s end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. Among the many mulling a run is Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown. By Steve Peoples, Bill Barrow and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,200 words.

OPIOID CRISIS-LAWSUITS

NEW YORK _ A panel of judges says lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born in withdrawal from opioids should be considered by the same federal judge in Cleveland who is presiding over hundreds of claims from local governments against the drug industry. SENT: 300 words.

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BRIEFS:

_ GRADUATION RULES-OHIO: Ohio lawmakers are giving high school students more flexibility in how they can earn diplomas in 2019 and 2020.

_ HIGHWAY SHOOTING-BOY: A 17-year-old from Detroit has pleaded not guilty in connection with the shooting death of a 3-year-old who was riding in a car on an Ohio highway when someone in another vehicle opened fire.

_ COLUMBUS CREW-MOVE: Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are part of a group planning to build a $230 million stadium for the Columbus Crew as part of a bid to keep the MLS team in the city.

_ TERRORISM ARREST-OHIO: A Jordanian citizen who was living in Ohio has been convicted of attempting to join the Islamic State to fight against the Syrian leadership.

_ INFANT MORTALITY-OHIO: Health officials say the number of infant deaths in Ohio decreased overall from 2016 to 2017, but racial disparity continued as deaths among black infants increased.

_ BURIED NEWBORN: Attorneys for a former high school cheerleader charged with killing and burying her newborn baby want Ohio’s Supreme Court to hear an appeal over testimony by doctors in the case.

_ ELEPHANT BIRTH-ZOO: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has announced the birth of a baby elephant.

_ CONTAMINATED CUPS-GLASS SHARDS: A Kentucky man caught placing glass shards into shipments of plastic foam cups to fast-food restaurants, including in Ohio, has been sentenced to five years in prison

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