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

December 29, 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. Kantele Franko 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GAY CONVERSION THERAPY

NEW YORK _ Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks in part to the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films. But in Ohio, supporters of a bill that would ban conversion therapy for minors realize they have an uphill fight in a legislature with GOP supermajorities. By David Crary. SENT: 885 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-THERAPY PONY

NAVARRE _ A fluffy, brown-and-white miniature horse named Frankie that is being trained as a therapy pony is bringing out smiles around Sugar Creek Township in northeastern Ohio. By Samantha Ickes, The Massillon Independent. Eds: An AP Member Exchange. Mandatory member credit.

BRIEFS:

_ BOY SHOT-CINCINNATI: Police say a 4-year-old boy apparently shot himself in the chest after getting hold of an unsecured, loaded pistol at a Cincinnati apartment.

_ WOMAN KILLED-HOME INVASION: A man has been charged with aggravated murder for an attack during a Cleveland home invasion that killed a 94-year-old woman and injured her 74-year-old daughter.

_ POLICE OFFICER-RACIAL SLUR: After suspending a white officer’s police powers for using a racial slur during a black woman’s arrest last weekend, Cincinnati’s police chief has similarly reprimanded a black officer for using the word while dealing with a family in September.

_ LAWMAKER-BURGLARY CASE: An Ohio appeals court has upheld the theft conviction of former Republican state lawmaker Steve Kraus.

_ SHOOTING-FOUR INJURED: Police say two men are in custody on federal firearms charges in connection with an August shootout at a Columbus park that injured one of the suspects, another man and two children.

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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.

Does college turn people into liberals? By Matthew J. Mayhew, Ohio State University; Alyssa N. Rockenbach, North Carolina State University; Benjamin S. Selznick, James Madison University; and Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University. https://theconversation.com/does-college-turn-people-into-liberals-90905

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