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

December 20, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




COLUMBUS _ The state watchdog is alleging widespread fraud within the Ohio agency that provides prison jobs for inmates, including furniture building and vehicle repair. A report released Thursday by Inspector General Randall Meyer accuses top employees of Ohio Penal Industries of using their positions for personal gain, such as discounts on personal car repairs by inmates. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.


TOLEDO _ 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. SENT: 350 words, photos.


_ HOUSE FIRE-5 CHILDREN KILLED: Funeral services have been scheduled for five children killed in a fire at their home in Youngstown.

_ STUDENT-FALSE ALARM CHARGES: An Ohio University student who said she was harassed and threatened in reference to her LGBTQ identity has pleaded no contest in Athens to a charge of making a false alarm and has been convicted.

_ PROM NIGHT CRASH-OHIO: A teen driver in a prom night crash in Butler County that killed another teen will avoid juvenile detention.

_ VIDEO RECORDING-OFFICER CHARGED: A former Franklin Township police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to using excessive force.

_ DEATH ROW INMATE: An Ohio man sentenced to death in the 2003 killing of a 3-month-old infant has been denied a new trial.

_ WOMAN SLAIN-GRANDSON ARRESTED _ A 23-year-old man has been arrested in Ohio after the body of his 68-year-old grandmother was found in a recycling bin in the detached garage of her Detroit-area home.




NEW YORK _ Expansion Cincinnati will play its first Major League Soccer match on March 2 at Seattle, then faces Portland for its home opener at Nippert Stadium on March 17. MLS announced home openers Thursday for all 24 teams Thursday. SENT: 240 words.


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