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

April 5, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION

CINCINNATI _ A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be a long-missing Illinois boy was charged Friday with making false statements to authorities. By Dan Sewell and Don Babwin. SENT: 830 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated with developments.

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_ MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION-FAMILY.

_ MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION-THE LATEST.

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS _ A year after Ohio State announced an investigation into alleged, decades-old sexual misconduct by a team doctor, his 150-plus accusers still await the findings as two related lawsuits against the university move into mediation. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

_ CASINO SALE-OHIO: Hard Rock International has reached a deal with Jack Entertainment to buy a Cincinnati casino and a horse track in Kentucky.

_ HOAX CALLS-TEEN CHARGED: A teenager in Ohio has been accused of making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the U.S. and prosecutors say more charges could be coming.

_ SCHOOL ABSENCES-NOTIFYING PARENTS: If Ohio children are absent from class without excuse, their schools will have to notify their parents within the first two hours of the school day under a new law taking effect Friday.

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