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 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

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COLUMBUS — The investigation of how football coach Urban Meyer handled domestic violence accusations against an assistant has drawn attention to his obligation to report violations of Ohio State's sexual misconduct policy — a type of specificity becoming increasingly common in college athletic contracts, especially for highly paid coaches who are standard-bearers for their universities. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 730 words, photos. Also moving on sports wires.


TOLEDO — A group of Ohio lawmakers who will look into Lake Erie's health will be led by two legislators who have criticized the governor's move to create tougher regulations on thousands of farmers. By John Seewer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


LANCASTER — It took 64 years and a DNA test for the mystery of a baby found in a phone booth in Ohio to be solved. Phoenix resident Steve Dennis says he now knows he was the approximately 2-month-old baby with no birth date, birth place or birth parents to be found. By Spencer Remoquillo, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette. SENT: 900 words. Pursuing photos. An AP member exchange. Mandatory member credit.


— LIFELINE PHONE SERVICE-OHIO: Ohio utility regulators are accepting comments on AT&T's proposal to drop federal Lifeline phone service.

— POLICE OFFICER KILLED-CRASH: A man accused of driving a vehicle that struck and killed a police officer and failing to stop has been indicted in Ohio on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.

— FATAL SCOOTER-CAR CRASH: Authorities have identified a woman who was riding an electric scooter in downtown Cleveland when she was hit by a car and died.

— RIVER DROWNING: Authorities in western Ohio say a 13-year-old boy has drowned in a river.

— HOMELESS CAMP: An advocate for homeless people living in a Cincinnati encampment says they will go their separate ways after a county prosecutor ordered them to leave a private park.

— PREMATURE HIPPO-MURAL: Officials in Ohio have unveiled a mural dedicated to Fiona, the baby hippo at Cincinnati Zoo that beat the odds and survived, despite being born nearly two months early.




UNDATED: Alabama will begin its quest for a second consecutive national championship with a rare three-peat. The Crimson Tide is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.


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