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 takes the desk starting at 7:30 a.m. Interim AP Ohio news editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or

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UNDATED: A scandal at Ohio State University over decades-old sexual misconduct by a team doctor has raised comparisons with the Larry Nassar abuse case at Michigan State University, which inspired many Ohio State victims to come forward. A side-by-side look at the cases. By Mark Gillispie. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., then 1,000 words, photos.




COLUMBUS — Any attempt by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to eliminate work-related text messages on his university-issued phone to hide information would be illegal, open records experts said following a two-week investigation into his handling of domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins and Jim Vertuno. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Also moving on sports wires.


CINCINNATI — A jail in Cincinnati is adding 92 new beds to help treat inmates with substance addiction. The beds are part of two new jail wings at the Hamilton County Justice Center that are being retrofitted from existing space. SENT: 300 words.


DETROIT — Michigan seismologists are studying a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere over the state in January with the help of scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. SENT: 380 words


LOUDONVILLE — The group scanned the river, searching for signs of the slimy, dirt-colored salamanders from its muddy banks. To actually see an elusive Eastern hellbender salamander, though, they'd have to flip the large, flat boulders that shield their underwater living spaces and plunge into the murky water of the Mohican River. By Alissa Widman Neese, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 890 words. Pursuing AP Photos. An AP Member Exchange. Mandatory member credit.


— JOHN MCCAIN-OHIO: Ohio's governor has ordered all flags at public buildings and grounds in the state be flown at half-staff to honor the life and service of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

— LAKE ERIE-MISSING MAN: The U.S. Coast Guard says its search for a man reported missing in Lake Erie has been suspended.

— TEEN FATALLY SHOT: Police in Columbus say a 15-year-old girl has been fatally shot and a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on a charge of murder in her death.

— MISSING WOMAN-SUSPECT CHARGED: Police in West Chester say a man suspected in the death of a missing Ohio woman has been arrested on a murder charge.

— OHIO PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR: Ohio's public safety director says he plans to leave the department as a new governor takes office in a few months.

— UNION TERMINAL CLOSURE: The Union Terminal will be closed Oct. 22-Nov. 1 as restoration work on the national historic landmark nears completion in Cincinnati.

— PAPER PLANTS: Paper products maker P.H. Glatfelter has announced the $360 million sale of its specialty paper business unit, which includes a location in central Pennsylvania.




LINCOLN, Neb. — True freshman Adrian Martinez has been named Nebraska's starting quarterback for the opener against Akron on Saturday. SENT: 130 words.


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