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. Mark Gillispie is on the desk starting at 6 a.m. Delano Massey, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmassey@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

SENATE 2018-OHIO

CINCINNATI — Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel says he is dropping his U.S. Senate bid, citing his wife's health. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 580 words, photo.

CLEVELAND POLICE JUDGMENT

CLEVELAND — A federal appeals court has upheld a $4 million jury award to the family of a man fatally shot by an off-duty Cleveland police officer in 2012. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 430 words.

SCHOOLS-DRINKING WATER

TOLEDO — Ohio school districts in the past year and a half have tested drinking fountains and faucets inside hundreds of older buildings, finding that about 10 percent of the fixtures had elevated levels of lead in the water, state records show. By John Seewer. SENT: 780 words.

OHIO CAPITAL-HOMICIDES

COLUMBUS — Ohio's largest city has graduated its latest class of police recruits at a time of soaring street violence. Columbus recorded 143 homicides last year, four more than the number of people killed in 1991 during the crack cocaine epidemic. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 610 words.

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CONVENTION DIRECTOR CHARGED

CINCNNATI — A former convention bureau director in southwest Ohio will soon learn his sentence for child pornography; among those urging lenience is Hillsboro mayor and standup comedian Drew Hastings. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 250 words.

APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION

FRANKFORT, Ky. — President Donald Trump intends to nominate a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's staff as the new federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. By Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 540 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DISMEMBERED BODY-WIFE CHARGED: An Ohio woman accused of fatally shooting her husband in the head and dismembering his body has pleaded not guilty in a county court.

— POLICE SHOOTING-MAN KILLED: Authorities say police officers executing a narcotics search warrant were confronted by an armed man and fatally shot him at an apartment complex in suburban Columbus.

— INFANT DEATH-MURDER CHARGE: A judge has set a $1 million bond for an Ohio man charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's 11-month-old son on New Year's Day.

— MAN FROZEN TO DEATH: Authorities say a 64-year-old Ohio man whose body was found on the front porch of his home by a meal delivery driver froze to death.

— MOTHER KILLED-SON CHARGED: An Ohio man who reportedly believed "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak instructed him to kill his elderly mother has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

— BELLY BUTTON FIXATION: An Ohio judge has extended the probation of an autistic man who fixates on belly buttons, ordering him to attend an in-patient treatment program for sexual offenders.

— FIREFIGHTER-TEEN SEX ASSAULTS: An ex-firefighter in Ohio has pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted minors in the department's cadet program, where he was a training instructor.

— COLLEGE TAXI-SEX ASSAULT CASE: A man who has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting two female college students in Ohio in the vehicle he drove for his "Sherman's Safe Ride" taxi service has been jailed following claims he violated terms of his bond.

— CYBERSTALKING-SHERIFF: An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to harassing a county sheriff in the state for nearly 20 years via letters, emails and websites.

— OHIO SUPREME COURT-CANDIDATE: A Democratic judge has announced his candidacy for a seat on the Ohio Supreme Court. Michael Donnelly currently serves on the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas in Cleveland. He said Thursday he's running for the high court this year.

— TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Teachers in New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Washington state are finalists for the National Teacher of the Year honor from a state education leaders group.

— NURSING LICENSE ERROR: Officials say an auto-generated email mistakenly informed 11,000 nurses in Ohio that their licenses weren't recognized by the state.

— RIG COUNT: The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by five this week to 924.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS-WINLESS PARADE

CLEVELAND — The weather conditions will be suitably brutal, just like the Browns. Despite temperatures forecast in the single digits, hundreds — and perhaps thousands — of disillusioned Cleveland fans are expected to attend a protest parade on Saturday to commemorate the Browns' historically inept 0-16 season. By Tom Withers. SENT: 690 words.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-TERRELL OWENS

UNDATED — When Pro Football Hall of Fame voters meet the day before the Super Bowl to choose the Class of 2018, the decision to select Terrell Owens should take less than it does to microwave a bag of popcorn. T.O. belongs in Canton. It's a no-brainer. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 700 words, photos. NOTE: FOR WEEKEND USE.

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