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 — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer kept his job, weathering a scandal that threatened to derail his superlative coaching career and emerging with a relatively minor punishment of a three-game suspension. But an exhaustive investigative report details his many missteps in handling the repeated bad behavior of fired assistant Zach Smith, things that a less-successful coach may not have survived. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. Also moving on sports wires.


UNDATED — Ohio State releases a 23-page summary of findings from an independent investigation of coach Urban Meyer's handling of domestic violence allegations against a former Buckeyes assistant coach Zach Smith. Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season and will forgo six weeks of pay. SENT: 550 words, photos. Also moving on sports wires.


CINCINNATI— The nation's largest grocery chain has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their environmental impact. Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. will start Thursday at a chain its QFC stores in and around Seattle, with the goal of using no plastic bags at those stores next year. SENT: 420 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — The national chain JOANN Fabric and Craft has created an online petition asking customers to support the privately held company's efforts to obtain exemptions for tariffs on products imported from China. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.


— BABY IN CAR DIES: An Ohio man whose 6-month-old daughter died after she was found unresponsive in a hot car in Medina last month has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child endangering.

— HARASSSING VOICEMAILS-SYNAGOGUES: A man accused of leaving harassing voicemails at Jewish houses of worship in two Cleveland suburbs has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined $700.

— DRUG OFFENSES-OHIO: Ohioans will vote in November on whether to reduce penalties for non-violent drug crimes while allowing many current inmates to seek shorter sentences.

— UNIVERSITY STRIKE THREAT: Wright State University's unionized faculty members are threatening to strike ahead of a fact-finder's report that's due next month.

— FEMALE FIREFIGHTER-LAWSUIT: A federal jury in Columbus has awarded $3.35 million to a female ex-firefighter in Ohio who says she was the longtime victim of sexual harassment.

— TEEN DROWNS: Sheriff's officials say a teenager who drowned in a northern Minnesota lake was a foreign exchange student from Egypt who was attending Oberlin College in Ohio.

— BALD EAGLES-CLEVELAND — Officials say a pair of bald eagles that were the first to roost in Cleveland's industrial valley in over a century now has two fledgling eagles.

— MICHIGAN-PIPELINE LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn't have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.

— DEAD ZOO LION: The Phoenix Zoo says an eight-year-old African lion named Kitambi that was born at the Columbus Zoo has died after a brief illness.




UNDATED — What has transpired over the last three weeks at Ohio State should be a lesson to all coaches. Your football program is not a family. Urban Meyer treated Zach Smith like family, and it almost cost one of the most accomplished coaches in college football his job. A case can be made that it should have. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 770 words, photos. Also moving on news wires.


INDIANAPOLIS — Malik Hooker looks around the Indianapolis Colts' newly renovated locker room and reflects on his long journey back to football. By Michael Marot. SENT: 780 words, photos.


— BKN--KYRIE IRVING-RESERVATION VISIT: Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving has officially become a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. AP Photos planned.


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