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

December 18, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get “anti-hate training,” apologize in writing and on video and publicly renounce white supremacy. Tuesday’s settlement agreement would resolve Taylor Dumpson’s claims against one of the defendants she sued in April over an online harassment campaign orchestrated by a neo-Nazi website publisher. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 780 words, photos.

DRIVERLESS GROCERY DELIVERY

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. _ Deliveries from an Arizona grocery store will soon be arriving with no one behind the wheel. A fully autonomous vehicle is about to pilot public roads Tuesday with no back up driver, though it will be monitored by humans in another automobile. The vehicle, when summoned, will travel within a one-mile radius of a Fry’s Food grocery store. Fry’s is owned by the Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. grocery chain. SENT: 430 words, photos.

BRIEFS:

_ INMATE ESCAPE-OHIO: Authorities say they have recaptured an inmate at a community corrections center in Ohio who escaped from a vehicle in Middletown during a medical transport.

_ ELECTION 2020-OHIO-BROWN: Supporters of Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator have launched a “Committee to Draft Sherrod Brown” for a 2020 presidential run.

_ CONSUL OF JAPAN-CLEVELAND: The government of Japan has appointed its first honorary consul of Japan in Cleveland.

_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LEGAL FEES: Ohio’s Controlling Board has authorized a $2.1 million loan to help state agencies running the medical marijuana program cover legal costs.

_ DEER SEASON-OHIO: State officials say hunters checked more than 4,000 fewer white-tailed deer during Ohio’s two-day deer-gun hunting season this year than in last year’s two-day season.

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SPORTS:

FBC--CORNERBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

UNDATED _ Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, Dartmouth defensive lineman Seth Simmer and Carson-Newman running back Antonio Wimbush are the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic college football Comeback Player of the Year Award. The new award recognizes college football players from FBS, FCS and lower divisions who overcome injury, illness or other challenges to return to the field. The winners were chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America in association with The Associated Press. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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