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AP-OH--Ohio News Digest 6 pm, OH

October 4, 2018

Good evening. 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 takes the desk starting at 8 a.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OPIOID LEGISLATION

FRANKFORT, KY. — Setting aside the Supreme Court fight, members of Congress this week approved bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the devastating opioid addiction across the country. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, represents one of the states hardest hit by opioid addiction and was a main driver of the bill in the Senate. By Adam Beam. SENT: 550 words, photos.

NO JAIL JUDGE

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland judge says he’ll no longer send people charged with non-violent crimes to the county jail after six inmates died in four months. SENT: 290 words.

BRIEFS:

— LAKE ISLAND INVESTIGATION: The village mayor on the popular Lake Erie resort island of Put-in-Bay in Ohio has been indicted on public corruption charges.

— TAX OVERHAUL-UTILITIES-OHIO: Ohio utility regulators have approved an agreement returning proceeds of the federal tax cut to customers of Columbus-based AEP.

— FLORENCE-BATTERED FLAG: An Ohio family says they bought the U.S. flag captured on a live camera as it was being torn to shreds by Hurricane Florence to honor the memory of a family member who recently died from cancer.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR: A zoo in central Ohio says an 18-year-old polar bear will be arriving at the facility this fall to be introduced to twin polar bear sisters for potential breeding.

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FBN--BENGALS-BOYD EMERGES

CINCINNATI — Receiver Tyler Boyd was a disappointment in his first two seasons, starting only three games and scoring only three touchdowns. He’s emerged as the Bengals’ leading receiver during their 3-1 start, with his best moments coming in their game-winning drive in Atlanta. By Joe Kay. SENT: 740 words, photos.

FBN--BROWNS-PEPPERS CONFLICT

BEREA — Browns defensive back Jabrill Peppers has stopped going out in public by himself after hostile confrontations with Cleveland fans. By Tom Withers. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBN--DOLPHINS-DRAKE

DAVIE, Fla. — Kenyan Drake began practice Thursday in the corner of the field with several teammates working on his blocking, with no ball involved. For Drake, it was similar to a game. By Steven Wine. SENT: 480 words, photos.

BBA--ALDS-INDIANS-ASTROS

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander looks to replicate last year’s postseason success when Houston’s ace starts for the World Champion Astros when they meet Corey Kluber and the AL Central champion Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 7 p.m.

FBC--BIG TEN-RUN DEFENSE

UNDATED — In an era of high-scoring, pass-happy offenses, some of the Big Ten’s top teams keep it old school: Their defenses are big, stout and focus first on stopping the run. By Michael Marot. SENT: 680 words, photos.

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