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 Mark Gillispie is on the desk until 4:30 p.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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CINCINNATI -- Sen. Rob Portman says he remains confident Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite a partisan battle in Washington. The Republican senator said Friday he expects President Donald Trump's pick to be confirmed by "a very narrow margin" and lamented the partisan atmosphere in Washington. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 245 words. AP Photos.


UNDATED -- The stage is set for a November brawl that could loosen President Donald Trump's grip on Washington. Elections in New York Thursday marked the end of a long, dramatic and sometimes tumultuous primary season that reshaped both parties going into the midterm elections. Democrats have a younger, more liberal, and more diverse slate of candidates they believe can flip control of the House and reclaim several governors' offices. Republicans, meanwhile, have doubled down on being the party of Trump. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,225 words. AP photos.



— BENGALS-DANCE PARTY: A 95-year-old woman appeared to best a Cincinnati Bengals player in a dance battle at a tailgate party ahead of the NFL team's home opener.

— HOMICIDE INVESTIGATOR CHARGED: A former Ohio sheriff's detective accused of mishandling a homicide investigation has received two years in prison for tampering with evidence.

— SAUSAGE RECALL: The Agriculture Department says Bob Evans Farms is recalling nearly 47,000 pounds (21,318 kilograms) of pork sausage links because it might contain pieces of plastic.

— VOLLEYBALL PLAYER SUES: The University of Cincinnati has reached a settlement with a former volleyball player who claimed she was kicked off the team because she posted photos on Instagram that her coach said were "too sexy."

— PROPERTY LINE SHOOTING: An Ohio man who Toledo authorities say shot and killed a 75-year-old man during a dispute over a property line has been charged with aggravated murder and murder.

— ABDUCTION-BODIES FOUND: An Ohio man sentenced to die for the kidnapping and killing of two women has pleaded not guilty to charges of slaying two additional women.

— SCHOOL SAFETY-OHIO: Thousands of Ohio schools have responded to a voluntary survey about school safety measures that will be used to help craft recommendations for state policymakers to consider next year.

— WOMAN'S BODY FOUND: An Ohio county coroner has ruled the death of a woman who went missing for several weeks in Ashtabula County a homicide.

— CHICAGO-PLANNED PARENTHOOD: The city of Chicago has joined 19 other local governments in a legal brief supporting Planned Parenthood's challenge of federal changes to funding requirements.




CINCINNATI -- After two games last season, the Bengals were historically bad and fired their offensive coordinator. A 34-23 win over Baltimore on Thursday night left them 2-0 and atop the AFC North, an unaccustomed spot. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


ARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State has made it through two games fine without Urban Meyer. Now the No. 4 Buckeyes face their toughest test on the last Saturday before their suspended coach can return to the sideline. No. 15 TCU hasn't faced a disruptive defensive front like Ohio State. But the Buckeyes also haven't been challenged like they will be by coach Gary Patterson's defense. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 885 words. AP Photos.


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