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

September 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION 2018-OBAMA

WASHINGTON — Nearly two years out of the White House, former President Barack Obama is facing another political test. To the delight of many Democrats, he’s stepped back into the fray that former presidents often try to avoid, campaigning for Democratic candidates ahead of the midterms and blasting the political culture of the Trump era. He attracted a large, adoring crowd this past week in Ohio and will be in Pennsylvania on Friday campaigning for Democratic Sen. Bob Casey. By Juana Summers and Marc Levy. SENT: 840 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-OHIO-GOVERNOR-DOCTORS

COLUMBUS — Doctors in Ohio are sparring over which candidate in the state’s fall governor’s race is best for health care. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

OPIOID EPIDEMIC-TEST STRIPS

NEW YORK — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,500 words, photos, video.

BRIEFS:

— CHILD IN TOY CAR-FATAL: The State Highway Patrol says a child apparently was riding a toy car in a street when he was struck by a vehicle and killed in Hillsboro in southwestern Ohio.

— FATAL APARTMENT FIRE: Fire officials in Toledo say a man has died in an apartment fire.

— AIR TRAFFIC PROJECT: The Federal Aviation Administration says updated satellite procedures to improve traffic flow are coming to airports in and around the Detroit and Cleveland areas.

— CLEAN AIR-MARYLAND: Maryland’s attorney general says the state will appeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny the state’s efforts to reduce emissions from 36 power plants in five upwind states.

— TRUMP THREAT-FUGITIVE SOUGHT: Authorities say a Pennsylvania man accused of threatening President Donald Trump and law enforcement officials is being sought in the area of Mansfield, Ohio, where he is believed to have abandoned a stolen truck. With photo.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BENGALS-MIXON

CINCINNATI — The Bengals get ready to play at least one game without running back Joe Mixon, sidelined by a knee injury. By Joe Kay. 600 words by 6 p.m.

FBN--BROWNS-SAINTS FOLO

NEW ORLEANS — The Browns were just a kick away. Well, maybe a few kicks, not to mention a defensive penalty that revived a New Orleans touchdown drive, as well as an interception that set up another Saints score in the waning minutes. By Brett Martel. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ALSO:

FBN--BROWNS KICKED AGAIN

CLEVELAND — The Browns are working out kickers to replace Zane Gonzalez, who missed four attempts in Sunday’s loss at New Orleans. By Tom Withers. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-KICKING GAME

NEW YORK — Who needs a kicker? Apparently not the Los Angeles Rams. As for the Browns and Vikings, who are going with untested youngsters, well, maybe a new guy to handle field goals and extra points will be employed soon. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

How the zebrafish got its stripes. By Alexandria Volkening, Ohio State University. http://theconversation.com/how-the-zebrafish-got-its-stripes-102070

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