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

December 20, 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. Angie Wang is on the desk at 7:30 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING FRIDAY:

COLUMBUS _ Ohio lawmakers have passed a string of increasingly restrictive abortion bills as one term-limited group after another arrives at the Statehouse eager to prove their conservative chops. Two such bills sit on the desk of outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich, whose decision on the hot-button topic could play a role in a possible 2020 presidential bid. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 750 words by noon.

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TOP STORIES:

PRISON INDUSTRIES-FRAUD

COLUMBUS _ The state watchdog is alleging widespread fraud within the Ohio agency that provides prison jobs for inmates, including furniture building and vehicle repair. A report released Thursday by Inspector General Randall Meyer accuses top employees of Ohio Penal Industries of using their positions for personal gain, such as discounts on personal car repairs by inmates. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 620 words.

POLICE HEADQUARTERS SHOOTING

TOLEDO _ Authorities in Ohio say an officer shot and killed a man wanted in the slaying of his grandmother in the Detroit area after he grabbed an officer’s stun gun inside Toledo’s police headquarters. By John Seewer. SENT: 290 words.

CHRISTMAS WEED

TOLEDO _ Call it a poor man’s Charlie Brown Christmas tree. A street corner weed decked out with Christmas lights and ornaments is sprouting holiday goodwill in Ohio. By John Seewer. SENT: 350 words, photos.

CONGRESS-OPIOIDS

CHARLESTON, W. Va. _ A congressional report on prescription pill dumping in West Virginia blames U.S. prescription drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration for not doing enough to help mitigate the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis. By John Raby. SENT: 550 words.

BRIEFS:

_ UNITED STATES-NKOREA-WARMBIER: A wrongful death lawsuit filed this year by the parents of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier against North Korea is now seeking more than $1 billion from the government the Warmbiers say tortured and killed their son.

_ HOUSE FIRE-5 CHILDREN KILLED: Funeral services have been scheduled for five children killed in a fire at their home in Youngstown.

_ STUDENT-FALSE ALARM CHARGES: An Ohio University student who said she was harassed and threatened in reference to her LGBTQ identity has pleaded no contest in Athens to a charge of making a false alarm and has been convicted.

_ PROM NIGHT CRASH-OHIO: A teen driver in a prom night crash in Butler County that killed another teen will avoid juvenile detention.

_ VIDEO RECORDING-OFFICER CHARGED: A former Franklin Township police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to using excessive force.

_ DEATH ROW INMATE: An Ohio man sentenced to death in the 2003 killing of a 3-month-old infant has been denied a new trial.

_ WOMAN SLAIN-GRANDSON ARRESTED _ A 23-year-old man has been arrested in Ohio after the body of his 68-year-old grandmother was found in a recycling bin in the detached garage of her Detroit-area home.

_ GANG PROBE-REMAINS: Authorities say remains found last summer in an Indianapolis park in connection with an ongoing investigation of the MS-13 gang in Ohio have been identified as a man from El Salvador.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BENGALS PREVIEW

CLEVELAND _ ’Tis the season for giving, and Hue Jackson’s about to get something before Christmas he can’t return. Fired by the Browns in October after winning just three of 40 games as Cleveland’s coach, Jackson will return Sunday for the first time to face fans who haven’t forgotten or forgiven him. By Tom Withers. SENT: 870 words, photos. FOR WEEKEND USE.

SOC--MLS HOME OPENER

NEW YORK _ Expansion Cincinnati will play its first Major League Soccer match on March 2 at Seattle, then faces Portland for its home opener at Nippert Stadium on March 17. MLS announced home openers Thursday for all 24 teams Thursday. SENT: 240 words.

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