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AP-OH--Ohio News Digest 6:30 pm, OH

November 20, 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. Lisa Cornwell takes the desk starting 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

HOUSE SPEAKER’S RACE-FUDGE

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge, the top potential rival to Nancy Pelosi for House speaker, dropped out of the running Tuesday, delivering a blow to efforts to topple the California Democrat. Fudge announced her decision just as Pelosi said she was naming the Ohio congresswoman as incoming chair of a newly revived elections subcommittee that will delve into voting rights access, a top priority of the new Democratic majority. The move also came the same day Fudge faced questions over her past support for a man now suspected of stabbing his ex-wife. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 640 words, photos.

SAFETY DIRECTOR RETIRES

COLUMBUS — After 31 years in law enforcement, John Born has witnessed his share of crashes, crime and human misfortune. But it hasn’t made him cynical. Ohio’s retiring public safety director says the secret to his optimism is in the numbers. That includes the lowest violent crime rate since 1975. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 730 words, photo.

BRIEFS:

— GOP LEADER-WILDFIRE: Columbiana County’s GOP chairman says he was mistaken in publishing a meme on Facebook that appeared to refer to the California wildfires as “God’s Punishment to Liberal California.”

— KROGER-ROBOTIC WAREHOUSE: Kroger says the first of 20 planned automated warehouses intended to build up its home grocery delivery will be constructed in the Cincinnati area and is expected to generate about 400 jobs.

— CHILD PORN CHARGES-OFFICER: A former spokesman for the police department in Columbus has pleaded guilty to charges related to using child pornography.

— TRAPPED STUDENT DEATH: A police union leader in Cincinnati says it’s time to end the investigations into the failed response to a 16-year-old Ohio student who died trapped in a minivan parked near his school.

— FATAL FIRE-2 DEAD: Fire officials say they suspect arson as they cause of a fire at a house in Mayfield Heights where a woman and her 8-year-old daughter died.

— SOLDIER IDENTIFIED: Federal officials say the remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified as those of a Toledo man.

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SPORTS:

BKN--LEBRON’s RETURN

CLEVELAND — The air was heavy, heaving with hatred. And when LeBron James skipped onto the Quicken Loans Arena floor on Dec. 2, 2010, with his Miami teammates, scorned Cleveland fans aimed their fury at one of their own, the kid from Akron who was shaken by the experience. SENT: 790 words, photos.

BKN--CAVALIERS-SMITH GONE

CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith’s bumpy-but-never-boring stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over. The team said Tuesday that the disgruntled forward, who had requested to be traded earlier this season, “will no longer be with team as the organization works with JR and his representation regarding his future.” By Tom Withers. SENT: 410 words, photos.

FBC--THE GAME-DEFENSE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 4 Michigan has the nation’s top-ranked defense with NFL-caliber players at each position group and one of the game’s best coordinators calling the shots. The Wolverines, though, have not been tested as much as they will be by No. 10 Ohio State and quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Saturday in the Horseshoe. And they know this edition of The Game will define their season. By Larry Lage. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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