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

February 12, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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PRISON INMATES ATTACKED

COLUMBUS _ A hearing is planned for an Ohio inmate accused in a 2017 knife attack on four other prisoners and a 2018 stabbing attack on a guard. Inmate Greg Reinke was already serving a life sentence for aggravated murder in Cleveland when the knife attacks happened. He has pleaded not guilty to the attacks, both of which happened at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from hearing set to start at 11:30 a.m.

ELECTION 2020-SHERROD BROWN

WASHINGTON _ Sherrod Brown, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, is defending his decision not to sign onto the climate change plan known as the Green New Deal. Liberals insist that supporting the plan is essential to winning over the party’s base. Brown says he doesn’t need to “co-sponsor every bill that others think they need to co-sponsor to show my progressive politics.” By Elana Schor. SENT: 400 words, photos.

BLACKFACE REGRETS

UNDATED _ As some of Virginia’s white political leaders grapple with long-delayed fallout from having worn blackface years ago, others who once donned blackface have been re-examining old memories of the behavior. By Jeffrey Collins and Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 790 words by 3 p.m.

BRIEFS:

_ HOSPITAL DEATHS-DOCTOR: A Columbus-area hospital’s chief pharmacy officer has left the job amid allegations that employees there ordered, approved and administered possibly fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients over several years.

_ MILITIA MEMBERS-EXPLOSIVE DEVICES: Authorities say a federal grand jury in Cincinnati has indicted two members of an Ohio militia group on charges involving explosive devices. _ SYNAGOGUE-BROKEN WINDOWS: Police are investigating several shots that broke windows at a synagogue in Lima.

_ UNIVERSITY-FACULTY STRIKE: A tentative agreement between Wright State University and faculty union negotiators in Fairborn has won the approval of WSU’s trustees and will be voted on soon by union members.

_ PURGED VOTERS: Secretary of State Frank LaRose says he is reaching out to Ohioans who were recently purged from Ohio’s voting rolls.

_ MISSING HIKER-SEARCH SUSPENDED: Authorities in southern Arizona have suspended an unsuccessful weeklong search for a Springboro, Ohio, man who a sheriff says is now presumed dead after getting lost while hiking in rugged terrain in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson.

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SPORTS:

FBN--ON FOOTBALL-BROWNS BOLD MOVE

BEREA _ The Browns are counting on Kareem Hunt not to run afoul. Cleveland signed the troubled running back to a 1-year contract, adding him to its roster following his release in Kansas City after a video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman. Hunt has been receiving counseling and vowed to improve. By Tom Withers. SENT: 870 words, photos.

BKC--T25-TOP 25 THIS WEEK

UNDATED _ It’s going to be a big week for the top teams in both the Southeastern and Big Ten conferences. Eight of the nine ranked teams in the SEC and Big Ten have at least one matchup against a ranked league mate in the week ahead. The list includes top-ranked Tennessee’s trip to fifth-ranked Kentucky on Saturday, which is the headlining game on this week’s AP Top 25schedule filled with measuring-stick matchups for those conferences’ top teams. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 800 words, photos.

ALSO:

_ BBO--RED STOCKINGS-150TH-MANFRED: Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as grand marshal for Cincinnati’s annual opening day parade as he helps celebrate the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings. Also moving on news wires.

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