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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 1:30 pm, OH

December 31, 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. Kantele Franko 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




CROWN POINT, Ind. _ Indiana prosecutors have quietly dropped efforts seeking the execution of an Ohio inmate for her role in killing a 7-year-old girl during a 1984 crime spree. Debra Denise Brown’s death sentence in Ohio was commuted to life in prison on grounds that she was mentally disabled. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.


_ GUNFIRE-FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE: Police are again urging residents not to shoot off guns to celebrate the New Year.

_ FBC--ROSE BOWL-MAYORS’ BET: The mayors of Seattle and Columbus, Ohio, are making a charitable bet on Tuesday’s matchup between Washington and Ohio State in the 105th Rose Bowl.

_ MINIMUM WAGE HIKE-OHIO: Ohio’s hourly minimum wage is about to rise again, with the rate going up by 25 cents an hour Tuesday from $8.30 to $8.55.

_ FERTILITY CLINIC FAILURES: The case against a suburban Cleveland fertility clinic that had a storage tank malfunction that destroyed over 4,000 eggs and embryos will resume in January.

_ ABDUCTION-BODIES FOUND: An Ohio man sentenced to death for kidnapping and killing two women is set to face trial in March for the slayings of two others.

_ TURNPIKE TOLLS: Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls are about to go up for the 11th year in a row.

_ MAN TRIES TO IGNITE SELF: Police say a Ridgeville, Ohio, man poured gasoline on himself and tried to light it on fire at a New Jersey gas station.




CINCINNATI _ The Bengals fire coach Marvin Lewis, ending a 16-year stay in Cincinnati that included seven playoff appearances without so much as one win. The surprise isn’t that he is gone, but that it took so long for the Bengals to make the change. By Joe Kay. SENT: 875 words, photos.


BEREA _ Browns interim coach Gregg Williams will be the first candidate to interview for Cleveland’s coaching vacancy, and general manager John Dorsey says offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens also will be interviewed. By Tom Withers. SENT: 520 words, photos.


_ BKN--CAVALIERS-MCCAW: Former Warriors swingman Patrick McCaw is practicing with the Cavaliers, who signed him to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet last week. With photo.


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