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

August 25, 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 takes the desk starting at 9 a.m. Sunday. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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OTTAWA -- Two former Ohio nursing home employees have pleaded guilty in the death of a 76-year-old woman who wandered outside in January and died of hypothermia. The Courier reports 36-year-old Rachel Friesel and 20-year-old Destini Fenbert, both of Pandora, pleaded guilty Thursday in Putnam County to felony forgery and misdemeanor gross patient neglect. The county prosecutor has recommended that the women receive probation. SENT: 255 words.




AKRON -- Officials say they are making progress in turning the former Valley View Golf Course in Ohio into a public park. Summit Metro Parks bought the property for $4 million in October 2016. So far they have killed the turf, removed trees and planted more than 100,000 nuts from various native tree species. Corine Peugh, a project manager for Davey Tree, which is helping oversee the restoration effort, says “once it’s all said and done, it will be a really nice, natural area.” By Stephanie Warsmith, Akron Beacon Journal. SENT: 1,050 words. Mandatory member credit.



— HUNTING SEASONS-OHIO: Fall hunting seasons begin next month in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the early waterfowl season for hunting Canada goose and teal begins Sept. 1. The fall hunting seasons for squirrel, dove, rail, snipe and gallinule in Ohio also open that day.

— ELECTION 2018-OHIO-LIBERTARIANS: Ohio Libertarians have set their statewide slate for this fall’s elections.

— SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-ORGANIST: A renowned organist has been accused of sexual misconduct and resigned his posts at colleges in Massachusetts and Ohio.

— PLANNED PARENTHOOD-OHIO: Records show Ohio’s government watchdog declined to investigate allegations of collusion and political manipulation involving two of the state’s most powerful Republicans. An anonymous 2016 complaint involved an investigation Attorney General Mike DeWine launched in 2015 after secretly taped video appeared to show Planned Parenthood employees engaged in potentially illegal fetal tissue sales.

— TELEVANGELIST-LAWSUIT: A lawsuit filed by a former associate pastor at an Ohio megachurch claims televangelist Ernest Angley sexually abused and harassed him over a 10-year period starting in 2004.

— BEECH TREES-DISEASE: State officials are urging Ohio residents to report any signs of a disease affecting beech trees that’s been found in nine Ohio counties.




COLUMBUS -- A week before the opening game, few people in Columbus are talking much about football. Instead the discussion has been about domestic violence, misplaced loyalty and how much a football coach is expected to know about the personal lives of his assistants. Meyer has been suspended for three games for his handling of domestic violence allegations and other problems regarding now-fired receivers coach Zach Smith. The Buckeyes start the season Sept. 1 against Oregon State. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 700 words. With AP Photos.


UNDATED -- The question often comes up when a serious scandal hits college sports: Where is the NCAA? Why isn’t the governing body of major college sports, you know, governing? Ohio State suspended Urban Meyer for three games for mishandling allegations of domestic violence against one of his assistants, but it is doubtful the school or coach will face NCAA penalties. That’s because the NCAA is highly restricted in the issues it can punish, and schools don’t want another layer of discipline. By Ralph D. Russo, Associated Press College Football Writer. SENT: 930 words. With AP Photos.


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