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

January 9, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




COLUMBUS _ Lawyers for an Ohio death row inmate who says he’s innocent of a 1992 killing ask the state parole board to spare their client ahead of his February execution. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: About 550 words, photo by 9 a.m.



COLUMBUS _ The inauguration of Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine will mark a shift away from volatility in a state buffeted in recent years between the shifting ambitions of an outspoken governor and the frequent outbursts of an unpredictable president. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by noon.



COLUMBUS _ Republican Mike DeWine is set to be sworn in as Ohio’s 70th governor in a small, midnight ceremony at his home in southwestern Ohio. By Kantele Franko. NN and writethru of 250 words to move by 11 a.m., followed by 130-word update following 12:01 a.m. ceremony, followed by about 300 words, photos by 1 a.m. Monday.





COLUMBUS _ Republican Mike DeWine will have his inauguration as Ohio’s 70th governor in a noon ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, before a crowd expected to include dozens of members of his large family. By Kantele Franko. UPCOMING: 130 words by 7 a.m., updated from noon ceremony, then 500 words by 3 p.m., photos.






COLUMBUS _ Ohio’s elections chief says more than 275,000 inactive voters in the state are about to get their final opportunity to keep from dropping off the rolls. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says that’s the total number of so-called “last chance mailings” going out from county election boards as part of Ohio’s process for keeping its list of eligible voters up-to-date. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 430 words, photo.


MIAMI _ Investigators in Florida say a 25-year-old man arrested in suburban Cleveland and charged with killing his in-laws and brother-in-law also killed his wife as long as a year ago and had been tricking them into believing she was OK. Police found the decomposing bodies of 71-year-old Richard Ivancic, 59-year-old Laura Ivancic and 25-year-old Nicholas Ivancic inside their Tarpon Springs home on New Year’s Day. Now they’ve found the body of Shelby Svenson’s wife Jamie, buried in the backyard of their home in Port Richey. By Freida Frisaro. SENT: 500 words, photos.


_ MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO: The state medical board is reviewing petitions asking that opioid addiction, autism, depression and other conditions be treated with medical marijuana use in Ohio.

_ CAR ON CURB-CHILD KILLED: A prosecutor in Cincinnati says a driver accused of hitting and killing a 2-year-old boy in a stroller in a hit-and-run crash has been indicted on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.

_ DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: The Ohio Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in the case of a man convicted in Summit County of killing his ex-girlfriend’s parents with a sledgehammer 10 days after stabbing their daughter

_ TRANSGENDER STUDENT-PROFESSOR: Officials from Shawnee State University in Ohio argue a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit by a professor who was rebuked for not addressing a transgender student using the student’s preferred gender terms.

_ TRUCK STRIKES HOUSE-GIRL DIES: Eastern Indiana police say an 11-year-old girl died over the weekend when the pickup truck she was riding in struck a house.




CLEVELAND _ A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their coach. Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as the team’s interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing his contract and will be named Cleveland’s ninth coach since 1999, said the person who spoke Wednesday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the imminent hire. By Tom Withers. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing, will be updated.


COLUMBUS _ Cleveland Browns owner and new Columbus Crew investor Dee Haslam and other members of the club’s new leadership team meet with members of the media. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m. EST. Developing from noon event.


UNDATED: While teams that fired their coaches this season aren’t faring much better, four of the six that made a change over the summer are in playoff position at the midway mark. The Capitals’ Todd Reirden and Flames’ Bill Peters will coach the NHL All-Star Game for having first-place teams halfway through the season. The Stars under Jim Montgomery and Islanders under Barry Trotz are also on track to reach the postseason. By Steven Whyno. SENT: 1, 100 words, photos.


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