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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 3 pm, OH

May 18, 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. Mark Gillispie 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR

COLUMBUS _ An attorney preparing a lawsuit against Ohio State University on behalf of more than 50 former athletes who claim they were sexually abused by a team physician told The Associated Press on Saturday that most of those clients were football players from the school’s storied program, including some who went on to play in the NFL. Dayton attorney Michael Wright said the abuse happened during required physical examinations at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and during treatment for injuries and ailments at Strauss’ off-campus clinic and at his home, where he insisted they be seen. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 770 words. Will be updated. AP photos.

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ABORTION-RAPE TESTIMONIALS

COLUMBUS _ In states considering strict abortion bans, female lawmakers have been speaking out publicly about being raped. Many of the abortion restrictions provide no exception for women or girls who are victims of rape or incest, leading to the gut-wrenching testimony. The women say they want male lawmakers to understand the experience of those victims and to give a voice to other victims of sexual assault. By Julie Carr Smyth and Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 1,020 words. AP photos.

NAVAJO NATION-ELECTRICITY

KAIBETO, Ariz. _ Utility crews from across the U.S. have volunteered their time from March through May to hook up about 300 Navajo Nation homes. The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority typically connects from 400 to 450 homes per year. At that rate, it will take the utility about 35 more years to get electricity to the 60,000 of the reservation’s 180,000 residents who don’t have it. The vast reservation lies on land in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,185 words. AP photos.

RECYCLING-INVESTMENTS

ALBANY, N.Y. _ The halt on China’s imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables. By Mary Esch. SENT: 865 words. AP photos.

FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGE

OMAHA, Neb. _ Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But historic spring flooding has left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. The interruption is hitting an agriculture industry that’s already suffering, including from trade disputes that have helped drive down commodity prices. By Margery A. Beck. SENT: 700 words. AP photos.

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MEMBER EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-HUMONGOUS HAIR BALL

CAMBRIDGE _ ‘Hoss,’ an Ohio hairstylist’s hair ball, is 125 pounds and counting. By Sheridan Hendrix, Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 835 words. AP photos. Mandatory member credit.

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IN BRIEF:

_ LGBTQ CLINIC: Ohio’s first free legal clinics to specifically serve the LGBTQ community have opened.

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