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

December 24, 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

AMISH-ROAD SAFETY

MIDDLEFIELD _ Work to widen roads and make other safety improvements is planned in an area of Ohio’s Amish country plagued by crashes resulting in injuries, according to federal and state officials. SENT: 360 words

CHARTER SCHOOLS-BLACKS DIVIDED

Amid fierce debate over whether charter schools in states including Ohio are good for black students, the heirs to the Walmart company fortune have been working to make inroads with advocates and influential leaders in the black community. By Sally Ho. SENT: 1,000 words. AP Photos, AP Graphic.

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EXCHANGE-REINDEER GAMES

JEFFERSON _Antlers, Santa hats and Christmas sweaters, complete with lights, were all key components to Reindeer Games at Jefferson High School on Friday afternoon. By Warren Dillaway. The (Ashtabula) Star Beacon. SENT: 420 words.

BRIEFS:

_ RACINO EMPLOYEE ROBBED: Authorities are searching for a suspect police say robbed a southwest Ohio racino employee at gunpoint.

_ XGR-CLYDE LEAVES HOUSE: Democrat Kathleen Clyde has resigned her Ohio House seat to take an appointment as Portage County commissioner in northeast Ohio.

_ POLICE ARREST LAWSUIT: A Cleveland suburb will pay $80,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a man who denied threatening two officers and says he was only laughing and making fun of them.

_ CAR CRASH-CHURCH: Authorities in central Ohio didn’t cite a 92-year-old woman who crashed her car though a church wall during Sunday morning services, injuring six people and shattering stained glass. AP Video.

_ FEDERAL BUILDING-JUDGE: President Donald Trump has given final approval to legislation that will rename a federal building in Dayton, Ohio, for Judge Walter Rice.

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SPORTS:

FBN--BROWNS TURNAROUND

CLEVELAND _ The Browns’ sweep of Ohio rival Cincinnati highlights a remarkable turnaround from an 0-17 season. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 650 words. AP Photos planned.

FBN-BENGALS AT BOTTOM

CINCINNATI _ The Cincinnati Bengals have clinched last place, but with a chance ahead to play spoiler against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words. AP Photos planned.

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