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 until 4:30 p.m. Interim AP Ohio news editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES

ELECTION 2018-OHIO GOVERNOR-MEDIA FIRM

COLUMBUS --A Washington-based advertising and media firm to which Democrat Richard Cordray gave government work while he was a federal official now is doing political work for the Ohio governor candidate. GMMB's political work for Cordray follows Republican criticism that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's decision to hire the firm under Cordray's watch was politically motivated. GMMB was the lead agency for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Obama campaigns for Cordray in Cleveland Thursday. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 605 words. AP Photos.

ELECTION 2018-OHIO-OBAMA

CLEVELAND -- Former President Barack Obama is visiting closely divided Ohio to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray and other Democrats. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated from rally scheduled to start at 7 p.m. AP Photos planned.

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BRIEFS:

— FATAL HOUSE FIRE: A coroner has identified the woman and her infant son who died in a southwest Ohio house fire.

— GRADING SCHOOLS-OHIO: Ohio's latest report cards for schools have a new feature, assigning each one an overall grade.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO: The state auditor says Ohio's process for selecting medical marijuana grower applicants suffered from numerous errors and inconsistencies.

— EARNS-KROGER: Kroger Co. reported a jump in fiscal second-quarter profit on an investment gain, but a key sales measure fell short of expectations.

— 3 FOUND DEAD: Authorities say three people found dead inside a southwest Ohio apartment may have died of smoke inhalation.

— HOSPITAL PSYCHIATRIC UNIT: A northeast Ohio hospital in Canton closed its psychiatric unit because of changes in government regulation.

— OHIO GOVERNOR'S RACE-HURRICANE: The Republican candidate for Ohio governor has paid for ad time on The Weather Channel as it gears up for coverage of Hurricane Florence.

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SPORTS:

FBC--TOP 25-OHIO STATE-HASKINS' TIME

COLUMBUS -- After waiting in the wings during a redshirt year and then sitting as the backup to J.T. Barrett last season, Dwayne Haskins Jr. is getting his chance to run the Ohio State offense as the starter. So far, so good. In the first two games, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Maryland product has thrown for 546 yards and nine touchdowns, with just one interception. A clash between the No. 4 Buckeyes and No. 15 TCU this Saturday will be a good measuring stick of whether Haskins can continue the torrid pace against better defenses. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

UNDATED -- Ohio State averaged 650 yards and 64.5 points against two overmatched opponents. This week Dwayne Haskins and the Buckeyes will be going against a traditionally tough defense in TCU in a game that could have playoff implications. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. Upcoming: 500 words, photos.

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