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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 2 pm, OH

February 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 --Men alleging Ohio State ignored or failed to stop years of sexual misconduct by a team doctor are recommending their lawsuits be handled by mediators used in nationally known cases involving Michigan State or Penn State. But Ohio State says it won’t agree to that because the handling of those cases led to controversy. Ohio State is recommending that a former federal judge or a federal appeals court mediator be used instead in the two lawsuits over its handling of the late Dr. Richard Strauss. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 500 words.

WINTER WEATHER

CHICAGO _ Forecasters say the Midwest could soon see a rapid thaw following the bitterly cold weather that has gripped the region. Temperatures are expected to climb by as much as 80 degrees in some areas as the storm system moves east. Such a drastic change could create problems such as bursting pipes, flooding rivers and crumbling roads. The dangerously cold and snowy weather is suspected in at least 18 deaths in states spanning from Iowa to New York. By Tammy Webber and Jeff Karoub. SENT: 945 words, photos, video.

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_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

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BRIEFS:

_ TODDLER DEATH-UNCLE CHARGED: An Ohio man who told police he lost his temper before striking his two young nieces last year, killing one of the girls and critically injuring her younger sister, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

_ MONEY LAUNDERING PLEA: A man accused of laundering nearly $3 million in a life insurance scheme involving a sick and obese relative has been sentenced in Columbus.

_ SCARY HALLOWEEN ATTRACTION-LAWSUIT: A woman and her teen daughter are suing a Pennsylvania amusement park, saying the costumed ghouls at its Halloween attraction were too terrifying.

_ CRASH-HOUSE EXPLOSION: Police have arrested a man who they say crashed his car into a gas meter and set off a house explosion in Ohio.

_ STUDENT-GUN: An Ohio high school student has admitted bringing a loaded gun to school.

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