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

January 27, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




WORTHINGTON, Ohio _ Clashes of disparate ideas like last week’s videotaped encounter at the Lincoln Memorial wouldn’t catch students off guard who’ve taken Thomas Worthington High School’s political radicalism class. Its teachers invite members of America’s political extremes, from the National Socialist Movement to the Weather Underground, into the classroom to engage with students. The goal is to teach students to question unfamiliar ideas with respect while building critical thinking skills. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 990 words, photos.


CLEVELAND _ Federal prosecutors say an Ohio man accused of operating an illegal slaughterhouse has been charged with conspiracy to launder money and other counts. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Amin Salem, of Westlake, secretly owned several Cleveland-area gas stations and accepted food stamps, despite prior food stamp fraud convictions. Authorities also accuse Salem of illegally slaughtering lambs and goats on his property, polluting a nearby stream and selling the meat. Salem has pleaded not guilty. SENT: 290 words.


_ TAX SEASON OPENS: Ohio’s Department of Taxation will begin accepting 2018 state income tax returns, including online.

_ WILDLIFE AREA-OHIO: Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources has purchased land for the state’s 152nd designated wildlife area to be used for wildlife conservation, propagation and habitat management.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-OHIO: Police in Cincinnati say a shooting has killed one person and injured two others.




COLUMBUS _ Drama stemming from the uncertain future of two of the team’s biggest stars has simmered in the background for half a season, but the Columbus Blue Jackets don’t seem all that bothered. With a bye week bumping up against the All-Star weekend, most of the Blue Jackets enjoyed a long midseason break, knowing changes could soon be coming that will alter the team’s lineup and identity. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 840 words, photos.


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