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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 6 pm, OH

December 5, 2018

Good evening. 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 at 7:30 a.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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COLUMBUS _ A third party contending it was unfairly excluded from a fledgling campaign debate series in Ohio airs its claims before state election regulators on Thursday. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 a.m., updated from 10 a.m. hearing, photo planned.




ST. LOUIS _ After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat that was docked for years in Cincinnati will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and several other rivers. By Jim Salter. SENT: 330 words, photos.


LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Senate has voted to facilitate a deal to replace a contentious 65-year-old oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, approving legislation to empower a new authority to oversee the construction and operation of a utility tunnel that would encase the new pipeline. The bill goes to the House for consideration next. By David Eggert. SENT: 475 words.


_ GENERAL MOTORS-RESTRUCTURING _ Ohio officials in Congress have met in Washington with General Motors’ chief executive in their bid to keep a northeastern Ohio assembly plant from closing.

_ CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOT BOY: An arbitrator says the white officer who was fired after fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy playing with a pellet gun won’t get back his job with Cleveland police.

_ SCHOOL GUARD-RAPE CHARGES: A Cleveland high school security guard accused of sexually assaulting a student has pleaded not guilty to charges including rape and sexual battery.

_ DIVING COACH-SEX ABUSE: A former Ohio State diving club coach has pleaded not guilty to charges related to allegations that he had sex with a diver when she was a teenager.

_ BODY FOUND-ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Officials say a fifth-grade class found a body outside a school in Akron.

_ GIRAFFE DIES-ZOO: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says a giraffe calf has died there during birth.

_ VOTING MACHINES-OHIO: Ohio’s county boards of elections are now able to acquire new voting equipment through a program made possible by legislation enacted this year.

_ EX-NFL PLAYER-BANKRUPTCY: Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker, who served a prison sentence for wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI, has filed for bankruptcy in Cleveland. Also moving on sports wires.




CINCINNATI _ Jeff Driskel’s NFL starting debut was a disappointment. He had two turnovers as Denver pulled away to a 24-10 win over the Bengals. The backup quarterback gets a second chance this week at the Chargers. By Joe Kay. SENT: 560 words, photos.


_ FBN--BENGALS-GREEN’S INJURY: Bengals receiver A.J. Green will be sidelined for the rest of the season with an injured toe on his right foot. By Joe Kay. SENT: 130 words, photos.


BEREA _ Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield believes Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is ready to make the jump to the NFL. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Cam Newton insists he’ll be ready to play this week against Cleveland despite lingering soreness in his throwing shoulder. His coach Ron Rivera wasn’t quite as certain. By Steve Reed. SENT: 565 words, photos.


COLUMBUS _ When Urban Meyer started thinking about retiring, he realized he already had the ideal successor right there in the building in quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. So Ohio State bumped up Day’s salary to $1 million per year after last season and promoted him to offensive coordinator to keep him around while Meyer pondered his future. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 780 words, photos.


UNDATED _ After leading Utah to an unbeaten season in 2004, Urban Meyer had a choice to make. He could become the coach at Notre Dame _ a dream job, he once called it _ or he could be head coach at Florida. Meyer picked Florida because the Gators were better positioned to win national championships. He won two with the Gators. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.


COLUMBUS _ Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins Jr. says his stats as Ohio State quarterback should earn him the prize. Haskins finished with 4,580 passing yards and 47 touchdowns, both of which led the nation. He broke 11 Big Ten and Ohio State single-season records. His fellow finalists, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, also are top-performing quarterbacks. The winner will be chosen on Saturday night in New York. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 740 words, photos.




UNDATED _ Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is the offensive player of the year and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is defensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team released Wednesday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.


UNDATED _ Quarterbacks Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins Jr. of Ohio State are the finalists for The Associated Press college football Player of the Year. The winner will be announced Thursday. The finalists are the same as those for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 230 words, photos.


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