Hello! 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. Andrew Welsh-Huggins is on the desk. Delano Massey, news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or email@example.com.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Incumbent GOP Senator Rob Portman and Democratic challenger Ted Strickland meet in the first of three debates in a Senate contest that garnered new attention after Portman rescinded his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., then developing from noon debate. 500 words by 4 p.m. AP Photos.
TRAFFIC STOP-POLICE SHOOTING
CINCINNATI — Final pretrial hearing planned before the murder trial of a former campus police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black motorist after a traffic stop. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., then developing from 9 a.m. hearing, with 400 words by noon. AP Photos planned.
CAMPAIGN 2016-GHOST OF TRAFICANT
YOUNGSTOWN — Countless former Democrats in Ohio’s blue-collar Mahoning Valley are transferring their adoration for the late Democratic U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr. to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 780 words. AP Photos.
— CAMPAIGN 2016-OHIO-BILL CLINTON: Former president Bill Clinton is returning to Ohio this week, as high-level campaigning picks up in the state with early voting underway.
CAMPAIGN 2016-EARLY VOTING
WASHINGTON — Advance voting shows positive signs for Hillary Clinton in two states that could help her lock up the presidency, North Carolina and Florida, as the election enters a critical, final stretch. There are encouraging signs for Donald Trump in Ohio. That’s a vital state for the Republican presidential nominee, but a victory there would be only one of many steps he would need to win. By Hope Yen. SENT: 80 words.
WASHINGTON — Some key Republican officeholders and candidates reaffirmed their support for Donald Trump Thursday despite new allegations from women that he groped and assaulted them. SENT: 740 words. By Erica Werner.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is trying to rev up Democrats in Ohio during a two-day visit, as the number of states that could swing to either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump narrows to just a handful. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos. UPCOMING: Updates from Obama speech in Columbus at 7:45 p.m. EDT.
ELECTRICITY RATE PLAN-FIRSTENERGY
COLUMBUS — State regulators approve a plan allowing FirstEnergy Corp. to impose electricity rate increases totaling $132.5 million a year plus taxes for a total of $204 million annually over the next three years. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 370 words.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t just helping kids afford college. He wants them to stay there and leave with diplomas. By Tom Withers. SENT: 400 words. AP Photos. Also moving on some sports wires.
— CHARTER SCHOOLS-RULES: The state says nearly a third of Ohio charter school sponsors could have their authority revoked under new evaluations of how well the sponsors follow current educational rules and laws.
— SHOOTING-STUDENTS INJURED: Police say two students were injured in a shooting outside a Columbus school as students were being dismissed for the day.
— POLICE SHOOTING-ROBBERY SUSPECT: The state’s criminal investigation agency has been asked to probe the fatal police shooting of a robbery suspect found with a pellet gun in a Cleveland suburb.
— POLICE UNION HEAD-PROBE: Police say an investigation is underway after the head of Cleveland’s police union wore his dress uniform to a rally for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
— BABY DEATH-MOTEL: A child endangering charge against the mother of a 6-week-old boy who died has been dropped.
— AFFORDABLE HOUSING OFFICIAL-BRIBES: Federal prosecutors say a former affordable housing group official in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison after admitting he steered contracts to two companies in exchange for bribes.
— SEDIMENT DUMPING-LAKE ERIE: The federal agency that maintains shipping channels along Lake Erie has awarded a $3.7 million contract to a Michigan-based firm to dredge Cleveland’s harbor and the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) River channel.
— RURAL EDUCATION-FORUM: The U.S. Education Secretary plans an Ohio discussion on opportunities for students in rural communities.
— FALL COLORS-OHIO: Ohio’s fall colors are starting to come out.
— INVESTMENT SCHEME: The owner of a now-closed business in northern West Virginia has been charged with bilking investors out of millions of dollars through what prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme.
AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 8 Ohio general election on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. Eastern. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-OH-OHIO General Election Testing/AP-OH-OHIO General Election Testing.
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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Ohio and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.