BC-OH--Top 10 Ballot,Advisory, OH

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NEWS DIRECTORS:

The Ohio Associated Press is asking its members to rank the state's top stories of 2012.

Our nominations follow in random order.

Please mark your first choice with a number 1, your second with a number 2, and so on, through the No. 10 news story. There's room at the bottom to write in any other stories you want to rank in the Top 10.

Please limit ballots to one per news organization and include your name and other information at the bottom of your ballot.

ALL BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DEC. 17. The results will move in a glance later in December.

AP members may send ballots by e-mail at apcolumbus(at)ap.org, by fax to the AP's Columbus office at (614) 885-3248 or by mail to:

TOP TEN

The Ohio Associated Press

1103 Schrock Road, Suite 300

Columbus, OH 43229

Attn: Mitch Stacy

Any questions should be addressed to Mitch Stacy.

Our list of nominations:

A list of the top 10 stories of 2012 from the Ohio Associated Press, as voted on by member newspapers and broadcasters around the state:

—Presidential election campaign targets Ohio with President Barack Obama going on to clinch state's electoral vote, win re-election.

—Three students are killed and three wounded in a shooting at a high school in Chardon; a teen is charged.

—Teen sentenced to life in prison and his adult mentor awaits trial in killings of men lured with fake Craigslist job offers.

—First man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, dies, prompting tributes and memorial services.

—Millions of Ohioans left without power as storms strike state amid heat wave.

—Casino industry arrives in Ohio with voter-approved gaming halls opening in Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus; one more prepares to open in Cincinnati.

—Federal authorities charge five men with plotting to bomb a highway bridge; four plead guilty.

—Sixteen Amish convicted of hate crimes for cutting hair and beards of fellow Amish.

—Ohio's exotic animal owners face new state restrictions after dozens of animals released from Zanesville farm were killed by authorities last year.

—Ohio's John Glenn celebrates what no other living astronaut has done — he marks the 50th anniversary of his own spaceflight.

—U.S. Supreme Court clears way for voters in the battleground state of Ohio to cast ballots on the three days before Election Day, giving Democrats and Obama's campaign a victory three weeks before the election.

—Ohio drivers banned from sending text messages from behind the wheel under new law that includes stricter rules for teen drivers.

—An anti-abortion group falls short of its attempt to gather enough signatures to ask voters in the key presidential swing state to change the state constitution to declare that life begins when a human egg is fertilized.

—Secretary of State Jon Husted fires two election officials in southwest Ohio after they voted to extend early voting hours in the general election beyond the uniform, statewide hours he set.

— Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown re-elected, despite outside groups pouring $30 million into the effort to defeat him.

— Retirement, losses at polls have Steve LaTourette, Dennis Kucinich and Betty Sutton leaving House.

— Ohio economy sputters ahead: credit Obama or Kasich?

— John Demjanjuk dies at 91 in Germany, still fighting war crimes charges.

—Ohio sells lakeshore lock-up in Conneaut, making it first privately owned state prison in America.

— Kasich imposes regional moratorium on deep-injection wells after New Year's Eve quake strikes Youngstown, state lawmakers pass new well regulations.

— State auditor launches probe after allegations of data-tampering strike several Ohio school districts

— Two Democratic state lawmakers are indicted in state-federal campaign finance probe; investigation includes first bribery charges to hit the General Assembly in a century.

— Ohio schools superintendent steps down after state watchdog's investigation finds he improperly used state staff and resources in a search for new work.

— Ohio Republicans oust their state chairman amid infighting ahead of 2012 presidential race.

— A northeast Ohio man is accused of possible mercy killing in shooting of wife at hospital intensive care unit.

— An Army sergeant and Ohio native is accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers.

— Boy Scouts of America removes a lesbian den mother in eastern Ohio, reigniting debate over the group's ban on gays.

— A northwest Ohio family finds century-old baseball cards worth millions in attic.

— Three children killed in what Toledo police believe was a murder-suicide carried out by their grandmother, uncle.

— Ohio resumes executions by lethal injection, ending unofficial moratorium during legal wrangling over the state's execution procedures.

— Man and his mother are sentenced to prison in the killing of his estranged wife, found strangled in a septic tank; case is pending against his father.

— Miami University alum Paul Ryan tapped as Republican running mate for Romney.

— Early March tornadoes devastate southern Ohio village of Moscow.

— Coach Urban Meyer returns home to Ohio, leads Ohio State football team to 12-0 season.

— Ohio University, Ohio State, Xavier, Cincinnati all make NCAA basketball "Sweet 16."

— Other story (or stories):

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