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. Deb Martin, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or email@example.com.
A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 man wanted on an aggravated arson charge opened fire on a SWAT team trying to arrest him Sunday, critically injuring one officer, police said. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 400 words.
SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT
NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, a member of Ohio State University’s 2002 national championship team, was shot and killed Saturday in what appeared to be a road rage incident that has shocked fans of the much-beloved athlete. An emailed statement from New Orleans city coroner Jeffrey C. Rouse said that Smith died “of multiple gunshot wounds” after a traffic accident in the city’s Lower Garden District. The former defensive end was 34 years old. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 860 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
CINCINNATI — An Ohio man who’s lost a son and two other teenage relatives to shootings is participating in public efforts to protest gun violence. Al Cephas walked along a Cincinnati bridge on Wednesday holding a sign reading “Stop Gun Violence Now,” The Cincinnati Enquirer reported (http://cin.ci/1q8Srbu ). SENT: 280 words.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Brightly colored swaths of fabric swayed in stark contrast to a somber sky more suited for winter than spring. But the clotheslines full of multi-hued T-shirts strung between the trees of Bowling Green State University’s Union Oval on Monday were more of a statement than a decoration. By Emily Gordon, the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 600 words.
— CAR CRASH-2 KILLED: Authorities say two men died following a head-on crash in East Cleveland.
— 3 KILLED IN CRASH: Police say three people were killed in central Ohio after a couple involved in a highway crash and someone trying to help them were hit by another car.
— OHIO SHOOTING-2 DEAD: Police say two people died and a third was injured in an early morning shooting in suburban Columbus.
— TRAVEL BAN-DAYTON: Dayton is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to Mississippi and North Carolina, saying recent laws passed in the two states discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
— FARM DEATH-FINE: Federal safety regulators have fined a northern Ohio company more than $16,000 following a fatal accident in October.
— BODY FOUND-DRIVEWAY: Police have identified the body of a woman found a week ago on the driveway of a Cincinnati home.
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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.