BC-OH–Ohio News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, OH

Good morning! 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, followed by Kantele Franko. Deb Martin, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmartin@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




COLUMBUS — The state announces several initiatives to reduce the 1,200 to 1,500 lives lost to suicide each year in Ohio. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from 11:30 a.m. news conference, then 400 words by 1:30 p.m., photos.


CONCORD, N.H. — John Kasich won’t come close to securing enough delegates for the Republican nomination before this summer’s convention. He won’t control the powerful rules committee, either — a critical tool in securing favorable terrain in Cleveland. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 710 words, photos.


HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — Three Franciscan friars who have headed a central Pennsylvania order are set for a preliminary hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children, including some in Ohio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 9:30 a.m. hearing.


COLUMBUS — The Ohio Ballot Board is ready to consider another medical marijuana proposal. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from 10:30 a.m. meeting, developed on merits.


CINCINNATI — Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio says he’s looking forward to meeting with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee but insists he will remain opposed to filling the vacancy during the election year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from 9:45 a.m. meeting, developed on merits.



DAYTON — An Ohio congressman is objecting to the removal of a Bible from a POW display at a military base medical center in southwest Ohio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.


— EX-NFL PLAYER-CHARITY THEFT: Reggie Rucker’s sentencing in a charity theft case has been delayed as the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver participates in a study of long-term symptoms of traumatic brain injuries and awaits another test in June.

— POLICE OFFICER-RAPE: A former Lima police officer who was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at his home is set for sentencing.

— OHIO WAL-MART SHOOTING: Two officers who confronted a man carrying an air rifle in an Ohio Wal-Mart won’t have to give formal statements about the deadly police shooting in a lawsuit for three more months, despite his family’s objections.

— TOBACCO SALES-CLEVELAND: A new Cleveland law raises the age limit for the legal purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21.

— PARK LEAD CLEANUP: Federal environmental officials are working to determine the cost of cleaning up a southwest Ohio park that’s contaminated with lead.

— OHIO SCHOOLS CHIEF-RETIREMENT: Forty-four people have applied to be Ohio’s next superintendent, including Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) former education adviser.

— INMATE DIES — Authorities say an inmate who died at a northeast Ohio correctional facility last month was killed by a fentanyl overdose.

— BKC–LAUREN HILL-ROAD NAME: A southeastern Indiana city has renamed a road for a college basketball player who inspired millions with her play while she battled terminal brain cancer.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to APColumbus@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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.

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