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. Kantele Franko is on the desk, followed by Lisa Cornwell. Deb Martin, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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PIKETON — Grieving family members will gather for funeral services in the days ahead to remember eight of their own killed in what authorities call a “cold-blooded, calculated massacre” in rural southern Ohio. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Update from 2:30 p.m. hearing, then 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.
GOP 2016-DONOR LOCKOUT
WASHINGTON — It seems like a logical pairing: Republican donors who despise Donald Trump, and two GOP presidential hopefuls sticking it out to keep him from the nomination. Yet such a financial cavalry never arrived for Ted Cruz and John Kasich, ignoring their impassioned pleas for financial help. By Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day. SENT: 960 words.
HAMILTON — A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting and wounding two students in a school cafeteria is scheduled to appear in juvenile court to face charges including attempted murder. SENT: 280 words. UPCOMING: Update from 2:30 p.m. hearing, then 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.
OHIO SCHOOLS CHIEF-RETIREMENT
COLUMBUS — Ohio’s state school board is zeroing in on finalists for the superintendent’s job. It scheduled an executive session Thursday to discuss the list of finalists prepared by a search firm and any additional nominations from board members. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from 9:30 a.m. session, then 450 words by 4 p.m.
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COLUMBUS — A former Ohio policeman accused of conspiring with another officer to falsely obtain search warrants and keep some of the cash they seized in drug investigations will plead guilty to federal charges. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 2 p.m.
— INJURED KIDS AT MOTEL: Police say officers responding to a report of a possible dead child at a southwest Ohio motel found a pair of young siblings with serious injuries and arrested their mother and two other adults.
— GUN-SCHOOL BACKPACK: Police say a gun was found in a student’s backpack at a Cleveland high school.
— PFIZER-PROTONIX CHARGE-OHIO: Ohio’s Medicaid program will get nearly $25 million from drugmaker Pfizer Inc.’s payments to resolve allegations that one of its companies didn’t give Medicaid the same discounts it provided to private buyers of a heartburn treatment.
— OHIO VOTING: A progressive nonprofit group says it plans to register 150,000 voters in swing-state Ohio and focus on getting them to the polls this fall.
— TRAFFIC CAMERAS-CRASHES: Early indications are that crashes have risen since Columbus turned off its traffic cameras amid continuing legal and legislative battles over their use.
— ZOO-RHINOCEROS DIES: A zoo in northern Ohio says its southern white rhinoceros, thought to be among the oldest in a U.S. zoo, has died.
— INTERSTATE CONSTRUCTION-CLOSURES: Transportation authorities say nighttime motorists could encounter lane closures including short-term overnight full shutdowns on Interstate 71 northbound in Cincinnati.
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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.