BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:00 pm, OH


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. Kantele Franko is on the desk. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

OHIO SHOOTINGS

COLUMBUS — The country has become grimly accustomed to mass shootings. The killing of multiple people without an almost immediate arrest or suspect is another thing. A look at what is known about the slayings of eight family members in southern Ohio two weeks after the massacre. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 a.m., photos.

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TOP STORIES:

OHIO BODIES

CLEVELAND — A convicted sex offender is found guilty of the murder of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 370 words, photos.

DEM 2016-OHIO

CINCINNATI — Ohio Democrats are happy for businessman Donald Trump — that is, happy for the prospect of the brash presumptive Republican presidential nominee topping the opposition ticket in November. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXOTIC ANIMALS-CRACKDOWN

COLUMBUS — A judge says five tigers and five other animals seized from a northeast Ohio farm should be returned, though the state stands by its actions. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

GOP 2016-TRUMP-COAL-FACT CHECK

DALLAS — Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer. By David Koenig. SENT: 940 words, photos.

FBN–MANZIEL INDICTMENT

DALLAS — A Dallas judge orders former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel to have no contact with the alleged victim in his domestic violence case. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 740 words, photos, video.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOOTING

AKRON — A man convicted in the fatal shootings of a father and his two teenage children during a home invasion robbery on New Year’s Eve 2013 gets life in prison without parole. SENT: 275 words.

IN BRIEF:

— XGR–MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO: A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has cleared a legislative panel and appears headed for a full House vote next week.

— TODDLER BEATEN-ARRESTS: An Ohio woman who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in her 2-year-old daughter’s beating death has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

— MURDER CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED: An appeals court in Cleveland has ruled that a lower court judge properly granted a new trial for three men who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a slaying they denied committing.

— TREASURE HUNTER FUGITIVE: A federal judge in Ohio has ordered a competency evaluation of a former deep-sea treasure hunter who’s jailed for refusing to answer questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins.

— PRISON FARM SHUTDOWN: The union representing Ohio’s corrections officers has sued to stop the planned shutdown of the state’s prison farms in a move to raise millions of dollars to fund new rehabilitation programs through land sales.

— NFL PROSPECT CHARGED: A former northeast Ohio prep football star who hoped to play in the NFL has been charged with tampering with evidence after a fatal shooting outside a suburban Cleveland bar.

— OBAMA-COMMUTATIONS-OHIO: The Obama administration has commuted the prison sentences of 58 federal convicts, including a pair of Ohioans.

— DRUG INVESTIGATIONS-CORRUPTION: A longtime Ohio policeman accused of conspiring with another officer to falsely obtain search warrants and keep up to $250,000 in cash and property seized in drug investigations pleads guilty to federal charges.

— METH TRAFFICKING-CHARGES: Federal authorities say a California man accused of bringing more than 10,000 doses of methamphetamine into the Cleveland area is charged with trafficking in the drug.

— CLEVELAND GANG-TEENS: Eleven teenage boys suspected of involvement with a street gang that randomly attacked and robbed people in Cleveland and its suburbs have been charged with more than 150 counts in all.

— INDIANS FAN-LAWSUIT: Ohio’s high court says a New York man who was hit by a foul ball at a baseball game and blinded in one eye can seek damages from the Cleveland Indians.

— PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL — More than 700 Ohio peace officers who have died in the line of duty since 1823 are honored at a ceremony.

— FATAL CRASH-DRIVER HIGH: A driver who was high on marijuana when he caused a head-on collision that killed a woman and her daughter and injured two others has been sentenced to serve two decades in prison.

— LAKE ERIE FUNDING: The federal government is handing out over $3 million to help Lake Erie.

— FIREFIGHTER KILLED: Bond has been set at $5,000 for a man charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed a Cincinnati firefighter who was riding to work on a motorcycle.

— PET BOBCAT-SUPREME COURT: The Ohio Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal in a legal fight over whether the owner of a 26-pound domesticated, declawed bobcat is subject to the state’s tightened laws on owning dangerous wild animals.

— ROADSIDE STABBING: Authorities have dropped charges filed against an Ohio man after a stabbing in south-central Nebraska.

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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.

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