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. Mitch Stacy is on the desk. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CICADA TIME-THINGS TO KNOW
COLUMBUS — The 17-year cicadas are coming again, millions of them with their unnerving red eyes and orange wings and cacophonous mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes. For those who have an aversion to prawn-sized winged bugs, the next six weeks or so will be like a long horror-movie scene in large parts of Ohio and West Virginia and slivers of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. Here are some facts about them, compliments of Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist with the National Pest Management Association, and Gene Kritsky, a cicada expert at Cincinnati’s College of Mount St. Joseph who’s predicting they’ll appear in the next few days. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photo.
PIKETON — Several mobile homes where eight relatives were found shot to death in southern Ohio are being moved to a secure location as the investigation into who targeted the family and why enters its fourth week, authorities said Thursday. SENT: 410 words.
BALLOTS FOR THE BLIND
COLUMBUS — Blind Ohio residents have been denied “meaningful access” to the swing state’s absentee voting system, but implementing changes would require fundamentally altering the entire voting system, a federal judge said. SENT: 210 words.
CLEVELAND — Jurors in the Ohio case of a man convicted of killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags began hearing arguments Thursday on whether he should receive the death penalty. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 480 words, photos.
— OHIO BODIES-THE LATEST: The Latest on arguments to jurors on whether a man convicted of murdering three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags should receive the death penalty. SENT.
SENATE 2016-OHIO-PORTMAN AD BUY
COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is flexing his cash advantage over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland by snapping up $14 million of targeted TV time now for ads to air across Ohio through Election Day. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 510 words, photo.
FBC–BLACK COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
CANTON — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will create a permanent home on its campus for the Black College Football Hall of Fame, it announced Thursday. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 400 words.
BOWLING GREEN — Former Ohio Congressman Delbert Latta (LAT’-ah), a Republican who represented Ohio’s 5th Congressional District in northwest Ohio for 30 years, dies at 96. SENT: 300 words, photos upcoming.
— BKC–DAYTON-PLAYER DEATH: The University of Dayton says a member of its basketball team, center Steve McElvene, has died.
— JUDGE RECUSED-HEROIN: Documents show a federal appeals court has forced an Ohio judge to remove himself from a case involving a defendant who claims he often used heroin with the judge’s brother and nephew.
— INMATE DEATH-OHIO JAIL: Police say a 51-year-old woman inmate was found dead at a jail in suburban Cleveland.
— FATAL CRASH-CHARGES: A prosecutor says a man accused of causing the death of a woman in a crash that occurred while he had heroin in his system has been indicted on charges including aggravated vehicular homicide.
— FUNERAL PALLBEARER-BURGLARY CHARGE: A man expected to be a pallbearer at a woman’s funeral has been charged with burglarizing her granddaughter’s home during the service in western Ohio.
— MEGACHURCH LAWSUIT: The Ohio Supreme Court says an insurer isn’t liable for part of a central Ohio megachurch’s $3.1 million settlement over the alleged beating of a 2-year-old boy at the church’s daycare.
— POLICE HELP GEESE: A mother goose apparently knew exactly who to turn to when one of its goslings became tangled in string.
— MINIMUM WAGE-CLEVELAND: Cleveland’s city council will consider establishing a $15 minimum wage in the city after receiving petitions with thousands of signatures supporting the measure.
— CINCINNATI MURALS MOVING: The remaining six of nine massive glass tile mosaics originally made for the train concourse at Cincinnati’s Union Terminal are being moved from the area’s biggest airport across the Ohio River to the downtown convention center.
— GOP 2016-CLEVELAND-NUDE PHOTO: A New York photographer known for taking pictures of groups of naked people is planning a photo shoot with 100 nude women in Cleveland, a day before the Republican National Convention opens there.
— AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB: A new commander is ready to take charge of a research laboratory at Ohio’s largest military base.
— ANIMAL SHELTER CLOSING: The only animal shelter in western Ohio’s Logan County will close next month and is trying to find homes for dozens of dogs and cats before then.
— MISSING GIRL-MICHIGAN: A rally and march are planned in memory of a 5-year-old southeastern Michigan girl who disappeared in 2009 and was found buried near a river.
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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.