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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk, followed by Mitch Stacy. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




WEST CHESTER — Hundreds of volunteers will act out “the chaos” likely from an active shooter in a suburban elementary school, in a large-scale training exercise in a school district near one where a student opened fire in a cafeteria earlier this year, injuring four students. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., 400 words by 5 p.m. Developing from afternoon exercise TBA. AP Photos planned.




COLUMBUS — A law trimming early voting in Ohio is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a case involving a series Republican-backed voting changes in the presidential battleground state. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6:30 p.m., photo planned.



COLUMBUS — The Latest on a federal judge’s decision related to voting laws in Ohio. SENT: 425 words.


TOLEDO — A proposed overhaul of how Ohio cities deal with lead in drinking water would make public water systems alert residents within two days after lead is found at the tap. By John Seewer. SENT: 430 words.


COLUMBUS — A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio’s pharmacy board is being scrapped over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 540 words.


CINCINNATI — The Green Party candidate vying to fill John Boehner’s unexpired congressional term in a special June election won’t be eligible to run under that party’s banner for the seat’s full two-year term. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 320 words, photos.


CHARLESTON, W. Va. — A man is arrested in the death of a former coal company executive found shot at a West Virginia cemetery where his wife is buried, a sheriff said Tuesday. By John Raby. SENT: 580 words, photos.



WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — The Latest on the fatal shooting of ex-coal chief executive Bennett Hatfield in southern West Virginia. SENT: 300 words.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, which have wreaked economic havoc from the Great Lakes to the West Coast. By John Flesher. SENT: 680 words, photos.


— GIRL IN BASEMENT: An Ohio man accused of chaining a teenage girl in his basement as punishment is denying he did anything wrong.

— SCALDED CHILD DIES: A grand jury has indicted an Ohio man who prosecutors say waited 15 hours to call for help despite knowing his wife had placed his 4-year-old son in scalding water, eventually causing his death.

— MOTORCYCLE WRONG-WAY CRASH: Authorities say two people were killed when a motorcycle they were on was driving the wrong way and collided head-on with a car about 35 miles southwest of Columbus.

— SOLAR PLANE: After a delay to check for possible damage, a solar-powered airplane will take off Wednesday for its planned flight from Ohio to Pennsylvania.

— HOTEL FIRE: Authorities have identified a Missouri woman who was killed over the weekend during an early morning hotel fire in Ohio.

— OFF-DUTY OFFICER-CHASE: Police say a driver who led officers on a high-speed chase in Ohio earlier this month turned out to be an off-duty officer — and so was his passenger.

— OHIO OFFICER SHOT: One of the two attorneys who represented a man accused of fatally shooting an Ohio policeman and then withdrew from the potential death penalty case will keep that role after all, working for free.

— ORANGUTAN DIES: A 34-year-old orangutan named Sally has died at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

— CLEVELAND STATE-HOUSING: Cleveland State University is considering whether to replace the school’s 13,000-seat arena with a smaller facility to allow for construction of additional on-campus housing.

— PORTABLE CAMERAS-CONVENTION: Monitored security cameras will be used to watch people on the street during this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

— DRONES-OHIO SHERIFF’S OFFICE: A southwest Ohio sheriff’s office is working for certification to operate drones that can be used for evidence gathering and in searches.

— SANDIA-CONTRACT: New Mexico and Texas universities are members of a team competing for a federal contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories.


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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