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. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOLEDO — Funeral services are scheduled for a 20-year-old college student found slain after disappearing on a bike ride. By John Seewer. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., updated after 11 a.m. funeral, then 300 words by 4 p.m., photos.
TOLEDO — Investigators found a hidden room outfitted with restraints inside a barn belonging to a man accused of abducting and killing an Ohio college student, according to newly released search warrants. By John Seewer. SENT: 415 words, photos.
DRUG DEATHS-ELEPHANT SEDATIVE
COLUMBUS — A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country’s heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they’ve found it mixed with or passed off as heroin. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 700 words, photo.
POLICE-SEX WITH MINORS
COLUMBUS — A divided Ohio Supreme Court strikes down a law banning sex between police officers and minors, ruling the law arbitrarily included police in a class of other banned professionals such as teachers with clear authority over children. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 350 words.
MIA VETERAN’S REMAINS RETURNED
NEW LEXINGTON — The remains of a Korean War veteran who was captured in 1950 have been returned to his Ohio family, and he’ll be buried Friday next to his parents. SENT: 280 words.
STOLEN GUN IN THEATER
MONACA, Pa. — There’s a “real possibility” a Georgia man jailed on charges he brought a gun — stolen in Columbiana, Ohio — and ammunition into a western Pennsylvania movie theater planned to shoot it up, a prosecutor tells The Associated Press. By Joe Mandak and Kate Brumback. SENT: 680 words.
PHILADELPHIA — As most Democrats rally around Hillary Clinton, the lingering “Bernie or Bust” movement is stirring frustration at the party’s convention among delegates of color, who say they’re upset at the refusal of the Vermont senator’s most fervent backers to fall in line. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 800 words.
— SLAYING-ABDUCTION: A black Illinois man accused of kidnapping a Kentucky woman and fatally shooting her along a southwest Ohio highway says he can’t get a fair trial in a county he calls “racially imbalanced” and wants his trial moved.
— CHILD SHOT-HOUSE SHOOTING: Police say an 11-year-old girl was shot in the leg after someone started shooting at her house in Cleveland.
— POLICE MEALS DONATED: A donor provides 1,200 meals to police in Ohio’s capital along with a card thanking them for keeping the city safe.
— TODDLER OVERDOSES TWICE: Police in north-central Ohio say the parents of an 18-month-old girl who overdosed on a painkiller twice in one week have been arrested on charges of child endangering.
— CAMPAIGN 2016-PENCE-OHIO: Donald Trump’s running mate will make a campaign stop in northwestern Ohio on Friday.
— TRAIN HITS BICYCLIST: Authorities say a 48-year-old man died after he was struck by a freight train while riding a bicycle in downtown Ashtabula
— FBN–BROWNS-BRYANT INDICTED: Cleveland Browns player Armonty Bryant has pleaded guilty to attempted drug possession.
— CHILD DROWNS-POOL: Police say a 1-year-old boy drowned after he fell into a backyard pool while his parents were on the front porch of a central Ohio home.
— STEALING FROM INVESTORS-SENTENCE: An Ohio man who admitted bilking investors out of more than $700,000 over a five-year period is heading to prison.
— FLASH FLOODING-OHIO: Heavy rain caused flash flooding that closed portions of some roads and downed trees in parts of southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky in the Cincinnati area.
— JEEP ANNIVERSARY PARTY: Organizers in northwest Ohio are searching for two specific Jeep models in an effort to have at least one example of every model year on hand to help celebrate the brand’s 75th anniversary this summer.
— EX-NFL PLAYER-CHARITY THEFT: A former Cleveland Browns wide receiver who pleaded guilty to stealing over $100,000 from his charities to finance gambling debts and personal expenses promises to pay it back once he gets his part of a settlement with the National Football League.
— COAST GUARD-BUFFALO COMMANDER: The U.S. Coast Guard station in Buffalo is getting a new commander as the current one heads into retirement.
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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.