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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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COLUMBUS — Some 12,000 Ohio doctors are being warned they appear to be violating a 2015 law that requires them to check patients’ prescription histories against a state website before recommending them prescription painkillers. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 a.m.
ASHLAND — An occasional drifter linked to the slayings of at least four women in little over a decade pleads not guilty to charges outlined in a 23-count indictment, including the killings of the two women and abduction in Ashland. Even with little money to his name and a string of arrests in his past, Shawn Grate was magnetic enough to make friends with almost anyone. By John Seewer and Ann Sanner. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— ABDUCTION-BODIES-FOUND-THE LATEST.
DAD SHOOTS DAUGHTER
ROCKY RIVER — A judge increases the bond for a man charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his adult daughter in a Cleveland suburb to $4.5 million after a prosecutor says the suspect is a risk to flee the country. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 360 words, photo.
POLICE OFFICER-WIFE’S DEATH
LEBANON — A former Ohio policeman imprisoned for over a decade in his wife’s death before his conviction was overturned pleads guilty to charges alleging he hired her killers, though the deal lets him maintain innocence and remain free on probation. SENT: 350 words.
COLUMBUS — Ohio’s elections chief expresses confidence in the security of its electoral process, saying he’s been working with state and federal authorities to identify and address vulnerabilities to the system. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 400 words, photo.
— GIRL IN BASEMENT: A father and son accused of chaining a teenage girl in their Ohio basement as punishment have now been charged with rape.
— CAPITOL TERROR PLOT: Sentencing has been rescheduled for an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group.
— WEST VIRGINIAN FLOODS-OVERDOSES: A trial date has been set for an Ohio man who has pleaded not guilty to heroin distribution in connection to 27 overdoses in a five-hour span in a single West Virginia city.
— TEACHER-INAPPROPRIATE MOVIE: An Ohio appeals court upholds the felony conviction of a former substitute teacher who was sentenced to three months in jail for showing a movie including graphic sex and violence to a high school class.
— HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-DEATH: Funeral arrangements are set for a high school football player from suburban Cleveland who authorities say was hit in the abdomen during a game and died two days later from a problem caused by a lacerated small intestine.
— URANIUM PLANT-CLEANUP: Ohio’s U.S. senators say a resolution passed by the Senate continues short-term funding for cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio where workers have been warned about the threat of layoffs for years.
— HEROIN-FENTANYL OVERDOSE-SENTENCE: A man who authorities say sold a mixture of heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose of a southwestern Ohio man is sentenced to 15 years in prison.
— DRUNKEN DRIVING-LAWSUIT: A judge orders a Cleveland strip club to pay $8 million to the family of a woman killed in a wrong-way crash after finding the club failed to prevent a drunken patron from driving.
— CASINOS-LAWSUIT: A county judge rejects the remaining bit of a legal challenge to Ohio’s casinos.
— OHIO SHERIFF-DRUG CHARGES: A panel of three retired judges has decided that a northern Ohio sheriff should be suspended while facing charges alleging he stole medications from prescription drug disposal drop boxes
— SUSPICIOUS CLOWNS-OHIO: Police receive reports of individuals dressed as clowns chasing people in two western Ohio communities.
AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 8 Ohio general election on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. Eastern. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-OH-OHIO General Election Testing/AP-OH-OHIO General Election Testing.
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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.