BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 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. Julie Carr Smyth 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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HILLSBORO — Having your wife’s and your underwear examined and toilet usage analyzed might sound like something for veteran standup comedian Drew Hastings’ routine. But while it sometimes seems like “a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch,” he says, Hastings is finding it increasingly difficult to see humor in the continuing investigations into his actions as a small-city Ohio mayor. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 840 words, AP Photos OHJM301-312.



COLUMBUS — The tobacco industry is calling on Ohio lawmakers to change how the state taxes moist smokeless tobacco products. SENT: 310 words.


COLUMBUS — An extreme lack of courtesy this campaign season among candidates and their supporters inspired U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday to tell congressional interns: “When passions flare, ugliness is sometimes inevitable. But we shouldn’t accept ugliness as the norm.” That coarsening of public behavior worries Gahanna-Jefferson schools aide Mindy McFann, who had etiquette drilled into her as a child. “I thought, ‘Well, I can either get angry or I can do something about it,'” McFann said. By Shannon Gilchrist, The (Columbus) Dispatch. SENT: 690 words. Pursuing photos.

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— FUGITIVE ARRESTED-OHIO: Authorities say a man who has been on the run since 2013 over a charge he sexually assaulted a girl with special needs in Puerto Rico has been shot and taken into custody in Ohio.

— COLUMBUS OFFICER-NUDE PHOTOS: A female Columbus police officer is suing the city and department administrators alleging nude photos of her were inappropriately shared among officers during an internal investigation.

— TRUCK FIRE-SUICIDE: Police in a northeast Ohio city say a woman apparently killed herself outside of an ex-girlfriend’s townhome after setting the woman’s truck ablaze in a nearby intersection.

— BODY IN CAR: Authorities say a 20-year-old man was found shot to death in a car in a wooded area near a city road.

— COAST GUARD STATION REVIVAL: The Cleveland Metroparks plans to revive an abandoned U.S. Coast Guard station in Cleveland and turn it into a center for water activities such as kayaking and rowing.

— OHIO WAL-MART SHOOTING: Two officers who confronted a man carrying an air rifle in an Ohio Wal-Mart want to further postpone giving formal statements about the deadly police shooting in a lawsuit.


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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.