AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 6 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 starting at 6 a.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A man accused of fatally shooting his mother and girlfriend while high on a synthetic drug is scheduled for a change of plea hearing in central Ohio. UPCOMING: 130 words, with update from hearing scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EDT.


CLEVELAND— Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for the aggravated murder trial of a northeast Ohio man accused of killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags. UPCOMING: 130 words, update once jury selection begins.



CLEVELAND — The discovery in 2013 of three women’s bodies wrapped in garbage bags raised fears and drew national attention to the possibility that another serial killer like Anthony Sowell had been killing women in and around Cleveland. East Cleveland resident Michael Madison was arrested within days of the discovery, and after an exhaustive search around the neighborhood where he lived, no other bodies were found. The national media spotlight largely faded. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 690 words, AP Photos CD301-303.


WESTERVILLE — Former Ohio State quarterback and Heisman winner Troy Smith was arrested Sunday on charges of driving under the influence and marijuana possession. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 300 words, AP Photos NY114, NY 120.



CINCINNATI — Cincinnati’s historic preservation staff is recommending that the Historic Conservation Board sign off on a $135 million makeover to the city’s Music Hall. A public hearing on the project had been scheduled for Monday — the same day as MLB’s Opening Day. SENT: 290 words, AP Photo OHCIN101.


ROCKY RIVER — The U.S. Department of Justice is joining a lawsuit filed by a woman who accuses a private Montessori school of violating federal law by kicking out her son, who has autism. Rebekah McClelland said Ruffing Montessori School administrators in Rocky River informed her last year that her son, Manny DeJesus, couldn’t return. SENT: 300 words.



COLUMBUS — The Green Party of Ohio is convening to pick its state nominee for president. Three of the party’s five 2016 presidential candidates plan to attend the state convention in Columbus Sunday. SENT: 130 words.


— AIR FORCE MUSEUM-VISITOR LAWSUIT: An Ohio family handcuffed and held at gunpoint during a 2014 visit to the National Air Force Museum is suing Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security officers alleging civil rights violations.

— WILD TURKEY SEASON-OHIO: Ohio hunters can soon hunt wild turkeys as the state prepares to open the spring season later this month.

— DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: The state’s largest anti-death penalty group is giving a new award named after former state prisons director who died last month of a heart attack.

— TEEN BOARD-OHIO: Ohio’s attorney general is urging high schoolers to apply to become members of a board that advises his office on teen issues.

— CINCINNATI MURALS MOVING: Nine massive glass-tile mosaics originally made for the train concourse at Cincinnati’s Union Terminal are being moved across the Ohio River from the area’s biggest airport to the downtown convention center where they’ll now be displayed.

— CICADAS RETURN: Researchers say a new brood of buzzing cicadas is set to emerge from the ground and begin mating across central and eastern Ohio this spring.


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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.