AP-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. Kantele Franko 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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COLUMBUS — A state building standards board gives final approval to devices that schools can install on doors in the event of active shooters in buildings. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., then 130-word update from 10 a.m. hearing and 500 words by 5 p.m.




CINCINNATI — A 911 caller could be charged with making a false alarm, a judge rules, for reporting a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart. Police fatally shot the man and found he was toting an air rifle he had picked up from a shelf. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 600 words.


COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich urges state lawmakers to consider changing how Ohio draws its congressional districts, emphasizing in his State of the State address that partisan mapmaking needs to be in “the dustbin of history.” But his fellow Republicans, who control the Legislature and subsequently the line-drawing, weren’t exactly swept up by the idea. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 550 words, photos.



CINCINNATI Three men who committed an armed break-in and robbery of the suburban Cincinnati home of a federal judge and her husband have each been sentenced to 34 years in prison. SENT: 265 words.


SAVANNAH, Ga. — A former peanut company executive serving a 28-year prison sentence won’t have to pay money to victims of a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to his Georgia plant. Two deaths linked to the outbreak occurred in Ohio. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 485 words.


NEW YORK — Ted Cruz’s attempt to upset native son Donald Trump in the Empire State primary has so far turned on three words: “New York values.” The third Republican still in the race, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, put his own spin on the famed phrase. “We love New York values,” Kasich said during a campaign stop at a Bronx deli. “It means innovation, neighborhoods, great food, great people.” By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 630 words, photo.


— MOM’S POT BROWNIES-WORKER SICKENED: Authorities say an Ohio man made marijuana-laced brownies for his unknowing, 79-year-old mother, and she offered one to a home health care worker who then became ill, leading to the son’s arrest.

— SEXUAL ASSAULT-AMBULANCE: An emergency medical technician accused of sexually assaulting a female patient in an ambulance while transporting the woman between two western Ohio care facilities has pleaded not guilty.

— PRIVATE PRISON-HEARING AID LAWSUIT: The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is suing the state prisons department for not providing two functional hearing aids to a hearing-impaired inmate at Lake Erie Correctional Institution.

— POLICE CADET-SHOOTING: A police cadet was wounded in what authorities say apparently was an accidental shooting at a northwest Ohio firing range.

— INFANT KILLED-FATHER CHARGED: A 21-year-old man is accused of shaking and beating his 1-month-old daughter to death during an early morning attack in Cleveland.

— TEENS SHOT-BIRTHDAY: A young man has been indicted on murder charges in a shooting that killed a 17-year-old girl and hurt two more teens when a fight occurred at a birthday party in Cincinnati.

— NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOOTING: Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of a northeast Ohio man charged in the fatal shooting of a father and his two teenage children during a home invasion robbery on New Year’s Eve 2013.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO BALLOT: A statewide ballot issue seeking to legalize both medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Ohio this fall has cleared an initial hurdle with Attorney General Mike DeWine certifying the petition summary.

— SUSPECT SHOT-COLUMBUS: Authorities say police shot and wounded a knife-wielding man after he refused to drop the blade inside a Columbus house.

— L BRANDS-RESTRUCTURING: The company behind Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works is cutting 200 jobs, including some in Columbus, Ohio, as it deals with increasing competition.

— EMBEZZLEMENT SUSPECT-HIKER: A federal judge in Ohio has again pushed back the sentencing of a Kentucky accountant who spent much of six years as a fugitive hiking the Appalachian Trail.

— ZOO-NO SMOKING: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in central Ohio says it’s going smoke-free.

— NORTH CAROLINA-TRAVEL BAN: Ohio’s most populous county is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to North Carolina after that state enacted a law prohibiting communities from passing ordinances to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

— CONTRACTOR-SAFETY VIOLATIONS: An Ohio contractor on a West Virginia project has been cited for alleged workplace safety and health violations.


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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.