BC-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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.




COLUMBUS — The state announces several initiatives to reduce the 1,200 to 1,500 lives lost to suicide each year in Ohio. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2 a.m., then 130-word update from 11:30 a.m. news conference and 400 words by 1:30 p.m., photos.


HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — Three Franciscan friars who have headed a central Pennsylvania order are set for a preliminary hearing on charges they allowed a suspected sexual predator to teach at a high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children, including some in Ohio. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., updated from 9:30 a.m. hearing.




CLEVELAND — His son pleading for leniency, a man is sentenced to four years in prison for taking the then 5-year-old boy from his mother in Alabama nearly 14 years ago and raising him under a new name in Cleveland. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 660 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — Ohio lawmakers plan to legalize medical marijuana by summer in an effort they say is more responsible and comprehensive than any ballot proposal. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 635 words. UPCOMING: Photo planned.



COLUMBUS — An ailing Ohio man whose family taped bright yellow letters asking for a kidney to the rear window of his SUV has found a donor. SENT: 240 words, photos.


NEW YORK — A paralyzed 24-year-old Dublin, Ohio, man has regained some use of his right hand, controlling it with signals relayed from electronic sensors in his brain. By Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 860 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — A woman used a social media app to livestream the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl, a prosecutor says. A grand jury indicted the woman and a co-defendant on several charges including rape and kidnapping. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 275 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — Ohio abortion providers would be required to cremate, bury or incinerate fetal remains under two proposals that cleared a state legislative committee. Key differences remain in the revised bills, including whether violators could face criminal penalties. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 490 words.


WARREN — The remains of a Pennsylvania-born soldier declared missing during the Korean War are being returned to northeast Ohio 65 years later, after DNA testing helped with identification. SENT: 280 words.


NEW YORK — Eleven U.S. jail systems, including in Ohio’s Lucas County, will get millions of dollars in grants to overhaul operations to reduce their overall inmate populations, a charitable foundation announces. By Jake Pearson. SENT: 540 words.


ALBANY, N.Y. — A Siena College poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among New York’s Democratic voters ahead of next week’s primary. Among likely Republican voters, the poll shows Donald Trump backed by 50 percent, followed by 27 percent for Ohio Gov. John Kasich and 17 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. By Michael Virtanen. SENT: 260 words.


Banks are rolling out services that allow their customers to cash a check before it clears — for a fee, of course. Traditional banks have avoided offering the service, which is usually aimed at people with low incomes or without bank accounts, but now want to get in on a business dominated by local check-cashing stores. Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bank recently launched a checking account that allows immediate access to deposits for a fee. By Ken Sweet. SENT: 830 words, photo.


— XGR–RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION-SCHOOLS: An Ohio proposal that would broaden protections for students’ religious expression in schools has passed the House.

— XGR–CPR TRAINING-SCHOOLS: High school students would be required to have basic training in how to use automated defibrillators and administer CPR under a proposal passed by the Ohio House.

— SCHOOL WATER-LEAD: The Granville school district in central Ohio has shut off its drinking fountains after finding high lead levels in the water.

— CRASH-HIGHWAY PATROL POST: Authorities say a suspected drunk driver slammed into a State Highway Patrol post and was seriously injured.

— WIND FARM-OHIO: Opponents of a planned wind farm in western Ohio’s Champaign County have lost a legal challenge.

— TERRORISM CHARGES: A man accused of helping to provide financial support to an al-Qaida leader wants a judge to allow him to live with relatives in Georgia while he awaits trial.

— INMATE DEATH-OHIO: A sheriff’s office says an inmate found unresponsive in his cell at a northeast Ohio jail has died.

— VETERANS AFFAIRS-ARCHIVES: The leader of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it plans to put its national archives in Dayton.

— 2016-GOP CONVENTION-CLEVELAND: Officials say the county courthouse in Cleveland will stay open during the Republican convention in July but will use only essential staff and limit its work to “critical matters” on those days.

— MINIMUM WAGE-CLEVELAND: A group seeking a $15 minimum wage from Cleveland employers will begin petitioning this week for the wage for thousands of workers employed in the northeast Ohio city.

— DETERIORATED DAM-BUSINESSES: The state has started taking applications for grants and loans to help businesses near central Ohio’s Buckeye Lake that have lost revenue while the water is kept low and a deteriorated dam is replaced.

— OHIO COLLEGE-FIREARMS WALK: A group of students and gun advocates plans to openly carry guns on the campus of Miami University in southwest Ohio.

— COLLEGE PRESIDENT-SPENDING: A college in southwestern Michigan says the school’s new president, who was hired months ago from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, was suspended and could be fired because of unapproved spending and improper management.


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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.