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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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




CINCINNATI — A coroner’s report shows new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some were bruised. By Dan Sewell. Sent: 580 words, photos.




COLUMBUS — Anti-abortion activists packed a hearing that will determine the fate of an Ohio abortion clinic’s license as the facility’s operators argue they are meeting emergency requirements laid out in a 2013 law that has contributed to clinic closures around the state. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 490 words.



CINCINNATI — A man calmly calls 911 to confess to killing his wife, saying his gun would be in the kitchen and he would be awaiting police on his front stoop. SENT: 310 words, photos, audio.


FRANKLIN, Ind. — While the political world waits to see if Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s political non-aggression pact to stop Donald Trump proves brilliant or desperate, some voters in the three states most affected applauded the move while others panned it. But many were still struggling to understand what, if anything, it will mean for them. By Will Weissert. SENT: 600 words, photo.


CINCINNATI — The current medical director of the Dayton VA Medical Center will become acting director of the VA medical facility in Cincinnati where investigators this year said they found misconduct related to some officials. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 320 words by 7 p.m.


DALLAS — A Texas grand jury indicts former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel on an assault charge after his ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 670 words, photos.


— FBN–MANZIEL INDICTMENT-NEWS GUIDE: A look at the case and what’s expected to happen next. SENT: 700 words, photo.


AKRON — A northeast Ohio court disbursing payouts from legal claims is looking for heirs to hundreds of rubber workers who died or became very ill because of exposure to asbestos. SENT: 290 words.


DAYTON — Opponents of a proposal to combine a southwest Ohio county and its largest city say the merger could eliminate self-governance and fail to improve services. SENT: 240 words.


NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble’s fiscal third-quarter results are mixed, as earnings rose even though sales fell on weakness in categories such as grooming and beauty and a strong dollar. SENT: 265 words, photo.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Strong thunderstorms capable of dropping grapefruit-sized hail and producing a few intense tornadoes popped up across the central U.S. on Tuesday after forecasters warned that millions of people faced a significant danger. By Daniel C. Houston. SENT: 500 words, photos.


— SEVERE WEATHER-HAIL-GLANCE: Some facts about hail from the National Weather Service. SENT: 280 words, photos.


CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Coal producer Murray Energy Corp. is challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule that targets mercury pollution from power plants. SENT: 260 words.


— GREAT LAKES PROTECTION: The U.S. House has voted to extend for an additional five years a program designed to improve water quality in the Great Lakes and make progress on resolving their biggest environmental threats.

— ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES: Federal agencies plan to spend $57.3 million this year on preventing invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could disrupt food chains and out-compete native fish.

— MOTHER KILLED-SON CHARGED: A northeast Ohio man who was convicted in the 2013 beating death of his mother has been sentenced to death.

— CLASSMATE BULLYING-CANDY: Two teenagers accused of assaulting and bullying a developmentally disabled classmate at a northwest Ohio school will have to apologize and serve 25 hours of community service to help people with special needs.

— FORD-PLANT INVESTMENT: Ford Motor Co. is spending $1.6 billion to upgrade plants in Michigan and Ohio for new products.

— XGR–COINS-TAX EXEMPTION: A legislative committee is continuing to consider a bill that would restore a sales tax exemption for residents purchasing rare coins and precious metal bullion.

— OHIO COUNTY-FENTANYL: The coroner in southwest Ohio’s largest county says overdose deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl have overtaken heroin deaths.

— XGR–ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY: The Ohio Senate is continuing debate of legislation that would shield the addresses of victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes from use by government agencies.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to APColumbus@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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.