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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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COLUMBUS — A super PAC backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich is taking its case for his presidential nomination directly to delegates in an unusual web ad. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 360 words, photo by noon.




PIKETON — The killings of eight family members in rural Ohio have taken on a new, perhaps more sinister cast with the disclosure that there were marijuana growing operations at some of the crime scenes. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 1,060 words.



— OHIO SHOOTINGS-FUNERALS: The first of three funerals for the victims of the Ohio family massacre is held in northern Kentucky. SENT: 130 words. SENT: 320 words, photos.


HAMILTON — A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting and wounding two students in a school cafeteria is scheduled to appear in juvenile court to face charges including attempted murder. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 350 words, photos.





WASHINGTON — It seems like a logical pairing: Republican donors who despise Donald Trump, and two GOP presidential rivals sticking it out to keep him from the nomination. Yet those donors have largely shunned Ted Cruz and John Kasich, depriving each of them as much as $39 million in what has become a desperate final push to topple Trump. By Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day. SENT: 850 words, photos, graphic.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says former House Speaker John Boehner let his “inner Trump come out” when the former lawmaker from Ohio called Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh” during a talk to students at Stanford University. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 530 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — Superintendents, consultants, academics, administrators and former education advisers to governors are among eight contenders advancing to the interview stage in the search for a new leader for Ohio’s public schools. By Ann Sanner and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 320 words.


COLUMBUS — A former Ohio policeman accused of conspiring with another officer to falsely obtain search warrants and keep some of the cash they seized in drug investigations will plead guilty to federal charges. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 250 words.


— DEPUTY’S SLAYING-SENTENCE: A former sheriff’s deputy convicted of fatally shooting an ex-colleague more than three decades ago because the victim had fired him for inappropriate conduct has been sentenced to life in prison.

— INJURED KIDS AT MOTEL: Police say officers responding to a report of a possible dead child at a southwest Ohio motel found a pair of young siblings with serious injuries and arrested their mother and two other adults.

— SENATE 2016-OHIO: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland is supporting increased “aggressive” air attacks and drone strikes, targeted U.S. special forces operations and improved intelligence coordination as part of an enhanced campaign to defeat the Islamic State group.

— WIFE KILLED-911 CONFESSION: A suburban Cincinnati man charged with murder in his wife’s shooting death is a former suburban Chicago police officer.

— GUN-SCHOOL BACKPACK: Police say a gun was found in a student’s backpack at a Cleveland high school.

— PFIZER-PROTONIX CHARGE-OHIO: Ohio’s Medicaid program will get nearly $25 million from drugmaker Pfizer Inc.’s payments to resolve allegations that one of its companies didn’t give Medicaid the same discounts it provided to private buyers of a heartburn treatment.

— TODDLER KILLED-ARREST: A northwest Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

— OHIO VOTING: A progressive nonprofit group says it plans to register 150,000 voters in swing-state Ohio and focus on getting them to the polls this fall.

— TRAFFIC CAMERAS-CRASHES: Early indications are that crashes have risen since Columbus turned off its traffic cameras amid continuing legal and legislative battles over their use.

— KEYCORP-FIRST NIAGARA: KeyCorp and First Niagara Financial Group have agreed to sell 18 of First Niagara’s western New York branches to satisfy antitrust issues arising from the planned combination of the banks.

— ZOO-RHINOCEROS DIES: A zoo in northern Ohio says its southern white rhinoceros, thought to be among the oldest in a U.S. zoo, has died.

— INTERSTATE CONSTRUCTION-CLOSURES: Transportation authorities say nighttime motorists could encounter lane closures including short-term overnight full shutdowns on Interstate 71 northbound in Cincinnati.


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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.