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. John Seewer 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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WEST PORTSMOUTH — Six of the eight people slain in what authorities say was a planned massacre targeting one family are laid to rest at a hillside cemetery in rural southern Ohio, where traffic stopped for miles as black hearses led a procession of mourners in more than 150 vehicles. It was the last of three funerals for the Rhoden family members found dead April 22 at four homes scattered across a few miles of countryside near Piketon. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 550 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m., photos.





COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a former central Ohio school board member who says his colleagues violated state open meetings laws while exchanging emails. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6:30 p.m.


COLUMBUS — A likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was on the minds of justices in Ohio on Tuesday as they contemplated how the state’s primary business tax should apply to online sales. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 400 words.


AKRON — The mother and grandmother of a teen who died from a heroin overdose at an Ohio hotel were indicted Tuesday on involuntary manslaughter charges. SENT: 200 words.


NEW MIAMI — A southwest Ohio village’s attorney said he will ask the state’s high court to overturn an appeal court’s approval of class-action status for motorists who paid nearly $2 million in fines before a judge ordered New Miami to turn off its traffic cameras. SENT: 320 words.


BRUSSELS — The NATO alliance this week is getting a new supreme commander, a former top-ranking U.S. military officer in Korea hailed Tuesday by Defense Secretary Ash Carter as a proven warrior-diplomat and “a soldiers’ general.” U.S. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti is from Logan, Ohio. By John-Thor Dahlburg. SENT: 520 words, photos.


— OHIO BODIES: A recording shows an Ohio man accused of killing three women and hiding their bodies in garbage bags told police during an interrogation that he strangled two of them during fits of rage.

— OHIO VOTING: Residents in swing state Ohio could register to vote online under a proposal being reviewed by a state legislative panel.

— WIFE KILLED: 911 CONFESSION: An Ohio judge has kept bond at $3 million for a suburban Cincinnati man who called 911 and reported: “I just shot and killed my wife.”

— FATAL CAR SHOOTING: A 21-year-old Ohio man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a college student who was visiting a friend in Cincinnati.

— TRAFFIC CAMERAS-OHIO VILLAGE: A southwest Ohio village’s attorney will ask the state’s high court to reject class certification for motorists who paid nearly $2 million in fines before a judge ordered New Miami to turn off its traffic cameras.

— MINIMUM WAGE-CLEVELAND: A group seeking a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Cleveland has submitted petitions with more than 28,000 signatures supporting the measure to the city council.

— SENATE 2016-OHIO: The Cincinnati city councilman who lost to former Gov. Ted Strickland in Ohio’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate nomination is now endorsing his former rival.

— SEDIMENT DUMPING-LAKE ERIE: State environmental regulators say sludge material dredged from the Cuyahoga River and dumped into Lake Erie in the 1970s might be moving toward a Cleveland water treatment plant.

— TAX FRAUD-LUXURY SPENDING: An Ohio businessman accused in federal court of bankrolling a luxurious lifestyle by not paying more than $600,000 in federal income taxes has pleaded guilty.

— TRANSGENDER BATHROOM-TRAVEL BAN: Columbus has passed a plan barring city employees from traveling to North Carolina on non-essential business in a show of support for the transgender community.

— CALL CENTER JOBS: A credit card servicing company expects to add nearly 200 jobs this year at its growing new operation in southwest Ohio.

— CLEVELAND CASINO-NEW NAME: Cleveland’s downtown casino is closing down but for less than two days.

— WIFE-MURDER CASE: A former student body president of a small Christian college in Kansas who escaped capture in a killing for more than two decades is about to be freed.


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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.