BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 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. Julie Carr Smyth is on the desk. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, Ohio — A plan to require more than 1 million Ohioans on Medicaid to pay a new monthly cost is drawing mostly criticism from health care advocates, Democrats and others who claim the proposal would burden low-income beneficiaries and cause some to drop out of the government-funded program. State officials are gathering public comments on the proposed Healthy Ohio program, which requires federal approval for the new charges to begin in 2018. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 635 words, AP Photos OHPX203-204.



TOLEDO — The city where Jeep’s roots date to World War II will honor the 75th anniversary of the brand this summer. SENT: 300 words.


COLUMBUS — The Ohio House has passed a bill that seeks to decriminalize truancy and require schools to do more to address the problem. SENT: 330 words.


DAYTON — The director of the Ohio EPA says the agency is working to ensure that a southwest Ohio mobile home park plagued by water system breakdowns has safe drinking water. SENT: 324 words.


HAMILTON — Hope floats. That’s how Carol Combs, mother of eight-year-old disabled Grayson, explained her Hamilton family’s annual birthday tradition of releasing balloons skyward. By Michael Clark and Allison Wichie, Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News. SENT: 672 words.


— BROWNS PLAYER-PROM: A northeast Ohio teenager got a treat on prom night: a surprise date with a Cleveland Browns player. AP Photos planned.

— POLICE RELATIONS-CINCINNATI: A newspaper analysis has uncovered funding, staffing and operational difficulties at the independent agency created to help settle citizen complaints against Cincinnati police.

— NURSE’S DEATH-MURDER CHARGE: Police have charged a Canton nurse’s former handyman in the woman’s 2009 death. Sixty-six-year-old Kenneth Roth’s warrant was served Friday at a federal lockup where he’s been an inmate since 2013. With AP Photo NY117.

— OHIO STATE-LARGEST CLASS: Ohio State University is graduating its largest class on record.

— CINCINNATI STATE-COMMENCEMENT: An Ohio community college says more than 1,100 students will receive associate degrees or certificates this year. Cincinnati businessman and Reds baseball team principal owner Bob Castellini will deliver the commencement address Sunday afternoon for Cincinnati State Technical and Community College ceremonies.

— ODD–BATHROOM BANDIT: Police in Ohio’s capital are searching for a man who’s been pilfering plumbing from stores, hospitals and restaurants.

— FATAL CRASH: An early morning crash near Port Columbus International Airport has left one dead and three others with minor injuries.

— PRISON POPULATION-OHIO: A new report by a legislative prison watchdog agency says that the number of inmates in Ohio prisons has increased over more than a decade.

— AUTO PLANT CLOSING: An auto parts plant that employs more than 300 people in northern Ohio will shut down around the end of the year.


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.