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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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CLEVELAND — A jury hears arguments for and against a death sentence for a man convicted of killing three women. By Mark Gillispie. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 a.m., updated from 9 a.m. hearing, with photos.




COLUMBUS— Planned Parenthood sues Ohio’s health department, saying thousands of its patients would be denied access to HIV tests, cancer screenings and other services under new state law designed to strip public money away from the organization’s affiliates. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 580 words.


COLUMBUS — A former adviser to Republican and Democratic governors is named Ohio’s new schools superintendent in a striking unanimous vote by the state board of education. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 420 words, photo.


CINCINNATI — A resolution authorizing a photo ID card for immigrants, the homeless and others that would be accepted by police and other municipal agencies has been approved by the city council in Cincinnati. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 425 words by 7 p.m.


PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania man will spend 12 years in prison for sex trafficking four teenage runaways from Ohio who were found in his car — along with 8,000 individual dose bags of heroin — when a state trooper pulled him over last year. SENT: 510 words.


COLUMBUS — The State Highway Patrol hopes to boost public use of its hotline through a burst of marketing encouraging Ohioans to dial #677 to report crime tips and crashes. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 260 words.


NEW YORK — Cincinnati-based Macy’s is slashing its full-year profit and sales outlook with its shoppers in an extended funk. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 950 words, photo.


DUBLIN — Wendy’s first-quarter results topped Wall Street’s expectations as a key sales metric improved. The fast-food chain boosted its full-year earnings guidance. SENT: 380 words, photos.


MANSFIELD — A man is charged with murdering a woman whose remains were found in several sites in northern Ohio in February, authorities say. SENT: 200 words.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Environmental officials are celebrating the completion of a nearly 2-mile-long, 80-foot-wide earthen berm designed to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. SENT: 330 words, photos.


— TRIPLE SHOOTING-OHIO: A man accused of fatally shooting his two sisters and injuring another teenager as the three sat in a vehicle at the family’s suburban Cincinnati home has been found competent to stand trial.

— EXOTIC ANIMALS: The state is fighting an order to return five tigers and five other exotic animals seized from a northeast Ohio farm.

— PASTOR PROTECTION-OHIO: Backers of a bill that would let Ohio’s churches and pastors refuse to perform same-sex marriages are calling for action on the legislation.

— CHILD SHOT-DRIVE-BY: Police say a 10-year-old girl was shot in an apparent drive-by shooting while she was sleeping on a sofa in a central Ohio home.

— POLICE-FATAL SHOOTING: A central Ohio prosecutor says a grand jury declined to indict two Columbus police officers in the fatal shooting of a man who they said had struggled with one officer and reached for a gun.

— XGR–OHIO BUDGET-PARKS: A proposal to combine Ohio’s parks and watercraft operations into a single office has cleared the Ohio Senate.

— PET STORES REGULATION-OHIO: An Ohio panel is continuing to review a proposal to override local ordinances that regulate pet stores.

— METHODISTS-GAY MARRIAGE: A group of central Ohio Methodist ministers has joined other clergy across the country who came out as LGBT in a letter to the church ahead of the denomination’s general conference in Oregon.

— SEX CRIME-SENTENCE: An Ohio man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for traveling to Arkansas with the intent of having sex with a child.

— NUCLEAR PLANT RESTARTS: An Ohio nuclear plant has returned to service after a biennial shutdown for refueling and maintenance.

— RAPE DNA-OHIO: Forensic scientists in Ohio have tested hundreds more sexual assault kits for DNA this spring under an initiative to check for evidence from previously untested kits.

— SCHOOL WATER-LEAD: Officials say elevated levels of lead have been found in water at two schools in a central Ohio district.

— WIND STORM DAMAGE: An Ohio insurance group estimates that a storm that toppled over 120 utility poles in southwest Ohio last month caused at least $52 million in property damage.

— ATV RUNS OVER CHILD: Authorities say an 18-month-old boy died after he was run over by an all-terrain vehicle near his home in rural southwest Ohio.

— ASIAN CARP-BARRIER: Officials say work has been completed in northeastern Indiana on a nearly 2-mile-long earthen berm designed to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

— CHILD-SEX TRAFFICKING: A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to a dozen years in federal prison for sex trafficking four teenage runaways from Ohio who were found in his car — along with 8,000 individual dose bags of heroin — during a traffic stop last year.


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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.