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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.




COLUMBUS — Health officials in some Ohio cities and counties are expressing disappointment and frustration over a new law that seeks to divert public money away from Planned Parenthood. The law’s restrictions have sent them scrambling to find other providers of HIV testing, prenatal help and other services. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 650 words by 3 a.m.




COLUMBUS — New data shows swing state Ohio saw its voters sway in the presidential primary. The voter information obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its release shows that more than three times as many Democrats cast Republican ballots in the March 15 election compared with the number of GOP voters who marked Democratic ballots. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 500 words, photos.


— PARTY SWITCHERS-OHIO-GLANCE: Highlights of the data. SENT: 190 words.


TOLEDO — Ohio’s environmental agency says it wants to better coordinate the state’s effort to significantly reduce what’s feeding the harmful algae in Lake Erie. The plan obtained by The Associated Press calls for reorganizing the Ohio Lake Erie Commission to oversee the work. By John Seewer. SENT: 440 words.


— GREAT LAKES WATER: Representatives of Great Lakes states and provinces have given preliminary approval to a precedent-setting request by a Wisconsin city to draw water from Lake Michigan. SENT: 130 words.


COLUMBUS — A county judge doesn’t have jurisdiction to make the state return five tigers and five other exotic animals to a farm where they were seized two weeks ago, the state Supreme Court says. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 455 words.


COLUMBUS — More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. By Christopher S. Rugaber and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 890 words, photo.


— BIDEN-OHIO: Democrats say Vice President Joe Biden’s Wednesday visit to Ohio was about the economy, but Republicans suggest the stop in a key battleground state was political. SENT: 130 words.


COLUMBUS — Wayne National Forest in southern Ohio is trying to ward off ginseng poachers by requiring a permit to harvest the root plant that’s thought to have medicinal properties and can sell for hundreds of dollars a pound. SENT: 295 words.


COLUMBUS — Agricultural officials say planting of corn and soybeans in Ohio is off to a slow start, with only about a third of the corn crop and 10 percent of soybeans in the ground so far. SENT: 300 words.


— FATAL TRASH TRUCK COLLSION: The State Highway Patrol says four people were killed when a garbage truck collided with a car in rural southeastern Ohio.

— GOP 2016-TRUMP-PROTESTER: An Ohio man who was arrested after he rushed the stage at a Donald Trump rally faces trial next month.

— SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION-OHIO: Ohio’s Supreme Court says a 2008 law’s procedure allowing sex offenders to stop registering with authorities if they committed certain sexual offenses after the law was implemented doesn’t apply to offenders convicted under a previous law.

— FATAL POLICE SHOOTING: A grand jury in Cleveland has agreed with a prosecutor’s conclusion that a fatal police shooting of a man holding a replica firearm on a Cleveland interstate was justified.

— OHIO OFFICER SHOT: Two attorneys appointed to represent a man accused of fatally shooting a central Ohio policeman are asking to withdraw from the potential death penalty case.

— XGR–CAPITAL BUDGET: Gov. John Kasich has signed a $2.6 billion capital budget bill that includes funding for public works, community and school projects over the next two years.

— CLEVELAND AIRPORT FINES: Cleveland has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine to settle Federal Aviation Administration complaints that Cleveland Hopkins International Airport had failed to maintain adequate staffing to clear runways of snow and ice.

— ANIMALS DIE-FIRE: Fire officials say five animals are believed to have died in fire at a pet care center in Ohio.

— WORKERS COMP-NEW CHIEF: Gov. John Kasich has appointed the chief legal officer to Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers as the agency’s new leader.

— RECORD CATFISH: The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says a state-record blue catfish has been caught on the Ohio River by an Ohio fisherman.


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.