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, followed by Mitch Stacy. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CINCINNATI — Investigations continue into the fatal shooting of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo to protect a 3-year-old boy who fell into the enclosure. By Dan Sewell and John Seewer. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 a.m., will be updated.


CLEVELAND — The man convicted of killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags learns whether he will be sentenced to die by lethal injection or spend the rest of his life in prison. By Mark Gillispie. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 a.m., then 130-word update from 1:30 p.m. sentencing and 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.




CINCINNATI — Confusion and panic set in after a 3-year-old boy plunged into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit, according to 911 recordings released Wednesday, with the boy’s mother pleading for help while repeatedly shouting at her son: “Be calm!” The woman, who isn’t identified, said in the 911 call Saturday, “He’s dragging my son! I can’t watch this!,” after the child dropped some 15 feet into the exhibit. By John Seewer and Dan Sewell. SENT: 500 words, photos.


— ZOO GORILLA-Q&A: Here are some questions and answers about the investigation into the shooting of a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla after a child got into its enclosure. SENT: 700 words, photo.

— ZOO GORILLA-CHILD HURT-THE LATEST: The Latest on the shooting of a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla after a child got into its enclosure. SENT: 920 words.

— ZOO EXHIBITS-BREACHES: Incidents of humans entering enclosures or animals escaping, which are rare but can have tragic outcomes. SENT: 600 words, photo.


CINCINNATI — Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they want a prison term of more than seven years for an embezzling accountant from Kentucky who spent six years as a fugitive, much of it hiking the Appalachian Trail. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 500 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — A jury awards $22 million to a man who said he was wrongly arrested, beaten by police in East Cleveland and locked in a storage closet for four days. City officials plan to appeal. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 570 words.


COLUMBUS — Thomas Edison is headed to the U.S. Capitol, but first he’s stopping in his Ohio hometown. A nearly 7-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of the prolific inventor holding a light bulb that has been at the Ohio Statehouse will be displayed in Milan before joining the historic figures at Statuary Hall in Washington later this year. SENT: 240 words.


NEW YORK — As millions of people graduate from colleges and universities this spring, student loan debt will put the kibosh on the hopes many of them have to become entrepreneurs. And millions of others who have been out of school for years are in the same unhappy place. Ashley Rodriguez and her husband, Alex, a manager with a wine and spirits company, would like to start a restaurant. But Rodriguez graduated from the University of Miami in 2008 with $72,000 in loans. She still owes about $53,000, with payments of more than $400 a month. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 940 words, photos.


— PLANNED PARENTHOOD-OHIO-FUNDING: A federal judge is extending his order that temporarily blocks an Ohio law aimed at keeping certain public money from going to Planned Parenthood.

— PLANNED PARENTHOOD-OHIO: Ohio will pay more than $45,000 in legal bills for Planned Parenthood as part of a dispute involving the disposal of aborted fetuses.

— ARRESTEE KEPT IN CLOSET: A jury awards $22 million to a man who said he was wrongly arrested, beaten by police in East Cleveland and locked in a storage closet for four days.

— CHILD RAPE CASE-PHOTOS IN BAG: Police say a central Ohio man was arrested and charged after several photos of him sexually abusing a child were found inside a tote bag that was donated to a thrift store.

— NEWSPAPER CLOSES: A small northwestern Ohio newspaper has announced it is closing after nearly 149 years.

— EX-TROOPER CHARGED: A former State Highway Patrol commander accused of stalking a subordinate’s wife after an affair has been indicted in southeast Ohio on eight counts, including abduction and criminal trespassing.

— BOY SHOT IN FACE: Police say a 7-year-old boy who was shot in the face at a northern Ohio home told authorities his uncle shot him.

— MAIL CARRIERS-POT SCHEME: Federal authorities say five U.S. Postal Service carriers in northeast Ohio are facing charges for their involvement in a scheme to deliver marijuana to a drug dealer.

— ODD–NAILS SPILL ON HIGHWAY: Authorities in Ohio say a load of nails spilled on a roadway during rush hour, leaving about a dozen commuters with flat tires.

— XGR–COMMUNICATIONS DISORDERS-ANNIE GLENN: Gov. John Kasich signs into law legislation that seeks to raise awareness about communication disorders and recognize Annie Glenn, the wife of former U.S. Sen. John Glenn.

— FATAL WRONG-WAY CRASH: A toxicology report says a driver had a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit during a February wrong-way crash in southwest Ohio that killed five people, including himself.

— CHILDREN RAPED-CONVICTION: A 55-year-old central Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for raping two girls as his girlfriend stood by and participated in some of the assaults.

— WEEKEND TRAFFIC DEATHS: Authorities say 11 people died on Ohio’s highways over the four-day Memorial Day weekend.

— BOEHNER’S SEAT: Nearly 2,000 votes have been cast a week ahead of Ohio’s special election to fill the vacancy left by ex-House Speaker John Boehner.

— NASA-OHIO SHOP: Space industry officials including a space flight veteran plan to visit a machine shop in southwest Ohio that is contributing to NASA’s Orion and Space Launch System programs.


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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.