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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



ZOOS-DANGEROUS ANIMAL SQUADS — When a 400-pound gorilla grabbed a 3-year-old boy at the Cincinnati Zoo, the sharpshooting squad that killed the ape weren’t police — they were members of an armed, specially trained team of zoo staffers. At zoos around the country, “dangerous animal response teams” train at firing ranges, stash rifles in strategic spots around the grounds and train in elaborate drills. By Jennifer Peltz. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1 a.m., photos.




CLEVELAND — Cleveland has made progress developing a new use-of-force policy for police but is being criticized for not maintaining the department’s core infrastructure, the group selected to help the city implement its agreement with the U.S. Justice Department says. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 590 words.


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. SENT: 240 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from 1:30 p.m. sentencing, then 500 words by 5 p.m., photos.


CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo plans to re-open its gorilla exhibit next week with a higher, reinforced barrier after a 3-year-old boy got into the enclosure, leading to the fatal shooting of a male gorilla. By Dan Sewell and John Seewer. SENT: 475 words, photos, video.



— ZOO GORILLA-CHILD HURT-GOODALL: The Jane Goodall Institute has released an email sent by the primatologist and conservationist to the director of the Cincinnati Zoo expressing empathy with him over the weekend shooting of a gorilla in an effort to protect a small child who entered the primate’s habitat.

— PITTSBURGH ZOO-LETHAL ACTION: Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium say if a child entered the gorilla exhibit and was put in danger as happened recently in Cincinnati, they would have no choice but to shoot the animal. SENT: 240 words.


JOHANNESBURG — In some parts of Africa, tourists and researchers routinely trek into the undergrowth to see gorillas in their natural habitat. There are no barriers and no enclosures, and the apes, many of whom are accustomed to people, sometimes move past first-time visitors frozen in place, their awe mingling with apprehension. This delicate interaction usually happens without incident, overseen by guides. It’s a very different situation to the tense, rapidly unfolding events at the Cincinnati Zoo, where an animal response team killed an endangered adult male gorilla after a 3-year-old boy fell into an enclosure. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 825 words, photos.


DETROIT — Police investigating the disappearance of a 13-year-old Detroit boy find a body on the city’s east side and say a key suspect has been arrested in Toledo. By Corey Williams. SENT: 340 words, photos.




COLUMBUS — A coal miners’ union influential in Appalachian Ohio is backing incumbent Republican Rob Portman over Democratic challenger and former Gov. Ted Strickland in the closely watched contest for U.S. Senate — a political blow for Strickland. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 460 words.


TOLEDO — An Ohio man accused of chaining a female teenage relative in a basement as punishment has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and child endangering, and his father is set for arraignment on the same counts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update after 2 p.m. arraignment.


SPRINGFIELD — A new wrongful death lawsuit alleges a central Ohio woman died because she ate salad processed at a Dole plant linked to a listeria outbreak. SENT: 215 words.


DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities in 21 states more than a year after they were suspended due to the nation’s worst bird flu outbreak. By David Pitts. SENT: 460 words, photo.


— GRASS CARP-LAKE ERIE: Scientists say there’s proof that one type of invasive Asian carp is spawning in a Great Lakes tributary.

— BABY HEROIN DEATH: An Ohio man whose 11-month-old son died from ingesting heroin last year is headed to prison.

— INJURED KIDS AT MOTEL: The mother of two boys who were found seriously beaten at a southwest Ohio motel before one of them died has been charged with murder, child endangering and kidnapping, along with another woman.

— HIGH-SPEED FATAL: A man who authorities say was driving more than 100 miles when he crashed his pickup truck into a disabled car on Interstate 75 and killed the driver has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

— REGIONAL JAIL COSTS-LAWSUIT: A judge hears arguments in Toledo’s lawsuit over who should pay for certain inmates to stay at a regional jail.

— STABBING DEATH: A northeast Ohio man accused of stabbing a 71-year-old man to death and taking a Bible and Masonic ring from his home has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

— BUS FUNDING-COLUMBUS: A transit agency in Ohio’s capital city is receiving $37.4 million in federal grant money to help create a rapid bus service along one of the area’s busiest travel routes by 2018.

— INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS-DISABLED: Ohio is introducing tax-advantaged savings and investment accounts for eligible children and adults with disabilities.

— PEOPLE-TREY PEARSON: Christian rock star Trey Pearson has come out as gay in an interview with an Ohio-based magazine.

— DOG TETHERING LAW: A city in northeast Ohio is weighing a proposal to make it unlawful to tether dogs for more than 10 hours a day and bar using certain types of collars, including choke collars.

— OBIT-STEMPEL: Guido Stempel III, an Ohio University professor who was instrumental in shaping the curriculum of the journalism school and the careers of hundreds of students, has died of cancer at age 87.

— UNIVERSITY-POLICE CHIEF: A law enforcement veteran has been named to head the University of Cincinnati police force, which has undergone changes in the aftermath of an officer’s fatal shooting last summer of a motorist after a traffic stop near campus.


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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.