AP-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. John Seewer is on the desk, followed by Mark Gillispie. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UNDATED — 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 and John Seewer. SENT: 820 words, photos.


— ZOO GORILLA-CHILD HURT: An Ohio prosecutor plans to announce next week whether to pursue charges against parents of a 3-year-old boy who got into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit, leading to the fatal shooting of an endangered gorilla to protect the child.


CINCINNATI — Attorneys for a Kentucky accountant who embezzled $8.7 million before going on the run said Friday that hiking the Appalachian Trail for six years as a fugitive put him on “the road to redemption.” By Dan Sewell. SENT: 450, photos.


PHILADELPHIA — With just weeks until Republicans and Democrats gather for their conventions, organizers in Philadelphia and Cleveland are working to hit fundraising targets that top $60 million apiece. By Maryclaire Dale and Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words, upcoming 350 words by 3 p.m.


FAIRBORN — Trustees at Wright State University have approved a plan to raise tuition while cutting expenses and staff after it overspent its budget by $34 million this year. SENT: 300 words.


DETROIT — A cause of death could be determined Friday for a 13-year-old Detroit boy who was abducted while riding a bike along a city street. The body of Deontae Mitchell was found Thursday in a vacant lot after he disappeared Tuesday night. A suspect from Detroit was arrested in Toledo. By Corey Williams. SENT: 130 words, upcoming 300 words by 5 p.m.


— OHIO BODIES: An Ohio man says he lunged at his daughter’s killer in court because the defendant smiled disrespectfully at him.

— STROLLER HIT-BABY KILLED: Police say a baby is dead after a sport utility vehicle veered off a road in Columbus, struck a mailbox and then hit a father who was pushing his 7-month-old boy in a stroller.

— POLICE DOG-SUSPECT-SHOT: Police near Cincinnati say a suspect shot a police dog during a chase before officers fired back, hitting the man.

— LANDLORD KILLING: Police in Ohio say two men have been arrested in connection with the killing of a landlord who was trying to collect overdue rent.

— UNIVERSITY OF AKRON LOGO: Two days after the University of Akron’s president stepped down, the university has removed the phrase, “Ohio’s Polytechnic University,” from its logo, which had been part of the former president’s largely unsuccessful attempt to rebrand the school.

— MISSING TEEN-RIVER: Dive teams have suspended a search for the body of a teen who disappeared in a Columbus river.

— STOLEN SAPPHIRES-MUSEUM: A prosecutor is seeking to dismiss charges against a part-time university employee accused of stealing sapphires from a Cleveland museum.

— RAPE DNA-OHIO: Ohio’s attorney general says 11,000 sexual assault kits have been tested by the state’s forensic scientists under an initiative launched in 2011 to check for evidence from previously untested kits.

— ZOO-LEOPARD CUBS: The Akron Zoo in northeast Ohio says three snow leopards born in March finally have names.

— HOTEL POOL DEATH: A tourist from Oxford, Ohio, told police in Daytona Beach, Florida, that he tried to save a girl he saw at the bottom of a hotel pool, but she died a short time later.

— NBA FINALS-GOODYEAR GIFTS: Newborns at the Ohio hospital where LeBron James and Stephen Curry were born will get some special gifts during the NBA finals as those stars face off.


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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.