BC-OH–Ohio News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, OH

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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




CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Zoo plans to reopen its Gorilla World with a higher, reinforced barrier where a young boy got into the exhibit and was dragged by a 400-pound gorilla, which was then shot and killed. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 130-word update from 10 a.m. exhibit preview, then 400 words by 11:30 a.m., photos.


WEST CHESTER — A special election in a Republican-dominated district in southwest Ohio determines who completes John Boehner’s term in Congress. The GOP, Democratic and Green Party candidates will have a rematch in November for the full term. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 470 words, photos. UPCOMING: 130-word update after polls close at 7:30 p.m., then 400 words by 9 p.m.


SAN FRANCISCO — A judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer from Ohio to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman used to play lacrosse at the school a few miles down the road from his courtroom, where attorneys say he is respected and fair. On campus and on social media, however, the county judge has been vilified as too lenient on a privileged athlete in a case that captured the national spotlight. By Paul Elias. SENT: 860 words.


— FATAL POLICE SHOOTOUT: Columbus police say two plainclothes officers shot and killed a man who opened fire on them.

— POLICE SHOOTING-KENT LAWSUIT: The family of a northeast Ohio man who confronted four police officers with a machete has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he was wrongly shot and killed.

— TRAFFIC STOP-POLICE SHOOTING: University of Cincinnati police have made off-campus traffic stops even after agreeing not to do so following a campus policeman’s fatal shooting of a driver stopped for a minor violation.

— OHIO STATE-ENERGY CONTRACT: Ohio State University is considering a proposal to privatize the utility system that heats, cools and powers more than 400 buildings on the school’s main campus in Columbus.

— DRUG PRICES-BALLOT INITIATIVE: Supporters of an effort aimed at controlling the price Ohio pays for prescription drugs are collecting more signatures to try to get the idea before voters.

— ELDERLY WOMAN SHOOTS SUSPECT: Police say a suspect was in “grave” condition after being shot by an elderly woman while apparently trying to break into her southwest Ohio home.

— SWITCHING STATUES: A 900-pound bronze statue of prolific inventor Thomas Edison is due to arrive in his hometown, where it will spend the summer on display before going to its permanent home in the U.S. Capitol.

— EX-TROOPER CHARGED: A former State Highway Patrol commander accused of stalking a subordinate’s wife after an affair has pleaded not guilty to abduction, criminal trespassing and other charges in southeast Ohio.

— BOY CALLS 911 ON MOM: The mother of a 12-year-old Ohio boy who called 911 from inside a car to report that she was driving drunk has been convicted of child endangering and driving violations.


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.