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. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim AP Ohio news editor, is on the desk and 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Ohioans seeking medical marijuana treatment won’t be able to get the substance immediately. The legalization bill signed Wednesday by Gov. John Kasich lays out a number of steps that must happen first to set up the state’s medical marijuana program. Some questions and answers about the legislation. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 a.m., photo.




COLUMBUS — Ohio became the latest state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana after Republican Gov. John Kasich signed legislation Wednesday. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 350 words.


LISBON — U.S. Senate challenger Ted Strickland is making a swing through his native southeastern Ohio in the wake of losing a critical coal mine union’s endorsement. The Democratic former Ohio governor plans to remind voters in the union-heavy region of his pro-labor record as he seeks to unseat Republican Rob Portman. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 470 words.

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WEST CHESTER — Warren Davidson will be western Ohio’s congressman for at least seven months — and likely for years, after handily winning a low-turnout special election on the GOP-dominated district. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 500 words, photos.




MEDINA — The father of a young girl whose decomposed body was found in a crib is convicted of corpse abuse and tampering with evidence. SENT: 300 words.


CINCINNATI — The Crosley Field Historic Site, with a colorful mural and replicas meant to jog memories and imaginations, has opened to visitors on property where the Cincinnati Reds for decades played major league baseball. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 350 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — Stanford University officials say policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault worked as well as expected after bystanders spotted a member of the swimming team — a young man from Dayton, Ohio — sexually assaulting an unconscious woman near a garbage bin. By Lisa Leff and Paul Elias. SENT: 930 words, photos.


— PROVISIONAL BALLOTS-OHIO: Ohio’s elections chief is appealing a ruling from a federal judge that blocks the swing state from enforcing certain ballot requirements.

— LANDLORD KILLING: A central Ohio man suspected of fatally shooting his landlord to avoid eviction and setting a vehicle with the body on fire has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges.

— EXPLODING PACKAGE: Police say three Ohio residents have been charged with assaulting a prison guard who was burned by an exploding package left at his mailbox in central New York.

— LANDLORD KILLING: A central Ohio man suspected of fatally shooting his landlord to avoid eviction and setting a vehicle with the body on fire has been indicted on aggravated murder and other charges.

— TRAFFIC CAMERAS-BRIBERY: An Ohio lobbyist has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for extortion in a scandal involving the bribery of Columbus public officials by a traffic-camera company trying to keep its contracts with the city.

— FRIEND SHOOTS TEEN: A northern Ohio sheriff says a friend accidentally shot and critically hurt a 13-year-old boy as the unsupervised teens were preparing to go bird-shooting.

— AIR FORCE MUSEUM-NEW BUILDING: The new $40.8 million fourth hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton has opened its doors, housing vehicles including the Air Force One that was used by eight presidents and carried President John F. Kennedy’s body from Dallas.

— GOLF BALLS-DROWNING: Authorities have identified an Ohio man who drowned while diving for golf balls in a pond at a country club.

— TODDLER BEATEN-ARRESTS: A southwest Ohio judge has refused to dismiss charges for a man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

— SEWER DISTRICT-OVERSIGHT: An audit of Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District finds that the agency was beset by poor oversight and violated city policies for years while wasting hundreds of millions of public dollars.

— BLUE ANGELS-DAYTON AIR SHOW: The Blue Angels have canceled an appearance at an Ohio air show after a member of the elite fighter jet performance team died in a crash while practicing in Tennessee.

— OHIO GOVERNOR-HEALTH ADVISERS: A Toledo-area state lawmaker is joining Gov. John Kasich’s administration next month to work on its health care initiatives.

— SWITCHING STATUES: A 900-pound bronze statue of prolific inventor Thomas Edison has arrived in his Ohio birthplace, where it will be displayed this summer before going to its permanent home at the U.S. Capitol. With photo.

— FLORIDA PANHANDLE-DROWNINGS: Authorities say tourists from Georgia and Ohio and a third person who hasn’t been identified drowned in separate incidents along Florida’s Panhandle beaches.

— STROLLER HIT-BABY KILLED: Records show the driver who hit a father pushing a stroller and killed a 7-month-old baby in central Ohio had been cited for a crash five days earlier.

— HOUSE FIRE-MAN SHOT: Officials say firefighters put out a house fire in central Ohio and found a man critically hurt with a gunshot wound in the backyard.


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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.