AP-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. Lisa Cornwell 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




A Canton, Ohio, man so enamored of his Tesla Model S sedan that he nicknamed the car “Tessy” and praised the safety benefits of its sophisticated “Autopilot” system has become the first U.S. fatality in a wreck involving a car in self-driving mode. By Joan Lowry and Tom Krisher. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.


— SELF-DRIVING CAR-DEATH-THE LATEST: The Latest on the first reported death of a motorist using self-driving technology. SENT: 300 words.

—TESLA-AUTOPILOT DEATH: The death of a driver who was using Tesla Motors’ semi-autonomous mode could add to the public’s apprehension about driverless cars. SENT: 130 words.


DETROIT — It was the crash the auto industry knew was coming but still feared. The death of a driver from Ohio who was using Tesla Motors’ semi-autonomous mode could add to the public’s apprehension of driverless cars even before they reach the road in big numbers. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 590 words, photo, video.


Instances of Ohio ordering the flag flown at half-staff last year on at least some government property. SENT: 230 words. List only.



Nearly every day, somewhere in the country, the Stars and Stripes was lowered to half-staff last year in one of the most significant official gestures of mourning and respect, an Associated Press analysis found. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moving on national wires.


COLUMBUS — Police say officers responding to a report of a man with a gun at an apartment complex confronted and fatally shot a 25-year-old man matching the description of a suspect. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developed on merits.


CINCINNATI — A non-binding opinion from state attorney general says Ohio cities can’t set a minimum wage higher than what the state has set. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2:30 p.m.


— DRIVE-BY SHOOTING-BOY KILLED: A Cleveland man will spend at least 20 years in prison after admitting he fired the errant shot that killed a 5-year-old boy playing football outside his home last September.

— CHILD SHOT-DAYTON: A southwest Ohio man gets seven years in prison after he was found guilty of firing at a vehicle and striking a 2-year-old boy in the head.

— FATAL BURNOUT CRASH: A northeast Ohio man is heading to prison after admitting he drunkenly drove his car into a house attempting to spin the wheels of his car, fatally injuring his father and another man who were in the home.

— ELDERLY NEIGHBOR SLAYING: Ohio’s highest court is refusing to hear an appeal for a 16-year-old boy facing charges including rape and murder in the beating death of his 94-year-old neighbor.

— ATTORNEY FEES-OHIO: New attorneys’ fees approved by the Ohio Supreme Court will help fund legal services for poor and disadvantaged Ohioans.

— OHIO TRAFFIC APP: Travelers can get real-time Ohio highway traffic updates through the state Department of Transportation’s new free app, OHGO.


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.