BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6pm, 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. Ann Sanner is on the desk. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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COLUMBUS — The father of a young girl whose decomposed body was found in a crib at their Medina apartment last year is asking to avoid time behind bars when he’s sentenced Friday on charges including corpse abuse and drug abuse. In letters requesting leniency for Eric Warfel, supporters describe him as a gentle, protective father who was devastated by an infant daughter’s death in 2013 and couldn’t cope when another daughter died last year. By Kantele Franko. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 a.m., then 130-word update after 9 a.m. sentencing and 300 words by 3 p.m.




COLUMBUS — Cleveland’s police chief says about a third of the city’s police officers will be assigned to duties related to the Republican National Convention this month. City officials insist police are ready to meet the security needs, while the police union continues to raise concerns that officers aren’t fully prepared and equipped for the massive event. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 320 words.


CINCINNATI — Federal authorities say a 21-year-old college student from a southwest Ohio suburb has pleaded guilty to plotting to execute a U.S. military official and then attack a local police station in support of the Islamic State group. Newly unsealed documents said Munir Abdulkader of West Chester Township was arrested in May 2015 and pleaded guilty in March. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 500 words.


PUT-IN-BAY — Scientists say potentially toxic algae is expected to form again this summer in western Lake Erie but should be considerably less severe than the blooms that blanketed the lake and threatened drinking water supplies the previous two years. By John Flesher. SENT: 500 words. AP Photos.


NEW YORK — Suburban Columbus-based Wendy’s said hackers were able to steal customer’s credit and debit card information at 1,025 of its U.S. restaurants, far more than it originally thought. SENT: 170 words.


AUSTIN, Texas — Texas intends to require aborted fetuses to be buried or cremated come September, adding new abortion regulations after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state’s restrictive clinic laws. Rules surrounding fetal disposal are found in other states, including Ohio. By Paul J. Weber. SENT: 400 words.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Coal giant Murray Energy says it’s not expecting to lay off any of the 4,400 miners in six states who recently received notice that they could lose their jobs. A news release from the St. Clairsville, Ohio, company says “no layoffs are contemplated or expected at this time.” By Dylan Lovan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be expanded.


ALLIANCE — A grand jury will decide whether a man accused of plotting to blow up an Ohio police station and use armed mannequins to distract responding officers should be indicted on felony charges. SENT: 260 words.


COLUMBUS — A new study says Ohio students who moved to private schools under a state-funded scholarships program tended to perform significantly worse on state reading and math tests compared to similar students who stayed in public schools. SENT: 250 words.


— GOP 2016-TRUMP-PROTESTER: An Ohio college student awaiting trial on a charge he tried to rush the stage at a Donald Trump rally is not being permitted to go to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. With AP Photos.

— SENATE 2016-OHIO: A group fighting for a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate has launched another round of ads in hotly contested Ohio.

— SCHOOL SHOOTING-OHIO: The grandparents of a boy who opened fire in an Ohio school cafeteria and injured several classmates say a lawsuit wrongly names them as the gun’s owners.

— HEROIN OVERDOSES-OHIO: Police in one Ohio city who dealt with 17 suspected heroin overdoses in one day say they believe the drugs involved in at least some cases were laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

— WOMAN’s BODY FOUND: Police say a woman’s body has been found on the side of a road in Cincinnati.

— FATAL ATV CRASH: A sheriff’s official says a 16-year-old boy has been killed in the crash of all-terrain vehicle at a fishing lake in southwest Ohio.

— WATER SKIING ACCIDENT-SEARCH: A central Ohio man has been sentenced to 30 days behind bars in the death of a 19-year-old woman who died after being hit by a boat in 2014.

— MUSIC-GUNS ‘N ROSES: Drummer Steven Adler rejoined Guns N’ Roses on stage in Cincinnati to mark his first performance with the band fronted by Axl Rose in more than a quarter century. With AP Photos.

— ABANDONED AMUSEMENT PARK-TRESPASSING: Police are warning would-be trespassers not to set foot in an abandoned northeast Ohio amusement park after a spike in arrests at the site this year.

— COAL PLANT CLOSURE: A shuttered coal-burning plant in central Ohio is being sold to a St. Louis-based commercial real estate and brownfield redevelopment company.

— ASSAULT VICTIM-OHIO PARK: Investigators say they’re still trying to identify a shooting victim found injured days ago along a northeast Ohio park trail.

— SEDIMENT DUMPING-LAKE ERIE: Ohio officials and the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Port Authority are asking a federal judge to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fully dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River shipping channel.

— BKN–NBA MERCHANDISE: The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers lead the league in merchandise sales, but Stephen Curry of the runner-up Golden State Warriors has the NBA’s most popular jersey.

— BKN–AYESHA CURRY APOLOGY: Ayesha Curry says she “didn’t think about the ramifications” when she called the NBA rigged on Twitter after husband Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA finals.

— AMOEBA DEATH: Mecklenburg County officials are trying to decide what to do with water from the U.S. National Whitewater Center blamed in the death of an Ohio teenager.


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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.