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. Interim News Editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, Ohio — A recent spike in drug overdoses in Akron over just a few days is drawing renewed attention to what Ohio authorities describe as a growing epidemic of abuse of heroin and a more potent painkiller, fentanyl. By Kantele Franko. Upcoming: 400 words by 2 a.m.
DETERIORATED DAM-SUNKEN BOAT
BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio — When workers on a dam replacement project pulled planks and pieces of wood from the muck of Buckeye Lake months ago, the director of the local historical society was sure they’d found the Black Diamond, a coal-hauling canal boat swallowed by the water in 1850. After considering the discovery, experts under contract with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have reached the same conclusion. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 370 words.
DAYTON, Ohio — The first general election presidential debate will take place in September at Wright State University and the Dayton school is preparing to absorb the consequences — good and bad — that come with it. Hosting a debate is expensive, time-consuming and fraught with potential problems, but those who have hosted past presidential and vice presidential debates told the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/29oMBQu) the cost is worth it. SENT: 350 words.
EXCHANGE-RACE CAR DRIVER-FORGOTTEN CRASH
FOSTORIA, Ohio — John Mills has spent the majority of his life around cars. Whether it be in his 1,500-plus square foot shop or at his day job as the service manager at Mazda Direct in Fostoria, Mills is all about cars, all the time. By Thomas Schmeltz, Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,000 words.
— POLICE SHOOTINGS-CINCINNATI RALLY: Hundreds of people have gathered for a Black Lives Matter rally in Cincinnati following the fatal shootings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota in the past week.
— SMALL PLANE CRASH: Authorities say a pilot crash-landed an ultralight plane on the roof of a business in central Ohio.
— DRIVE-THROUGH ROBBERY: Police in West Virginia have charged an Ohio man after he allegedly forced open a McDonald’s drive-through window and stole cash.
— CRASH KILLS 3: Police say three people were killed in a Cleveland crash after a speeding driver lost control of his car and hit a tree.
— OHIO PRESIDENTS-EXHIBIT: Rare vintage political ribbons, posters, sheet music and textiles are among items featured in an Ohio Statehouse exhibit that’s marking the 2016 presidential election with a tribute to Ohio’s eight presidents.
— AKRON ZOO-HOLIDAY LIGHTS: The Akron Zoo says it’s bringing back its holiday light show later this year for the first time since 2000.
— DRUG DEATHS-OHIO-TREATMENT: Dozens of people in southwestern Ohio have enrolled in a new program aimed at helping heroin and fentanyl users by directing them to treatment programs instead of jails.
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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.