AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30pm, 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. Julie Carr Smyth 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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




COLUMBUS — Two years after Ohio State fired its celebrated marching band director for failing to rein in a “sexualized culture” of behavior within the band, a lawsuit continues over the firing even as both sides have moved on professionally. An AP News Guide. By Julie Carr Smyth and Andrew Welsh-Huggins. About 500 words. AP Photo.




CINCINNATI — So much for post-convention unity for Ohio Republicans. Since leaving Cleveland as the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has stoked his war of words with Ohio’s popular Republican governor, drawn indirect policy criticism from a former GOP president visiting Ohio, driven a former Republican state official to denounce him, and alienated some Ohio parents of slain soldiers with his comments about a Muslim Gold Star family. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 730 words, AP Photos OHPX301, 303-304.


— CAMPAIGN 2016-PENCE, developing from planned afternoon stop in Cincinnati. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos.


MOOSE, Wyo. — Searchers located an Ohio teen who went missing in Grand Teton National Park on Saturday and tracked her down after she fled when authorities tried to rescue her. SENT: 300 words.





AKRON — A cocaine trafficker who operated in northeast Ohio in the 1990s has had his life sentence commuted by President Barack Obama and stands to be released in August 2017. Ervin Worthy, 51, will be released 21 years after he was imprisoned. SENT: 330 words.


COLUMBUS — Some charter school sponsors are questioning Ohio’s new evaluation rules, including a requirement that sponsors could face penalties if a school fails to display a U.S. flag at least 5 feet in length during the day. SENT: 330 words.


GAHANNA — It’s not every day that churchgoers get to break down the Bible with a beer in hand. But for members of Peace Lutheran Church in Gahanna, it’s about once a month. The Rev. Doug Warburton had the idea to start Peace Pub Theology about four years ago. He wanted to provide a safe space for people who don’t always make it to Sunday-morning church services or who feel those services don’t go deep enough. By Emily Tate, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 610 words, pursuing photos.

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COLUMBUS — The Cleveland Browns play their Orange and Brown scrimmage at Ohio Stadium. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Scrimmage is 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.



— IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS: Certain students in Ohio who are returning to school this fall must be immunized against meningitis under a new law.

— KINGS ISLAND-HAUNTING JOBS: Like scaring people? Kings Island will pay you to do that. The theme park in southwest Ohio is interviewing for jobs for its annual Halloween Haunt that begins Sept. 23.

— STROLLER HIT-BABY KILLED: An SUV driver who authorities say hit a father pushing a stroller and killed a 7-month-old baby has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide in central Ohio.

— FISH CONSUMPTION: Ohio has issued new guidelines for eating fish caught in lakes, rivers and streams. The statewide study reflects some improvements in Ohio’s waters.


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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.