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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk starting at 6 a.m. Thursday, followed by Mark Gillispie. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COLUMBUS — Ohio troopers have seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year, thanks in part to several large busts. The rise comes amid other signs that Ohio’s opiate-related problems continue to grow. By Kantele Franko. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 a.m.
CAMPAIGN 2016-THIRD PARTIES
COLUMBUS — While Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to appear on ballots in at least 39 states, swing state Ohio is among the places where his supporters are still working to get his name before voters this fall. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: About 600 words. AP Photos.
COLUMBUS — Pilloried by negative attacks and lagging in funding and some polls, ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is airing the first television ads of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 350 words. AP Photo.
DUBLIN — Wendy’s is the latest major fast-food chain to report weaker-than-expected sales growth, with the hamburger company saying people aren’t dining out as much because it has gotten even cheaper to eat at home. SENT: 540 words. AP Photos.
— DOUBLE HOMICIDE-SUSPECT HELD: Man taken into custody after a shooting inside a Dayton home kills two people and leaves a third critically wounded.
— PRESCHOOL FUNDING-OHIO: Ohio plans to prevent publicly funded preschools from receiving overlapping payments from multiple sources for services.
— SLAIN CYCLIST: An Ohio college student who disappeared while riding her bicycle and was later found slain in a cornfield had been suffocated. AP Photos.
— FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-CINCINNATI: An Ohio prosecutor has released video of a 2015 incident that resulted in assault charges against a 25-year-old man fatally shot by Cincinnati police this week. AP Video.
— SHOOTING AT POLICE-SENTENCE: A central Ohio man is heading to prison for firing at Columbus police officers during a drug raid in April 2015.
— TRANSPORT COMPANY-MEDICAID PAYMENTS: Auditors in Ohio say a transport company owes the state $486,000 for improper reimbursements made for transporting Medicaid patients.
— CONVENTION DIRECTOR CHARGED: Officials in a southwest Ohio county say their convention director has been fired after his arrest on felony charges involving sexual material with minors.
— TRAFFIC CAMERAS-OHIO VILLAGE: Drivers cited because of speed cameras want a southwest Ohio village to pay back more than $3 million in collected fines after a judge found the cameras unconstitutional.
— COLUMBUS BUS-TRUCK CRASH: A trial is underway for a driver accused of causing a crash that killed two pedestrians in downtown Columbus.
— POLICE BODY CAMERAS-CINCINNATI: Cincinnati officials say some of the city’s police officers are starting to wear body cameras, launching a larger rollout that is expected to be done by year’s end.
— AMOEBA-RELATED DEATH: The whitewater channels at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina have reopened six weeks after a visitor died from a brain-eating amoeba.
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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.