BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 pm, 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. Kantele Franko is on the desk, followed by Ann Sanner. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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CINCINNATI — An Ohio county coroner fears the Cincinnati area has been used as a “test tube” by heroin dealers for use of a powerful animal tranquilizer. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m.


COLUMBUS — One of the biggest prizes in the presidential election is home to three disputes over voting rights. The lawsuits challenge the Ohio’s limits to early voting, its ballot procedures, and its process for purging voters from its registration rolls. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 610 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Is the death penalty in America gradually dying? There have been just two executions since May 1 and the total for 2016 probably will hit a 25-year low. States that have had to halt executions, including Ohio, are trying to figure out how to resume. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 860 words, photos.


— DEATH PENALTY-OHIO-REVIEW: Ohio’s largest anti-death penalty group wants more recommendations for changing the state’s capital punishment law to be enacted.


XENIA — A former Stanford University swimmer whose six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman sparked a national outcry has registered as a sex offender in Ohio, where he’s living with his parents. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 275 words by 2 p.m.


CLEVELAND — Officials reviewing Cleveland’s backlog of unresolved lead poisoning cases ask the Ohio Department of Health to close more than 1,100 of them, a move the city says shows progress in its effort to fix its troubled lead poisoning program. SENT: 265 words.


— EGG ATTACKS ON HOME: A man accused of pelting his former neighbor’s Ohio home with eggs more than 100 times over the course of a year is sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $1,000.

— DOUBLE KILLING: Police say a man fatally shot another man, then ran into his own home and turned the gun on himself during a standoff with a SWAT team in northeast Ohio.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR CUB: A polar bear cub hand-reared by staff draws big crowds at an Ohio zoo during her final public appearances before moving to the Oregon Zoo. Pursuing photos.

— GLUTEN-FREE DINING: Kent State University has opened what it says is the first entirely gluten-free dining hall in the country.

— CHILD DIES-POOL: Authorities say a 3-year-old boy who disappeared from a family gathering and was found in a swimming pool at a nearby home has died.

— PLANE-EMERGENCY LANDING: A United Airlines flight from Cincinnati to Houston made an emergency landing in Nashville, Tennessee, after an apparently intoxicated passenger caused a disturbance.

— BKC–DAYTON-FIRST FOUR: The University of Dayton wants to keep being the place where March Madness begins every year and is bidding to host the NCAA Division I men’s basketball First Four from 2019 through 2022.

— LAW ENFORCEMENT-VIDEO ANALYSIS: Ohio’s public safety department adds forensic video analysis to the list of services it provides for free to law enforcement agencies across the state.

— OVERDOSE REVERSAL DRUG KITS: Some Ohio counties are trying to equip more people with a drug that can reverse an overdose amid a growing number of fatal heroin overdoses in recent years.

— ANTI-DRUG PROGRAM: A school district in an Ohio city hit hard by drug abuse is offering a new anti-drug program in city schools.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO: Ohio’s House speaker is seeking applicants for two appointments he’ll make to a panel overseeing the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana law.

— OHIO DOMINICAN PRESIDENT: The president of Ohio Dominican University is retiring next summer.


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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.