AP-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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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COLUMBUS — The head of the state medical board says he won’t participate in establishing rules for certifying doctors under Ohio’s new medical marijuana law after taking on lobbying clients associated with the budding industry. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 360 words. Replaces Medical Marijuana-Ohio, which instead will be sent by 4 a.m. Thursday.


CINCINNATI — A county judge is granting immunity from prosecution to anyone who turns in heroin or other potentially deadly drugs after a stunning surge in overdoses in the Cincinnati area. By Dan Sewell SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m.


TOLEDO — A man who was the victim of a fake 911 call sues the city of Toledo and its police over damage done when they raided his home and arrested him. The city plans to fight the lawsuit. SENT: 270 words.


COLUMBUS — Ohio has paid off the remaining $271 million on its recession-era debt to the federal government, a move officials say will save employers hundreds of millions in tax penalties. SENT: 315 words.


MASSILLON — A 22-year-old baboon seized from a Massillon farm in the state’s crackdown on exotic animal ownership died at a sanctuary while in state custody, and the owner is seeking answers about what happened. SENT: 310 words.


BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries have locked out about 915 union employees in six states over what the company says is the union’s refusal to have its members vote on a tentative four-year contract. SENT: 405 words.


— ANTI-ABORTION PETITION: A group has submitted paperwork to the state attorney general seeking to amend Ohio’s constitution to criminalize abortions.

— PRISONER FLEES HOSPITAL: Police in southwestern Ohio say a prisoner who escaped while at a hospital and made a getaway in a stolen car is back in custody.

— PSYCHIC-THEFT CHARGES: A self-described Ohio psychic is accused of stealing more than $1.5 million in cash, jewelry, gift cards and cars from several clients.

— BARBERSHOP SLAYINGS-OHIO: A Cleveland man charged in the slayings of three people at a suburban barbershop faces trial this week in the potential death penalty case.

— MOLD OUTBREAK-HOSPITAL ICU: The family of a Groveport, Ohio, transplant patient who died during a mold outbreak at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has settled their lawsuit with the hospital network for over $1 million.

— TRAFFIC DEATHS-OHIO: The State Highway Patrol says the number of crash deaths on Ohio’s highways during the long Labor Day weekend apparently decreased compared with the same period a year ago.

— CHILD RAPES-SENTENCE: A southwest Ohio man who admitted under a plea deal that he raped three children has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

— EYE SHOT-PAINTBALL GUN: A central Ohio man accused of firing a paintball gun at a 72-year-old bicyclist and leaving him blind in one eye has been sentenced to four years in prison for that case and an attempted drug-possession case.

— GAS DRILLING-BALLOT: Attorneys seeking to restore a series of anti-fracking measures to fall Ohio ballots are telling the Ohio Supreme Court that getting a chance to decide the issues is a fundamental right of the voters.

— COUNTY DEBT-REPORT: A report says Cuyahoga County has $1 billion in outstanding debt that hinders its ability to support and serve its residents.

— RIVER RAISIN CLEANUP: State and federal officials say cleanup is nearly finished on a stretch of River Raisin in southeastern Michigan that was one of the Great Lakes region’s most heavily contaminated sites.


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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.

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