BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




Pellet or BB guns can so closely resemble the real thing as to be practically indistinguishable — it’s one reason why some criminals gravitate toward them. Plus, they’re cheap and easy to get. As Ohio authorities investigate the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy who officers said pulled a realistic-looking BB gun from his waistband, law enforcement agencies are grappling with the use of toy or replica firearms in very real crimes. By Michael Rubinkam. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon, photos.


NEWTOWN — The police chief in a village of some 2,700 people in the eastern Cincinnati suburbs finds himself with a high-profile role in Ohio’s battle against heroin. Chief Thomas Synan leads a county task force that was swamped by a sudden spike in Cincinnati-area overdoses, prompting him to challenge the state’s governor to take action. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5 p.m., photos.




COLUMBUS — Police arrest a suspect who was with a 13-year-old Ohio boy shortly before the teen was fatally shot by a policeman investigating a reported armed robbery. SENT: 325 words. UPCOMING: Pursuing photo.


KENT — In a pair of university stops in battleground Ohio, Bernie Sanders uses his enduring popularity with young voters to urge support for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It’s just that his crowds aren’t what they used to be. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 640 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — As Ohio’s accidental overdose epidemic rose toward a record high, an army of lobbyists representing makers of prescription painkillers poured more than $1 million into state-level political campaigns in Ohio. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 590 words, moved in advance for release at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.


DAYTON — A consultant whose firm helped secure funding for Wright State University and who was later cleared in an investigation of potential lobbying law violations has filed a lawsuit against the Ohio school for $4.5 million in unpaid compensation. SENT: 215 words.


COLUMBUS — Fans of practicing yoga while naked say the experience helps them overcome struggles with body-image issues. By JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 1,300 words.


— OHIO TROOPER KILLED: Bond has been set at $500,000 for a man suspected of fatally hitting a veteran Ohio trooper along a Cleveland interstate while driving under the influence of drugs.

— SUSPECT BEATEN-OFFICERS CHARGED: Two former Ohio policemen accused of beating a defendant in their custody have been indicted on charges including felonious assault, kidnapping and dereliction of duty.

— POLICE OFFICER HELPS BOY: A Franklin boy’s parents have pleaded guilty to child endangering charges after police say an officer found the 7-year-old trying to sell a stuffed animal to buy food.

— WOMEN SHOT-PLEA: A Massillon man charged in the shooting deaths of two women has pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors dropping a potential death penalty for him.

— TRUCK-VAN COLLISION: The Florida Highway Patrol says two Ohio men died after their van was hit by a truck during a late-night crash.

— ROLLER COASTER CLOSING: Guests at Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park have taken their final rides on what was once the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster.

— FBC–OHIO STATE-POW-MIA SEAT: Ohio State is reserving an empty seat in its football stadium to honor prisoners of war and military members considered missing in action.

— ATTORNEY GENERAL-HISTORIC HOME: The state attorney general is opening his personal residence to visitors Sunday as part of an Ohio history program.

— DETERIORATED DAM: A panel that oversees state spending has approved $5.6 million toward the next phase of work to replace a deteriorated dam in central Ohio.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to APColumbus@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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.