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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. SENT: 750 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. SENT: 800 words. AP 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.




COLUMBUS — A Columbus police officer was taken by surprise when he met an Ohio man he saved from drowning nearly 20 years ago. SENT: 250 words.


COLUMBUS — A statewide program in Ohio that offers free college credit to middle- and high-schoolers may save parents and students money, but taxpayers in school districts will be left with the tab. SENT: 300 words.


A former inmate has won $3 million in a lawsuit against an Ohio prison after the state failed to file an answer for several years. SENT: 260 words.


__ FBN–BROWNS-JIM BROWN STATUE: The Cleveland Browns have unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown 51 years after he retired.

— ETCHING PLANT-SAFETY FINE: Federal safety inspectors are recommending that a Cleveland etching company face $256,000 in penalties for safety and health violations.

__ CLEVELAND AIRPORT-GRANT: The Federal Aviation Administration is giving Cleveland Hopkins International Airport an $8 million grant to prevent the recurrence of runway de-icing problems that resulted in unsafe conditions at the airport over the winter.

__ CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS: A new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau says Ohio ranks fourth in the nation in the number of catalytic converter thefts stolen from vehicles

__ FALL PREVENTION AWARENESS: Ohio authorities are urging residents to help raise awareness of the risks of falling, a particular threat to the state’s increasing older population.

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.