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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




COLUMBUS — Ohio lawmakers could more easily do away with state agencies under a bill that recently passed the state Senate. Backers say the measure creates a review process that will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state government, but critics say it could lead to government gridlock. Some questions and answers about the proposal. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m.




COLUMBUS — Some 12,000 Ohio doctors are being warned they appear to be violating a 2015 law that requires them to check patients’ prescription histories against a state website before recommending prescription painkillers. BY Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 360 words, graphics.


CLEVELAND — The family of a teenage girl disabled for life after touching a downed power line reaches a $60 million lawsuit settlement with two companies responsible for repairing the line that fell during the remnants of Superstorm Sandy. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 480 words.


NEW YORK — If newspaper endorsements equaled victory, Hillary Clinton would be in line for a historic landslide. She has been endorsed by dozens of papers, including such once-certain GOP advocates as The Dallas Morning News, the Arizona Republic and the Cincinnati Enquirer. By David Bauder and Hillel Italie. SENT: 820 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — Two people are arrested and some schools closed amid a rash of reported threats involving clowns against students in three suburban Cincinnati districts. SENT: 280 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved two bills that emerged after a former Stanford University swimmer from Ohio was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman passed out near a trash bin. By Don Thompson. SENT: 765 words.


BOSTON — Canada geese are loud, aggressive and annoying, but worst of all they poop everywhere — a messy problem vexing cities across the country trying to keep their parks clean and safe. By Mark Pratt. SENT: 515 words, photo.


— ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOL: A judge is allowing the state to review certain attendance records at Ohio’s largest online charter school that could jeopardize the school’s $106 million in annual funding.

— OHIO TROOPER KILLED: A driver accused of fatally striking a state trooper along a Cleveland interstate has pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide charges.

— COLUMBUS POLICE SHOOT TEEN: The Columbus police officer who fatally shot 13-year-old Tyre King has returned to the force, although not in his prior assignment as a patrol officer.

— INFANT FOUND DEAD: An Ohio man accused of drowning his 4-month-old daughter in a river while she was strapped in her car seat is sentenced to life in prison without parole.

— POLICE LAWSUIT-WINDSHIELD: A man suing a northeast Ohio police department alleges his rights were violated by an officer who slammed his head into a cruiser’s windshield with enough force to crack the glass.

— STATE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE: The state minimum wage will increase by 5 cents next year to adjust for inflation.

— FBC–SWING STATE FOOTBALL FLYOVERS: Fans at five big college games on Saturday, including Ohio State’s, will get politics mixed in with football.

— INMATE DEATH-OHIO: Authorities say a man found dead in his jail cell in western Ohio hanged himself.

— CRISIS HELP-OHIO: Ohio has launched a system allowing people in stressful situations to text counselors for help, day or night.

— MOM-SON SLAIN: An Ohio appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a man sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 slayings of his ex-girlfriend and their 5-year-old son.

— BB GUN AT SCHOOL: Officials say a teenager who took a BB gun to a southwest Ohio high school was arrested after a classmate tipped off the staff.



AP is moving election test reports for the Nov. 8 Ohio general election on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. Eastern. These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory sent Mondays prior to testing, found in advisory queues: BC-OH-OHIO General Election Testing/AP-OH-OHIO General Election Testing.


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.