AP-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. Delano Massey, news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmassey@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Eight political professionals from what’s described as “the Ohio of India” are working at campaign offices in the American bellwether state of the same name as part of a first-of-its-kind international fellowship program. Groups from Liberia and Brazil arrive later this month. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1 a.m., photos.


ATLANTA — The cost of expanding Medicaid under the federal health care reforms is rising faster than expected, creating budget concerns in states dealing with surging enrollments. The soaring tab of the state-federal program could further harden opposition to expansion in the 19 states that have yet to sign up. What to do about it will be one of the thorny issues the next president will have to address, with the health care of millions of lower-income Americans hanging in the balance. By Christina A. Cassidy. UPCOMING: 1,100 words by 5 p.m., photos.




COLUMBUS — Ohio schedules a clemency hearing for the first inmate scheduled for execution next year under a new process for putting condemned prisoners to death. Ronald Phillips is set to die Jan. 12 for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 410 words, photo.


COLUMBUS — The leader of a breakaway group that was accused in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 335 words, photos.


ATHENS — Bill Clinton was trying to avoid muddling his message again as he campaigns for his wife in battleground Ohio a day after he described President Barack Obama’s signature health care law as “the craziest thing in the world.” Clinton only briefly mentioned health care as he spoke for 45 minutes Tuesday at Ohio University. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 730 words, photo.


CLEVELAND — The Army Corps of Engineers says it will agree to dredge the Cuyahoga River shipping channel in Cleveland where cargo ships have been forced to lighten their loads to a steel plant because of accumulated sediment. SENT: 260 words.


— BURGER KING-MURDER-SUICIDE: Police say a man fatally shot a woman at a Cleveland Burger King restaurant where she worked, then killed himself inside a bathroom.

— HOTEL ARREST-TERRORISM FEARS: No one is being charged in the detention of an Emirati businessman held by police at gunpoint at an Avon hotel after a hotel clerk raised suspicions he could have links to terrorism.

— SAILOR REMAINS-BURIAL: A sailor killed 75 years ago in the attack on Pearl Harbor is set to be buried with full military honors in northeast Ohio.

— REST AREA-SHOOTING: Court documents indicate an arrest warrant had been issued for a man who the State Highway Patrol says shot an 18-year-old multiple times at a central Ohio interstate rest area over the weekend before turning the gun on himself.

— CLEVELAND POLICE UNION-GIULIANI: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has told Cleveland officers that efforts to reform police departments have become politicized under President Barack Obama.

— DEATH PENALTY UPHELD: The U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a man’s conviction and death sentence for the Ohio killing of a youth counselor.

— SUSPICIOUS LETTER-INDICTMENT: An Ohio inmate accused of sending a judge a suspicious letter and powder in an anthrax hoax and instructing a second inmate to do the same has pleaded guilty and had three years added to his sentence.

— OHIO VOTING: The number of Ohioans who have asked for an absentee ballot ahead of the November presidential election is closing in on 1 million.

— BREAKWATER REPAIRS-CLEVELAND: A $36 million project to repair a northeast Ohio breakwater that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy is nearing completion.



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.


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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.