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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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COLUMBUS — As the final month of Ohio’s two-year legislative session approaches, here’s a look at the top bills that are expected to see action by the lame-duck Legislature. By AP Statehouse Correspondent Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 500 words.


COLUMBUS — The Ohio pharmacy board says use of a state website intended to help curb misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers continues to rise after an enforcement and education effort. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words, then 360 words by noon.




COLUMBUS — Ohio Stadium is sure to be rocking on Saturday when the rival Ohio State and Michigan football teams take the field, and geologists will find out just how much. They’ve planted sensors around the stadium this year to measure the seismic activity created by fans. SENT: 380 words.


COLUMBUS — A self-driving truck will begin traveling on two Ohio roads next week after state officials announce details of new investments to support innovative transportation technology. SENT: 400 words.


CLEVELAND — LeBron James is jamming one of college football’s biggest games into his busy schedule. James and several Cleveland teammates plan to attend Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan game in Columbus before they play in Philadelphia that night. By Tom Withers. SENT: 360 words, photos. Also moving on some sports wires.


COLUMBUS — Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer takes time out of week preparing for a game with Michigan to visit an 11-year-old Florida girl, who’s battling cancer. By Tim May, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 490 words. A Member Exchange. Also moving on some sports wires.


— ELECTION-OHIO-SUPREME COURT: A Democratic judge in Cleveland has conceded to his Republican opponent in what was an extremely tight Ohio Supreme Court race, meaning the court will continue to have six Republicans and one Democrat.

— GIFT-WRAPPED DRUGS: The State Highway Patrol says troopers found 71 pounds of marijuana and other drugs wrapped as Christmas gifts in a vehicle that was stopped for a driving violation in northwest Ohio.

— DAD SHOOTS DAUGHTER: Surveillance video shows that a suburban Cleveland man accused of fatally shooting his adult daughter in the head at home loaded a revolver at the gas station he owns the day before the shooting.

— MAN FATALLY SHOT-OHIO: Sheriff Andrew Smith says the coroner preliminarily ruled the death a homicide.

— COAL SALES-OHIO: State officials say Ohio coal sales dropped by 31 percent last year, putting it below $1 billion for the first time since 2007.

— FLOOD AID-CINCINNATI: The state says damage from August flooding around Cincinnati wasn’t enough to qualify for financial aid from a disaster relief program.

— GUN RAFFLE-POLICE: A northeast Ohio police department has drawn criticism from some gun-control advocates for its plan to raffle gift cards for guns to raise money to replace its injured police dog.

— UNIVERSITY-SEXUAL ASSAULTS: The president of the University of Toledo is telling students that their safety is her top priority after three sexual assaults were reported in little over a month since mid-October.

— DEER HUNTING-YOUTH: State officials say young hunters in Ohio harvested nearly 6,000 deer in the state’s youth gun season for hunting deer.

— UNI PRESIDENT-SEARCH: The faculty union plans to prepare a post-visit evaluation of the four presidential finalists scheduled to be on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls next week.

— CHILD KILLED: A Tennessee man wanted in the death of his 3-year-old stepson has been captured in Ohio.

— OBIT-HUNTSMAN: Former U.S. Olympic track coach Stan Huntsman, whose men’s team won seven gold medals in the 1988 Games in Seoul, has died. He was 84.


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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.