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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Ohio revokes the operating license of one of the state’s few remaining abortion clinics on grounds it failed to obtain a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies. Women’s Medical Center of Dayton has 15 days to appeal the order. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 550 words.


COLUMBUS — The Somali-born student who injured nearly a dozen people in a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University showed few signs of bitterness despite what must have been a difficult early life and even danced onto the stage when he graduated from community college. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 750 words, photos, video, graphic.


INDIANAPOLIS — President-elect Donald Trump headed out on a victory lap Thursday, appearing first in Indiana to salute workers at a factory where he says he saved hundreds of jobs from moving to Mexico and then to Ohio on the first stop of a “Thank You Tour” to honor supporters in states that helped him to his stunning victory. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 850 words, photo, video. Moving on national lines. UPCOMING: Will be updated from appearance scheduled for 7 p.m. in Cincinnati, with photos.


— TRUMP-OHIO-KASICH: Republican John Kasich of Ohio is continuing to keep his distance from Donald Trump. SENT: 130 words.


COLUMBUS — Ohio’s parole board began hearing arguments for and against mercy for the state’s first death row 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: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 130-word update after hearing ends, then 400 words by 5 p.m.




NEW LEXINGTON — A man’s cremated remains that sat among similar canisters at an Oregon hospital for over seven decades will be put to rest Friday next to his wife’s grave in Ohio. SENT: 290 words.


CINCINNATI — Kroger lowers its profit expectations for the year as it fights with other grocers for more of the customers’ dollar even as food prices fall. SENT: 360 words.


COLUMBUS — Express has provided a worse-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings forecast and slashed its full-year adjusted earnings outlook, while warning that the critical holiday season will “remain challenging.” SENT: 280 words.


INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James has been chosen Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year after leading the Cavaliers to an NBA title and ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought. By Tom Withers. SENT: 300 words, photos. Also moving on some sports wires.


ST. LOUIS — A Missouri man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping a 15-year-old he met online, a girl held captive in his home for about a month. SENT: 250 words.


ST. LOUIS — Brazen thieves who stormed a suburban St. Louis Saks Fifth Avenue and smashed glass shelving to steal $60,000 worth of handbags are suspected of similar crimes in three other states, with thefts and damage totaling nearly $2 million, police said Thursday. By Jim Salter. SENT: 330 words.


— GIRL FOUND DEAD: A 24-year-old Ohio woman has been charged with killing a 4-year-old girl who had multiple burns and bruises along with drugs in her system. She also showed signs of neglect and malnourishment.

— SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES-OHIO: A self-driving big rig is rolling down the Ohio Turnpike for the first time.

— HUMAN REMAINS-OHIO: An Ohio woman has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole in the slaying and dismemberment of a neighbor.

— MARYSVILLE TEENS-RAPE CHARGES: Three central Ohio teenagers have been charged with raping a 13-year-old girl following a high school football game in September.

— GAS PIPELINES-OHIO: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found no major environmental issues with the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline project, paving the way for construction to begin in early 2017.

— SHOOTING DEATH-LIFE SENTENCE: A central Ohio man imprisoned for murder must choose whether to pursue a new plea deal or a trial after an appeals court concluded his guilty plea is invalid because of a judge’s error.

— OVERDOSE DEATHS-CLEVELAND: The Cleveland-area medical examiner says heroin and fentanyl overdoses killed at least 42 people in his county in October.

— GIRL IN BASEMENT: A judge says a man who denied allegations of imprisoning and raping a teenage relative can represent himself in court, just like his adult son, who’s also charged in the Toledo-area case.

— XGR–BESTIALITY LAW: Members of the Ohio Senate have unanimously voted to approve a bill that would make having sex with animals a crime in the state.

— IMPAIRED DRIVING-ENFORCEMENT: State Highway Patrol troopers in Ohio and their counterparts in five neighboring states will target impaired driving in an enforcement effort this weekend.

— MAN HANGS ONTO CAR-DEATH: A woman who authorities say killed her boyfriend in a crash that occurred after she sped off with him hanging onto the car’s hood has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a judge in Cleveland.

— PARKER HANNIFIN-ACQUISITION: Parker Hannifin is buying Clarcor, a maker of mobile, industrial and environmental filtration products, in a deal valued at about $4.03 billion so it can expand its filtration portfolio.


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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.