BC-OH–Ohio News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, OH

Good morning! 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, followed by Lisa Cornwell. Delano Massey, AP Ohio 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — The Somali-born student who hurt nearly a dozen people in a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University before a police officer shot and killed him has been buried, as his relatives remain stunned. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 250 words by noon.


CINCINNATI — The pugnacious, brawling Donald Trump voters got to know during the presidential campaign is back. The first stop on the president-elect’s “Thank you” tour to salute his supporters was in Ohio and, ever the showman, he made the surprise announcement that he will be offering the post of defense secretary to retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis. By Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 825 words, photos, video.




POWELL — The oldest known gorilla living in a zoo, a female named Colo, is slated to undergo a surgical biopsy sometime soon ahead of her 60th birthday on Dec. 22, the Columbus zoo says. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by noon, pursuing photo.


— SHOP WITH COP-THEFT CHARGE: A now-fired Richfield police officer accused of stealing over $26,000 from a charity fund used to buy Christmas gifts for financially disadvantaged children has been ordered to repay $15,000.

— CINCINNATI POLICE SHOOTING: The new judge in the case schedules a Dec. 12 hearing to discuss plans for the retrial of a white former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with killing a black motorist during a traffic stop.

— FBC–OHIO STADIUM-FAN QUAKES: Researchers measuring vibrations caused by boisterous Ohio State football fans say the Buckeyes’ game-winning touchdown in double overtime against rival Michigan had Ohio Stadium rocking more than any other time this season.

— AKRON BARBERSHOP SHOOTING: Police are searching for a man who was about to get his hair cut when he pulled a gun and shot three people following an argument at an Akron barbershop.

— ASIAN ELEPHANTS-COLUMBUS ZOO: The arrival of two female Asian elephants has increased the Columbus zoo’s elephant herd to six.

— XGR–DRUG TRAFFICKING-FENTANYL: A proposal targeting drug dealers in Ohio who traffic in products laced with the opioid fentanyl has cleared the state Senate.

— TWO DEAD-CARBON MONOXIDE: Investigators suspect accidental carbon monoxide poisoning caused the deaths of a couple who were found unresponsive in the indoor pool area of their northeast Ohio home.

— SUNOCO PAYOUT-NATURE PRESERVE: Sunoco has agreed to pay $923,000 to Great Parks of Hamilton County for damage caused to a formerly pristine nature preserve by a crude oil spill nearly three years ago.


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.