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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

DRUG WEIGHT DISPUTE

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court rules that sentences for suspects caught with cocaine must be based on the weight of the cocaine itself and not on any additional filler like baking soda. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 440 words, photo.

MEDICAL BOARD-PROTEST

COLUMBUS — The head of Ohio Right to Life says he’s looking forward to continuing his work on the state medical board next year as he ends his tenure as its president at the end of the month. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 390 words.

XGR–GAS DRILLING-TAX CHANGE-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry would get a retroactive tax benefit that will cost state and local governments a combined $264 million under a bill passed during the Legislature’s lame-duck session. SENT: 260 words.

XGR–PAYDAY LOANS-OHIO

COLUMBUS — A Republican state lawmaker says she wants to reform payday lending in the state after a report found that such loans are more expensive in Ohio than anywhere else in the country. SENT: 280 words.

DEATH IN CUSTODY

CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland and the family of a woman who collapsed after struggling with police officers during a mental health crisis have informed a judge that they’re willing to negotiate for a possible settlement in the family’s lawsuit over her death. SENT: 240 words.

POPULAR VOTE-STATES

HARTFORD, Conn. — Some lawmakers in several states, including Ohio, say they plan to propose measures that would allow their states to work around the Electoral College. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BETHLEHEM-CHRISTMAS CARDS

BETHLEHEM, N.H. — A tiny post office in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, is being overrun this holiday season by people who want to postmark their Christmas cards with the town’s name. There are about 90 U.S. towns with holiday- or winter-themed names, including the city of Rudolph in Ohio. By Christopher Jensen. SENT: 390 words, photos.

BKN–NBA-CHRISTMAS DAY

Christmas has already been celebrated at Dwyane Wade’s house. His wife and kids unwrapped their presents on Wednesday night, since waiting until Sunday morning wasn’t an option this year. He’s got to work — a nice problem for NBA players to have. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 800 words, photos. Also moving on some sports wires.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICER’S TODDLER-SHOOTING DEATH: Police say a Cleveland police officer’s 2-year-old son has died after apparently shooting himself with his father’s police service weapon.

— FIRE FATAL-CHILD DIES: Authorities say a 9-year-old girl has died in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in northeast Ohio.

— WOMAN’S BODY FOUND: Authorities are investigating the death of a northeast Ohio woman whose body was found near an interstate highway in central Ohio.

— POLICE SHOOTING-ROBBERY SUSPECT: Two suburban Cleveland police officers won’t face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect who brandished a pellet gun.

— XGR–VETO OVERRIDE-SCHEDULE: The Ohio House has scheduled session dates next week to consider overriding one or more vetoes by Gov. John Kasich.

— OHIO ELECTIONS-LIBERTARIANS: Libertarians sue Ohio’s elections chief, alleging he’s refused to recognize them as an official political party and grant them the ballot access privileges that go along with that.

— BURNING BODY: Columbus police say firefighters who were called about an apparent trash fire in a neighborhood alley discovered a burning body in the middle of the night.

— HOLIDAY TRAVEL-OHIO: Ohio’s Department of Transportation says it has tried, where possible, to reduce the size of work zones on roadways for what is expected to be a busy long weekend of travel around the Christmas holiday.

— PORCH THIEVES-HEIRLOOMS: An Ohio man has been reunited with family heirlooms that he feared were lost when thieves swiped several packages from the porch of his Akron home last week.

— FIRE-OFFICER RESCUE: Neighbors say a Columbus police officer heroically rescued a woman from the second floor of a burning duplex, then collapsed on the street and had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

— CHARTER SCHOOL-AUDIT: Ohio’s auditor says a now-closed charter school in Columbus failed to repay nearly $478,000 in state foundation overpayments after overstating enrollment.

— DEER-GUN SEASON-OHIO: The state says hunters harvested more than 9,000 deer during Ohio’s two-day deer-gun hunting season.

— NATIONAL PARK-VISITOR CENTER: A nonprofit group announces plans for a new $5.9 million visitor center at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio.

— WRIGHT STATE PRESIDENT: Wright State University has more than 60 applicants seeking to become its seventh president.

— BUS-SUV CRASH: The SUV driver who died in a head-on collision with a motor coach in northeastern Indiana is the founder of a chain of car washes in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

— RIG COUNT: The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 16 this week to 653.

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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.

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