AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Advocates in Ohio for the federal health care law targeted by President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans say repeal would jeopardize insurance coverage for as many as 1 million Ohioans by 2019 and hurt families and businesses. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.

MISSING DAUGHTER FOUND DEAD

NORTH CANTON — The parents of a 5-year-old girl reported missing in Ohio are jailed on bonds of $5 million after her body was found hidden in the family’s restaurant. Her mother is charged with murder, her father with complicity. SENT: 240 words

FATAL SHOOTINGS-DEPUTY CHARGED

WAVERLY — Prosecutors in the murder trial of a former Pike County deputy say he unnecessarily fired nine times through the windows of a driver’s stopped vehicle at the end of a high-speed chase, hitting the man seven times. The defense argues says the deputy feared for his life and was justified in firing at a driver who had tried to ram law enforcement vehicles. SENT: 300 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— HEROIN KILLS DAD: A central Ohio woman accused of injecting her father with a lethal dose of heroin has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and been sentenced to three years in prison.

— EX-INMATE-VA THEFT: Authorities say a man improperly received $130,000 in medical and housing benefits through Veterans Affairs by claiming he had served in the Marine Corps during years when he actually had been imprisoned in Arizona.

— TEEN’S DEATH-BROTHER CHARGED: An Ohio teenager accused of killing his 14-year-old brother after an argument over Halloween candy will have a hearing Feb. 9 to determine whether his case is handled in juvenile court or the adult court system.

— DEATH PENALTY-BARTENDER KILLED: The Ohio Supreme Court has heard arguments for and against executing a killer sentenced to die for raping and fatally stabbing a bartender.

— MINIMUM WAGE-CLEVELAND: Backers who proposed phasing in a $15 minimum wage in Cleveland have withdrawn their petition to get the issue on the ballot after the governor signed a bill blocking municipalities from raising the local minimum wage beyond Ohio’s rate.

— RX DRUG TRAFFICKING: Thirteen people have been charged in an alleged drug trafficking operation involving painkillers acquired through a Florida doctor and sold in central Ohio.

— AKRON ZOO-CURIOUS CREATURES: The Akron Zoo is introducing a new exhibit this summer that showcases some of the planet’s more peculiar species such as the naked mole rat and Venus flytraps.

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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.

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