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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOLEDO — Ohio’s agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have gone through training now required to put commercial fertilizer on their fields, but many more still need to complete the program before the September deadline. The first of its kind requirement is one of the steps Ohio has taken to reduce the farm runoff that feeds toxic algae in the state’s lakes and rivers. By John Seewer. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.




WEST LIBERTY — Authorities say a school shooting that left one student hospitalized and another student suspected in the shooting in custody could have been far worse if not for the heroics of staff members who stopped the suspect and had him pinned down when police arrived. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 580 words, photos. Video planned




CLEVELAND — The pilot of a plane that crashed into Lake Erie last month received his certification to fly that type of aircraft just 21 days before the fatal crash, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report. SENT: 430 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — A new report says calls to a national human trafficking hotline originating from Ohio have risen sharply in recent years. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 310 words.


CLEVELAND — A new crisis policy for Cleveland police will allow officers with specialized training to refer some people having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to hospitals and treatment facilities rather than arrest them for minor crimes. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 440 words.


COLUMBUS — A crime victim compensation fund has rejected a request for payment of lost wages made on behalf of a relative of a man killed in last year’s southern Ohio massacre of eight people. SENT: 310 words.


— MISSING DAUGHTER FOUND DEAD: A grand jury will consider what charges are merited against a couple who reported their 5-year-old daughter missing before her body was found hidden at their northeast Ohio restaurant and her mother was accused of murder.

— VETERANS AFFAIRS-ARCHIVES: Officials say the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ plan to put its national archives in Dayton was firmed up ahead of the new administration taking over in Washington.

— ABUSE-GROUP HOME ADMINISTRATOR: Police say the administrator of a northeast Ohio group home has been charged with patient abuse after an 85-year-old resident was taken to a hospital and later died.

— CLEVELAND AIRPORT-SNOW REMOVAL: The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing a complaint from a Cleveland airport employee that raises concerns about problems with the facility’s snow removal operations.

— OHIO SHOOTING-4-DEAD: A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting four people and trying to kill a fifth during a robbery at an Ohio home in 2015 has been sentenced to four consecutive terms of life in prison without parole.

— MURDER-FOR-HIRE-CHARGES: A woman accused of arranging to have her estranged husband killed has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted conspiracy to commit aggravated murder in southwestern Ohio.

— INFANT DEATH-MAN CONVICTED: An Ohio man accused of causing the death of a 6-week-old girl has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangering charges.

— GAS DRILLING-EARTHQUAKES-LAWSUIT: The state is fighting a judge’s ruling that had allowed the pumping of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations to resume at an injection well shut down in 2014 because of two small, nearby earthquakes.

— OHIO ELECTIONS-LIBERTARIANS: The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with the state elections chief in a dispute over Libertarians’ party status in the bellwether state.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-OHIO: State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate was unchanged from November to December.

— COLLEGES-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A state-administered campus climate survey finds significant improvements in sexual-violence prevention efforts over the past year among higher education institutions in Ohio.

— RIDE-SHARE SERVICES-SAFETY: Columbus and Ohio State University police are offering safety tips for using ride-share services after a student apparently got into the wrong car.

— BARN FIRE-COWS: Fire officials say emergency responders and others helped round up about 100 escaped cows after a barn fire in central Ohio.

— PROSECUTOR-OVI CHARGE: A county prosecutor in northeast Ohio is facing charges after police say she failed a field sobriety test.

— COMMUNITY HEALTH GRANT: Marshall University is receiving a $1.3 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to train community health workers in coal counties in eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and parts of West Virginia.


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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.