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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.




COLUMBUS — A tool designed to help Ohio’s 247 cities and 88 counties better assess their financial health and make sound budget decisions is ready to go live. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., followed by 130-word update from event set for 11 a.m. EST, then 350 words by 4 p.m.




TOLEDO — A 14-year-old girl in Ohio who escaped a basement where she says she was chained and handcuffed by two relatives says they also touched her sexually. By John Seewer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m.


CLEVELAND — Police say a man has been arrested and is expected to be charged in the hit-and-run death of a Cleveland patrolman on an interstate. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 300 words, photos.


WEST LIBERTY — A 17-year-old boy accused of shooting two students at his high school, injuring them, has been charged in juvenile court with attempted murder and felonious assault, a prosecutor said Tuesday. SENT: 360 words, photos.




CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals player Adam “Pacman” Jones apologizes through his attorneys after police released video showing his raucous, often-vulgar reaction to his latest arrest. By Joe Kay. SENT: 580 words, photos.


FOSTORIA — An erratic, speeding driver who led an officer on a brief pursuit turned out to be a 10-year-old boy who took his parents’ car without permission and drove 11 miles to a nearby city to shop at a convenience store, police say. SENT: 235 words.


— OHIO BUDGET-SCHOOLS: Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the budget he proposes next week will include small funding increases each year for primary and secondary schools.

— VICTIMS RIGHTS-AMENDMENT: Victims’ rights advocates are proposing an amendment to Ohio’s constitution that would give crime victims and their families the same rights as the accused.

— DEATH PENALTY-DOUBLE SLAYING: The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of an Ohio man sentenced to die for raping and killing his grandmother and killing her husband. AP Photo.

— TWO FOUND DEAD-CAR-FIRE: Two men found dead inside a parked car in Columbus that police say someone was trying to light on fire have been identified.

— GIRL FATALLY SHOT: Cincinnati officials hoping to help solve the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old girl say a $2,500 reward is being offered for information about whoever is responsible for her death.

— CHURCH FIRE: Investigators have charged a 16-year-old Middletown boy with arson for a fire that extensively damaged a church in southwestern Ohio.

— ZOO-BABY HIPPO: Cincinnati Zoo staffers are providing critical care to a prematurely born baby hippo. AP Photo. AP Video.

— LEAD PIPES-AKRON: Data recently made public by city officials in Akron shows that more than five percent of the city’s water customers are serviced by lead pipes.

— WOMEN’S MARCH-FREEDOM CENTER: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is collecting materials from the Women’s March on Washington.

— HATE CRIME LAWS-REVIEW: Despite having one of the toughest hate crime laws in the country, Cincinnati’s city manager has requested that officials review how it prosecutes bias attacks.

— TRAFFICKING AWARENESS-PATROL: State police in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are raising awareness this week about human trafficking.

— DIRT BIKE TRACK-CLEVELAND: Cleveland’s council approves a hotly debated proposal to build a dirt bike track as an alternative to the dangers of urban riding.

— INVESTMENT SCHEME: The Clarington, Ohio, owner of a now-closed business in northern West Virginia has been sentenced to 10 years and one month in federal prison for bilking investors out of millions of dollars through what prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme.

— FBO–MANZIEL-TWITTER-TRUMP: Johnny Manziel deleted his Twitter account after the Heisman Trophy winner sent expletive-laden messages telling President Donald Trump to ignore comments about him on the social media site.


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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.