BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:00 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. Kantele Franko is on the desk. Deb Martin, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmartin@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

JUVENILE JUDGE CONVICTED

CINCINNATI — Spared a second trial this week, a suspended juvenile court judge returns to court to continue her battle to avoid going to jail while she appeals a 2014 conviction. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 250 words by noon, photos.

POLICE DOG SHOT

CANTON — A northeast Ohio officer whose police dog died after being shot during a burglary investigation will visit Texas in search of a new K-9 partner. UPCOMING: 200 words by 5 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

GOP 2016-AP CONVERSATION-KASICH

BOW, N.H. — John Kasich isn’t angry. He’s betting his presidential aspirations that New Hampshire voters aren’t, either, despite the strength of Republican rivals he says are leading the country “down a dark path.” By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video. An abridged version also is available.

AROUND THE STATE:

OVERPASS COLLAPSE

CINCINNATI — The state’s look into a highway overpass collapse that killed a construction worker in southwestern Ohio is still continuing a year after the accident, with no timetable set for completion. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 415 words, photo.

EARNS-FIFTH THIRD BANCORP

CINCINNATI — Fifth Third Bancorp reports fourth-quarter earnings of $657 million. SENT: 230 words.

IN BRIEF:

— OHIO OFFICER SHOT: A police report says a man accused of gunning down an Ohio village policeman had threatened to kill an officer three months ago.

— HEROIN EPIDEMIC-OHIO: Hundreds of police officers, community officials, medical personnel and others have gathered in Columbus for a summit aimed at fighting Ohio’s drug addiction epidemic.

— FATAL APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE: A fire official says a child died and another was in critical condition after an overnight blaze in central Ohio.

— OHIO TERRORISM CHARGES: A federal judge has heard arguments about whether an Ohio native should stay behind bars pending trial on allegations that he and three others sent money to a prominent al Qaida leader.

— GAS DRILLING-OHIO: The state Supreme Court sides with landowners in a long-running legal battle over 700 disputed oil-and-gas leases in southern and eastern Ohio.

— OHIO LAWMAKER RETIRING: The No. 2 Republican in the Ohio Senate says he’s leaving the Statehouse at the end of January.

— TRAFFIC STOP-MARIJUANA: The State Highway Patrol says Ohio troopers seized 123 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of $615,000 during a traffic stop in Madison County.

— SCHOOL PARTY-ARREST: Police in northern Ohio say they arrested a janitor at a charter school during an after-hours party he threw for his birthday.

— HOUSE EXPLODES: A fine against a gas company will be halved in exchange for it using safety programs to help prevent the kind of explosion that leveled a central Ohio home.

— MEDICARE COUNSELING-OHIO: An Ohio program designed to help Medicare beneficiaries understand complex health care benefits and options has been named the best of its kind in the nation.

— ICY PONDS-PETS: Authorities in southwest Ohio are urging people to keep pets leashed near icy ponds and warning against going in after them.

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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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