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. John Seewer is on the desk at 9 a.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Republican John Kasich is not giving up on his goal of a federal balanced budget amendment, a tool the Ohio governor says is ever more important as the U.S. national debt ticks toward $20 trillion. In an Associated Press interview, Kasich says the issue isn’t partisan and he’ll keep fighting to get states on board. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 750 words, photo by noon.




COLUMBUS — Twenty years after the first ruling in Ohio’s landmark school-funding lawsuit, new school buildings dot the landscape and the notion of what constitutes an adequate education is regularly debated in U.S. state capitals. Those are two of the lasting impacts of DeRolph v. State, first decided March 24, 1997, and revisited over 12 years before the high court relinquished jurisdiction. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 650 words, photo.


COLUMBUS — An Ohio grand jury declines to indict two plainclothes officers who fatally shot a man last year they said opened fire on them. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 220 words.


COLUMBUS — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that claims Ohioans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are experiencing widespread segregation by being forced to receive services in institutions due to a lack of community- or home-based options. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 290 words.


MOGADORE — Goodyear hosted a party at the blimp’s house Thursday, and about 200 Akron students were the guests. By Monica L. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 860 words.


— HOUSE FIRE DEATHS: Officials say a house fire in central Ohio killed a 16-year-old girl, her mother and her grandmother, and the teen’s father was hospitalized in serious condition.

— NATIONAL GUARD-HUMVEE STOLEN: Authorities in Ohio are still on the hunt for a Humvee swiped from an Ohio National Guard Armory.

— MURDER CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED: An Ohio man who spent 20 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned is suing prosecutors and East Cleveland detectives.

— OFFICER FATALLY STRUCK-TRUMP: The family of a Cleveland police officer hit and killed on a freeway has received a letter of condolence from President Donald Trump.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-OHIO: State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent in February, slightly higher than the 5 percent reported for January and for February 2016.

— ZOO-BABY HIPPO: The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds, meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers’ laps are dwindling. AP Photo.

— MURDER-FOR-HIRE-CHARGES: An Ohio woman accused of arranging to have her estranged husband killed has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

— MOTHER FOUND DEAD-BABY SAFE: A man has been indicted on charges including aggravated murder in the slaying of a woman found fatally shot in a car with her unharmed 6-month-old daughter in southwestern Ohio.

— ROOMMATE STABBED: Police say a man accused of stabbing his roommate has been charged with felonious assault and harassment with a bodily fluid in Ohio’s capital city.

— OHIO JAIL-CIVIL RIGHTS: A retired rabbi and a university official will lead an independent committee created to address problems at an Ohio jail that’s facing lawsuits over treatment of inmates.

— ANISFIELD-WOLF AWARDS: An author whose book was the basis for the Oscar-nominated movie “Hidden Figures” has won an award for writing literature that promotes diversity and confronts racism.

— RIG COUNT: The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 20 this week to 809.



CINCINNATI — Xavier didn’t look like an Elite Eight team in early March, coming off six straight defeats that led coaches to try to burn the month of February from the players’ memories, literally. By Joe Kay. SENT: 770 words, photos.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thanks, Michigan. It was fun while it lasted. So who’s going to be the lovable underdog in the NCAA Tournament now? Take your pick: Xavier or South Carolina. By Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — The biggest criticism of Gonzaga and coach Mark Few has been the Zags’ inability to reach the Final Four. Gonzaga is one game away from getting there, but will be facing another program looking for its first Final Four in Xavier. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words by 8 p.m.


MESA, Ariz. — Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco gets the start when Cleveland faces the Cubs. Carrasco recently resumed normal throwing activity after experiencing tightness in his right elbow. UPCOMING: 600 words.


CLEVELAND — Dennis Felton’s coaching connections span the country, from college to the NBA. Cleveland State is counting on them to turn things around. By Tom Withers. SENT: 280 words, photos.


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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.