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. Kantele Franko is on the desk at 6 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A repeat proposal seeking to eliminate Ohio’s renewable energy requirements is headed toward a crucial committee vote. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., followed by 350 words from hearing expected to begin around 3 p.m. EDT.



CINCINNATI — A mother of five who was wounded in the Cincinnati nightclub shooting described a chaotic scene in which she and other club patrons were frantically crawling over one another to reach the exits and said that all she could think about was her children. By Dan Sewell and John Seewer. SENT: 650 words, photos, video, audio.




COLUMBUS — The ACLU is asking a small Ohio city to end the practice of criminally charging drug overdose victims revived by emergency responders as a way of tracking them and getting help to them. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 310 words.


COLUMBUS — A new report indicates nearly 15 percent of Ohioans lived at or below the federal poverty line in 2015, down from 16.4 percent in 2011. SENT: 360 words.


BILLINGS, Mont. — President Donald Trump’s move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural gas, wind and solar. By Matthew Brown and Mead Gruver. SENT: 880 words, photos.


— KASICH-NEW HAMPSHIRE: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is returning to New Hampshire in April to promote his new book on the road ahead for America.

— SANCTUARY CITIES-OHIO: The U.S. attorney general’s latest warning that so-called sanctuary cities could lose federal funding has raised more questions about whether Cincinnati might be in jeopardy of losing grants after adopting that legally ambiguous label.

— DRUGS AND GUNS-CHARGES: Federal prosecutors who pursued cases against 20 members of a central Ohio gang have wrapped up that work with the remaining defendant’s sentencing.

— ADDICTIONS EPIDEMIC-NEWBORNS: New state reports indicate the rate of drug-addicted newborns in Ohio in 2015 was more than eight times higher than in 2005.

— COLUMBUS CONVERSION THERAPY BAN: Officials in Columbus have voted to ban conversion therapy for minors in the city.

— CLEVELAND BUDGET: Cleveland is slated to add 90 police officers, new staff to promote rental property inspections and health department employees focused on youth violence under a new spending plan for this year.

— JAIL INMATE DIES: Authorities say a female inmate was pronounced dead at a hospital after being found unresponsive in her cell at a northwest Ohio jail.

— CAMPUS ASSAULTS-WITTENBERG: The U.S. Department of Education says Wittenberg University in Ohio violated federal law in handling complaints related to sexual assaults and has agreed to make some changes.

— OHIO JUSTICE-PAPERS: The only Ohio Supreme Court justice to have been elected to every level of the state’s judiciary has donated her personal papers to her alma mater, the University of Toledo.

— FBN–HALL OF FAME CONCERT: The Pro Football Hall of Fame is going country again.

— KAYAKER-GREAT LAKES: A Michigan sheriff is warning a Missouri kayaker who’s trying to paddle the Great Lakes that she could lose her boat if she gets into trouble again in Lake Huron.



CLEVELAND — The sting from blowing a 3-1 lead and losing an epic Game 7 in last year’s World Series hasn’t eased for the Cleveland Indians, who believe they have the pitching and talent to end their 68-year championship drought in 2017. By Tom Withers. SENT: 870 words, photos.


GOODYEAR, Arix. — The Cleveland Indians and versatile infielder Jose Ramirez completed a five-year, $26 million contract Tuesday, giving the AL champions another core player for a long while. By Gary Schatz. SENT: 460 words, photos.


PHOENIX — The Indians’ Corey Kluber makes his last start of the spring before Cleveland starts its 2017 season. UPCOMING: 600 words by 9 p.m.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says he likes the look of his young receiving corps in spring practice as the Buckeyes work on improving their passing game, which was a weakness last season. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.


PITTSBURGH — Keith Dambrot spent more than a decade turning Akron into one of the most consistent winners in the Mid-American Conference. SENT: 340 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.