AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:30 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, lawmakers and officials with health licensing boards announce new limits on painkiller prescribing. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., then 130-word update from news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT, and 400 words by 1 p.m. AP Photos.




TOLEDO — A serial killer who admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky during the 1970s and ’80s is badly beaten inside his prison cell. By John Seewer. SENT: 270 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — Recordings of police officers responding to a nightclub shooting in Cincinnati in which one person was killed and 16 injured illustrate the gravity of the unfolding crisis. By Lisa Cornwell and Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7:30 p.m. Pursuing audio, photos.


COLUMBUS — A repeat proposal seeking to eliminate Ohio’s renewable energy requirements is headed toward a crucial committee vote. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 220 words.


CLEVELAND — The parents of a developmentally disabled boy in Ohio have sued his former court-appointed guardian, a minister and the child’s mentor claiming he was baptized at an evangelical church last year against the couple’s wishes. SENT: 220 words, photo.


BOWLING GREEN — Bowling Green State University suspends a construction management professor after erotic stories were included in computer files he returned to the Ohio Department of Transportation after a research project for the agency. SENT: 350 words.


RALEIGH, N.C. — The largest U.S. electric company sues 30 international and domestic insurance companies, saying they should cover part of the utility’s multibillion-dollar cleanup costs in the Carolinas for toxic byproducts left from decades of burning coal to generate power. Charlotte-based Duke Energy delivers electricity to about 7.4 million customers in states including Ohio. By Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 500 words.


— CHILD DIES-METHADONE: Police say a 2-year-old Ohio boy has died from ingesting the opiate treatment drug methadone, and his grandmother has been charged with felony child endangering.

— CAR INTO CROWD-FESTIVAL: A 74-year-old Ohio woman has received probation for accidentally striking two people with her car at an outdoor concert last summer, killing them.

— LEGS IN TRASH: Police say two human legs have been found in the trash at a waste-collection facility in Ohio’s capital, prompting a homicide investigation.

— HOUSE FIRE-2 KILLED: Firefighters say a husband and wife died in an early morning fire in their Cincinnati home.

— TEEN SHOT: Authorities say a 14-year-old boy injured in a shooting in southwest Ohio has died.

— HOUSE EXPLOSION-INJURIES: Authorities say three people were hurt in an overnight house explosion near Dayton, and investigators suspect a natural gas leak is to blame.

— XGR–EQUAL PAY HOTLINE: Two Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio are proposing an equal pay hotline that they say could help fight wage discrimination.

— XGR–UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Members of a panel working on a plan to fix Ohio’s unemployment compensation system say they won’t meet an April deadline but aim to have a proposal ready by June, before the Legislature’s summer break.

— OHIO VOTING: The state’s elections chief is reminding Ohio residents that they have only a few days left to register to vote in the spring primary.

— OHIO PRISON RIOT-INTERVIEWS: A federal judge has directed opposing parties to try to resolve a dispute involving face-to-face media interviews by inmates convicted for their roles in Ohio’s deadly 1993 prison riot.

— TRAFFIC CAMERA-VILLAGE FEES: A southwest Ohio village that had its traffic camera enforcement ruled unconstitutional in 2014 has spent more than $260,000 in legal fees the past four years defending that enforcement.

— LAMPREYS-GROWTH: Federal scientists have made a potentially important discovery about the invasive sea lamprey, a longtime enemy of Great Lakes fish.



Seth Jones and Zach Werenski of the Blue Jackets are about to get thrown into the playoff fire, along with more than two dozen young defensemen around the NHL. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 840 words, photos.


— BKC–Miami (Ohio) Coach: Miami (Ohio) hired Purdue assistant Jack Owens as its 27th basketball coach on Wednesday.


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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.