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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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COLUMBUS — Authorities say residents of a rural southern Ohio county are holding back information on the unsolved massacre of eight family members based on fear nearly a year after the still-unsolved killings. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 700 words, photos.




CLEVELAND — A judge in the city where two unarmed blacks died in a 137-shot barrage of Cleveland police gunfire can hear criminal charges against five police supervisors, the Ohio Supreme Court rules. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 460 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich says Ohio’s already tenuous budget situation could become devastating if fellow Republicans in Washington follow through with a campaign promise to repeal the federal health care without protecting Medicaid. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 560 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — The father of a 4-year-old boy who was struck by a car, and another man, are indicted in Ohio on murder charges in the driver’s slaying. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 250 words by 7 p.m.


LAS VEGAS: A federal jury is due to hear from three more defense attorneys and a prosecutor before beginning deliberations in the trial of six men accused of wielding rifles during Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy’s dispute with federal agents three years ago. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 480 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from trial developments.




— POLICE KICK-VIDEO: A police union official says video appearing to show a Columbus officer kicking a restrained suspect in the head actually shows him using his foot to pin the man’s shoulder to the ground.

— WOMAN KILLED BY CAR-CHARGES: A woman charged with murder denies intentionally hitting an 18-year-old woman with her car and dragging her during an altercation in downtown Cincinnati.

— FENTANYL IMPORT CHARGE: A federal grand jury has indicted an Ohio man for buying the powerful opiate fentanyl from China.

— INSULIN OVERDOSE-MOM CHARGED: A northeast Ohio woman suspected of intentionally causing an insulin overdose for her young diabetic daughter is charged with assault and child endangering.

— EX-GIRLFRIEND SLAIN-RETRIAL: A man who maintains his innocence in his ex-girlfriend’s slaying has been convicted of aggravated murder at his third trial in northeastern Ohio.

— DRUG TESTING TRANSPORTATION WORKERS: A federal transportation safety official says screening commercial pilots for fentanyl is not yet under consideration, even after one fatally overdosed on the painkiller at his Ohio home.

— WORKERS ROBBED-CLEVELAND: A cable company is hiring off-duty police officers to accompany workers after a series of violent robberies on marked trucks in Cleveland.

— SCHOOL MERCURY EXPOSURE: An Ohio middle school was closed after 40 students and a teacher were exposed to mercury when a thermometer broke inside a science classroom.

— PEOPLE–DAVE CHAPPELLE-JOHN MAYER: Dave Chappelle has teamed up with John Mayer to remember comedian Charlie Murphy.

— MAKE MUSIC DAY: More than 50 U.S. cities will be hosting Make Music Day, a free one-day outdoor festival celebrating music and music-making.

— RIG COUNT: The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 8 this week to 847.



Maybe the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals trilogy isn’t such a sure thing. Golden State has a healthy Kevin Durant and looks ready to win, but Cleveland has appeared vulnerable enough to lose. The playoffs start Saturday, with a series matching MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden the highlight of the first round. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m., photos.


CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder, bruised his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in a minor league game Wednesday. By Steve Herrick. SENT: 220 words.


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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.