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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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




COLUMBUS — A state initiative is helping to boost the number of mental health consultants available in an effort to curb the number of children expelled or suspended from kindergarten, preschool and other early childhood education settings. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 a.m.


CINCINNATI — The world’s largest household consumer products maker reports earnings for its second quarter. By AP Business Writer Candace Choi. UPCOMING: 130 words, developed on merits from earnings release, expected after 7 a.m.




COLUMBUS — A former small-town police chief who developed an outsize Facebook following for blunt, humorous commentary about the criminals he calls “mopes” finds himself grouped with them as he is convicted of four misdemeanors, including assault of a female officer who accused him of sexual harassment. “You’ve become the mope that you wrote about,” the judge tells him. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 500 words, photo.


CLEVELAND — Ohio is sending pallets of bottled water and testing kits to several communities after environmental officials said the operator of a small water system failed to notify the public for months that unsafe levels of lead had been found in some homes. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 515 words.


COLUMBUS — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland makes the case that his positions on labor, education and economic issues differ starkly with Republican incumbent Rob Portman’s and are a better fit for average Ohioans. Strickland is hoping to unseat Portman this fall in one of the country’s most closely watched Senate races. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 390 words, photo.


COLUMBUS — More than 200 victims of human trafficking including a few girls younger than 13 were identified by Ohio investigators last year, according to an annual report released by the Attorney General’s office. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 480 words.


TOLEDO — A North Carolina defense contractor is putting together a project that could land Jeeps back on the battlefield. Fiat Chrysler builds Jeep Wranglers in Toledo, where the vehicle’s origins go back as far as 1941. SENT: 330 words.


— STATE REPORT CARDS-ANALYSIS: A new analysis of Ohio report-card data finds stark differences in college- and career-readiness between poor and more affluent districts.

— HEROIN WHILE DRIVING: A southwest Ohio sheriff’s office says an Indiana woman flipped her vehicle while driving with her two sons after injecting heroin and apparently experiencing an overdose.

— DAYTON AIRPORT-RENOVATION: A $130 million renovation project at Dayton International Airport in southwestern Ohio will begin this year.

— FATAL HOUSE FIRE: Authorities have identified two sisters who died in a fire last week in a Cleveland-area duplex.

— APARTMENT BUILDING SHOOTING: Two men shot to death in a northeastern Ohio apartment complex last week have been identified.

— BACKGROUND CHECKS-OHIO: As he aims to replace Ohio’s computerized background check system, Attorney General Mike DeWine is awaiting bids for the job and preparing to ask lawmakers to approve funding for it.

— GAS PRICES-OHIO: Ohio drivers are still seeing gas prices drop.

— PARKING TICKETS: Ohio’s capital last year issued its lowest number of parking tickets in at least six years.


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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.