BC-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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — An Ohio legislative panel is weighing a proposal that seeks to divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., then 130-word update from 8:45 a.m. hearing, developed on merits.


COLUMBUS — Democratic state lawmakers discuss their economic agenda for the new year. But as the minority party, it’s unclear how many of their priorities can be achieved. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., 130-word update from 10 a.m. news conference, then 250 words by noon.


COLUMBUS — A top Ohio charter school group releases findings of its latest survey of practices used at the top-performing schools in the movement as the state grapples with retooling its charter laws and regulatory setup. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., developed on merits.




SEBRING — In a furor with echoes of the crisis in Flint, Michigan, parents in and around Sebring no longer trust the water coming out of their taps — or the explanations from community leaders — after learning just days ago that high levels of lead were detected in some homes over the summer. By Mark Gillispie and John Seewer. SENT: 660 words, photos.


— DRINKING WATER-OHIO-THE LATEST: The latest on lead-tainted water in Sebring. SENT: 400 words.


Cleveland officials say they’re firing six police officers and suspending six more involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase. A patrolman acquitted of manslaughter charges in the shooting is among those fired. The police union vows to fight the discipline and says grievances appealing the firings have been filed with the city. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 540 words.


— CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING-THE LATEST: The latest developments on the Cleveland police discipline announcement. SENT: 540 words.

— CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING-WHAT WE KNOW: Key takeaways on the Cleveland police discipline announcement. SENT: 160 words.



COLUMBUS — An Ohio initiative seeks to boost access to mental health consultants in an effort to curb the number of children expelled or suspended from kindergarten, preschool and other early childhood education settings. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 360 words, multimedia.


DELAWARE — A former central Ohio elementary school teacher is convicted of more than 40 charges involving the sexual assaults of several students. SENT: 240 words.


NEW YORK — Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble Co. reports a higher quarterly profit topping expectations as price hikes and cost-cutting offset a decline in sales volume. SENT: 440 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Huntington Bancshares says it will pay about $3.4 billion to buy rival FirstMerit, creating the largest bank in Ohio. SENT: 170 words.


— POLICE RELATIONS-OHIO: A law enforcement relations board created by Gov. John Kasich is developing first-ever statewide standards for police dispatching.

— DISABILITY TERMS: A bill that seeks to delete the term “mental retardation” from the state’s laws has cleared the Ohio House.

— POLICE DOG SHOT: A northeast Ohio officer whose police dog died after being shot during a burglary investigation has a new canine partner from Texas.

— FATAL SHOOTING-TEENS: A southwest Ohio judge has increased the bond to $1.5 million for one of four young men jailed in the shooting death of a teen at a suburban home.

— UNIVERSITY-POLICING AND RACE: The University of Cincinnati’s college of arts and sciences is hosting a conference on the nationally prominent issue of policing and race.

— HOT DOG EATERY-HOUSE: A house next to the original Tony Packo’s Cafe made famous on the TV series “M-A-S-H” has been sold through a bankruptcy auction to the company that now owns the restaurant chain.

— ROBBERY SUSPECT SENTENCED: A man who skipped his own armed robbery trial after stripping naked and wiping feces on his body is heading to prison.

— INMATE-JAIL FIRE: Police say a northeast Ohio inmate is accused of setting fire to a blanket in his jail cell.

— FORD TRUCK PLANT: Ford is increasing truck production at its assembly plant near Cleveland.

— INVESTMENT FRAUD: Federal authorities say an Ohio man charged in an investment fraud scheme involving more than $1 million has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.


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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.