BC-OH–Ohio News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, OH

Good morning! 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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk, followed by Kantele Franko. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — 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. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from 10 a.m. news conference, followed by 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 set-up. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words, developed on merits.


COLUMBUS — An Ohio legislative panel is weighing a proposal that seeks to divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from 8:45 a.m. hearing, developed on merits.



NEWCOMERSTOWN — Authorities and a gas company are investigating a house explosion in eastern Ohio. SENT: 130 words, developed on merits.


— FATAL PLANE CRASH: Federal authorities say the pilot of a small plane died in a crash in southwestern Ohio.

— ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES: Advocacy groups want President Barack Obama to support further study of long-term measures to prevent Asian carp and other invasive species from migrating between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds.

— DRIVE-BY SHOOTING-CHILD: Prosecutors in Cleveland have dropped charges against a man arrested in the drive-by shooting that killed a 3-year-old boy last year.

— DRINKING WATER-OHIO: Democratic state lawmakers are planning to discuss their economic agenda for Ohio for the year ahead.

— SALES TAX HOLIDAY-OHIO: A central Ohio lawmaker says he wants to make the state’s sales tax holiday permanent and an annual event.

—DEATH PENALTY-MENTAL ILLNESS: A person judged to suffer from severe mental illness at the time of a killing that could result in a death sentence would be spared from capital punishment under a bill before Ohio lawmakers.

— INTERSTATE 75 CONSTRUCTION-CLOSURES: Motorists heading south into Cincinnati on Interstate 75 in southwest Ohio could encounter short-term, rolling closures during overnight hours the rest of this week.

— OHIO COUNTY-POLL PROBLEMS: A southwest Ohio county plans to have more poll workers, trainers and roving troubleshooters for Ohio’s March primary after November’s voting was plagued by problems at the polls.

— JUVENILES-LOOKALIKE GUNS: The county juvenile court in Cleveland says youth under its supervision will be banned from having air rifles and other lookalikes that could be perceived as real.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to APColumbus@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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.