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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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COLUMBUS — An Ohio panel tasked with taking a comprehensive review of medical marijuana policies holds its first meeting. The task force of legislators, law enforcement officials, business group leaders and others has been asked to finish its work by the end of March. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., then update from 3 p.m. meeting and 300 words by 5 p.m.




COLUMBUS — An Ohio bill that seeks to divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood clears one of its final legislative hurdles. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 640 words.


OH-XGR–PLANNED PARENTHOOD-OHIO-THE LATEST: Updates on legislative action on the bill.


SEBRING — Blood tests show elevated lead levels in five children who live in rural northeastern Ohio where lead-tainted drinking water has been found. Health officials say it’s too early to know if the elevated levels are tied to the tap water in Sebring, near Youngstown. By John Seewer and Mark Gillispie. SENT: 450 words, photos.



CLEVELAND — Cleveland fired six officers for their roles in a 137-shot barrage of gunfire that killed two unarmed black people after a high-speed chase, but the potential consequences of that day for police still aren’t fully resolved. The police union is appealing the firings, and a misdemeanor criminal case is pending against six supervisors. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 520 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Like it or not, the long-running drama of Hillary Clinton’s marriage — her husband’s infidelity and how she dealt with it — is back as a subtext in this year’s presidential race. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. An abridged version also has moved.


— DEM 2016-CLINTON-MARRIAGE DRAMA-QUOTES: Voter comments on Hillary Clinton and how she handled her husband’s infidelity. SENT: 490 words.


Developments from the 2016 race for president, including Republican Gov. John Kasich turning his attention to Iowa after signs that he may be headed toward the top-tier victory he seeks in New Hampshire. SENT: 1,380 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — Bills to increase Ohio’s minimum wage, expand options for paid family leave and promote equal pay for women are among a package of legislation that state Democratic lawmakers are pushing as part of their economic agenda. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 300 words.


NEWCOMERSTOWN — After a house explosion leaves one man dead in eastern Ohio, Columbia Gas Co. says it believes natural gas was involved, but the investigation wasn’t complete. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.


LEBANON — A 14-year-old Ohio boy was found guilty of raping a heavily intoxicated teenage girl at a party when no adults were home, authorities say. SENT: 230 words.


DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler expects sales of Jeeps to double by 2018, saying the shift to SUVs driven by low gas prices is permanent. The company also reported a sharp drop in 2015 earnings due to poor performances in Asia and Latin America. By Dee-Ann Durbin and Colleen Barry. SENT: 630 words, photo. Incorporates BC-EU–Italy-Earns-Fiat Chrysler.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The chief executive of one of the nation’s largest coal producers, Murray Energy, makes an emotional call for steep cuts in state mining taxes to support an industry in free-fall. Murray has operations in six states, including Ohio. By Jonathan Mattise. SENT: 465 words.


— GRAND JURIES-OHIO: The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court says a committee will study possible changes to the state’s grand jury system.

— FATAL PLANE CRASH: Authorities have identified the pilot of a single-engine aircraft that crashed in southwestern Ohio.

— XGR–ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY: The Ohio House has approved legislation that would shield the addresses of victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes from use by government agencies.

— XGR–FIRST FLIGHT FIGHT: A proposal to add the historic Wright Flyer to Ohio’s state seal has had its first airing.

— 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.

— CHARTER SCHOOLS-OHIO: Leaders of top-ranking charter schools in Ohio say more money is needed to pay for quality teachers and more spacious facilities if the sector is to thrive.

—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.

— 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.

— WENDY’S-CREDIT CARDS: Dublin, Ohio-based Wendy’s says it is investigating reports of “unusual activity” on payment cards that had been used at some of its restaurants.

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

— 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.

— 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.


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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.