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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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COLUMBUS — An Ohio bill that seeks to divert government funding away from Planned Parenthood was poised Wednesday to head to Republican governor and presidential contender John Kasich. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 a.m., 130-word update from 1:30 p.m. House session, then 650 words by 5 p.m., photos. Timing of vote uncertain.




MANCHESTER — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders looked to emerge from Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary with their first victories of the 2016 presidential election, while rivals like Ohio Gov. John Kasich hoped a state famous for political surprises would give their own White House bids a needed boost. By Julie Pace and Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 830 words, photos, audio, video. Moving on national wire.


— 2016-ELECTION-THE LATEST. Developments from Campaign 2016 as New Hampshire voters cast ballots. Moving on national wire.


Snapshots of voters who went to the polls Tuesday as New Hampshire hosted the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. SENT: 1,800 words, photos.


SEBRING — Tap water samples taken over the last two weeks have found 30 homes with high levels of lead in a northeastern Ohio village, state environmental regulators say. SENT: 300 words.



CLEVELAND — Health officials report Ohio’s first two cases of Zika virus, involving a 30-year-old Cleveland woman and a 21-year-old man, both of whom visited Haiti. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words by 7 p.m.


— ZIKA VIRUS-OHIO-THE LATEST: The latest on Zika virus cases reported in Ohio. SENT: 170 words.


CLEVELAND — A former softball player and current student at Kent State University sues her coach and the school, claiming they engaged in a cover-up and failed to follow federal guidelines after she reported being raped by the coach’s son. SENT: 325 words.


CHILLICOTHE — The head of Ohio’s prisons says the state is close to needing a new prison, but he won’t ask for the estimated $1 billion to build it. SENT: 280 words.


COLUMBUS — Ohio’s new superintendent has submitted significantly less rosy charter school performance data to federal regulators deciding whether to release a $71 million charter school grant awarded to the state. SENT: 290 words.


COLUMBUS — Authorities say a man killed himself on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 225 words by 8 p.m.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The former president of Pilot Flying J, a Tennessee company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, is charged along with seven others with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. By Travis Loller. SENT: 270 words.


CLEVELAND — The Browns defend their handling of Johnny Manziel’s late-season concussion, saying in a statement that Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion on Dec. 30 by an independent neurologist, countering an NFL Network report that they lied about the injury to cover up the troubled quarterback showing up intoxicated for practice. By Tom Withers. SENT: 420 words, photos.


NEW YORK — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. swings to a fourth-quarter loss on charges and tire sales fell, but the results still top Wall Street expectations. SENT: 300 words, photo.


DUBLIN, Ohio — Wendy’s Co. reports fourth-quarter net income of $85.9 million. SENT: 150 words.


— TRAIN DERAILMENT-OHIO: Police say two people suffered minor injuries when two freight trains carrying cargo boxes collided and about 10 train cars overturned in central Ohio.

— NEWBORN DIES-DOG BITE: Authorities say a 3-day-old boy died from an apparent dog bite in northeast Ohio.

— PET BOBCAT-SUPREME COURT: A 26-pound domesticated, declawed bobcat is at the center of a legal fight over whether its owner should be subject to Ohio’s tougher wild animal laws.

— OBAMA BUDGET-GREAT LAKES: For the third consecutive year, President Barack Obama is proposing to cut a program that focuses on the Great Lakes’ biggest environmental threats.

— DRUG PRICES-BALLOT INITIATIVE: The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the state’s elections chief by backers of an effort aimed at controlling prescription drug prices.

— ELDERLY COUPLE SLAIN-OHIO: A man who authorities say participated in the kidnapping and slaying of an elderly northeast Ohio couple has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

— TRAFFIC CAMERAS-CLEVELAND: The Ohio Supreme Court has sent a lawsuit challenging Cleveland’s traffic camera ticket system back to a judge for further deliberation.

— COMEDIAN MAYOR-PROBE: Authorities have searched the Hillsboro home of a southwest Ohio mayor who’s also a veteran standup comedian.

— DEM 2016-CLINTON-OHIO: Chelsea Clinton is set to campaign for her mother’s presidential primary bid in Ohio just days before early voting begins in the battleground state.

— SIBLING SLAYINGS: A northeast Ohio man accused of shooting his brother and sister to death at a home they all shared has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder.

— POLICE CHASE LAWSUIT-COURT: The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the case of a woman who sued police over injuries she suffered after a high-speed chase ended when a burglary suspect collided with her car.

— DEER HUNTING-OHIO: Ohio wildlife officials say good weather and other factors led to an increase in the number of deer killed by hunters this past season.


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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.