BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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WEST CHESTER — Open after nearly 25 years of John Boehner, a western Ohio congressional seat has drawn a large, varied crowd of candidates, many running as maverick outsiders. Fifteen Republicans are in the dual races to fill the last months of the former House speaker’s term and for the next Congress. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos planned.




CICINNATI — The family of the 14-year-old boy charged in a southwest Ohio school shooting said Wednesday it is “devastated” by his alleged actions and is praying for the quick recovery of the injured students. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.


COLUMBUS — Facing a surprisingly persistent primary challenger for Senate, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland lands endorsements from President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 450 words.



SPRINGFIELD — A state appellate court rejects a western Ohio city’s challenge to restrictions on traffic camera enforcement that include requiring a police officer to be present. SENT: 260 words.


MIAMI — Gripped by chaos and dismay, Republican leaders search for a last-chance option that could derail Donald Trump’s momentum fueled by seven commanding Super Tuesday victories. By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Lerer. SENT: 885 words, photos, video, audio. Moving on national lines.




TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Business, environment and government organizations asked the presidential candidates Wednesday to pledge support for Great Lakes cleanup efforts, including an Obama administration program that has pumped more than $2.2 billion into the region for initiatives such as battling invasive Asian carp and preventing toxic algae outbreaks. By John Flesher. SENT: 500 words.


TOLEDO — One of three Kodiak bears whose mother was killed by hunters has been relocated from Alaska to an Ohio zoo in a rare move. SENT: 270 words.

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NEW ALBANY — New Albany-based Abercrombie & Fitch Co. reports fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $57.7 million. SENT: 300 words.


WASHINGTON — The Senate Wednesday rejected a Democratic effort to add $600 million to a bipartisan bill targeting heroin and opioid abuse. By Andrew Taylor. SENT: 290 words.


— STOLEN VEHICLE-CHILDREN: Police in southwest Ohio say a sport utility vehicle with six young children inside was stolen from a market parking lot, and they were found safe minutes later.

— LOST DRUGS OFFER: A tongue-in-cheek message from Macedonia police hoping to figure out who left a bag of methamphetamine in a hotel room trash can says their department feels horrible for the owner’s loss and wants to help.

— OHIO VOTING: Ohio’s elections chief says nearly 70,000 votes have been cast ahead of the swing state’s March 15 primary contests.

— SEDIMENT DUMPING-LAKE ERIE: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gets scant support during a public hearing for a proposal to dump contaminated sediment from Cleveland’s shipping channels into Lake Erie.

— NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOOTING: The survivor of an Ohio robbery and shooting that killed her boyfriend and his two teenage children will be allowed to testify at the trial of one of the brothers charged in the case.

— DRUG OVERDOSES-LOOKALIKES: Federal authorities have charged a suburban Cleveland man with having more than 900 doses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

— CONCEALED-CARRY LICENSES-OHIO: The number of new concealed-carry licenses rose last year in Ohio after experiencing a drop in 2014.

— SEX ABUSE-CHESS TEACHER: Jurors say they’re hopelessly deadlocked and can’t reach a verdict in the case of an Ohio chess teacher accused of sexually abusing two of his students.

— MEIJER-NEW STORES: Midwest retailer Meijer Inc. plans to invest more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores this year.


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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.