BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 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, followed by Mark Gillispie. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




WEST CHESTER — Open after nearly 25 years, a western Ohio congressional seat long held by John Boehner 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. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 875 words by 3 p.m., photos.



CINCINNATI — The arrest of a man found asleep in his car with guns and ammunition adds anxiety in an Ohio school district where two students were shot in the cafeteria earlier this week. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 415 words, photos.


DAYTON — The brother of an Ohio pastor shot in a church office as services were ending pleads not guilty in the slaying. SENT: 310 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — An Ohio man who killed his roommate in 1978 and ate part of his brain is denied parole a fifth time. SENT: 200 words.


LORAIN — An Ohio inmate is denied permission to seek a new trial in a 1991 slaying. SENT: 280 words.


CINCINNATI — Kroger shares tumble after the supermarket chain reports lighter-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter sales and predicts slower growth for an important retail metric in 2016. SENT: 275 words.


PALM BEACH, Fla. — A U.S. farmworkers coalition sues Palm Beach, alleging the wealthy town’s ordinances effectively bar the group from its constitutional right to hold a protest near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive who chairs the board of Ohio-based Wendy’s. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 725 words, photo.


— POLICE DOG SHOT: A man accused of shooting and fatally wounding an Ohio police dog after robbing a grocery store has been indicted by a grand jury.

— DRUNKEN DRIVER-INTENT: An appeals court says a judge must decide whether a drunken driver intended to hurt people when he drove his car into a bar in southwestern Ohio.

— FAKE FACEBOOK PAGE: A suburban Cleveland police department is warning residents about a fake Facebook page purporting to be the department’s actual page.

— UNIVERSITY FEE REFUND: The University of Akron is repaying $4.1 million in fees to students after state officials concluded that the university shouldn’t have imposed an increase last year.

— OHIO VOTING-TWITTER TOWN HALL: Ohio’s elections chief is using social media to answer questions about the state’s March 15 presidential primary.

— FIERY CRASH-SHOOTING: A southwest Ohio coroner has ruled that a man found dead in a fiery crash over the weekend had been shot.

— RAPID ROBBERIES-INDICTMENT: A prosecutor says a central Ohio man has been charged with robbing eight stores in five days.

— PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE-OHIO COLLEGE: A southwestern Ohio college plans student and community activities building up to hosting the first general election presidential debate.


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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.