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. Mark Gillispie 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Every Republican primary voter in Ohio has two opportunities to vote for president, in a ballot twist that’s only escalating the potential confusion caused by the party’s large and fractious field of candidates. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 650 words, photo.


CINCINNATI — Two 14-year-old students who knew a boy had a gun at school before a cafeteria shooting are charged with failing to report a crime, a sheriff says. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 320 words, photos.



DETROIT — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are putting the global economy at the center of their pitch to Democrats, trading charges about who would best represent American workers as their presidential campaign shifts to a series of Rust Belt primaries, including Ohio’s. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 560 words.


CLEVELAND —Cleveland plans to buy gear including 2,000 riot-control suits with collapsible batons as it prepares for hosting the Republican National Convention in July. SENT: 250 words.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A jury could soon begin deliberating on whether two hotel companies and a convicted stalker should be forced to pay sportscaster Erin Andrews millions of dollars. A stalker secretly took nude videos of her in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio, and put them on the Internet. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated from closing arguments.


— DRUGS AND GUNS-CHARGES: Authorities say a member of a decades-old central Ohio gang has taken responsibility for three previously unsolved murders.

— FORT KNOX MURDER: An Ohio man who is serving time for murdering a man there 11 years ago has admitted to another slaying a few days later in Kentucky on the grounds of Fort Knox.

— DETECTIVE CHARGED-DRUG TRAFFICKING: An Ohio police detective accused of drug trafficking and extortion has pleaded guilty.

— MISSING BABY-FALSE REPORT: A Cincinnati woman has pleaded not guilty after being accused of falsely reporting that her infant daughter was missing after her car was stolen with the baby in the backseat.

— SENATE 2016-OHIO-STRICKLAND: Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to highlight a fundraising event for former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in March, a week after the U.S. Senate primary that the Democrat still needs to win for the nomination.

— STUDENTS ARRESTED-THREATS: A 12-year-old boy faces charges after authorities say he brought a toy gun to school and made threats just days after a shooting injured students at another southwest Ohio school.

— SCHOOL SECURITY-BARRICADES: The Ohio board regulating building standards is accepting public comment on new rules allowing schools to deploy portable barricade devices in the event of an active shooter.

— SOCK HAT BANDIT: The FBI says a man who robbed 11 banks in three states, including Ohio, and was known as the “Sock Hat Bandit” has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-BALLOT-OHIO: Another group announces it’s working to get a measure to legalize medical marijuana on the Ohio ballot.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-OHIO: Officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate rose again in January to match the national rate, which dropped compared with the previous month.

— HIGHWAY PATROL-STAFFING: Fifty new Ohio troopers join the ranks of the State Highway Patrol.

— SCHWARZENEGGER-SPORTS FESTIVAL: The series of sports festivals co-founded by actor, bodybuilder and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger adds two new versions of the Arnold Classic for a total of six, starting with the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend in Columbus. With photo.

— BOBBLEHEAD EXHIBIT: Hundreds of bobbleheads will be on display in a new Cincinnati baseball museum exhibit.

— CHILD RAPE-LIFE SENTENCE: A northeast Ohio man who was convicted of having sexual contact with a child is sentenced to life in prison.

— NATIONAL PARK-PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES: Officials say a national park in northeast Ohio gets $2.2 million in federal funds to replace three badly-rusted pedestrian bridges that have been closed since 2009.


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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.