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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk at 6 a.m, followed by Mark Gillispie. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




COLUMBUS — Ohio troopers have seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year, thanks in part to several large busts. The rise comes amid other signs that Ohio’s opiate-related problems continue to grow. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 450 words.





COLUMBUS — An Ohio mother is sentenced to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the heroin-related death of her 14-month-old daughter.


COLUMBUS — An Ohio board that oversees attorney conduct said Thursday that attorneys aren’t allowed to help someone establish a legal medical marijuana-related business in the state because using, growing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime. SENT: 340 words.


NEW YORK — Macy’s says it plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments as the nation’s largest department store chain tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 percent of its stores under the Macy’s brand. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 730 words. AP Photos. Incorporates Macy’s earnings that moved earlier.


NEW YORK — J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, Macy’s and Kohl’s are having to reinvent themselves and stay relevant as shoppers increasingly buy items online and frequent niche retailers and discount stores. By Anne D’Innocenzio. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 p.m. Will incorporate Macy’s, Nordstroms and Kohl’s earnings.


— TRIPLE HOMICIDE-SUSPECT HELD: Authorities say another person has died after a shooting that earlier left two dead in southwest Ohio and a suspect in custody.

— HIT-SKIP-BICYCLIST KILLED: Authorities say a bicyclist died on a Columbus street after he was hit by a motorist who fled the scene.

— GUN SHOP-FATAL: A firearms instructor and his daughter have been charged in the accidental shooting of a southwest Ohio gun shop owner during a concealed carry class in June.

— CHARTER SCHOOLS-OHIO-SUMMIT: State Auditor Dave Yost is calling for changes in how Ohio pays its online charter schools.

— PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE-OHIO SCHOOL: Ohio’s Wright State University says it has no plans to repay the $220,000 in state money it received to upgrade security for the first presidential debate, which it pulled out of last month due to increasing security costs.

— CINCINNATI MAYORAL RACE: A Democratic city councilwoman in Cincinnati says she will run for mayor of the southwest Ohio city.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR CUB: A female polar bear born at a central Ohio zoo and hand-reared by staff will move to the Oregon Zoo this fall.