AP- BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6 pm

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 at 6 a.m. Ohio News Editor Delano Massey can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmassey@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A public comment period on strict new rules proposed for the use of medical marijuana in Ohio is ending. The deadline to weigh in is Friday, also when the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee next meets. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., followed by 130-word update from meeting scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EDT, then 300 words by noon.




COLUMBUS — A federal appeals court rejects Ohio’s new three-drug lethal injection process, jeopardizing the upcoming executions of several condemned killers. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 610 words, photos.




CINCINNATI — A man has been indicted on two murder charges and dozens of other counts in a nightclub gunbattle that developed from a “feud over nothing,” a prosecutor said Thursday. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 420 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Family and invited guests say their final goodbyes to astronaut and Sen. John Glenn at Arlington National Cemetery. By Ben Nuckols. SENT: 500 words, photos, video.


WASHINGTON — Booming online retail sales are good news for the U.S. Postal Service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites. Dog attacks on postal workers rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and the highest in three decades. By Hope Yen. SENT: 750 words, photos. AP video planned.


BALTIMORE — The Trump Justice Department expressed “grave concerns” Thursday about an agreement the Obama administration reached with the city of Baltimore to overhaul its police department in the wake of the racially explosive Freddie Gray case. The Obama Justice Department opened roughly two dozen investigations of police departments, and 14 of them ended in consent decrees cities including Cleveland. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-HOSPITAL: Ohio police say an officer shot and killed a man who pulled a BB gun from a bag as he stepped out of an ambulance to go into an emergency room.

— CHILD ON SIDEWALK-OVERDOSE: Police who responded to a report of a Portsmouth toddler apparently passing out on a sidewalk from a suspected drug overdose in the middle of the night say she was treated at a hospital, and her parents are charged with child endangering.

— STANDOFF-SUSPECT KILLED: Ohio authorities say a SWAT team shot a man who charged at them with a gun after he barricaded himself for five hours in a home east of Cleveland.

— SLAIN CYCLIST: The family of a slain University of Toledo student who disappeared while bicycling is suing the suspect charged in the potential death penalty case.

— SPRAY-PAINTED PROPOSAL-PUNISHMENT: A man who spray-painted a marriage proposal on a northeastern Ohio shopping center has been fined for criminal mischief and sentenced to community service but says he doesn’t regret the unusual graffiti for his girlfriend, who said yes.

— FLIGHT DELAYS-PIZZA: Delta Air Lines bought pizza for stranded passengers in Ohio and other states after canceling about 300 flights in the Southeast because of severe weather.

— OFFICIAL DEAD IN LAKE: Preliminary autopsy records shed more light on the mysterious death of a local official found in a northeast Ohio lake and indicate he was stabbed repeatedly.

— PREGNANT RHINO-ZOO: Cleveland’s zoo says one of its rhinos is pregnant and, in an unusual move, it’s announcing the news far in advance of the expected birth to promote conservation and educational efforts as it rebrands.

— GREAT LAKES-NUCLEAR WASTE: Canadian officials are requesting more information from a company that wants to store waste from nuclear power plants underground less than a mile from Lake Huron.



AKRON — John Groce has been handed the keys to the gym at Akron. After previous coaching stops at Illinois and Ohio, Groce was introduced Thursday at Akron, where he’ll inherit a program that flourished over the past decade under Keith Dambrot. By Tom Withers. SENT: 570 words, photos.


LAWRENCE, Kan. — Carlton Bragg Jr. arrived at Kansas a couple of years ago with high expectations, another five-star prospect who just might parlay a short stay in Lawrence into a career in the NBA. The sophomore from Cleveland announced in a statement issued by the school Thursday that he intends to transfer, though he did not say where he will go. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 430 words, photos.


Hiring a new coordinator can at times be as impactful to a college football program as making a head coaching change. Here are six teams that have an intriguing new coordinator, including Ohio State. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 690 words.


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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.