AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:30 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 will be 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio House approves a nearly $64 billion, two-year operating budget that would impose new controls on Medicaid expansion money and invest $170 million in tackling the state’s No. 1 ranking in opioid deaths. The measure heads next to the Senate. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 390 words.


CINCINNATI — The mayor of Cincinnati faces two challengers in a key race for primary voters. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update after polls close at 7:30 p.m.


LEESBURG, Va. — A serial-killing suspect who is serving a life sentence has confessed to an unsolved stabbing death in 2009 in Virginia. He is also a suspect in a stabbing in Ohio, and in his native Israel. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 615 words, photo.


— CINCINNATI POLICE SHOOTING-RETRIAL: Attorneys for a white former University of Cincinnati policeman charged with killing an unarmed black man say jurors at his retrial shouldn’t see the T-shirt with a Confederate flag emblem that he was wearing under his uniform. With photo.

— AIRPORT ALERT-UNATTENDED BAG: An unattended bag led officials to close a section of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport before determining there was no security threat.

— DIVORCE ATTORNEY-CRIMINAL CHARGES: The divorce attorney for a woman stabbed to death outside a Cleveland office tower in 2013 has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of falsification for lying to police about where he was when his client was killed.

— TEEN STABBED-MAN CHARGED: A Cleveland man wanted in the stabbing death of a 14-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated murder.

— GAS DRILLING-FOREST: A coalition of conservation groups has filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking plans to allow fracking in eastern Ohio’s Wayne National Forest.

— UNIVERSITY-MACHETE ATTACK: A Cincinnati man accused of attacking students with a machete at a university coffee shop in central Kentucky has pleaded not guilty to five criminal charges.

— LUKE KENNARD-SIGN THEFTS: Signs featuring Duke University basketball star Luke Kennard have been taken down from the main entrances to his Ohio hometown after two were stolen.

— SLEEPING DISPATCHER DISCIPLINED: A Cleveland police dispatcher heard snoring on a recorded 911 call has been suspended for six days for sleeping on the job.

— CINCINNATI ZOO-HIPPO ONESIES: The Cincinnati zoo that received help from a hospital for its prematurely born hippo, Fiona, has sent onesies to newborns in the hospital’s intensive care unit. With photo.

— FATAL SHOOTING-CHILD: A Dayton man convicted of murder and other charges in a shootout that killed a 1-year-old boy has been sentenced to 37 years to life in prison.

— GIRL SHOT IN YARD: Cleveland police say a 12-year-old girl standing in a yard was shot when a fight erupted among people outside a home a few doors away and someone repeatedly fired a gun.

— WOMAN CHARGED-BABY DEATH: A Toledo woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of her boyfriend’s 6-month-old child.

— GUARD ATTACKED-YOUTH PRISON: Records and interviews show that a guard suffered serious injuries after an assault by a teen at an Ohio youth prison.

— MOTHER-ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL: A mother accused of driving into an Akron lake with her 2-year-old daughter in the car has been declared not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity.

— CLEVELAND-COLUMBUS-MUTUAL AID: City leaders in Cleveland want to formally team up with other big cities in Ohio to share police resources during large events.

— GREAT LAKES-ASIAN CARP: Congress is pushing the Trump administration to release a study of how a Chicago-area waterway structure might be fortified to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

— PROBLEM GAMBLING-OHIO: An increase in the number of Ohioans treated for gambling addiction in the past two years is attributed not only to the effects of casino legalization but to increased availability of treatment.



The Spurs rarely lose as badly as they did to Houston in Game 1. The Raptors lose badly in every playoff game in Cleveland. It’s adjustment time for San Antonio and Toronto, who have plenty to fix before Game 2s of their conference semifinals on Wednesday. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved on national sports wire.


CLEVELAND — LeBron James dazzled with soaring dunks, outside shots and even a beer chaser in Game 1. By Tom Withers. SENT: 690 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — LeBron James will save Dahntay Jones some money again. After Jones was assessed two technical fouls and ejected from Monday’s series opener between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, James said he planned to pay the automatic $6,000 fine ($2,000 for each technical, $2,000 for the ejection) that accompanied the penalties. By Tom Withers. SENT: 280 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — An advocacy group is urging the Cincinnati Bengals to speak out against domestic violence after the team drafted a player who punched a woman in the face. By Joe Kay. SENT: 400 words, photos.


— HKN–HART TROPHY FINALISTS: Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky are finalists for the NHL’s Hart Trophy.

— FBN–CONLEY-RAPE ALLEGATION: Gareon Conley’s attorney says the NFL prospect drafted by the Raiders has given a statement and DNA sample to Cleveland police investigating an accusation that he raped a woman.


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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.