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. Ann Sanner 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

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UPCOMING MONDAY:

UTERUS TRANSPLANT

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Clinic officials hold a news conference to discuss details related to having performed the first uterus transplant in the U.S. By Mark Gillispie. UPCOMING: 130-word update after 10 a.m. news conference, followed by 400 words by 2 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

DRUG DEATHS-PRESCRIPTION WATCH

COLUMBUS — A tool for helping battle Ohio’s deadly addictions epidemic is adding new dimensions to the jobs of pharmacists. A state computerized reporting system gives pharmacists quick access to patients’ prescribing histories as they weigh whether to fill suspicious prescriptions. It’s similar to systems in place or being developed across the country. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 700 words, photos, audio.

CAMPAIGN 2016

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders on Sunday grappled with the prospect that the best hope for stopping Donald Trump’s march to the nomination may be Ted Cruz — the only candidate who causes as much heartburn among party elites as the billionaire businessman, if not more. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is still in the mix but far behind. He’s holding out hope for a better showing in Michigan and in his home state of Ohio on March 15. By Julie Pace. SENT: 850 words, photos. Moving nationally.

With:

— CAMPAIGN 2016-THE LATEST: The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign, with contests in Maine and Puerto Rico on Sunday and a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan.

AROUND THE STATE:

VOTING TO DISAPPEAR

NEVILLE — A tiny western village along the Ohio River with a population of 100 residents could vote to dissolve itself this month after struggling with finances. Neville residents will decide during the March 15 primary whether the 208-year-old Clermont County village should survive on an already overstretched budget or vote itself out of existence. SENT: 350 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-LAWYER-PAINTINGS

COLUMBUS — By day, George W. Leach is a criminal-defense attorney, representing juvenile and adult clients charged with everything from truancy to murder. At night, he retreats to the solitude of a studio around the corner from his downtown law office, rolls out an easel and paints in oils until midnight. By John Futty, The Columbus Dispatch. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 810 words, pursing photos.

IN BRIEF:

— PASTOR SHOT-SERVICES RESUME: Sunday services have resumed at a church in southwest Ohio one week after its pastor was shot and killed in his church office.

— POLICE CHIEF’S SON-CAR STOLEN: Authorities say a car that was stolen with a gun inside this weekend belongs to the son of Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

— MAN SHOT-PARKED CAR: Authorities in northeast Ohio are investigating the death of a 26-year-old Akron man who was found fatally shot in his parked car.

— DANCING FIREFIGHTERS-FORT MYERS: A group of almost two dozen firefighters from Cincinnati are back on duty in Fort Myers Beach. Starting Monday, they will give daily afternoon beachside dance and lip-synching performances for the next 10 days to raise money for charity.

— OHIO JOBS AGENCY: Ohio’s privatized economic-development agency says in its annual report that it’s created a record 23,602 jobs last year.

— WIND FARM-OHIO: EverPower officials continue to negotiate with Logan County commissioners over the construction of a windmill farm that would stretch from Hardin to Logan counties.

— HIGHWAY SIGNS-FONT: The Ohio Department of Transportation is restoring highway signs to their previous style after federal regulators outlawed the typeface used on dark signs.

— POLICE RELATIONS-OHIO: Ohio’s criminal justice services agency says local and state governments can apply for up to $30,000 in grants to improve relationships between communities and law enforcement agencies serving them.

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If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to APColumbus@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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.