BC-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. Kantele Franko 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

CASINOS LAWSUIT

COLUMBUS — An anti-gambling group fighting Gov. John Kasich’s decision to legalize slots-like video lottery terminals at horse tracks lacks standing to sue, but another plaintiff can continue his challenge, the Ohio Supreme Court rules. By Julie Carr Smyth and Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 455 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

THIEF CHARGE OR JAIL

GIRARD — A man chooses to wear a sign proclaiming he’s a thief rather than go to jail for theft. SENT: 200 words.

XGR– DRUG DEATHS-OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE

COLUMBUS — Police departments, local health departments and first responders around Ohio hear from the state attorney general’s office as part of an effort to spread the word about the availability of the drug-overdose antidote naloxone. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Ohio. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 380 words, photo.

PRESCHOOL TEACHERS-FREE TUITION

COLUMBUS — Ohio State University and the city of Columbus are leading a partnership that will provide free tuition to 100 early childhood teachers. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 400 words.

OHIO VOTING SYSTEM-LAWSUIT

COLUMBUS — An Ohio election official testifies that about a dozen Franklin County voters’ ballots should have been counted in 2014 but were thrown out. SENT: 330 words.

URBAN TREE FARM

ST. LOUIS — As St. Louis’ population has dropped by more than half over the past seven decades, thousands of lots of vacant land now dot the landscape, especially on the city’s north side. A new program seeks to put such vacant land in several communities to good use by developing it into tree farms, urban agriculture and other green projects. Other cities involved in the project include Youngstown, Ohio. SENT: 285 words.

SPORTS:

FBN–BROWNS-RG3 SIGNS

CLEVELAND — Robert Griffin III is getting a chance to revive a career that once seemed unstoppable. One of the NFL’s brightest and flashiest stars just a few years ago, Griffin has signed with the Cleveland Browns, a franchise on a perpetual mission to find a quarterback to bring it back to glory. By Tom Withers. SENT: 695 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ASSISTED LIVING-SHOOTING: A kitchen worker at an assisted living facility shot and killed two housekeepers, and the gunman was hospitalized, police say.

— VISUAL BUCKET LIST-POPE: A 5-old-old Ohio girl whose parents created a “visual bucket list” for her because she’s slowly going blind is going to meet Pope Francis and see Rome. With photo.

— HOSPITAL-HEROIN OVERDOSE: An Alabama man who overdosed on heroin in a Cincinnati children’s hospital room, where his wife also overdosed but died, has been sentenced to two years in prison.

— FIRE-GIRLS KILLED: Authorities say a house fire in western Ohio left two young sisters dead.

— SCHOOL THREATS-GUARD CHARGED: Police say a school security guard for a Cincinnati-area district has been charged in threats that led to recent school evacuations and were traced to his prepaid cellphone.

— OLD SPICE LAWSUIT: A Virginia man alleges in a federal lawsuit that a Procter & Gamble Co. deodorant caused rashes, burning and other discomfort.

— COLUMBUS AIRPORT-RENOVATION: The main passenger airport serving Ohio’s capital has unveiled its new look following the completion of a three-year, $80 million renovation project.

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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.