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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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




COLUMBUS — Testimony in a federal trial that could impact how thousands of certain ballots are cast and counted in swing state Ohio is set to wrap up Thursday. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 a.m., updated after 8:30 a.m. hearing.


The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is expected to vote Thursday whether to grant requests by First Energy and AEP to have customers subsidize operations at its older power plants in a deal that could generate billions for the companies over the next eight years. By Mark Gillispie. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., 130 word update from 1:30 p.m. meeting, then 450 words, pursuing photos.




COLUMBUS — Republican Gov. John Kasich’s administration says it’s moving forward with plans to require more than 1 million Ohioans on Medicaid to pay a new monthly cost for their health coverage or potentially lose it. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 530 words.


OKLAHOMA CITY — A move by federal regulators to allow new labeling for a drug often used to end early-stage pregnancies could allow it to be used more broadly, after a handful of state legislatures, including Ohio’s, barred its “off-label” use in order to limit drug-induced abortions. By Sean Murphy. SENT: 540 words.



COLUMBUS — Ohio utility regulators plan votes Thursday on two proposed energy deals that have drawn national attention from consumer, business, energy and environmental groups. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 340 words.


EVENDALE — A suspect in a Maryland slaying is shot and wounded by a police officer along Interstate 75 in suburban Cincinnati, authorities say. SENT: 230 words.


HAMILTON — A woman was hit and killed by a train in a southwest Ohio county that has the state’s highest rate of railroad crossing deaths over the past decade. SENT: 235 words.


— 911 CALL-NO HELP: A dispatcher in northeast Ohio who didn’t send help when a woman called 911 while being beaten will face a hearing to determine potential discipline.

— OBAMA-COMMUTATIONS-OHIO: President Barack Obama has commuted the sentences of 61 people imprisoned for drug-related offenses, including three from Cincinnati.

— AUDITOR-ENVELOPE THREAT: An elected city auditor in northeast Ohio has pleaded not guilty to a federal charge after authorities alleged he sent his former employer an envelope containing white powder that turned out to be harmless.

— AKRON POLICE SHOOTING: A man shot and wounded by Akron police after they say he attacked a humane society officer with a knife, shovel and barbells has been charged with felonious assault.

— TEEN GIRL SLAIN: A 17-year-old boy admits to the 2014 unintentional shooting death of a teenage girl in Columbus.

— BODY FOUND-SCIOTO RIVER: Authorities are working to identify a man whose body was found in a central Ohio river.

— FLINT WATER-HUNTINGTON BANK: An effort to boost Flint amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water is getting a $25 million commitment that includes loans and specialized mortgage financing from Huntington Bank.

— FATAL CRASH-PURSUIT: A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy won’t face criminal charges in an on-duty crash that killed a 77-year-old man in Columbus.

— TELEHEALTH-RURAL CARE: The president of the Ohio Telecom Association is leading a panel discussion in Washington on promising practices for improving access to health care in America’s rural areas.


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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.