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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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HILLSBORO — Standup comedian Drew Hastings could probably work some good lines into his routine about the search of his home that included checking out his and his wife’s underwear, scrutiny of their toilet, and a continuing deep dive into his water bills. But apparent questions about whether he even really lives in the Ohio city that has twice elected him mayor are the latest in the political intrigue — and potential charges — hanging over him. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.




CINCINNATI — Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator, Rob Portman, says he intends to support his party’s nominee for president, but he really hopes it is Gov. John Kasich. Portman also says he’s making arrangements to meet with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee but continues to believe the new justice shouldn’t be decided during an election year. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 7 p.m.


BATH — Visitors heading to Ohio for the Republican National Convention have the rare opportunity to rent the childhood home of one of the country’s most notorious killers. SENT: 235 words.



HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Mother Angelica’s religious devotion made her an inspiration to Catholics around the world, but mourners who honored the Canton, Ohio, native Friday said it was her relatable and embracing nature that helped spread the love of Jesus through a worldwide media empire that grew from the garage of a monastery in rural Alabama. By Phillip Lucas. SENT: 750 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Before becoming one of the great wits of the 20th century, James Thurber was a teenager hooked on Westerns. By Hillel Italie. SENT: 470 words, photos.


— CLEVELAND POLICE SETTLEMENT: Cleveland has hired a former U.S. attorney and federal court magistrate to coordinate implementation of an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city’s police department.

— ABANDONED BABY-FIRE DEPARTMENT: Hospital officials say a newborn girl left in a box at a northwest Ohio fire department earlier this week is doing well.

— DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: An annual report on capital punishment in Ohio says one person was condemned to die last year.

— MISSING MAIL-SORTER CHARGED: A western Ohio postal worker has denied accusations that she stole items from several packages by stuffing them into her sweatpants.

—WORKERS COMP-CHIEF RESIGNS: The head of the state’s insurance fund for injured workers is stepping down from his job this month.

— TROOPER STALKING CASE: An Ohio post commander accused of having an affair with a subordinate’s wife last year and stalking her after she ended it has been fired from the State Highway Patrol.

— TODDLER KILLED AFTER VISIT: A judge has ruled a man accused in the beating death of a 1-year-old Maryland boy found dead inside a backpack in a central Ohio creek incompetent to stand trial

— BODY FOUND-SCIOTO RIVER: A coroner says a man whose body was found in a central Ohio river was probably dead before he went into the water.

— OLD RAPE-NEW DNA EVIDENCE: A man has been indicted in a 1997 rape at a central Ohio park after new testing on old evidence helped identify him through DNA.

— TEENS SHOT-BIRTHDAY: Cincinnati police say a 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in a shooting a year ago that killed a 17-year-old girl and hurt two other teens when a fight broke out during a birthday party.

— DRUGS AND GUNS-EX-FUGITIVE: Federal prosecutors say an ex-fugitive arrested in connection with a racketeering case has pleaded guilty to several charges in Ohio.


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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.