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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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COLUMBUS — A man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl while an 18-year-old woman livestreamed the assault with a social media app has an initial court appearance. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., then update from 1 p.m. hearing and 300 words by 5 p.m., photos.




CINCINNATI — A special prosecutor will determine whether to charge a 911 caller who reported a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart before police fatally shot the shopper, who’d picked up an air rifle from a shelf. By Lisa Cornwell and Kantele Franko. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 7 p.m.


WASHINGTON — A conservative leader in the House warns Republican Party officials against making any rules changes at the GOP convention that would allow someone other than the anti-establishment front-runners to grab the presidential nomination.. By Erica Werner. SENT: 350 words.


CONCORD, N.H. — John Kasich won’t come close to securing enough delegates for the Republican nomination before this summer’s convention. He won’t control the powerful rules committee, either — a critical tool in securing favorable terrain in Cleveland. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 710 words, photos.



COLUMBUS — The suspect in the death of an Ohio police officer has given up his right to an initial court hearing, meaning the state now has nearly two months before an indictment must be issued and the defense has time to argue against making the indictment a death penalty case. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 450 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — The state will give access to around-the-clock hotlines and text message support as part of efforts to reduce the number of people who kill themselves each year. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 250 words.


HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — Records from a Franciscan religious order show three former leaders knew a friar had been accused of child sex abuse before he was allowed to work at a high school and other jobs where more than 100 people eventually accused him of molesting them as children, an investigator testifies. Some of the accusers were from a northeast Ohio school. SENT: 640 words, photos.


LIMA — A fired police officer is sentenced to 14 years in prison for raping a 16-year-old girl while he was off duty, hours after he took a class that warned it was illegal to have sex with someone underage. SENT: 265 words.


DAYTON — An Ohio congressman objects to the removal of a Bible from a POW display at a military base medical center. SENT: 250 words.


— CLEVELAND HOME KILLINGS: Prosecutors in Cleveland have filed new charges that could bring a death sentence against a man suspected in the shooting deaths of a pregnant woman and three others.

— POLICE OFFICER-WIFE’S DEATH: A southwest Ohio judge has set bail for a former suburban police official who asked to be released after a federal appeals court overturned his 2005 conviction in his wife’s death during a botched burglary.

— BOX–BRONER INDICTED: Boxer Adrien Broner is indicted on assault and robbery charges, the next step in prosecutors’ case against the former WBA super lightweight champion.

— CAR CHASE-SHOOTING: Authorities in west Alabama say two Youngstown, Ohio, teenagers are in custody after a car chase that ended with police shooting and injuring one of the teens.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO BALLOT: The Ohio Ballot Board certifies another medical marijuana proposal for the fall ballot.

— SENATE 2016-OHIO: Ohio’s Republican U.S. senator says he had a cordial meeting with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee but insists he will remain opposed to filling the vacancy during the election year.

— TWO BODIES FOUND-OHIO: A sheriff’s office says the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found inside a duplex in southern Ohio are both being investigated as homicides.

— TEENS SHOT-BIRTHDAY: A man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl and shooting and wounding two other teens outside a birthday party in Cincinnati last year has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and felonious assault.

— EX-NFL PLAYER-CHARITY THEFT: Reggie Rucker’s sentencing in a charity theft case is delayed as the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver participates in a study of long-term symptoms of traumatic brain injuries and awaits a test in June.

— TOBACCO SALES-CLEVELAND: A new Cleveland law raises the age limit for the legal purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21.

— OHIO SCHOOLS CHIEF-RETIREMENT: Forty-four people have applied to be Ohio’s next superintendent, including Gov. John Kasich’s former education adviser.

— BKN–CAVALIERS-BUMPING BIEBER: If the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening-round NBA playoff series against Detroit goes to five games, the April 26 game would bump a show planned by pop singer Justin Bieber at Quicken Loans Arena.

— FRISCH’S RESTAURANT-CEO: The Cincinnati-based Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants regional chain has named an industry veteran to take over as chief executive officer.

— OBIT-HICKORY FARMS FOUNDER: A northern Ohio businessman who started specialty food company Hickory Farms that sells sausage sticks and cheese trays has died. Richard Ransom was 96.

— INMATE DIES: Authorities say an inmate who died at a northeast Ohio correctional facility last month was killed by a fentanyl overdose.

— PARK LEAD CLEANUP: Federal environmental officials are working to determine the cost of cleaning up a southwest Ohio park that’s contaminated with lead.

— BKC–LAUREN HILL-ROAD NAME: A southeastern Indiana city has renamed a road for a college basketball player who inspired millions with her play while she battled terminal brain cancer.


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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.