BC-OH–Ohio News Digest, 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. Mark Gillispie is on the desk until 5 p.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Medical marijuana and medicine made from marijuana: One and the same, right? Not even close. The two are so different, in fact, that even state lawmakers don’t always understand the difference, voters legalizing medical marijuana are often clueless and some doctors and activists are starkly at odds over which is the best alternative for patients. The divide is keenly felt in the fight over the cannabis-derived pharmaceutical Epidiolex. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 800 words. AP photos.


NASHVILLE, TN — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is fighting a court order for him to testify in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. SENT: 270 words



COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate is expected to begin consideration of a bill to stiffen mandatory sentences for convicted murderers after the House approved its version of the legislation last week. SENT: 285 words.



CINCINNATI — A non-profit called Kenzie’s Closet in suburban Cincinnati Kenzie’s Closet will provide more than 400 high school girls gowns, shoes and accessories for their proms at no cost this spring. By Chris Graves, Cincinnati Enquirer. SENT: 890 words. Mandatory member credit.


— XGR–TRAFFIC TICKET FAIRNESS : The Ohio House has approved legislation aimed at stopping a tiny village from collecting extraordinarily large fines for traffic-related violations.

— AIR BASE FIGHTER JETS: Military officials say the U.S. Air Force is considering northwest Ohio for one of two Air National Guard bases that will house next-generation fighter jets.

— PARKS-HEALTH ADVOCATE: A former NFL player and triathlon competitor will promote national parks along with health and wellness in a series of appearances in western Ohio.

— TALL SHIPS-OHIO: Security concerns surrounding the upcoming Republican National Convention are moving moved the popular Tall Ships Challenge from downtown Cleveland to a small lakeside village 30 miles east of the city.

— FATAL CAR SHOOTING: A 19-year-old woman has been killed and another woman wounded after someone opened fire on a car in Cincinnati.

— FATAL CRASH-TEEN DRIVER: Authorities say a northbound 17-year-old driver crossed into the southbound lane of an Ohio highway, crashing into a car driven by a 63-year-old woman who died at the scene.


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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.