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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk, followed by Mitch Stacy. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




TOLEDO — Farmers who run pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and petting zoos say they can’t always stop an aggressive goat from chomping down on a visitor’s hand or prevent someone from tripping in a field. That’s why Ohio lawmakers have signed off on legislation that shields farmers with agritourism businesses from being sued when accidents happen. By John Seewer. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.




COLUMBUS — The 17-year cicadas are coming again, millions of them with their unnerving red eyes and orange wings and cacophonous mating song that can drown out the noise of passing jet planes. For those who have an aversion to prawn-size, flying bugs, the next six weeks or so will be like a long horror-movie scene in large swaths of Ohio and West Virginia and slivers of Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 700 words, photos.


ZANESVIILLE —A former Ohio college student accused of giving birth to a baby girl in her sorority house bathroom, putting her in a trash bag and leaving it outside has been found guilty of aggravated murder. SENT: 210 words, photo.



ZANESVILLE — The Latest on the trial of a former Ohio college student accused of killing her newborn baby. SENT: 390 words.


COLUMBUS — A judge who enabled the seizure of five tigers and five other exotic animals from a northeast Ohio farm via a warrant and later ordered their return is fighting with the state about who has jurisdiction over such transfers. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 510 words.


CLEVELAND — Attorneys trying to persuade jurors to spare the life of an Ohio man convicted of killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags say an upbringing that included “generations” of abuse left their client without a moral compass. SENT: 280 words.


JAKARTA, Indonesia — A Sumatran rhinoceros has given birth at an Indonesian sanctuary in a success for efforts to save the critically endangered species. By Stephen Wright. SENT: 280 words, photos.



CLEVELAND — Like so many kids growing up in Ohio, Andy Billman learned to love Cleveland’s sports teams. And to have his heart broken. But true to the passion of a proud city whose long-suffering fans haven’t celebrated a major professional championship since 1964, the director of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary chronicling Cleveland’s half-century of sports misery has undying hope a title will come. By Tom Withers. SENT: 440 words. This story is also moving on some sports wires.


— FUGITIVE ARREST: Police say a suspect in shootings that killed a mother and critically injured her 3-year-old son in North Carolina has been arrested in central Ohio.

— FATAL SHOOTING-CHILD DIES: Police say a 10-year-old boy has died from a gunshot wound at his home in central Ohio.

— TODDLER-HEROIN DEATH: Former sorority sisters have testified about finding the body of a newborn baby that allegedly was put into a trash bag and discarded by an Ohio college student last year.

— XAVIER-BOEHNER: Former House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) will be honored by his alma mater during Xavier University commencement ceremonies.

— TRAFFIC CAMERAS-OHIO: Lawyers for residents who won a nearly $2 million lawsuit against a southwest Ohio village over its speed cameras want to garnish proceeds from a new camera program to make sure the residents get paid.

— BEAR SIGHTINGS-OHIO: Authorities say a black bear has been seen roaming parts of northeast Ohio and are asking area residents to be on the lookout for it.

— AMUSEMENT PARKS REOPENING: A sure sign that spring has arrived is opening day at Ohio’s two major amusement parks.

— CLOCK TOWER REPAIR: A century-old Ohio clock tower is poised for repairs for the second time in its history.


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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.