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 6 p.m. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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. SENT: 500 words. AP photos.


CINCINNATI — The Barack Obama administration has given some summer homework to Ohio school leaders with its directive on transgender students and public school bathroom use. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 560 words.


Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 640 words. AP PHOTOS



COLUMBUS — Some female Democratic state legislators in Ohio say they often encounter sexist remarks and jokes from their male colleagues. SENT: 300 words.



YOUNGSTOWN — After turning three abandoned and garbage-filled inner-city parcels into gardens offering free fruits and vegetables, Mason Carratt is embarking on another way to feed the hungry: a vineyard in which the grapes will be used to make jellies and jams. By David Skolnick, Youngstown Vindicator. SENT: 580 words. MANDATORY MEMBER CREDIT.


— FATAL BUS ACCIDENT: A woman has died after falling beneath the wheels of a bus in Columbus.

— INTERSTATE CRASH-NAKED MAN: A man who caused a multiple-car crash and ran naked along on a southwest Ohio interstate has received 10 years in prison and a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license.

— CLEVELAND MOVIE-ROADS CLOSED: Crews are set to arrive in Cleveland to shoot car racing scenes for the next installment of the billion-dollar “Fast & Furious” move franchise.

— XGR-RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS: State lawmakers have begun hearings on a pair of bills regarding Ohio’s renewable energy mandates.

— IMMIGRANT FORUM: President Barack Obama’s special assistant on immigration policy highlighted a daylong forum in Columbus this week exploring ways to empower and engage Ohio’s foreign-born residents.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to APColumbus@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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.