Good morning! 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. John Seewer is on the desk, followed by Lisa Cornwell. Delano Massey, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or email@example.com.
A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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GORILLA TURNS 60
COLUMBUS — She is a mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12 and great-great-grandmother of three. She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she’s doing well. She’s Colo, the nation’s oldest living gorilla, and she’s turning 60 on Thursday at the Columbus Zoo. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 700 words, photos.
AKRON — An Ohio man is hoping thieves who swiped boxes from his porch that contained family heirlooms will have a little holiday spirit and return the items. Kyle Barron figures the thieves thought they were stealing valuable Christmas gifts, but instead the boxes were filled with his late mother’s belongings that he had shipped after she died last month. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.
HAMILTON — An Ohio homeowner is due back in court with his new lawyer to face charges of murder and aggravated arson in the death of a firefighter last year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update from hearing scheduled at 1 p.m. EST.
— TODDLED SHOT-FATHER CHARGED: Police in Ohio’s capital city have charged a man after his toddler son suffered life-threatening injuries when he reportedly got hold of a gun and accidentally shot himself.
— OFFICER STRUCK: Ohio authorities say a Dayton police officer has been hurt after his patrol car was hit while he was responding to a crash on Interstate 75.
— ROCK ON CAR-PAROLE: A Pennsylvania man is in jail two months after he was paroled for his role in a rock-throwing on Interstate 80 that left an Ohio teacher critically injured.
— CINCINNATI-BLOOD INVENTORY: Health officials say Cincinnati’s inventory of donated blood as it currently stands would not be sufficient in the event of a mass casualty event.
— EMERGENCY RESPONDERS: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has acknowledged that hundreds of Ohio emergency responders were exposed to a potentially fatal toxin while training at a FEMA facility in Alabama.
— STATE EMPLOYEES-VACATION: Ohio’s government watchdog says the state overpaid 18 government employees by nearly $50,000 for cashing out unused vacation time
— LAWMAKER-FRAUD SENTENCE: An early prison release bid by a former Republican Ohio lawmaker who had 10 of 13 criminal counts against him overturned has been denied.
— CEMETERY VANDALISM: A cemetery in Ohio where vandals have caused more than $1 million in damage is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible for the crimes.
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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.