AP- BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:30 pm


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 at 6 a.m. Ohio News Editor Delano Massey can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmassey@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

JOHN GLENN

COLUMBUS — Final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn will take place Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. His family and invited guests, including astronauts and dignitaries, will say goodbye to the first American to orbit Earth at a private service. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 380 words, photos

OHIO STATE-BAND DIRECTOR

Ohio State University’s legal bills for defending the firing of its former marching band director after accusations he allowed a “sexualized culture” in the band totaled almost $1.6 million. By Lisa Cornwell SENT: 400 words, photos.

OPIOID SCIENCE-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Ohio researchers in drug abuse and addiction say they’re impressed and energized by Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to infuse up to $20 million into scientific breakthroughs that he envisions helping to solve the national opioid crisis. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 570 words, photos.

QUADRUPLETS-IVY LEAGUE

HAMILTON — Quadruplet brothers in Ohio have all been accepted at some of the nation’s top universities, including each of them to both Yale and Harvard. SENT: 250 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— KIDS CUT-MOM CHARGED: Police say a Canton woman is charged with the attempted murder of her two children after she cut their necks, cut her own wrists and called 911 to report the injuries.

— CHILD STRUCK-DRIVER SHOT: Authorities say a father is charged with killing the driver of a car that hit and injured his 4-year-old son in Cincinnati.

— DEATH ROW INMATE-RAPE CASE: A man already sentenced to be executed for killing a Cleveland police officer has been resentenced in an unrelated 1994 rape case.

— SHOPLIFTER CALLS 911: Police say a suspected shoplifter called 911 for help after she hid in a fitting room at closing time and got locked inside a department store near Kent.

— JAIL ESCAPES-OHIO: The last of three prisoners who escaped a community-based corrections facility in southeast Ohio last weekend has been captured after a chase.

— WOMAN KILLED-MOTHER ARRESTED: A Cleveland-area woman has pleaded guilty to suffocating her 26-year-old daughter and dumping her body in a field.

— EMBEZZLEMENT CASE-NATIVE AMERICANS: A grant writer accused of working with a Native American activist to steal over $180,000 in federal grants intended to help Native Americans in Ohio has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

— PONZI SCHEME CHARGES: An Ohio woman whose husband earlier pleaded guilty in a $70 million Ponzi scheme has pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering.

— OHIO STATE SUED-ENERGY DEAL: A retired Ohio State University professor has sued the university for allegedly withholding details of a proposed $1.1 billion deal between OSU and a French energy company.

— GATEHOUSE NEWSPAPERS-PUBLISHER: GateHouse Media has named a new publisher and regional editor for a group of newspapers in northern and eastern Ohio.

SPORTS:

BKC–AKRON-GROCE

CLEVELAND — Akron has hired former Illinois coach John Groce to take over its program. Groce replaces Keith Dambrot, who surprisingly left his alma mater last week after a successful run to coach at Duquesne. By Tom Withers. SENT: 380 words, photos.

BKN–CAVALIERS-THOMPSON

CLEVELAND — Tristan Thompson’s “Iron Man” streak is over. The Cavaliers’ run of bad luck isn’t ending. By Tom Withers. SENT: 320 words, photos.

BBA–INDIANS-STADIUM UPGRADES

CLEVELAND — Edwin Encarnacion wasn’t the only power upgrade made by the Indians this winter. The club has installed new LED lights in the signature towers high above Progressive Field, part of the club’s cost-saving sustainability efforts. By Tom Withers. SENT: 250 words, photos.

HKN–AROUND THE NHL

The NHL’s coaching carousel is paying off for playoff-starved franchises in Toronto, Edmonton and Columbus. With the season wrapping up on Sunday, the Maple Leafs’ Mike Babcock, Oilers’ Todd McLellan and Blue Jackets’ John Tortorella have emerged as coach of the year candidates. By John Wawrow. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

BBN–REDS-GOEDDEL

CINCINNATI — The Reds claimed utility player Tyler Goeddel off waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A Louisville. By Joe Kay. SENT: 130 words,

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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.