AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:30 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. Andrew Welsh-Huggins is on the desk at 9 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING SATURDAY:

HIPPO HAPPINESS

CINCINNATI — Millions have seen her on video, thousands have bought “Team Fiona” T-shirts and thousands more have chomped on Fiona-themed cookies. People have sent her everything from pacifiers to Easter baskets, and she has her own mail bin to handle cards and letters of support from around the world. The public embrace of the Cincinnati Zoo’s prematurely born hippopotamus has helped ease the months of backlash over Harambe, a gorilla whose shooting death turned him into a cultural phenomenon. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 700 words. AP Photos. Video.

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TOP STORIES:

OHIO FAMILY KILLED

COLUMBUS — Family members are pleading for information that could help solve the massacre of eight people in Ohio a year ago. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 365 words, photos.

CONCERTGOER’S DEATH

CLEVELAND — The family of a concertgoer believed to have fallen to his death through a garbage chute at Progressive Field alleges the Cleveland Indians had been repeatedly warned about faulty locks and doors leading to trash chutes at the ballpark. SENT: 250 words.

EXECUTION DRUGS-ARKANSAS

A drugmaker asked Arkansas officials not to purchase its products for executions months before the state accepted a third-party “donation” of potassium chloride as one of three drugs to use in lethal injections, according to letters obtained by The Associated Press. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: 960 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— FIREFIGHTER-TEEN SEX ASSAULTS: Authorities say an Ohio firefighter confessed to sexually assaulting four teenagers in his department’s cadet program, sometimes in paid sexual encounters, while he was an instructor.

— DEFENSE CONTRACTOR-FRAUD SENTENCE: Federal authorities say a former defense contractor convicted of mail fraud and making false claims while supplying non-conforming parts to the military has been sentenced in Ohio to two years in prison.

— CHARTER SCHOOLS-OHIO: Ohio state officials have turned down $22 million out of $71 million in federal charter school expansion grants, saying they don’t think enough potential schools will meet the high performance ratings needed to qualify.

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH: West Virginia State Police say at least 26 high school students and one adult from neighboring Ohio were injured in a school bus crash.

— PASTOR-MURDER TRIAL: A former pastor from Dayton is convicted of murder and other charges in the death of his 2-year-old foster son.

— CHILD ABDUCTION-MOM SHOT: A Toledo man accused of fatally shooting the mother of his infant son and abducting her stepmother and the child pleads not guilty in the potential death penalty case.

— JOHN GLENN-OHIO DEMOCRATS: Ohio Democrats are preparing a tribute to John Glenn that they hope will help claim the late space hero’s legacy of patriotism and public service as part of the party’s political brand.

— XGR–SANCTUARY CITIES-OHIO: A state lawmaker says she wouldn’t have promoted her proposed Ohio ban of “sanctuary cities” on a radio show if she’d known that its host advocates white culture and power.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-OHIO: State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate held steady from February to March at 5.1 percent, a bit higher than the national rate and up slightly compared to a year earlier.

— MILITARY BASE-SECURITY BREACH: A sentencing date has been set next week for a man who admitted to causing the evacuation of two buildings at Ohio’s largest military base.

— EX-OFFICER ROBBERY SUSPECT: A former police officer suspected in a series of armed robberies in the Cincinnati area has been arrested.

— GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: A Michigan agency will co-host a conference on developing eco-friendly infrastructure projects — an event billed as the first conference focused on using green infrastructure across the landscape with a primary goal of protecting surface waters in the Great Lakes region.

— RIG COUNT: The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by 10 this week to 857.

SPORTS:

HKN–BLUE JACKETS-WRAPUP

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Blue Jackets, picked by most analysts to sweep the basement of the Metropolitan Division this season, embarked on an unexpected and thrilling ride to the playoffs, where they were stopped in the first round. Here are some things to know as they try to build on their success next season. By Mitch Stacy. SENT: 660 words, photos.

HKN–PLAYOFFS-STOPPING THE STARS

How to stop a superstar is the biggest challenge any team faces in the NHL playoffs. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 870 words, photos.

BKN–FRUSTRATED PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS — The Pacers feel they could easily be up 3-0 on the Cavaliers, not down 0-3 and on the brink of playoff elimination. Indiana has definitely had its chances, seemingly in control in at least two of the three losses but has been unable to close out any game in the series. Now it’s Cleveland in total control and LeBron James has a history of not letting opponents back up once he knocks them down. By Michael Marot. SENT: 720 words, photos.

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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.