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. Kantele Franko will be 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

WOMAN IN PIT

BLANCHESTER — A man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor who had reported receiving harassing phone calls from him and kept her trapped in a small pit in his backyard shed, where her cries for help alerted others and led to her rescue, police said. By Lisa Cornwell and John Minchillo. SENT: 590 words, photos.

WITH:

— WOMAN IN PIT-THE LATEST

TRUMP-HOUSING SECRETARY-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Housing and Urban Development Secretary says he expects to release an agenda within the next few months that delivers “bang for the buck,” partly by encouraging more private-sector collaboration. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 690 words by 7 p.m., photos, video.

XGR–NUCLEAR PLANTS-BAILOUT-OHIO

COLUMBUS — The head of northern Ohio’s largest electric utility tells state lawmakers that says a proposed electricity rate increase for FirstEnergy Corp. customers to keep alive two nuclear plants along Lake Erie shouldn’t be considered a bailout. SENT: 300 words, photos.

EARNS-PROCTER & GAMBLE

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co. reports fiscal third-quarter net income of $2.52 billion and adjusted earnings of 96 cents per share, surpassing Wall Street expectations. SENT: 250 words.

ACA EXCHANGES-INSURER PARTICIPATION

Health insurers are pressing President Donald Trump and Congress to guarantee a crucial customer subsidy for the Affordable Care Act’s shaky insurance exchanges, and one of the biggest carriers has thrown in its participation as bargaining chip. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 610 words, photos.

TRUMP 100-LETTERS FROM AMERICA

They are young and old: a high school student who can’t yet vote, a Vietnam vet who did so proudly. They hail from all corners of the United States and very different walks of life: a “downhome boy” from Kentucky, a third-generation Mexican-American from Texas, a stay-at-home mom in Pennsylvania, an Iranian immigrant in Los Angeles. SENT: 3,400 words, photos.

CONGRESS-COAL MINERS

WASHINGTON — Congress is close to a deal to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire Sunday, coal-state lawmakers said Wednesday. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 460 words, photos.

CHILD PORN IN PRISON

FORT DIX, N.J. — Five inmates serving sentences for child pornography used contraband cellphones and removable storage cards to share child pornography with others inside a prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ELECTRONIC MONITOR-RAPE CASE: A suburban Cincinnati man accused of having a 14-year-old girl brought to his home by taxi while he was on electronic monitoring, holding her captive for months and raping her has pleaded guilty to charges in county court as his federal case is pending.

— FATAL DOG MAULING: Police in Dayton are still trying to identify and locate the owner of a pit bull that mauled a man to death.

— ODD-BIGFOOT VANISHES: Police in Ohio are on the lookout for Bigfoot after a gift shop owner reported that statues of the hairy creature vanished from outside her store.

— PEDESTRIAN STRUCK-BUS: A bus driver fired by a transit authority has been indicted on an aggravated vehicular homicide charge for killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk in downtown Cleveland.

— MANCHIN-COAL MINERS: West Virginia’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says the Senate backs permanently extending health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire after April.

— DOUBLE SLAYING-CHARGES: The government says two Ohio men have been arrested on allegations of killing two women to keep them from talking to police about drug activity and a severe assault.

— BKN–CAVALIERS-ARENA RENOVATION: Cleveland officials have committed the final chunk of financing for $140 million in upgrades planned at the Cavaliers’ home arena.

— CREMATORY FIRE: The owner of a Cincinnati crematory says flames from a cremation spread outside a furnace when the fire got too hot in what he describes as a “freak accident.”

— TEEN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING-SENTENCE: The mother of an Ohio teen says prison isn’t the right place for her daughter’s boyfriend, who pleaded guilty to accidentally killing the girl.

— MUSIC-ROCK HALL: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says next year’s induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland.

— DISPATCHER FIRED: The Cleveland police union says a dispatcher shouldn’t have been fired for telling her boyfriend to stay away from a wanted man.

— CATHOLIC CHARITIES-MONEY TAKEN: A former office manager has pleaded guilty to stealing from a Cleveland charity months after another employee admitted embezzling millions of dollars.

— LINCOLN ASSASSINATION-OHIO: The Ohio Statehouse is preparing to commemorate the repose of President Abraham Lincoln.

— VA HOSPITAL-SUSPENSION: Officials have indefinitely suspended the deputy chief of staff at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center in a move her lawyers call a “publicity stunt.”

— LAW SCHOOL DEAN-LAWSUIT: The dean of the University of Cincinnati’s law school is suing the university, saying she was illegally placed on administrative leave.

— CONVERGYS-JOBS: Cincinnati-based Convergys Corp. is opening a technical center for mobile phone services that will employ 250 people in western Pennsylvania.

— EMPTY BOWLS: Marshall University ceramics students are conducting an annual fundraiser this week to help feed needy families in West Virginia and southern Ohio.

— FIGHTING BLIGHT IN MICHIGAN: An agency that investigates how federal blight demolition funds are used plans to look into why the cost of tearing down vacant houses rose by thousands of dollars in Michigan and Ohio.

— FBN–CONLEY-RAPE ALLEGATION: Former Ohio State football star Gareon Conley says he plans to skip attending the NFL draft in person on Thursday and decried allegations that he raped a woman as “completely false.”

SPORTS:

BKN–CAVALIERS-LEBRON’S MINUTES

INDEPENDENCE — Except for his backpedaling hairline, LeBron James shows no visible signs of age. At 32, still in his prime, and still at the top of his game, he’s defying time. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN–DRAFT-BLOCKING DILEMMA

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings were ultimately done in last season by a decimated offensive line. The draft this year won’t be a quick fix for them or any of the other teams around the league lacking in proven, quality blockers, with a comparatively weak class of rookie offensive linemen entering the league. Development at this critical position has become a lot more difficult. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moved on national sports wire.

BKN–TIPOFF

LeBron James and the champs are ready for their next challenger. James Harden and the Rockets are getting revved up in Texas. By Brian Mahoney. SENT: 880 words, photos.

ALSO:

— FAUX PELLINI-CARL THE BISON: Carl Pelini got buffaloed. @FauxPelini, the parody Twitter account that took off when Bo Pelini was coach at Nebraska and continues with him at Youngstown State, was given the honor of naming a bison born April 11 at the National Buffalo Museum in Jamestown.

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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.

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