BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:00 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 is on the desk. Deb Martin, AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or dmartin@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




CINCINNATI — Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who faces a tough re-election battle in Ohio this year, plans to discuss efforts to increase health and safety for workers during a Cincinnati event. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 a.m., updated from afternoon event, then 300 words by 5 p.m., photos.




COLUMBUS — Regulators in Ohio approve two closely watched energy deals allowing two utility companies to impose short-term rate increases on electricity customers to subsidize some older coal-fired and nuclear power plants. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 655 words.




TOLEDO — Gov. John Kasich’s administration proposes an overhaul of how the state and its cities deal with the threat from lead in drinking water, including significantly shortening how long it takes to notify residents when lead is detected. By John Seewer. SENT: 510 words.


CONCORD, N.H. — Often an afterthought in the chaotic GOP presidential contest, John Kasich soldiers on with the belief that he can convince hundreds of delegates to swing his way at a contested summer convention by warning that the alternative could be detrimental to the party and the country. By Kathleen Ronayne. SENT: 840 words, photos.


— GOP-2016-KASICH-TRUMP: John Kasich seizes an opportunity to blast rival Donald Trump Thursday as unprepared for the presidency after comments about abortion ignited a fresh round of controversy this week about the Republican front-runner. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 435 words, photos.



COLUMBUS — A federal lawsuit claims Ohioans with intellectual and developmental disabilities are experiencing widespread segregation as they are forced to receive services in institutions due to a lack of community- or home-based options. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 650 words.


LIMA — An Ohio appeals court has ordered a new trial for a woman accused of compelling her 10-year-old stepson to fatally shoot his father in 2003 and say it was accidental. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 7 p.m.


COLUMBUS — Testimony in a federal trial that could impact how thousands of ballots are cast and counted in swing state Ohio has wrapped up, though final court briefs are still expected from attorneys before the judge rules. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 525 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Conscious of the success of long-form crime mysteries like “Serial” on NPR and HBO’s “The Jinx,” the Investigation Discovery network says it will air its first-ever serialized drama later this spring. “The Vanishing Women” will focus on six women who have gone missing or have been found dead in Chillicothe, Ohio, over the past few years. By David Bauder. SENT: 320 words, photos.


CHALMETTE, La. — College students from Ohio join hundreds of other volunteers at a cemetery dating to the Civil War, realigning hundreds of tilted headstones and scrubbing grime from thousands more. By Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 765 words, photos.


MOON, Pa. — A Pennsylvania congressman is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to address delays in a $2.3 billion plan to repair three weathered locks and dams on the Ohio River. SENT: 230 words.


NEWPORT, Ky. — A probe by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF into Kenya’s offshore running industry is zeroing in on a Russian agent with a string of doping positives and associations in her northern Kentucky camp. By John Leicester and Eddie Pells. AP Exclusive. SENT: 2,350 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,000 words is also available. Also moving on sports wires.


— GOP 2016-TRUMP-PROTESTER: A federal trial date has been set for an Ohio college student who rushed the stage at a Donald Trump rally.

— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OHIO — An Ohio House panel contemplating ways to legalize medical marijuana is wrapping up its business with a marathon session.

— XAVIER PLAYER ARRESTED: Police in Ohio say a Xavier University basketball player has been charged with disorderly conduct for pulling down his pants at a bar. Also moving on some sports wires.

— ABUSED CHILD’S DEATH: A Dayton man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son.

— FATAL TRENCH COLLAPSE: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says inspectors probing a construction site where a worker was killed this week found no evidence the wall of a trench was reinforced before a collapse.

— NEGLECTED MOTHER-PLEA: A 78-year-old Ohio woman has been released from prison after serving 11 months of an 18-month sentence for causing her 100-year-old mother’s death by severe neglect.

— ETHICS AMENDMENT-OHIO: The battle over a proposal to put ethics restrictions on state lawmakers is headed to Ohio’s highest court.

— COURTS-PLEA BARGAIN RECORDS: A Cincinnati-based federal appeals court says plea agreements should be open records under the First Amendment unless there is some overriding interest in closing them.

— MAN IN POND DIES: A coroner’s office says an 86-year-old man found face-down in a pond in western Ohio has died.


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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.