AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 6 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




COLUMBUS, Ohio — A year after the unsolved killings of eight family members in Ohio, investigators are concerned more reward money hasn’t been offered and fear some victims’ involvement in drug crime could be the reason. The reward for information leading to a conviction remains at $10,000, much smaller than similar recent offers. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.


VAN WERT — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to visit a public school in northwestern Ohio with the president of a national teachers union, who has been among her strongest critics and has suggested DeVos doesn’t understand what students need to succeed. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., then 130-word update after morning events, developed on merit.



COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court wants to see unredacted autopsy reports from eight slayings in one family as justices consider media lawsuits seeking access to those full reports from the year-old, unsolved case. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 470 words, photos. .


Facebook slaying suspect Steve Stephens was undone by a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and an order of fries — and the alert McDonald’s attendant who took his payment for his order. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: 340 words, photos, video, audio.


—FACEBOOK SHOOTING-FUNERAL: The family of a man killed in a shooting that was broadcast on Facebook says his funeral will be Saturday. SENT: 130 words.


COLUMBUS — Officials battling Ohio’s addictions epidemic are discussing the biggest challenges they face and some of the solutions that need to be given top priority. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 420 words, photos.


YOUNGSTOWN — Neighborhood schools will return to Youngstown under the plan being released Wednesday by an appointed chief executive officer charged with improving the city’s struggling school district. SENT: 380 words.


LAS VEGAS — A federal jury is back at work deliberating in the trial of six men who brought assault-style weapons to a confrontation that stopped government agents from rounding up cattle near Cliven Bundy’s ranch in April 2014. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with 130 words from jury deliberations, developed on merit.


— BOYFRIEND’S CONVICTION QUESTIONED: A judge in Cleveland has released a man who spent 23 years in prison for killing his girlfriend after a prosecutor said evidence presented at his trial wasn’t valid based on today’s forensics science. Photos.

— DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: Attorneys for death row inmates have asked a federal appeals court not to review a challenge to Ohio’s lethal injection process as the state struggles to resume executions.

— CHILD ABDUCTION-MOM SHOT: Prosecutors in Ohio will seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting the mother of his 10-month-old son and abducting her stepmother and the little boy.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR CUBS: A 5-month-old polar bear cub at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is the first of three new cubs there to make a public debut. Photos.

— ADDICTIONS EPIDEMIC-CHILDREN: A program announced last month to help children hurt by their parents’ addictions is expanding in Ohio.

— ATHLETE PROTESTS-TOMMIE SMITH: A U.S. Olympic champion who famously raised his black-gloved fist during a 1968 medal ceremony says he’s proud to see current professional athletes drawing attention to racial inequality and social injustice using peaceful protests during the national anthem.

— TELEVANGELIST-LABOR COMPLAINT: A televangelist’s Ohio restaurant has abruptly closed after a court ordered them to pay $388,000 to a group of employees and found that members of his church were urged to volunteer at the buffet as unpaid workers.

— CAR DEALERSHIP KILLINGS: Police are looking for two vehicles stolen from a Cleveland dealership where the couple who owned the business were found shot to death last week.

— CHURCH FIRE: A 16-year-old boy accused of setting fire to a southwest Ohio church and vandalizing a gas station has been sent to a juvenile rehabilitation program.

— BANK-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an employee at a bank has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.



BEREA, Ohio — With the top overall pick, No. 12 and five in the top 65 in next week’s NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns have a chance to change their fortunes. They’ve fumbled away previous opportunities. As rumors and speculation swirl, vice president Sashi Brown discusses the team’s strategies as it prepares for a day Cleveland fans treat as their personal Super Bowl. By Tom Withers. SENT: 780 words, photos.



CANTON — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will host the Division III football championship game in 2020 and 2021. SENT: 130 words.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers can take very big steps Thursday night toward wrapping up their first-round series with sweeps if they can play as well on the road as they have at home. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.


INDIANAPOLIS — Paul George isn’t happy. He’s upset that the Pacers have to fight their way back from a 2-0 deficit against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. And he’s upset about what put the Pacers in this hole — the play of his teammates. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — Cavaliers starting guard J.R. Smith is questionable for Game 3 against Indiana with a left hamstring injury. By Tom Withers. SENT: 490 words, photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — For Columbus and Chicago, the task is to stave off elimination on the road. For the other two series being played Thursday night, it’s all about taking control after the teams split the first four games. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 900 words, photos.


BKC–NCAA-FIRST FOUR-DAYTON: March Madness will continue its start in Dayton, as the NCAA says the Ohio city will host the pair of play-in games known as the First Four through 2022. 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.