BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 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. Dan Sewell is on the desk. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — A former Stanford University swimmer whose six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman sparked a national outcry has registered as a sex offender in Ohio, where he is living with his parents. Here’s an explanation of Ohio’s sex offender law and online database. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 550 words. With AP Photos.



COLUMBUS — Wildlife biologists are fighting what they call the “ecological train wreck” of wild pigs running amok in Ohio fields and forests. It’s easy to spot the signs that pigs are roaming the Wayne National Forest, say biologists Steve Blatt and Patrick Mercer. Indicators include mud holes dug for wallowing and swaths of soil rooted so deeply it looks like a rototiller came through. SENT: 450 words.


PIKETON — Ohio’s U.S. senators are again pushing for continued federal funding for the cleanup of a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio where workers periodically have been warned about the threat of layoffs for several years. SENT: 280 words.


COLUMBUS — A former state official will lead a coalition of Ohio seniors and their families to identify and solve problems facing the growing population. SENT: 290 words.



TOLEDO — Yusuf Lateef uses his brush to paint a brighter future for Toledo. “For me, the real work is what happens to the community afterward,” Lateef says of his work as a muralist in the city. By Roberta Gedert. The Blade of Toledo. SENT: 600 words.


— DRUG DEATHS-OHIO CITIES: An Ohio city is experiencing a new spike in deadly heroin overdoses. Authorities say at least eight deaths this weekend could be from overdoses. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating.

__ HEROIN OVERDOSES-RALLY: Heroin awareness and advocacy groups in Cincinnati plan to rally on the steps of a downtown jail to demand action after a wave of overdoses hit the region.

__ BOMB THREATS-CINCINNATI: Authorities in the Cincinnati area are investigating a series of bomb threats at high-profile local venues. With AP Photos.

__ ELDORA-DRIVER DEATH: A Dirt Late Model racer from Rossburg has died after a multi-car crash at Eldora Speedway.

__ RAILROAD BRIDGE-LAWSUIT: A railroad says fixing a bridge damaged by a Columbus beautification project cost $9.3 million and is suing a nonprofit development corporation for reimbursement.

__ ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE-RESTORATION: A nineteenth-century lighthouse on a Lake Erie island has been restored and is being offered for events like weddings.

__ CINCINNATI ZOO-FIRST RESPONDERS: Police, firefighters and other emergency and law enforcement personnel can go to an Ohio zoo for free this week.

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.