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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk. Delano Massey, news editor, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




CLEVELAND — Cleveland police officers will be required to try using de-escalation techniques such as taking cover under a revised use-of-force policy submitted to a federal judge as part of an agreement on reforming the department. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 540 words.


COLUMBUS — Ohio notes an uptick in its infant mortality rate last year, with black babies dying at a rate approaching three times that of whites, according to new state data released Wednesday. The number of babies who died last year before their first birthdays also rose. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.


CLEVELAND — The jury that convicted a 21-year-old man of aggravated murder and other charges in a triple homicide at a suburban Cleveland barbershop has begun hearing arguments about whether he should receive the death penalty. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.


COLUMBUS — A Cleveland-area Republican Party committeewoman who badly lost an Ohio House race has acknowledged she’s actually a Democrat and resigned to return to the Democratic Party. SENT: 215 words.


— OSU-ANTI TRUMP RALLY: An activist who was pushed down a flight of stairs during an anti-Donald Trump rally at Ohio State University this week says he hopes the charge against his assailant is dropped.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR CUBS: Another set of twin polar bears has been born at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, shortly after one of the twins born last week to another bear died.

— MARIJUANA VOTE-OHIO: Officials in a central Ohio city where residents voted to eliminate criminal penalties for having small amounts of marijuana say they’ll continue to charge and prosecute violators under state law instead.

— OHIO SHERIFF-DRUG CHARGES: A jailed Ohio sheriff accused of stealing prescription drugs is scheduled for a change of plea hearing Thursday.

— FORMER MAYOR-INDICTMENT: A former longtime northeast Ohio mayor in Niles is indicted on a racketeering charge prosecutors say is related to his involvement in bribery, theft in office and illegal gambling.

— FILMMAKER-TEST RESTAURANT: The maker of the documentary film “Super Size Me” is preparing to test out a new fast-food restaurant concept in Columbus.

— OHIO VILLAGE-RELIGIOUS SEAL: The village of Archbold removes a town seal featuring a Christian church from government buildings, street signs and various documents after objections by a national watchdog group.

— WRIGHT STATE-COLSULTANT LAWSUIT: A university sued by a consultant seeking $4.5 million in unpaid compensation from the school denies all claims made in the consultant’s lawsuit.

— BUS DRIVERS STRIKE-DAYTON: The union representing Greater Dayton RTA bus drivers rejects management’s third contract proposal and votes to authorize a strike.

— SEWER TUNNEL: Officials say contractors started conducting controlled blasts underground in downtown Akron as part of work on the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel.

— OBIT-JULES ESKIN: Jules Eskin, the principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for more than half a century, has died after a long struggle with cancer.


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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.