BC-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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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COLUMBUS — Democratic and Republican mayors in closely divided Ohio are banding together after the presidential election to fight for common interests. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., then 400 words developing from 10:15 a.m. news conference.



CINCINNATI — A federal inspection concludes that the Cincinnati Zoo’s barrier to keep the public and gorillas separate wasn’t in compliance with standards for housing primates the day a 3-year-old boy slipped into the gorilla exhibit. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 530 words, photos.


COLUMBUS — An astronaut, Ohio State’s football coach and a perhaps a television “bad girl” were among the non-candidates that certain exasperated Ohioans voted to send to the White House in last week’s election. John Glenn, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and television’s Mehgan James were among what appears to be an historically high percentage of write-in votes. In Ohio’s largest county, the number of write-ins increased by more than six times since the last presidential election. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 430 words.


COLUMBUS — Ohio can impose its primary business tax on out-of-state companies that sell to its residents but have no stores or physical presence in the state, the Ohio Supreme Court rules. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 510 words.


WASHINGTON — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is facing a challenge from one of her caucus’ frustrated younger members as the party faces another two years in the minority. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said Thursday he will challenge the California lawmaker in leadership elections later this month. By Andrew Taylor and Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 820 words, photos.


HAMILTON — Investigators in southwest Ohio say they have a “person of interest” in the unsolved homicide of a young woman who disappeared from her home more than five years ago, although they are asking for public help to finally crack the case. SENT: 260 words, photo.


TOLEDO — The biggest U.S. manufacturer of solar panels is cutting a quarter of its jobs worldwide and will halt production at its only North American plant in Ohio. SENT: 290 words.




CLEVELAND — Cavaliers star LeBron James is giving back to a champion who shaped his life, donating $2.5 million to support an exhibit honoring Muhammad Ali exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. By Tom Withers. SENT: 230 words, photos.


DALLAS — Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel reaches a deal with prosecutors for the conditional dismissal of a domestic assault case involving his former girlfriend. By Schuyler Dixon. SENT: 480 words, photos.


— CINCINNATI POLICE SHOOTING-COUNCIL: Cincinnati’s city council wants a white police officer who was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man to be retried after jurors failed to reach a verdict.

— TERRORISM ARREST-OHIO: Court documents suggest that an Ohio man arrested for allegedly attempting to join the Islamic State group may be suffering from mental health issues.

— STUDENT KILLED-DEATH PENALTY: A 19-year-old Akron man is sentenced to death for fatally shooting a Kent State University student during an off-campus home invasion.

— STUDENT DISCIPLINE-RACIST REPOST: The ACLU says an Ohio high school reversed its decision to discipline a student who tried to expose a schoolmate’s racism by reposting the classmate’s remarks on the social media app Snapchat.

— SCORCHED FLAG-UNIVERSITY: A University of Dayton official says an American flag that was altered to appear burned will continue to hang in the art department hallway where it was anonymously put up two days after the presidential election.

— LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE-OHIO: A health official says an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease east of Cleveland left one person dead and sickened 10 others.

— UBER DELIVERY-OVERDOSE: Police say a man who overdosed on heroin was revived by firefighters after a driver with the app-based, ride-hailing service Uber delivered him to a police station outside of Cleveland.

— RAPE DNA-OHIO: Ohio’s attorney general says nearly 12,000 sexual assault kits have been tested by the state’s forensic scientists under an initiative launched in 2011 to check for evidence from previously untested kits.

— CAR CHASE DEATH: A coroner’s office says a motorist who died after a car chase involving gunfire ended in a crash near Columbus shot himself in the head.

— BIG TEN-FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL-OHIO: The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association is voicing its displeasure over the Big Ten’s decision to play some games on Friday night next year.

— ATHLETIC STADIUM-OBETZ: A central Ohio village plans to spend $15 million to demolish the now-closed Columbus Motor Speedway and build a 6,500-seat athletic stadium on the site.

— UPWIND POLLUTERS: Maryland officials are seeking federal help in reducing the pollution that blows in from the Midwest.

— MISSING MAN-LAKE: Authorities are investigating after a missing Ohio man was found dead in a truck pulled from a lake in Kentucky.


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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.