BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 2 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




CLEVELAND — A state appeals court in Cleveland rules that the widow of a former Notre Dame University football player can proceed with lawsuit claims that he was disabled by concussions suffered during his college career in the 1970s. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 420 words by 3 p.m. Also moving on some sports wires.


COLUMBUS — Ohio’s school board discusses graduation rules for current high school juniors as school administrators warn that new requirements tied to more demanding tests are putting a large number of students at risk of not graduating on time in 2018. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing on merits from board meeting.


HAMILTON — The owner of the site of a house fire that led to a firefighter’s death nearly a year ago pleas not guilty to charges of aggravated arson and murder. SENT: 250 words, photos.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is being deposed in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by the family of Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. SENT: 360 words. Also moving on some sports wires.


— OHIO ABORTIONS: Two differing abortion bans have arrived at Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-sikz) desk, and lobbying is intensifying for and against the measures.

— ABORTION CLINIC-OHIO: A judge has ruled that one of Ohio’s few remaining abortion clinics can remain open while fighting to keep its state operating license.

— GLENN HOME-NATIONAL REGISTER: A New York graduate student is trying to get the Ohio birthplace of the late John Glenn nationally recognized as a historic landmark.

— POLICE KILLING-UAE CITIZEN: An Ohio medical examiner says a United Arab Emirates citizen killed by a police officer after fleeing a crash on the Ohio Turnpike was shot 5 times.

— DEATH PENALTY-OHIO: The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a killer who strangled a 72-year-old man. The court ruled 6-1 Tuesday to reject arguments raised by attorneys for Steven Cepec (SUH’-pek), sentenced to die for killing Frank Munz in Munz’s Medina County home in 2010.

— STUDENT-LOADED GUN: A central Ohio teen has been in custody since his arrest earlier this month after police say he was found in possession of a loaded handgun and extra ammunition at school.

— STEPFATHER SHOOTING DEATH: The stepchildren of a Cleveland man fatally shot in the city’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood in November have denied charges connected to his death.

— BONOBO BIRTH-COLUMBUS: The Columbus Zoo says one of two remaining wild-born bonobos (boh-NOH’-bohz) living in the U.S. has given birth.

— MAYOR-TAX CHARGE: A central Ohio mayor has been sentenced to 90 days house arrest after pleading guilty to failing to file state tax returns for two years.

— LEBRON JAMES-SAFETY PIN: If you take a close look at LeBron James’ recent cover photo for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award, a safety pin can be spotted on the NBA superstar’s lapel. Also moving on some sports wires.