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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

OHIO ABORTIONS

COLUMBUS — Republican Gov. John Kasich signs a bill imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 750 words.

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— OHIO ABORTIONS-THE LATEST

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— 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. SENT: 130 words.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CONCUSSION LAWSUIT

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 and ultimately died from concussion-related head injuries suffered during his college career in the 1970s. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 440 words. Also moving on some sports wires.

EXOTIC ANIMALS-CRACKDOWN

TOLEDO — Ohio agriculture officials say a tiger seized nearly two years ago in a crackdown on exotic animal owners has been euthanized in Colorado just months after it was found in poor health at a South Dakota sanctuary. By John Seewer. SENT: 310 words.

GRADUATES-JOBS-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Ohio’s school board is creating a task force to review the state’s graduation rules amid concerns that new requirements are putting a large number of current high school juniors at risk of not graduating on time. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 7 p.m.

FIREFIGHTER DIES-ARREST

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

CAVALIERS-ARENA RENOVATION

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers announce plans for a $140 million project to renovate Quicken Loans Arena, their downtown home since 1994. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing. Also moving on some sports wires.

HASLAMS INVESTIGATION

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is 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.

POLICE CHASE-SHOOTING

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Police say a man who led police on a car chase in two western Pennsylvania counties was holding a gun to a woman’s head when an officer shot him several times. SENT: 260 words.

IN BRIEF:

— STUDENT AID FRAUD-INMATE IDS: The state watchdog says the government accepted dozens of fraudulent student aid applications that used the identities of 62 Ohio prison inmates.

— OHIO SHERIFF-DRUG CHARGES: A former Ohio sheriff who admitted stealing prescription drugs and misusing office funds while he was on the job has been sentenced to four years in prison

— 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. SENT: 130 words. Also moving on some sports wires.

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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.