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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

OHIO ABORTIONS

COLUMBUS — The Ohio House Speaker says lawmakers are discussing their options following Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a bill banning abortion at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

CINCINNATI POLICE SHOOTING

CINCINNATI — The judge for the murder retrial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer imposes a gag order as she aims to keep the case in Cincinnati. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 270 words, photos.

PASTOR ASSAULT-DAMAGES

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court upholds a cap on punitive damages against a church in the case of a woman sexually assaulted by a pastor when she was 15. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 530 words.

COLLEGES-BOMB DOGS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More colleges are getting bomb-sniffing dogs in a time of always-looming security threats, with two in New England among the latest. Ohio launched a program in 2014 to place explosive-detection dogs at public colleges. Eight schools received them, including Ohio State, and the initial cost of about $12,000 per dog was paid by the state. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 400 words, photos.

FIRETRUCK DEATH

TIFFIN — The family of a jogger struck and killed by a firetruck backing onto a walking path is suing a volunteer fire department in northern Ohio. SENT: 200 words.

FAMOUS JEWEL THIEF

ATLANTA — Police say an 86-year-old jewel thief who at one time lived in Ohio and has kept jewelry sellers on their toes since the 1970s has struck again — this time by slipping a $2,000 diamond necklace into her pocket. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 490 words, photos.

COLD SNAP

MINNEAPOLIS — Arctic cold brings frigid temperatures to the Upper Midwest and the cold is expected to spread east later in the week with wind chill advisories issued for several states, including part of Ohio. SENT: 290 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— FIREFIGHTER DIES-ARREST: Court records show a property owner recently charged with murder and aggravated arson declined to cooperate with an insurance company investigation of his claim for a house fire that resulted in an Ohio firefighter’s death nearly a year ago.

— GAS DRILLING-FOREST: Despite strong opposition, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has made roughly 719 acres of Ohio’s only national forest available for lease by oil-and-gas drilling companies.

— NURSING HOME-CARBON MONOXIDE: Ten people were hospitalized for treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning after a gas leak occurred at a nursing home on Columbus’ Near East Side.

— STOLEN PURSE-COMMUNION: Authorities say a surveillance camera recorded two people stealing the purse of an elderly woman in line for Communion at an Ohio church on a day Roman Catholics are required to attend Mass.

— CHRISTMAS TREE ANGEL: An anonymous donor has given people who couldn’t afford a Christmas tree a chance to take one home after paying for all the remaining trees on a lot at a Catholic elementary school in Columbus.

— BEARDED BANDIT SENTENCING: A former two-sport athlete at Case Western Reserve University will serve 26 years in prison for a string of robberies he committed in northeast Ohio.

— RIVERFRONT PARK FUNDS: A water infrastructure bill that includes $15 million for improvements to a Cincinnati park has been passed by Congress and awaits the president’s signature.

— WAHLBURGERS-CLEVELAND: A burger chain founded by actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their brother Paul Wahlberg is expanding to Cleveland.

__GUARD OFFICER-SEX CHARGES: A court has dismissed an appeal by a former Ohio National Guardsman sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing three adopted daughters.

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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.