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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

POLICE VIDEO-RECORDS

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Supreme Court dismisses a public information lawsuit without ruling on its argument that video from police body cameras are public record and should be released on request. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 360 words, photo.

LAKE ERIE-ALGAE

TOLEDO — Several environmental groups are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if it doesn’t begin taking a bigger role in trying to clean up Lake Erie’s harmful algae by designating it an impaired watershed. By John Seewer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 3 p.m.

CARNEGIE HEROES

PITTSBURGH — A Metamora, Ohio, man who helped save an unconscious woman from a burning vehicle is among 21 people being honored with Carnegie medals for heroism. By Joe Mandak. SENT: 645 words, photo.

MUSIC-ROCK HALL

NEW YORK — The late rapper Tupac Shakur and Seattle-based rockers Pearl Jam lead a class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees that also include folkie Joan Baez and 1970s favorites Journey, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra. By David Bauder. SENT: 650 words, photos.

FORT WAYNE-PASSENGER TRAINS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Transportation officials have approved a process that could restore passenger rail service to Fort Wayne. Preliminary work examining restarting service is expected to include a rough assessment of the engineering, technical aspects and the environmental impact of restarting regular passenger trips between Chicago and Columbus, Ohio. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXECUTIONS-NUMBERS

ATLANTA — Georgia led the nation this year in the number of inmates put to death, an anomaly due at least in part to executions in Texas dipping into single digits for the first time in 20 years. Meanwhile, Ohio postponed all scheduled executions this year because it wasn’t able to secure the drugs it needed. Other states also have struggled to get the necessary drugs. By Kate Brumback. SENT: 700 words, photos.

TRAVEL-RUST BELT TOURISM

Here’s why tourists should take the Rust Belt as seriously as politicians: Because the food, art and sightseeing in “flyover country” is well worth your precious vacation days — not to mention cheaper than in trendier destinations. By AP Travel Editor Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 870 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DUPONT-C8 LAWSUITS: An Ohio man who says he got testicular cancer because of a chemical used to make Teflon is the latest plaintiff to have his case against DuPont Co. considered by a jury in federal court.

— CLEVELAND POLICE SETTLEMENT: The head of a team overseeing Cleveland’s police reform agreement is taking issue with parts of the department’s policies on using body cameras.

— FIREFIGHTER DIES-ARREST: A homeowner is getting a new lawyer as he faces charges of murder and aggravated arson in the death of a Hamilton firefighter last year.

— XGR–LEGISLATIVE LOOK-AHEAD: Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, who’s waiting to see whether the governor vetoes more bills passed by the Legislature, has delayed his year-end briefing until Wednesday because he’s ill.

— STOLEN PURSE-COMMUNION: Authorities say they’ve identified two people who they believe stole an elderly woman’s purse while she was in line for Communion at a church in Green.

— POLICE OFFICER INJURED: Officials say the Dayton police officer injured last week when he and another man were struck by a motorist on Interstate 75 remains hospitalized in stable condition.

— LOVE TRIANGLE-FATAL SHOOTING: An Akron man gets 29 years to life in prison on charges stemming from the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend last May.

— ABUSED CHILD’S DEATH: A coroner’s office says an Ohio man who pleaded guilty in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son died of an accidental drug overdose while in jail.

— GAS STATION-ILLEGAL GAMBLING: Authorities say a southwest Ohio man ran an illegal gambling house out of a Springfield Township gas station where investigators also found $11,000 worth of counterfeit clothing.

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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.