BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 2:30 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. Dan Sewell 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




COLUMBUS — Political leaders join other mourners and admirers to celebrate the life hero-astronaut John Glenn at Ohio State University. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. With AP Photos.




CINCINNATI — The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims died early Saturday in Cincinnati. Dr. Henry Heimlich was 96.

His son, Phil, said he died at Christ Hospital after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. By Lisa Cornwell. SENT: 960 words. With AP Photos.



CINCINNATI — The University of Cincinnati on Saturday named as its 30th president: a former longtime professor, born in India, who’s been serving as acting president at the University of Louisville. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 500 words.


PIKETON — Clean-up efforts at a Cold War-era uranium plant in southern Ohio have been funded through late April. SENT: 230 words.



TOLEDO — Monica Moll had worked only a month as Ohio State University’s public safety director when a disturbing call on the police radio interrupted a Monday morning meeting in her new office. By Vanessa McCray. The (Toledo) Blade. SENT: 815 words.


— WINTRY WEATHER: A woman has been killed in a central Ohio traffic accident as snow and freezing rain create treacherous driving conditions in Ohio.

__ FREEDOM CENTER-PRESIDENT: The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati will be getting a new president.

__ GAS DRILLING-FOREST: An environmental group in Ohio plans to challenge the leasing of land in the state’s only national forest to oil-and-gas drilling companies

__ MOTHER’S PLEA-SENTENCING: An Ohio mother told a judge she didn’t want her son set free just before the 18-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a string of arsons.

___HOT DOG FEUD: A feud over recipes from an Ohio hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series “M.A.S.H.” is back in court.

__ OHIO FAIR SCHEDULES: For those who look forward every year to the fun, tastes, exhibits and shows at Ohio’s fairs, the schedule for 2017 is now available.

If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to APColumbus@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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.