AP-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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Ohio State University is beefing up its emergency alert system and streamlining the way officials communicate in a crisis after a November car-and-knife attack exposed some flaws in the text-message procedure. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 780 words. AP Photos planned.


YOUNGSTOWN — An Ohio man set for trial this week for an arson fire that killed a girl he was accused of raping and her grandparents has jumped to his death from a fourth-floor balcony at a courthouse. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.


BOSTON — A number of U.S. states, including Ohio, are taking steps through their workers compensation systems to stem the overprescribing of the powerful painkillers to workers injured on the job, while helping those who became hooked to avoid potentially deadly consequences. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.


LAS VEGAS — An Idaho man whose photo as an armed protester in Nevada was seen around the world returns to the witness stand with trial nearing an end for six defendants accused of wielding weapons against federal agents during a 2014 standoff involving cattleman and states’ rights advocate Cliven Bundy. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated, developing.


— MOTHER’S DEPORTATION-APPEAL: An attorney says U.S. immigration authorities have refused to halt deportation for a Mexican mother of four U.S.-born children.

— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CINCINNATI: A man who allegedly opened fire in a crowded Cincinnati nightclub has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges and three dozen other charges.

— COLD CASE ARREST-FINGERPRINTS: Authorities say fingerprints obtained in 2015 have led to the arrest and indictment of a man in the fatal shooting of a central Ohio woman in the mid-1980s.

— BOY KILLED-MOM ON PHONE: Authorities say a 10-year-old boy has been killed in southwest Ohio in a one-car accident that occurred while his mother was using a cellphone.

— MAN DROWNS-BOY SAVED: A former Ohio man who a brother says survived explosions and battles as a U.S. Army combat engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan has drowned while saving a 6-year-old boy during a missionary trip in Indonesia.

— POLICE RELATIONS-KASICH: Ohio’s governor plans a roundtable discussion on police-community relations in Cincinnati. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has a Monday afternoon session with law enforcement and community leaders in a city that has drawn praise for improvements in police and community links.

— SPURIOUS SPEED LIMIT: An Ohio village is examining the practice of its police officers ticketing drivers for speeding based on a fake speeding sign that sets a limit below the actual posted limit for a village street.

— POLICE SHOOTING-CLEVELAND: Cleveland police say two officers fatally shot a man who refused to drop a handgun outside his former girlfriend’s home.

— OHIO TREE-SHAWSHANK: What remained of a 200-year-old oak tree made famous by the movie “Shawshank Redemption” has been cut up and hauled away by an owner of the north-central Ohio property.

— PLAYER INJURED-PARTY: Authorities and family members say a freshman basketball player at Wright State University was critically injured after hitting his head while jumping into a shallow, makeshift pool during an off-campus party in another Ohio university town.

— OHIO STATE PRESIDENT-CONTRACT: Ohio State University trustees have extended the contract of university president Michael Drake by two years.

— MISSING GIRL FOUND: Authorities are talking to 22- and 25-year-old Maryland brothers who are suspected of traveling to Missouri and driving off with a 12-year-old girl they met online.



CLEVELAND — Months have passed since the Indians’ last home game, an epic, once-in-a-generation Game 7 that will be forever remembered as the night the Chicago Cubs finally ended a championship drought spanning 108 years. By Tom Withers. SENT: 720 words, photos.


The season is only a week old, and the Boston Red Sox have already faced all sorts of adversity. The defending AL East champions are trying to persevere. By Noah Trister. SENT: 730 words, photos.


The Washington Capitals are favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference, but they’ll face some serious competition from the up-and-coming Toronto Maple Leafs, defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins and others. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.

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.