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. Lisa Cornwell is on the desk, followed by Andrew Welsh-Huggins. Andrew Welsh Huggins, interim AP Ohio news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Health care advocates and a U.S. senator are raising concerns about health coverage for nearly 22,000 Ohioans after the state took over a struggling insurance cooperative. By Ann Sanner. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.


CLEVELAND — The public is paying its respects to former U.S. senator, Ohio governor and Cleveland mayor George Voinovich.

SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 4 p.m. AP Photos.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The founder of an organization that has installed boxes where mothers can leave unwanted infants is undeterred by a warning from Indiana that they are illegal and intends to make sure more mothers have protected access to them. By Tom Coyne. SENT: 640 words.


NEW YORK — Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. on Thursday reported a 9.8 percent rise in fiscal first-quarter profit on higher sales as it expanded its offerings and online ordering services. SENT: 290 words.


— GOP 2016-KASICH: Gov. John Kasich says he’s still not ready to endorse Donald Trump as the Republican Party presidential nominee.

— DEMS 2016-CLINTON-OHIO: Hillary Clinton plans to make a campaign stop in Columbus next week as part of a three-state trip that includes battleground Ohio.

— PRIDE FESTIVAL-OHIO STATE MASCOT: Ohio State University’s mascot has pulled out of an upcoming Ohio parade and festival celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Also moving on some sports wires.

— ASSISTED LIVING-THEFTS — A woman accused of stealing jewelry, watches and other items from residents of senior living facilities in two central Ohio counties over several years has been indicted on more than 100 charges.

— STRONG WINDS-HAMILTON: The National Weather Service says it’s investigating a possible tornado after strong winds downed trees and damaged multiple homes in a southwest Ohio city.

— PRISONS-MILK MONEY: After selling off its herd of dairy cows, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction will now pay $2.6 million to provide milk for the state’s roughly 50,000 inmates.

— ACLU-ABORTION CLINICS: The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with abortion-clinic protesters over proposed buffer zones around the facilities in central Ohio.

— WESTLAKE TEACHERS-CONTRACT: Teachers in a Cleveland suburb have voted to strike if it cannot agree on a contract with the school district.

— CINCINNATI GARDENS-SALE: The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority has entered a contract to buy an old arena that once played host to The Beatles and was the home of Cincinnati’s former NBA franchise.

— PERFUME REPELS KIDNAPPER: A 61-year-old Ohio grandmother says she used a bottle of perfume and a swift kick to get rid of a kidnapper.

— CINCINNATI PIPELINE: Cincinnati is opposing proposals to build a 12-mile natural gas pipeline that would replace an existing line that has been in place since the 1950s.





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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.