BC-OH–Ohio News Digest 6 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. Ann Sanner is on the desk. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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COLUMBUS — Ohioans have had better luck winning a stuffed animal by topping a soda bottle with a tiny ring than getting a meeting with the taxman. Their odds are looking better now. The state’s tax commissioner is making the rounds at the Ohio State Fair — participating in magic tricks, sawing logs and singing “Taxman” — to get people to enter a drawing to sit down with him. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 6 p.m.




CINCINNATI — Federal authorities say an Ohio man planned to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group during President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address. The timing was disclosed at a hearing in which Christopher Lee Cornell pleaded guilty to federal charges. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 640 words. AP Photos.




HILLSBORO — Veteran standup comedian and second-term Mayor Drew Hastings has his first court appearance since being indicted on four felony counts. SENT: 200 words. AP Photos


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A group backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch is investing nearly $4 million in an advertising campaign attacking Democrats in three of the nation’s top Senate contests. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 280 words.


HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Democracy doesn’t come cheap. Between the logistics of accommodating an estimated 2,500 news reporters and arranging security for VIPs, the cost of hosting a presidential debate now tops $5 million. But that price tag has not deterred New York’s Hofstra University. The Long Island school is hosting a presidential debate for the third consecutive election cycle after stepping in for Ohio’s Wright State University, which backed out last month amid concerns about security costs. By Frank Eltman. SENT: 700 words, photos.


— CAMPAIGN-2016-PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES-LIST — Upcoming presidential and vice presidential debate dates and sites, followed by previous ones.


INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis police officer accused of shooting a fellow officer allegedly forced his way into his estranged wife’s apartment and fired at least three rounds as she was being interviewed about a domestic violence incident, court documents released Monday show. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 350 words, photo.


GRATIOT — A man and his parents are growing saltwater shrimp in central Ohio farm at what is a fairly new type of farm. The shrimp brought to the Gratiot farm from a nursery in Indiana are kept in eight tanks, which each hold about 250 to 300 pounds of all-natural Pacific white leg shrimp. By Jennifer Smola, The Columbus Dispatch. SENT: 850 words. Pursuing AP Photos.


— INFANT FOUND DEAD: Authorities say a 4-month-old Ohio girl has been found dead in a river and her father, who reported her missing, has been charged in her death.

— HOUSE 2016-OHIO-BOEHNER’S REPLACEMENT: Although there is only one candidate on the ballot, Ohio will hold a special primary Sept. 13 for a Democrat to challenge recently elected Republican U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson in former House Speaker John Boehner’s home district.

— ROLLER COASTER CLOSING: Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park says it’s shutting down what was once the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster after 25 years.

— CAPITOL-EDISON STATUE: Thomas Edison is coming to the U.S. Capitol. Congressional leaders will dedicate a statue of the inventor on Sept. 21 as part of the collection of statues that sit in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall and in other locations around the building.

— TROOPER HIT BY CAR-OHIO — The State Highway Patrol says a trooper injured when he was hit by a car while he was outside his cruiser conducting a traffic stop has been released from a hospital in northeast Ohio.

— OHIO 2016-SENATE: The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio plans to highlight an Ohio River bridge as an example of national infrastructure needs.

— SUSPECT SHOT-DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND: Authorities say a county protective services officer breaking up an argument on a downtown Cleveland street shot a man wielding a sharp object.

— POLICE CRASH-OFFICER HURT: An officer has been injured after authorities say three Cleveland police cruisers were involved in a crash while they were following suspects wanted in a shooting.

— RAPE CRISIS CENTER: A southeast Ohio rape crisis center is leaving Ohio University to operate under an area domestic violence shelter that says it can ensure confidentiality for sexual assault victims.

— KINGS ISLAND-CANCER KICKS: An Ohio theme park will again offer discounted online tickets and soccer ball kicks for $5 to benefit cancer research and care.

— CEDAR POINT-WATER MAIN BREAK: Cedar Point’s water park will reopen following a water main break that forced it to shut down over the weekend.

— GAS PRICES-OHIO: Gas prices around Ohio are up slightly from a week ago, while down from the average this time last month.


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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.