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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

AP NEWSBREAK: OHIO GOVERNOR’S RACE-O’NEILL

COLUMBUS — The lone Democrat holding an Ohio statewide office is considering stepping down from his post at year’s end to run for governor. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 410 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Attorneys for death row inmates and lawyers for Ohio’s prisons agency are back in court this week in the latest challenge to the way the state puts condemned killers to death. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 4 p.m., photos.

GAS DRILLING-EARTHQUAKES-LAWSUIT

CLEVELAND — An Ohio judge rules that the state’s oil-and-gas regulator must allow a company to resume pumping brine from fracking operations into an injection well ordered closed in 2014 after small earthquakes were recorded nearby. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 420 words.

TRUMP-GENERAL MOTORS

DETROIT — In another tweet targeting a U.S. company, President-elect Donald Trump is threatening to slap a tax on General Motors for importing compact cars to the U.S. from Mexico. But GM makes the vast majority of compact Chevrolet Cruzes at a sprawling complex in Lordstown, Ohio. By Tom Krisher. SENT: 820 words, photos.

MISSING PLANE

CLEVELAND — The search resumes for a plane carrying six people that disappeared last week over Lake Erie near Cleveland. Officials say more than 120 pieces of debris have been recovered, and many are consistent with the type of aircraft that vanished. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developed on merits.

FBN–BENGALS-JONES ARRESTED

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is jailed on four charges including a felony charge that he spit on a nurse after being arrested in downtown Cincinnati, the NFL star’s latest brush with the law. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 710 words, photos.

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— FBN–BENGALS-JONES ARRESTED-THE LATEST.

IN BRIEF:

— CLEVELAND POLICE SETTLEMENT: City officials say their plan for police equipment and resources meets the terms of an agreement to reform the Cleveland police department and should be approved.

— BOY SHOOTS LEG: Columbus police say a 12-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in the leg while handling a gun that he found in his grandfather’s bedroom.

— $1 HOUSE-SHERIFF’S SALE: A vacant 92-year-old bungalow in Akron sold at a sheriff’s sale last month for just $1, a price made possible by a revision of Ohio law governing public auctions last year.

— BASKETBALL COACH-CASH REGISTER THEFTS: An assistant high school basketball coach from Cincinnati has been removed from his position after being charged with stealing cash registers from several local businesses.

— TODDLER DEATH: Police say they’re investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy found unresponsive in Cleveland.

— HKN–BLUE JACKETS-FAN’S WEIGHT LOSS: The Columbus Blue Jackets fan known as the obese “Dancing Kevin” who displayed his painted belly at hockey games has lost more than 160 pounds.

— GAS PRICES-OHIO: Ohio gas prices begin the new year lower than they were a week ago, though the national average went the opposite direction.

— ATTACK-BOX CUTTER: Police say an Ohio man was sucker punched, kicked and stabbed in the neck during a robbery in the first minutes of 2017.

— SOUTHWEST OHIO FIRE: A southwest Ohio woman and her two children have been displaced after a fire severely damaged their home in Germantown.

— UNION HALL-VACUUM MAKER: Walsh University in northeast Ohio plans to use the longtime home of the union for Hoover Co. workers to expand its museum studies program and preserve the union’s legacy.

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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.

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