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BC-OH--Ohio News Digest 6 pm, OH

June 13, 2018

Good afternoon. 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. Interim AP Ohio news editor Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or awelsh@ap.org. Lisa Cornwell will be on the desk at 7:30 a.m.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — The Ohio Parole Board planned Thursday to hear from a juror who recommended that a convicted killer be sentenced to death, but now believes he should be spared. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 a.m., then 130-word update from hearing scheduled for 9 a.m., followed by 500 words by 11 a.m.

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COLUMBUS — A reports cites staff complacency, supervision problems, and outdated security policies and orders among the problems identified at Ohio’s highest-security prisons following an attack on a correctional officer earlier this year that landed the officer in the hospital for weeks with multiple stab wounds. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. SENT: 510 words.


CINCINNATI — Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords is highlighting the launch of a group supporting a Democratic congressional candidate in Ohio. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated with about 250 words, photos from event scheduled to start at 5 p.m. EDT.


PHOENIX — An Arizona man convicted of helping plot a 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in suburban Dallas is seeking a new trial, arguing prosecutors did not reveal that an undercover FBI agent who witnessed the shooting had communicated about the contest with an accused recruiter for the Islamic State. By Jacques Billeaud. SENT: 800 words, photos.


WICHITA — Two online gamers whose alleged dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man plead not guilty to charges related to the “swatting” case that drew national attention. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 360 words. AP Photos planned.




WASHINGTON — In the year since House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were shot at a congressional baseball practice, mass shootings have occurred at a Texas church, a Las Vegas music festival and high schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a doctor who helped save Scalise’s life last June, has watched those attacks unfold with the acute sensitivity of a mass shooting survivor. Each shooting is jarring, says Wenstrup — calling the Parkland shooting in particular sickening — but his views on gun control have not changed. By Matthew Daly and Laurie Kellman. SENT: 900 words.

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FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Southeastern Michigan officials say a nuclear plant’s move to slash its property taxes by 60 percent could be devastating to the community. SENT: 320 words.


— RIVER-FUGITIVE: Authorities in Kentucky and Ohio are searching for a man who police say jumped into the Ohio River while he was being sought by officers.

— BOBBLEHEAD-TAX COURT: The Ohio Supreme Court has heard arguments in a dispute over promotions including bobbleheads and other items offered by the Cincinnati Reds to ticket buyers.

— FATAL HOUSE EXPLOSION: Investigators say people scrapping for metal likely caused the Ohio home explosion that killed one person and left another critically injured.

— STANDOFF-SHOTS FIRED: A southwest Ohio sheriff says a man who fired at deputies during an hours-long standoff has turned his gun on himself, and a woman has been found dead inside the home.

— MISSING KAYAKER: A man found dead in the Great Miami River in southwestern Ohio has been identified as kayaker missing for several days.

— ABDUCTION-BODIES FOUND: An Ohio home where two women were slain has been demolished.

— HIGH SCHOOL-MASCOT DEBATE: In the latest round in a recurring fight, a Cincinnati-area high school whose teams have been called the Redskins for over 80 years will keep that mascot.

— ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOL: The school district in Ohio’s capital is buying the former mall that served as headquarters for a massive online charter school that closed in January after the state told it to repay about $80 million in public funding.

— EMBEZZLEMENT-PAYROLL TAXES: A jury has found an Ohio businessman guilty of embezzling close to $1 million in employee payroll taxes and retirement plans.

— GIRL’S BEATING DEATH: An Ohio woman convicted of fatally beating her partner’s 5-year-old daughter after the girl wet herself could face life in prison at sentencing in July.

— BEAR KILLED-INTERSTATE: Authorities say a tagged black bear from Pennsylvania has been struck and killed on a highway in Ohio.

— OPIOID LITIGATION-NEW MEXICO: The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office says the state’s lawsuit against major opioid manufacturers will be heard by a state court in New Mexico where it was originally filed, not in a federal court in Ohio.

— ROVER PIPELINE-WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia regulators have issued a $430,000 fine for permit violations against a company building a 713-mile (1,147-kilometer) natural gas pipeline.

— WAGE VIOLATIONS: Six restaurants in West Virginia and Ohio have been ordered to pay $111,000 in back pay and damages to 27 workers for minimum wage and overtime violations.




CINCINNATI — During the first day of Bengals minicamp, the offense ran through new plays. A day later, some of them were gone. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor decided they didn’t look as good on the field as they did in his overhauled play book. By Joe Kay. SENT: 540 words, photos.


BEREA — Baker Mayfield stood 15 yards away from a semicircle of cameras with a member of Cleveland’s media relations staff as Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was peppered with questions. Mayfield held his ground and waited his turn in line. For now, this is life for the No. 1 overall draft pick — and the No. 2 QB in Cleveland. By Tom Withers. SENT: 780 words, photos.


BKC--GEORGE WASHINGTON-PAULUS: Former Duke guard Greg Paulus has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at George Washington.



Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the links below.

Should college majors be a thing of the past? By Matthew J. Mayhew, Ohio State University. http://theconversation.com/some-want-to-get-rid-of-college-majors-heres-how-that-could-go-wrong-98045


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