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AP-OH--Ohio News Digest 6:30 pm, OH

January 4, 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. Mark Gillispie is on the desk starting at 6 a.m. Delano Massey, AP Ohio news editor, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.




CINCNNATI — A former convention bureau director in southwest Ohio will soon learn his sentence for child pornography; among those urging lenience is Hillsboro mayor and standup comedian Drew Hastings. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m.; 250 words by 1 p.m.


COLUMBUS — Ohio’s largest city adds 33 new police officers at a time Columbus grapples with a record-high homicide rate. A police union official says the city could use hundreds more officers. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m., followed by 130-word update from graduation ceremony starting at 10 a.m., and then 450 words, photos by 2 p.m.



CINCINNATI — A divided federal appeals court panel uphold the U.S. ban on guns for people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, even decades after the offense. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 350 words.


DAYTON — A police officer says he believed he faced an “imminent threat” when he fatally shot a black man in a Walmart store who was holding what turned out to be an air rifle, although he acknowledges he never saw the man point it or threaten anyone. SENT: 360 words, photo.


YOUNGSTOWN — An Ohio businessman who has called the U.S. home for 38 years and was scheduled to be deported to his native Jordan has received a stay while his case is re-examined. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 460 words by 7:30 p.m.




NEW YORK — Macy’s and J.C. Penney both reported holiday sales growth, offering encouraging signs that if department stores struggling to hold their own against online retailers had a decent period, other retailers did as well. By Anne D’Innocenzio. SENT: 630 words.




SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1,100 words. With AP Photos, Video.




HOUSTON — When Hurricane Harvey sent several feet of water into C.E. King High School in the Sheldon Independent School District, students from the flooded campus were moved to a neighboring elementary school — and a bit of architecturally induced hilarity ensued. By Jacob Carpenter, the Houston Chronicle. SENT: 750 words, photos. NOTE EDS: HOLD FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018, AT 1:04 EST


— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CINCINNATI: A lawsuit against the owner of a Cincinnati nightclub where a shooting left two dead and 15 injured is in jeopardy following the owner’s bankruptcy filing.

— JUVENILES-ADULT CHARGES: The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that juveniles who are tried as adults must wait until their case has ended to challenge their transfer to adult court.

— CHILD DIES-METHADONE: A 46-year-old woman has been found guilty of charges related to the methadone overdose death of her grandson in Cleveland. With photo.

— AIRBNB-NEW YEAR’S PARTY: Airbnb says it has permanently banned a man who threw a huge New Year’s party at a house in suburban Cleveland where he was renting a room.

— OHIO FAMILY KILLED: The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says the state Supreme Court shouldn’t reconsider its decision rejecting requests for unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members.

— GANG CHARGES-OHIO: The federal government says four more alleged members and associates of the MS-13 gang have been charged in Ohio.

— FIONA BUSINESS: Merchandise inspired by Ohio’s famous baby hippo, Fiona, has returned nearly half a million dollars to the Cincinnati Zoo.

— ELECTION-SCHOOL CANDIDATE BANNED: A school board in Ohio is moving its meetings because one of its new members is banned from going onto the district’s property.

— NURSING LICENSE ERROR: Officials say an auto-generated email mistakenly informed 11,000 nurses in Ohio that their licenses weren’t recognized by the state.




CINCINNATI — When Bill Lazor looks at the Bengals’ playbook, he sees the imprint of three coordinators. He’s getting a chance to try to pull it all together and resurrect the NFL’s least-productive offense — a shocking statistic for a talented unit. By Joe Kay. SENT: UPCOMING: 560 words, photos.


Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch is leaving the Cougars and joining Ohio State as an assistant coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told the Associated Press on Thursday. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 220 words.


DURHAM, N.C. — Duke says it’s adding another offensive lineman from Ohio State. Coach David Cutcliffe said Thursday that lineman Jack Wohlabaugh is transferring in after two seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes. SENT: 130 words.


KAPALUA, Hawaii — Ryan Armour arrived on Maui with enough time to soak up the perks of paradise before it was time to get to work. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 890 words, photos.


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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