AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 1:30 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 [email protected] Lisa Cornwell is on the desk, followed by Mark Gillispie. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, interim news editor, can be reached at 800-762-4841 or 614-885-2727 or [email protected]

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

HEROIN-OHIO

COLUMBUS — Ohio troopers have seized about seven times as much heroin during the first half of 2016 as they did during the same period last year, thanks in part to several large busts. The rise comes amid other signs that Ohio's opiate-related problems continue to grow. By Kantele Franko. SENT: 450 words.

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— HEROIN-OHIO-THE LATEST. SENT.

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TODDLER-HEROIN DEATH

COLUMBUS — An Ohio mother is sentenced to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the heroin-related death of her 14-month-old daughter.

MACY'S-RESULTS

NEW YORK — Macy's says it plans to close about 100 stores next year and boost its online investments as the nation's largest department store chain tries to become more nimble in an increasingly fierce market. The closures represent close to 14 percent of its stores under the Macy's brand. By Anne D'Innocenzio. SENT: 730 words. AP Photos. Incorporates Macy's earnings that moved earlier.

DEPARTMENT STORES-REINVENTION

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, Macy's and Kohl's are having to reinvent themselves and stay relevant as shoppers increasingly buy items online and frequent niche retailers and discount stores. By Anne D'Innocenzio. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos by 3 p.m. Will incorporate Macy's, Nordstroms and Kohl's earnings.

IN BRIEF:

— TRIPLE HOMICIDE-SUSPECT HELD: Authorities say another person has died after a shooting that earlier left two dead in southwest Ohio and a suspect in custody.

— HIT-SKIP-BICYCLIST KILLED: Authorities say a bicyclist died on a Columbus street after he was hit by a motorist who fled the scene.

— GUN SHOP-FATAL: A firearms instructor and his daughter have been charged in the accidental shooting of a southwest Ohio gun shop owner during a concealed carry class in June.

— CHARTER SCHOOLS-OHIO-SUMMIT: State Auditor Dave Yost is calling for changes in how Ohio pays its online charter schools.

— PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE-OHIO SCHOOL: Ohio's Wright State University says it has no plans to repay the $220,000 in state money it received to upgrade security for the first presidential debate, which it pulled out of last month due to increasing security costs.

— CINCINNATI MAYORAL RACE: A Democratic city councilwoman in Cincinnati says she will run for mayor of the southwest Ohio city.

— ZOO-POLAR BEAR CUB: A female polar bear born at a central Ohio zoo and hand-reared by staff will move to the Oregon Zoo this fall.

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If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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.

TOP STORIES:

CAMPAIGN 2016-THIRD PARTIES

COLUMBUS — While Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to appear on ballots in at least 39 states, swing state Ohio is among the places where his supporters are still working to get his name before voters this fall. By Ann Sanner. UPCOMING: About 600 words.

AP Photos.

SENATE 2016-OHIO-STRICKLAND

COLUMBUS — Pilloried by negative attacks and lagging in funding and some polls, ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is airing the first television ads of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 350 words. AP Photo.

EARNS-WENDY'S

DUBLIN — Wendy's is the latest major fast-food chain to report weaker-than-expected sales growth, with the hamburger company saying people aren't dining out as much because it has gotten even cheaper to eat at home. SENT: 540 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— PRESCHOOL FUNDING-OHIO: Ohio plans to prevent publicly funded preschools from receiving overlapping payments from multiple sources for services.

— SLAIN CYCLIST: An Ohio college student who disappeared while riding her bicycle and was later found slain in a cornfield had been suffocated. AP Photos.

— FATAL POLICE SHOOTING-CINCINNATI: An Ohio prosecutor has released video of a 2015 incident that resulted in assault charges against a 25-year-old man fatally shot by Cincinnati police this week. AP Video.

— SHOOTING AT POLICE-SENTENCE: A central Ohio man is heading to prison for firing at Columbus police officers during a drug raid in April 2015.

— TRANSPORT COMPANY-MEDICAID PAYMENTS: Auditors in Ohio say a transport company owes the state $486,000 for improper reimbursements made for transporting Medicaid patients.

— CONVENTION DIRECTOR CHARGED: Officials in a southwest Ohio county say their convention director has been fired after his arrest on felony charges involving sexual material with minors.

— TRAFFIC CAMERAS-OHIO VILLAGE: Drivers cited because of speed cameras want a southwest Ohio village to pay back more than $3 million in collected fines after a judge found the cameras unconstitutional.

— COLUMBUS BUS-TRUCK CRASH: A trial is underway for a driver accused of causing a crash that killed two pedestrians in downtown Columbus.

— POLICE BODY CAMERAS-CINCINNATI: Cincinnati officials say some of the city's police officers are starting to wear body cameras, launching a larger rollout that is expected to be done by year's end.

— AMOEBA-RELATED DEATH: The whitewater channels at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in North Carolina have reopened six weeks after a visitor died from a brain-eating amoeba.

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If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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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