AP-OH–Ohio News Digest 6:30 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING FRIDAY:

OHIO GOP-CHAIR

COLUMBUS — Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges, a supporter of Gov. John Kasich who spoke out against Donald Trump, faces a challenge from a Trump supporter. By Julie Carr Smyth. UPCOMING: 130 words, to be updated with 130 words from 10 a.m. event, then 350 words by noon.

ABDUCTION-BODIES FOUND

ASHLAND — A man suspected of killing several women in Ohio is scheduled for a competency hearing as his attorneys pursue an insanity defense to murder and other charges in two slayings. UPCOMING: 130 words by 3 a.m., 130-word update from 11 a.m. hearing, developed on merits.

TOP STORIES:

XGR--PLYWOOD BAN

COLUMBUS — Boarded up property will be synonymous with blight no more in Ohio as the state has become the first to outlaw plywood on abandoned properties. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 520 words, photos.

ABDUCTION-BODIES FOUND

ASHLAND — Two women believed to be victims of a jailed Ohio murder suspect were strangled and found with clothing around their necks, according to autopsy reports released before the defendant's Friday competency hearing. SENT: 300 words, photo.

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

DAYTON — The lengthy death of a condemned killer who snorted and gasped in Ohio's death chamber was unlike anything the leader of the state's execution team had seen before, the executioner said in federal court. SENT: 540 words, photos.

VICKS VAPORUB-FACT CHECK

A viral Facebook post claims a 2-year-old boy died after his mother applied Vicks VapoRub to his skin, but the Cincinnati-based manufacturer and authorities in U.S. and Mexico say they have no record of such a death. By Patrick Mairs. SENT: 400 words.

DEPARTMENT STORE HOLIDAY BLUES

NEW YORK — After a disappointing holiday shopping season, the nation's largest department stores and some of the shoppers who still depend on them are set for an unhappy new year. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 520 words, photos, graphics.

FBN--BROWNS-COLEMAN

CLEVELAND — Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman has denied being involved in an alleged assault that left a victim hospitalized. By Tom Withers. SENT: 240 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CAREER CENTER-FATAL SHOOTING: Authorities say a 20-year-old man died after apparently shooting himself in the parking lot of a southwest Ohio career center that was put under lockdown while officials investigated.

— DUPONT-C8 LAWSUITS: A federal jury says DuPont should pay an Ohio man who says he got testicular cancer because of a chemical used to make Teflon an additional $10.5 million in damages.

— BIG DATA-OHIO: Ohio is seeking firms to help the state with an effort to restructure its vast stores of government data so they can be mined for possible solutions to complex problems.

— TRUMP INAUGURATION-KASICH: Gov. John Kasich plans to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

— CLEVELAND-BODIES FOUND: The Ohio Supreme Court delays the execution date for a Cleveland man convicted of killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home. With photo.

— COLUMBUS-FIRST 2017 HOMICIDE: Police say a student who advocated for allowing concealed handguns on college campuses was fatally shot not far from Ohio State University in Columbus.

— DEAD CHILD IN TRUCK: An Ohio man accused of killing his 3-month-old daughter who was found dead in a car seat in his truck has been indicted on a murder charge.

— HOLIDAY TRAFFIC DEATHS-OHIO: The State Highway Patrol says 13 people died in Ohio crashes during the long Christmas weekend and four more died during the four-day period around the New Year's holiday.

— MALL FIGHT-SUPERVISION: An upscale shopping mall where police used pepper spray to disperse a large crowd after a fight last week will start requiring visitors who are age 17 or younger to be accompanied by an adult on weekend evenings.

— BILLY JOEL-CLEVELAND: Billy Joel is set to headline a show at the Cleveland Indians' ballpark this summer.

— SOUTHWEST AIRLINES-OHIO: Southwest Airlines will add flights at an airport in northeast Ohio while ending service at another airport in that section of the state.

— GROUNDBREAKING SURGERY-STROKE RECOVERY: Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have performed what is believed to be the nation's first deep brain stimulation surgery in an effort to better assist the recovery of stroke patients.

— LIFETIME SUSPENSION-DRUNKEN DRIVING: An Ohio man whose driver's license was suspended for life in 2015 for a fatal accident has been sentenced to three years in prison after being arrested for drunken driving.

— DEER CULL OPPOSITION: Officials in Toledo are trying to stop plans to kill deer at a park that sits within the city.

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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.

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