- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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] Mitch Stacy is on the desk. Deb Martin, AP Ohio 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

CLEVELAND POLICE SHOOTING

CLEVELAND - A judge is expected to decide whether tainted grand jury testimony was used to indict six Cleveland police officers in the aftermath of a deadly police shooting in 2012 and whether the indictments should be dismissed. By Mark Gillispie. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from hearing in progress, then 400 words, photo. Timing uncertain.

KILLINGS BY POLICE-HIRING PRACTICES

DENVER - The discovery that a Cleveland officer who shot and killed a 12-year-old boy last month had washed out at another police force highlights what some experts call an unnerving truth about policing: Departments don’t always dig deeply enough into recruits’ pasts. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 840 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

COLUMBUS - The names of companies that provide Ohio with lethal injection drugs would be shielded under a proposal nearing a final legislative vote. Some lawmakers say the bill is needed to restart executions in the state. But prosecutors who want a condemned child killer executed in February say the legislation will undoubtedly lead to court challenges. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from House session scheduled for 1:30 p.m., then 300 words by 4 p.m., photo. Timing of vote uncertain.

OHIO LEGISLATURE

COLUMBUS - Bills legalizing consumer fireworks and requiring parental permission for teen tanning were among those poised for final action as Ohio’s two-year legislative session neared its end. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: 130-word updates from session scheduled for 1:30 p.m., then 400-word wrap-up by 4 p.m. Timing of votes uncertain.

FOOTBALL PLAYERS-RAPE

STEUBENVILLE - A judge considers whether to revoke probation for former volunteer football coach whose house was used for an underage drinking party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 130-word update from hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m., then 250 words by 5 p.m.

OUT OF CONTROL WELL

COLUMBUS - An out-of-control natural gas fracking well has kept 25 families from their homes for the past three days in eastern Ohio. SENT: 260 words.

IN BRIEF:

- OHIO POLICE OFFICER KILLED: A northeast Ohio man accused of fatally shooting an off-duty Akron police officer at a bar has pleaded not guilty.

- SHOE SALE-POLICE: Police have used pepper spray to disperse a crowd of people waiting in line for a shoe sale at a Toledo mall.

- TOLEDO JAIL: A federal judge has postponed his demand that a sheriff reduce the population in the overcrowded jail in Toledo by month’s end.

- RACINO ROBBERY: Police have arrested a man on kidnapping and robbery charges following a couple’s report that they were robbed of their winnings after leaving a southwest Ohio racino.

- CLEVELAND-TRAVEL DESTINATION: The city of Cleveland is getting some attention from the travel press as top destination. Fodor’s on Tuesday named Cleveland as one of its 25 must-see travel destinations for 2015.

- STUDENTS EXPELLED-LAWSUIT: Parents of four students alleging their children were expelled over rap music videos have reached a settlement with the Ohio school district and others they sued.

- DRUG INDICTMENTS-OHIO: State and local officials say a 126-count indictment targets 17 people who took part in a northeast Ohio drug ring.

- BODY IN TRUNK: An attorney has entered a not-guilty plea for a Kentucky man accused of killing a great-grandmother found in the trunk of her car in 2012 in southwestern Ohio.

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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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