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BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 1:30 pm, IN

February 28, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Indianapolis bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

FARM DEBT

WICHITA, Kan. _ The nation’s farmers are struggling to pay back their loans after years of low crop prices, with nearly one out of five loans in a government farm program now delinquent for the worst January default rate in at least nine years. The bulk of the nation’s agricultural loans typically come due around Jan. 1 for seasonal and tax planning purposes. By Roxana Hegeman. SENT: 1,010 words, photo.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

_ INDIANA GOVERNOR-TRADE MISSION: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will lead a trade mission to France, Belgium and Germany beginning next week. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

ROBBERY CONVICTION-PARDON

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ A federal judge has rejected an Indiana city’s attempt to force a newspaper to turn over records of its reporting on a Chicago man who was imprisoned for a decade and is suing for wrongful conviction. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Gotsch ruled this week that the City of Elkhart’s subpoena against the South Bend Tribune was “misplaced.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PRISON SLAYING: An Indianapolis man serving a 60-year sentence for murder has been charged with killing a fellow inmate at a central Indiana prison.

_ CLARKSVILLE HOSPITAL-CLOSURE: A southern Indiana hopsital that’s struggled financially will close this spring after a decade of operation.

_ FATAL FALL-VEHICLE-FRIEND CHARGED: A judge has refused to lower bond for a northwestern Indiana woman charged in the death of a friend who fell from a moving car’s roof.

_ JAIL DEATHS-LAFAYETTE: A sheriff says a review of the deaths of two inmates who fell ill in their cells at the same northern Indiana jail and a man who died after fighting with jail officers found the response from staff was adequate.

_ DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT: Michigan State University has started an intermediate fund to support counseling and mental health services for victims of imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

_ POLICE CHIEF CHARGED: Indiana State Police say a central Indiana police chief has been charged with theft and official misconduct.

_ CHINESE ARTIFACTS RETURN: The FBI is returning more than 300 cultural artifacts to China years after they were part of a vast collection discovered at a central Indiana farm.

SPORTS:

BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers will try to snap a two-game losing streak Thursday night when they host Minnesota. The Pacers are still third in the Eastern Conference. The Timberwolves have lost six of 10 and are trying to fight their way back into playoff contention in the West. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

FBN--COMBINE-MURRAY’S SIZE

INDIANAPOLIS _ The intriguing numbers at the NFL’s scouting combine are usually a prospect’s 40-yard dash time, his vertical leap or how many times he can bench press 225 pounds. In Kyler Murray’s case, it’s the Heisman Trophy winner’s height, weight and hand size, which teams will learn Thursday. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 125 words, photos. Will be updated.

FBN--COMBINE-INTERVIEWS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Jaylon Ferguson and Jeffrey Simmons won’t get a chance to work out at this year’s NFL annual scouting combine. But after league officials reversed course, both are here for medical checks and team interviews _ a move that allows them to explain their past problems. By MIchael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBN--PACKERS-LAFLEUR-RODGERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers endured perhaps the most challenging year of his career _ a season marked by a knee injury, inconsistent play and the firing of coach Mike McCarthy. Enter new coach Matt LaFleur, who would rather look ahead to building a relationship with Rodgers than look back to find out what went wrong. SENT: 670 words, photos.

With:

_ FBN--NFL COMBINE-THE LATEST.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

No. 9 Michigan probably needs to beat No. 17 Maryland on Sunday to keep alive its hopes for the Big Ten regular-season title. The Wolverines won round one against the Terps two weeks ago. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--NORTH DAKOTA-PURDUE-FORT WAYNE. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

_ BKC--IUPUI-DETROIT. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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