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

January 25, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Jeff Karoub is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

WINTER WEATHER-DEEP FREEZE

BISMARCK, N.D. _ An arctic wave has wrapped parts of the Midwest in numbing cold, sending temperatures plunging and prompting officials to close schools in several states on Friday, but forecasters say the worst may be yet to come. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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_ WINTER WEATHER-DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST

BANK SHOOTING-FLORIDA

SEBRING, Fla. — A fifth bank employee escaped a massacre that killed five women at a SunTrust branch in Florida, running out a back door when the gunfire began, according to a sheriff’s office. The employee was in in a back break room when the attack began in the Sebring bank, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Dressel said Friday. Four SunTrust employees and a customer were killed in the bank’s lobby. Zephen Xaver, 21, was arrested after a standoff with police and now faces five counts of premeditated murder. State Attorney Brian Haas has said it is likely that he will seek the death penalty. SENT: 530 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

AROUND THE STATE:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FARMERS

KOKOMO, Ind. _ Some Indiana farmers are concerned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is delaying the release of key crop reports during the partial federal government shutdown. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD MOLESTATION-ARREST: A southern Indiana man has pleaded guilty to 20 counts of child molestation and faces up to 120 years in prison.

_ BINGO HALL SHOOTING: A southwestern Indiana man who police say opened fire inside a Veterans of Foreign Wars post crowded with people playing bingo has been ordered held on a $10 million bond.

_ INTERSTATE DEATH: Authorities say a 73-year-old man was fatally struck by a car while trying to cross an interstate in southern Indiana to help his daughter whose vehicle had run out of gas.

_ DUI FATALITY-SENTENCE: A northern Indiana man who pleaded guilty in a 2008 drunken-driving crash that killed a pregnant woman has been returned to prison for three years for violating his probation.

_ DARMSTADT ATTACK: A southwestern Indiana man convicted in a 2017 attack that left his wife dead and his adult twin daughters injured is awaiting sentencing after a judge denied a request for a mistrial.

—VETERAN-BOMB-SNIFFING DOG: A northern Indiana veteran is counting the days until he’s reunited with the bomb-sniffing dog he served with years ago in Afghanistan.

—RIVER SEARCH: Authorities say a man was reportedly swept downriver from a dam in central Indiana.

SPORTS:

BKC--MICHIGAN-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ No. 5 Michigan takes on Indiana in a Thursday evening road game. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.

CAR--ZANARDI CRASH-MEMORIES

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ There are four drivers racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend who also competed against Alex Zanardi in the 2001 race in which his legs were severed in a crash. Helio Castroneves remembers the gory crash scene, while Christian Fittipaldi says he was left wondering if the dangers of racing are worth it. Zanardi is back in the U.S. for his first North American race since that fateful day. It has spurred many memories. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,650 words, photos.

BKC--BUTLER-CREIGHTON

OMAHA, Neb. _ The Butler Bulldogs are in Nebraska on Friday to take on the Creighton Bluejays. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.

BKC--ACC THIS WEEK

Syracuse’s visit to No. 10 Virginia tech headlines the coming weekend in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange already have one victory on a top-10 team’s court after upsetting Duke last week while the Hokies can’t afford another loss after they were blown out by North Carolina. Also around the league, John Mooney has emerged as a bright spot during Notre Dame’s rough year and the women’s hoops standings are notable for having so many teams at both extremes. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 440 words, photos.

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