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

April 5, 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, followed by Herbert McCann. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

XGR--POWER PLANTS-MORATORIUM

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana Republicans have alarmed utilities and environmentalists alike with a legislative proposal that would impose a moratorium on new, large power plants just as several electricity providers are preparing to retire aging coal-fired generating units and replace them with renewable energy and natural gas. The House Utilities Committee passed an amendment along party lines Wednesday that would bar state regulators from approving any new power plants, new power contracts or changes in fuel sources until Jan. 1, 2021. The moratorium would apply to generating capacity larger than 250 megawatts. UPCOMING: 300 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

_ XGR--ONLINE SALES-HOTEL TAXES: Indiana lawmakers are aiming to close what they call a loophole in the state’s online sales and hotel tax collection. SENT: 140 words.

_ PENCE-INDIANA VISIT: Vice President Mike Pence traveled to a central Indiana farm to promote the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement but heard farmers’ complaints about the damage caused by retaliatory tariffs imposed on them over the past year. SENT: 130 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ POST OFFICE EXPLOSION-INDIANA: A man has been sentenced to 29 years in prison for sending a pipe bomb that exploded at a northwestern Indiana post office, injuring a worker.

_ SHRINE VANDALIZED: Four men are facing charges in connection with vandalism that caused $80,000 in damage to a religious shrine in northwestern Indiana that features scenes depicting Jesus’ final days.

_ FORT WAYNE SHOOTINGS: A man has been sentenced to 200 years in prison for the fatal shootings of two women and the death of one’s unborn fetus in northeastern Indiana.

_ 2011 DISAPPEARANCE-SON CHARGED: A lawyer for a 46-year-old man charged with murder eight years after the disappearance of his 70-year-old mother in northwestern Indiana says the case so far is circumstantial.

_ INDIANAPOLIS COLD CASE-CONVICTION: A 61-year-old man has been convicted in the 1998 rape and murder of an Indianapolis woman whose body was found partially burned inside a home.

_ KAYAKING DEATHS-INDIANA: Authorities say a 4-year-old girl and her father have died in an apparent kayaking accident in southwestern Indiana.

_ INVESTMENT SCAM-CHARGES: A lawyer who formerly worked in northern Indiana and was charged with scamming elderly investors has pleaded guilty to some charges in the case.

SPORTS:

BKN--CELTICS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers appear headed toward a first-round playoff match next week. But the first big battle could come Friday when the teams tied for the No. 4 seed in the East square off in a potentially crucial game for home-court advantage. Both teams have won two in a row. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

FBC--PURDUE-SINDELAR

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Purdue quarterback Elijah Sindelar stands on the practice field, reading the defense. He’s not working behind center, not chatting with coach Jeff Brohm, not even wearing a helmet. Instead, the Boilermakers’ projected starting quarterback is wearing street clothes with a compression sleeve over his hyperextended left knee, fully aware of the cautious coaches are keeping out of Saturday’s spring game. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

BKW--FINAL FOUR-UCONN-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW

TAMPA, Fla. _ There’s a different vibe around Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies at this year’s Final Four. Unlike the previous two years, they don’t have the burden of a record winning streak or an unbeaten season. One thing is familiar: The Huskies have to beat rival Notre Dame to reach the championship game. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BKW--FINAL FOUR-GOTTLIEB’S ANALYSIS

TAMPA, Fla. _ Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb faced three of the four women’s Final Four participants this season. Here, she breaks down the matchups for the NCAA Tournament semifinal games. She says this might be the most competitive Final Four in many years with no clear-cut favorite. By Lindsay Gottlieb. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.

BKC--INDIANA-LANGFORD

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ Romeo Langford says he will enter the NBA draft after playing just one season at Indiana. The Hoosiers star guard told ESPN.com on Thursday he will make his decision official next week. It’s hardly a surprise. Langford led the Hoosiers with 16.5 points per game and added 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists _ earning second-team all-Big Ten honors as well as all-freshman honors. SENT: 280 words. Moved Thursday night and available for use.

CAR--INDYCAR-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The IndyCar series returns to Barber Motorsports Park for the 10th year, with four of the five previous winners competing in a popular road course in NASCAR and college football country. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 550 words.

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