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

February 21, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SPORTS BETTING-STATES

Last year’s Supreme Court decision allowing sports gambling in the states has led to bills in a majority of legislatures and a lot of questions: How will it be regulated and taxed? Should betting be allowed on a state’s college teams? What role should the state play in encouraging treatment for problem gamblers? Half the states are considering legislation to allow some form of sports wagering, joining eight states where bets are already being taken. Lawmakers acknowledge that sports gambling will not bring in much revenue to the state. But as long as it’s legal, they say the state should regulate it and take its slice of the action. By Geoff Mulvihill. 1,200 words in text-block style. Photos. With data distribution.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--VETERANS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

INDIANAPOLIS _ A bill that would tighten up management of an Indiana grant program meant to help struggling veterans is advancing in the Legislature, thanks to broad, bipartisan support following revelations that a state agency awarded some grants to its own employees. The legislation sponsored by Rep. Randy Frye, R-Greensburg, appears likely to pass the House by Monday’s deadline to send bills to the Senate. The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee, which Frye chairs, passed it unanimously earlier this week. UPCOMING 400 words.

_ PENCE-COLOMBIA: Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Colombia next week to demonstrate continued U.S. support for the opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WORKPLACE FATALITY-JEFFERSONVILLE: Authorities say a man died from injuries he suffered in a workplace accident at a southern Indiana industrial plant.

_ DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT: Michigan’s new attorney general says her office is taking over an investigation of complaints against former U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team coach John Geddert, who operated a gym where ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar molested athletes.

_ GIRL’S DEATH-METHAMPHETAMINE: Two southwestern Michigan residents face charges in northern Indiana in the death of a 10-year-old girl who died after ingesting methamphetamine.

_ AMBULANCE STOLEN: Authorities say a man stole an ambulance following a crash on an Indianapolis freeway and drove it for a while before stopping and being taken into custody.

_ ASSISTED LIVING CENTER-DEATH: State health officials are seeking an injunction against a western Indiana assisted living center where a woman died in January after wandering outside on a cold night.

_ DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR: Southwestern Indiana library officials who’ve faced criticism for a program in which a man in drag will read to children say all adults attending Saturday’s event must be accompanied by a child.

_ DRUG CRISIS GRANTS: Indiana will award $750,000 in grants to support local coalitions across the state fighting the drug crisis.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-STILL STANDING

INDIANAPOLIS _ When All-Star guard Victor Oladipo crashed to the floor Jan. 23, the sound of silence inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse was deafening. Then, after losing four straight games without Oladipo, the Pacers turned things around. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

BKW--T25-DUKE-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ No. 5 Notre Dame tries to push its winning streak to four with an ACC game against Duke, which has lost two straight. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 7 p.m. tipoff.

BKW--T25-IOWA-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ No. 10 Iowa puts a five-game winning streak on the line Thursday night when it visits Indiana. The Hoosiers face a tough defensive challenge against the Big Ten leaders and the national scoring leader, Megan Gustafson. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game time is 8 p.m.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

It’s finally here: The first of two late-season matchups between Michigan State and Michigan is this coming weekend. By Noah Trister. SENT: 500 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--PURDUE FORT WAYNE-SOUTH DAKOTA STATE. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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