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

February 19, 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. Corey Williams 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

GYM--USA GYMNASTICS-NEW PRESIDENT

USA Gymnastics is turning to NBA executive Li Li Leung to help turn the embattled program around. The organization named Leung as its new president and chief executive officer on Tuesday as it fights to retain its status as the national governing body for the sport after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Leung served as vice president of global partnerships for the NBA. She arrives as USA Gymnastics attempts to fend off decertification from the United States Olympic Committee. USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December in an effort to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces in courts across the country from athletes who blame the group for failing to supervise Nassar, a team doctor accused of molesting them. The 55-year-old Nassar worked at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University for decades. He is serving an effective life sentence for child porn possession and molesting young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. By Will Graves. SENT: 310 words. On AP national lines.

AROUND THE STATE:

XGR--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-STATE BUDGET

INDIANAPOLIS _ An Indiana House committee is expected to consider a budget proposal Tuesday by the chamber’s majority Republicans that would give Indiana schools a slight funding increase. UPCOMING: 130 words or more on merits. Developing from Tuesday morning meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-INDIANA FOOD STAMPS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana will split March food stamp benefits into two payments after moving up the distribution of February benefits because of the partial federal government shutdown. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration says Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program clients will see half of their March benefits added to their Hoosier Works cards on Friday. The other half will be added on clients’ regularly scheduled March date under an alphabetical schedule. FSSA says the roughly 585,000 Indiana clients don’t need to take any action. Indiana issued February benefits on Jan. 16. The payment Friday will reduce the gap in benefit payments that could otherwise be 60 days or more. Indiana usually issues food stamp benefits over a 19-day period each month. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ JEWELRY STORE ROBBERY-HOBART: Two Detroit men have been charged in a smash-and-grab robbery at a jewelry store in northwestern Indiana.

_ PATROL CAR-FATAL CRASH: Relatives of a young mother who died in July when her car was struck by a police officer who ran a red light are suing him and the city of South Bend.

_ FORT WAYNE SHOOTINGS: Authorities say a weekend shooting that wounded a woman and a boy happened accidentally after children found a loaded gun at a northeastern Indiana home and it went off.

_ WABASH RIVER BODY: State police say an autopsy determined that the death of a woman whose body was found over the weekend in the Wabash River in western Indiana was consistent with drowning.

SPORTS:

BKC--WAKE FOREST-NOTRE DAME

NOTRE DAME, Ind. _ Wake Forest plays Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.

BKC--PURDUE-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ Purdue plays Indiana at Assembly Hall. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.

BKC--BALL STATE-MIAMI (OH)

OXFORD, Ohio _ Ball State plays Miami (OH) at Millett Hall. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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