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

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission is accusing state Attorney General Curtis Hill of professional misconduct following allegations he drunkenly groped a female lawmaker and three female legislative staffers at a bar. A disciplinary complaint filed Tuesday says Hill committed misdemeanor battery against all four women and felony sexual battery against one of them, a legislative staffer. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words. AP Photo planned.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Vice President Mike Pence was expected to visit the Midwest on Tuesday to view flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt that damaged hundreds of homes and inundated tens of thousands of acres with water. Pence is expected to arrive late Tuesday afternoon in Omaha, Nebraska, where the president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau estimates farm and ranch losses could reach $1 billion. By Heather Hollingsworth. SENT: 390 words, photos. Moving in national news queues. Developing.



HOWE, Ind. _ A private military preparatory school is closing its northern Indiana campus after 135 years of operation due to ongoing budget shortfalls and dwindling enrollment, school officials said. The president of the Howe Military Academy announced Monday that the boarding school in Howe, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of South Bend, would close after the current school year because of “rising costs and declining enrollment for more than a decade.” The planned closure of the 100-acre LaGrange County campus comes five years after the school weathered a similar financial crisis thanks to a $2 million donation from a graduate. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


_ PLANE PASSENGER RESTRAINED: Officials say fellow passengers restrained a woman after she allegedly tried to open an exit during a flight from Indianapolis to Detroit.

_ RENTAL REGISTRATION FEES: The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that all Indiana municipalities are subject to the state’s $5 cap on annual rental property registration fees.

_ POLICE SHOOTING-CLINTON: A suspected drunken driver from Illinois is facing charges after allegedly using his truck to pin an officer against a patrol car in western Indiana before the officer shot and wounded him. AP Photo.

_ AIR BASE-EXPO: Businesses near the Grissom Air Reserve Base in north central Indiana already are gearing up for its air show later this year.

_ INDY 500-BALLOON BILLBOARD: A billboard urging the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to end its tradition of releasing thousands of balloons before the Indianapolis 500 has been removed.

_ IMMIGRATION DETEN5TION CENTER: Trustees of a small village near Chicago are moving closer to allowing a private immigration detention center to be built in the area, despite pushback from activists and communities.



LOS ANGELES _ Playing the second game of a back-to-back, the Indiana Pacers visit the Los Angeles Clippers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Matt Painter prefers traditional college basketball. He prefers playing the game inside-out rather than relying exclusively or primarily on 3-pointers. And in a landscape where one-and-done or two-and-done players have become all the rage, Painter has largely ignored the trend by building Purdue’s program with players who expect to stay four years and cherish a degree. Nobody’s made the old-school style look better than the Boilermakers. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


Arike Ogunbowale would prefer to not have to win another national title in the closing seconds. “Hopefully this year, if we get to that position, we’re up by enough and not trying to win on a buzzer-beater,” Ogunbowale quipped. The heroine of Notre Dame’s national championship run last year — who won both Final Four and title games with dramatic, last-second shots — is ready for her last ride through the bracket, starting Saturday when the Fighting Irish (30-3), the No. 1 seed in the Chicago Region, hosts 16th-seeded Bethune-Cookman (21-10) in the first round. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 565 words, photos.


Everyone got an early look at the 64-team women’s NCAA Tournament bracket, revealing that UConn isn’t a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2006. The accidental early release of the bracket by ESPN just provided a couple of extra hours for the 11-time champion Huskies to get fired up about their unusual position. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 950 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Former Auburn assistant coach and 13-year NBA veteran Chuck Person has pleaded guilty to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery scandal. Person entered the plea on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, averting a June trial. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 415 words.


_ BKC--NIT-ST. FRANCIS (PA.)-INDIANA. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.


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