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

February 25, 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. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-STATE BUDGET

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana House is expected to approve a Republican-backed state budget plan that would modestly boost school funding, although by much less than advocacy groups and Democrats say is needed to give significant teacher pay raises. School funding would increase by just over 2 percent each of the next two years under the budget proposal set for a House vote Monday afternoon. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP legislative leaders have touted the importance of finding ways to address Indiana’s lagging teacher salaries, but Democrats argue their proposals are “recession-type numbers” not even surpassing inflation. By Tom Davies. UPCOMING: 500 words. Developing from afternoon debate.

AROUND THE STATE:

PEDIATRICIAN-SEXUAL ABUSE

LEBANON, Ind. _ A central Indiana pediatrician is facing charges alleging he sexually abused three boys. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

IN BRIEF:

_ CAR IN RIVER-FATALITY: Fort Wayne police say a motorist is dead after his car left a roadway and plunged into a river in the northeastern Indiana city.

_ KHASHOGGI-INDIANA STATE: Indiana State University has announced the creation of an annual address in honor of slain Washington Post journalist and alumnus Jamal Khashoggi.

_ HOMELESS VETERANS-NEW ALBANY: A new housing center that’s set to open in southern Indiana will provide shelter to homeless veterans trying to get back on their feet.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-PISTONS

DETROIT _ Winners of six of seven, the Pistons return home to host Indiana. By Sports Writer Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. _ No. 5 Notre Dame visits No. 18 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome as the Orange women seek to break the program attendance record. By Mark Frank. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game starts 6 p.m.

BKC--NOTRE DAME-FLORIDA STATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ No. 18 Florida State looks to bounce back from its first loss in a month when the Seminoles play host to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have dropped three straight. By Bob Ferrante. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. 7 p.m. tipoff.

FBN--EAGLES-STAFF CHANGES

PHILADELPHIA _ The Philadelphia Eagles have hired former Cleveland Browns executive Andrew Berry as vice president of football operations. Berry worked three seasons with the Browns after seven years in Indianapolis and helped lead talent evaluation and scouting. His role had diminished under new general manager John Dorsey, who brought in Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith from Green Bay. SENT: 260 words.

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