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

March 20, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 _ An Indiana Senate panel has given its approval to a bill that would compensate Hoosiers found to have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. The Senate Corrections and Criminal Law committee made minor revisions to the House-approved legislation Tuesday before voting 7-0 in favor of the bill, which now moves to the full Senate. SENT: 290 words.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. _ Missouri regulators reversed course Wednesday and gave the go-ahead to one of the nation’s largest renewable energy projects — a high-voltage power line delivering wind energy from the Midwest to a power grid for eastern states. The proposed Grain Belt Express transmission line would stretch 780 miles (1,255 kilometers) from Kansas across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into an electric grid in Indiana that serves the eastern U.S. The $2.3 billion project had twice been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, but it reconsidered following a ruling last year by the state Supreme Court. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 575 words.


_ FORMER SHERIFF-CRASH: A judge has set a plea hearing for a man accused in a drunken driving crash that killed a former western Indiana sheriff and his wife.

_ CHARLESTOWN-DEVELOPMENT LAWSUIT: A federal judge has dismissed a portion of a lawsuit brought by landlords that alleged racketeering by a southern Indiana city related to a planned redevelopment project.

_ DNR--MOUNTAIN LION ATTACK: State wildlife officials are investigating a southern Indiana family’s report that a mountain lion killed their pet cat.

_ FREIGHT TRAIN CRASH: Authorities say a 20-year-old woman has died after the vehicle she was driving was struck by a freight train in central Indiana.

_ LANDFILL FIRE: A landfill fire in northeastern Indiana created a glow that could be seen from several miles (kilometers) away.

_ INDIANAPOLIS ZOO-ELEPHANT DIES: The Indianapolis Zoo says a 6-year-old African elephant has died there following a brief illness.

_ NEXSTAR-TV STATIONS: Nexstar is selling 19 television stations for $1.32 billion as part of its buyout deal with Tribune Media.



HARTFORD, Conn. _ Defending national champion Villanova enters this NCAA Tournament with a different perspective. The Wildcats are a No. 6 seed, their lowest since 2013. They open defense of their title against St. Mary’s on Thursday. By Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to be getting better every year, almost as if each bracket is extending from the previous one. Last year was one of the maddest of Marches, starting with Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a 1 _ poor Virginia _ to Loyola-Chicago taking Sister Jean all the way to the Final Four. Surely it can’t get any better, right? Don’t bet against it. By John Marshall. SENT: 640 words, photos. Moving on national sports lines.


HARTFORD, Conn. _ Old Dominion’s battle to reach the NCAA Tournament came as its coach, Jeff Jones, was fighting cancer. By Pat Eaton-Robb. UPCOMING: 500 words.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Danica Patrick will return to the Indianapolis 500 as part of NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage of showcase event. Patrick will be an analyst alongside Mike Tirico. The only woman to lead laps in the Indy 500 will also be part of the broadcast team for qualifying on May 19. NBC Sports this season is broadcasting the entire IndyCar package. Patrick retired last year after running in the Indy 500. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 620 words, photo. An AP NewsBreak.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Danica Patrick choked back tears after crashing out of her final Indianapolis 500, that one last trip around the historic speedway that launched her career had come to such a disappointing close. She’s not been back to a race track in the 10 months since and hasn’t looked back even once. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.


_ BKC--NIT-BUTLER-NEBRASKA. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 9 p.m. tipoff.

_ FBN--COLTS-MOVE: Indianapolis Colts long snapper Luke Rhodes has signed his contract to stay with the team next season. SSENT: 100 words. MOVED Tuesday night and available for use.

_ FBN--TILLMAN-ROWING LAKE MICHIGAN: Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman says he has a fear of water, but it won’t stop him from building a boat and rowing across Lake Michigan for childhood cancer research. SENT: 160 words.


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