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

January 12, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

WINTER WEATHER

ST. LOUIS _ A winter storm sweeping across parts of the Midwest has snarled traffic in several states and left thousands without power. The storm moved into Kansas and Nebraska from the Rockies on Friday, then east into Missouri and Illinois, covering roads and making driving dangerous. The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories for Missouri, as well as Illinois and Indiana. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATIC OUTSIDERS

LAS VEGAS _ The Democratic presidential sweepstakes might seem like a tale of Joe Biden and the Seven Senators, but there are plenty of governors and mayors looking for a chance to steal the spotlight from the former vice president and other headliners. Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he’d fund his own race if he runs. Even Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is making noise. By Bill Barrow And Michelle L. Price. SENT: 880 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

DEVELOPMENT PLANS-DITCH

NEW CARLISLE _ Developers have proposed moving a ditch that divides the site of a massive new industrial park in northern Indiana, despite objections from farmers who warn the move could flood their land. St. Joseph County officials say four businesses have already expressed interest in moving to the proposed Indiana Enterprise Center, a 22,000-acre site near New Carlisle. But a 2.5-mile portion of the Niespodziany Ditch that passes through the land would need to be relocated in order to free up about 2,000 acres for the project. The ditch acts as drainage for several local farms and businesses. SENT: 260 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-SMARTPHONES-REPAIR BUSINESSES

SCHERERVILLE _ As consumer goods prices have come down over time, you don’t see many television repair shops, tailors and cobblers anymore. In fact, there are just a fraction of the 100,000 shoe repair shops that operated in the United States back in the 1930s. People now simply replace whatever’s broken. Except for their smartphones. The phones people obsessively use throughout the day and have grown dependent on in the ever-elusive quest for likes and shares can run over $1,000, and can run into all sorts of problems, such as cracked screens, broken buttons and water damage. Phone repair businesses have been opening left and right in the Region, a bright spot in the local retail sector. By Joseph S. Pete. The Times. SENT: 530 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-RED’S PLEDGE-50 YEARS LATER

VINCENNES _ In September of 1967, Red Skelton wrote a letter to his then wife, Georgia _ as he so often did _ expressing some thoughts he had about patriotism. On Jan. 14, 1969 _ 50 years ago _ he shared those thoughts with the world. The country was in the midst of turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War when Skelton recited his rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance on his popular TV show. “He was upset about all the flag burning during the Vietnam War protests,” said Mark Kratzner, the museum’s curator and archivist. “Just before he did the Pledge, there had been a flag burning in Central Park. By Jenny McNeece. Vincennes Sun-Commercial. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ OFFICER DIES-PURSUIT: A man who led Fort Wayne police on a foot chase that preceded an officer’s death has pleaded guilty to resisting police and other charges. Forty-nine-year-old Patrick A. Faiers will serve three years in prison under his plea agreement.

_ OLD SCHOOL-NEW USE: A tiny southern Indiana town that purchased a former elementary school for $1 plans to turn the building into a hub for the rural community.

_ POWER PLANT-DEMOLITION: Crews have begun demolishing an old coal-fired power plant that was shuttered three years ago in south-central Indiana.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t won a home playoff game, or reached the AFC title game, since the 1993 season. They’ll try to end both of those maddening droughts when the Indianapoli Colts _ the source of so much of their postseason anguish _ arrive at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 3:30 p.m. CT. With sidebars on merits.

BKC--BOSTON COLLEGE-NOTRE DAME

Boston College plays Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit. Noon Eastern tipoff.

Also:

_ BKC--OHIO-BALL STATE

Ohio plays Ball State at John E. Worthen Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--VALPARAISO-SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

Valparaiso plays Southern Illinois at SIU Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--INDIANA STATE-EVANSVILLE

Indiana State plays Evansville at Ford Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--YOUNGSTOWN STATE-IUPUI

Youngstown State plays IUPUI at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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