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

January 26, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Rick Callahan is on the desk. 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TEACHER STRIKES

UNDATED _ Los Angeles teachers who declared a victory after a six-day strike have added momentum to a successful wave of activism by educators framing their cause as a push to improve public education, not just get pay raises. The movement began last spring in West Virginia. Elected officials in New Mexico , Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi and Arkansas are among others who have proposed increases in teacher pay early in the new year. By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 800 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

RURAL INTERNET ACCESS

LINDEN _ An electricity cooperative is expanding broadband internet services in rural parts of northern Indiana, setting the stage for possible economic growth in the region. Tipmont REMC is rolling out high-speed internet services in Tippecanoe County and the rural towns of Romney, New Richmond and Linden. The cooperative aims to bring broadband internet to its nearly 24,000 members, with the first expansion set to bring the service to 1,200 members in Linden, said Tipmont spokesman Rob Ford. SENT: 270 words.

EXCHANGE-YOUNG PEOPLE-E-CIGARETTES

FRANKLIN, Ind. _ For students at Franklin Community Middle School, e-cigarettes seem to be everywhere. Students use them after school when they’re hanging out. Some even bring them to school, hiding them in their shirt sleeves to vape during class, or stopping in the bathroom to use the devices. The hottest trend is Juul, small devices that look like flash drives, don’t produce any smoke or vapor and are easy to conceal. “Kids just started doing it to be cool, but then that leads to addiction, because there is nicotine in there,” said Cora Bechert, an eighth-grader at the school. By Ryan Trares. Daily Journal. SENT: 1,870 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-COUPLE’S STORIED LIVES

ORLEANS, Ind. _ With a couple of parachutes in the trunk of his convertible, Dwight Dillon was training registered nurses to jump from planes as a part of the Civil Air Patrol’s emergency services. But he was a paratrooper, not a pilot, so he needed Betty Crites’ help manning the controls. Crites received a scholarship to learn to fly from the Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation when she was in her early 30s, and by the time she met Dwight, she was an accomplished pilot. “When I flew with a male pilot, before I’d jump, I’d pat him on the back, then jump,” Dwight said. “With her, I reached up, kissed her on the cheek and then I got the hell out of there!” That kiss more than six decades ago still elicits laughter from the couple as they sit in front of the fireplace at their home in rural Orleans. Dwight goes on to explain his wife was a better pilot than a paratrooper. By Krystal Shetler. The (Bedford) Times-Mail. SENT: 2,050 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDIANA LEGISLATURE-CIVICS TEST: Indiana high school students would have to pass a civics test in order to graduate if a state Senate proposal becomes law. Senators voted 31-17 on Thursday in favor of requiring students to pass the same test covering American history and government that immigrants take to become U.S. citizens.

_ CARMEL WRESTLERS-FORFEITED MATCHES: Eight members of Carmel High School’s wrestling team have forfeited matches after the suburban Indianapolis school reported that they wore banned weight-loss suits during practices.

_ CLABBER GIRL-BILLBOARD RESTORATION: A Clabber Girl baking powder billboard that’s been a western Indiana landmark since the 1930s is shining again following a restoration. Crews installed the 80-year-old billboard’s freshly painted yellow and red panels Monday along U.S. 40 on Terre Haute’s east side.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-GRIZZLIES

MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ The Memphis Grizzlies host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night in the second home game in as many nights. By Clay Bailey. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

FBN--PRO BOWL

ORLANDO, Fla. _ With 44 first-time Pro Bowl players, it’s anyone’s guess how intense the annual all-star game will be. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words by noon.

BKC--T25-VIRGINIA-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ No. 3 Virginia brings its stifling defense to Notre Dame for an ACC game at Purcell Pavilion. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. 1 p.m. ET tipoff.

Also:

_ BKC--DRAKE-VALPARAISO

Drake plays Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--EVANSVILLE-NORTHERN IOWA

Evansville plays Northern Iowa at McLeod Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--DENVER-PURDUE FORT WAYNE

Denver plays Purdue Fort Wayne at Hilliard Gates Sports Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--BALL STATE-OHIO

Ball State plays Ohio at Convocation Center Ohio. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--DETROIT-IUPUI

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

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