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

January 8, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Ken Kusmer 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

XGR--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-HATE CRIMES

INDIANAPOLIS _ A coalition of Indiana business, religious and community group leaders say they won’t be satisfied with what they describe as a weakened version of a proposed state hate crimes law. More than 100 supporters joined the group Indiana Forward at the Statehouse on Tuesday to launch a lobbying campaign for the law. Several speakers argued Indiana needs a strong law that specifically extends protections against crimes fueled by biases regarding traits such as race, religion and sexual orientation. By Tom Davies. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

XGR--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

INDIANAPOLIS _ The mother of three children fatally struck while crossing a northern Indiana highway to board their school bus is backing a move for tougher penalties against drivers who pass buses with extended stop arms. Brittany Ingle said during a Statehouse news conference Tuesday that she is fighting to prevent other parents from facing the same tragedy. By Tom Davies. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED

ELKHART, Ind. _ The new police chief of a northern Indiana city wants to focus on transparency and accountability after his predecessor was forced to resign over questions of department discipline and the beating of a handcuffed suspect by two officers. Chris Snyder, an Elkhart police veteran of more than two decades, was sworn in Monday as the new head of the Elkhart Police Department. The former homicide detective is replacing police chief Ed Windbigler, who resigned last month. SENT: 280 words.

TYLER TRENT-PURDUE-FUNERAL

CARMEL, Ind. _ A former Purdue University student who inspired many as he battled cancer while cheering on Purdue’s football team will be laid to rest. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos. Will be updated from funeral scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONVICTED MURDERER-RELEASE: The Indiana Parole Board has again rejected parole for an Indiana man who was convicted in a woman’s 1986 killing and dismemberment.

_ INDIANA DEATHS: Authorities say a southern Indiana woman fatally shot her 16-year-old grandson before calling 911 to report what happened and killing herself.

_ BLOOMINGTON-FATAL FIRE: Fire investigators say a southern Indiana house where a 2-year-old boy died in a weekend fire didn’t have working smoke detectors.

_ COVERED BRIDGE DAMAGED: Authorities say a box truck has damaged a 135-year-old covered bridge in southwestern Indiana.

_ STELLAR COMMUNITIES: The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs says it’s accepting letters of intent for the Stellar Communities Program from interested communities.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-STARTING FAST

INDIANAPOLIS _ Andrew Luck does some of his best work when the Indianapolis Colts fall behind. Lately, he’s mastered the art of the fast start _ something he and the Colts hope to repeat in Saturday’s divisional-round game at Kansas City. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBN--COLTS-MCAFEE’S NEW QUEST

INDIANAPOLIS _ Pat McAfee watched those two agonizing bounces in Chicago on Sunday and immediately tried to put Cody Parkey’s missed field goal in perspective. He thought about the 27 death threats he received after missing a couple of costly kicks during one game in college. He felt horribly for the friend who sometimes slept on his floor when they were training camp teammates in 2014 with Indianapolis. And then McAfee, the Colts’ former punter, contemplated how he would have described the situation to a television audience. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

The NFL’s wild weekend of wild-card games demonstrated that even in this age of explosive offenses, defense still dominates in the playoffs and it often comes down to a toe, a few fingers or even a 40-year-old hamstring. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s season _ and maybe career _ ended when he popped his left hamstring on an errant 57-yard field goal try just before halftime of Seattle’s 24-22 loss to Dallas on Saturday night. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BKN--PACERS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND _ The Indiana Pacers visit the Cleveland Cavaliers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--T25-PURDUE-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 6 Michigan State hosts Purdue on Tuesday night at the Jack Breslin Students Events Center.. Game starts at 9 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKW--T25-WHO’S NO 1

NEW YORK _ For the first time in a long time, a handful of teams could make an argument to be No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. Over the past decade there really hasn’t been too much debate each week over who should hold the top spot. Only five teams have been No. 1 since the preseason poll in 2008 and most of the time they were the unanimous choice or close to it. College football has had 14 different teams ranked No. 1 over that same span and men’s college basketball has had 21. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 840 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--LOYOLA (IL)-EVANSVILLE: Loyola (IL) plays Evansville at Ford Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. 8 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--BRADLEY-VALPARAISO: Bradley plays Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. 8 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--EASTERN MICHIGAN-BALL STATE: Eastern Michigan plays Ball State at John E. Worthen Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. 7 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--MISSOURI STATE-INDIANA STATE: Missouri State plays Indiana State at Hulman Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit. 7 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKH--IND HS GIRLS POLL: Indiana High School Girls Basketball Top 10 Teams.

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