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

March 14, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

OBIT-BAYH

INDIANAPOLIS _ Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the Title IX federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after midnight from pneumonia, his family said in a statement. His son, Evan, followed him into politics and became Indiana’s governor and a senator. The liberal Democrat had a back-slapping, humorous campaigning style that helped him win three narrow elections to the Senate starting in 1962, at a time when Republicans won Indiana in four of the five presidential elections. Bayh’s hold on the seat ended with a loss to Dan Quayle during the 1980 Ronald Reagan-led Republican landslide. By Tom Davies. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

OBIT-BAYH-A LIFE

INDIANAPOLIS _ When Birch Bayh pushed in the U.S. Senate for the landmark 1972 federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and athletics, women received fewer than 10 percent of all medical and law degrees and only one in 27 high school girls played sports. Now, women make up more than half of those receiving bachelor’s and graduate degrees and more than 3 million high school girls _ one in two _ play sports. Bayh reveled in the impact of the Title IX law in the years after his time as a Democratic senator from Indiana ended. He described the Title IX law as the most important legal step for equality since the right of women to vote was guaranteed in 1920. By Tom Davies. SENT: 1,280 words, photos.

With:

_ OBIT-BIRCH BAYH-REAX: Reaction to the death of former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who died Thursday at age 91. Developing.

_ BIRCH BAYH-INDIANA: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed flags across Indiana to be flown at half-staff in honor of former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who died Thursday at age 91. SENT: 130 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-SCHOOL BUS SAFETY

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana lawmakers have revised a bill that seeks to catch motorists who pass stopped school buses while children are near to address concerns of policing for profit. The Indiana House Courts and Criminal Code Committee on Wednesday amended the bill to bar schools or camera vendors from profiting from the camera enforcement. Fines collected can be used to pay for camera equipment. UPCOMING: 250 words.

_ DONNELLY-LOBBYING FIRM: Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana is joining a Washington D.C. lobbying firm. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GAS EXPLOSIONS

LAWRENCE, Mass _ Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will help oversee efforts to improve safety and reduce risk at NiSource, the utility company blamed for natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts six months ago. The Indiana-based company announced Thursday that the former Republican congressman from Illinois will chair a new, five-member board charged with reviewing the company’s rollout of a new safety management system across the seven states it serves. SENT: 360 words.

TOYOTA-US EXPANSION

BUFFALO, W.Va. _ Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday announced it is investing an additional $750 million at five U.S. plants that will bring nearly 600 new jobs, including the production of two hybrid vehicles for the first time at its Kentucky facility. It marks yet another expansion of the Japanese automaker’s U.S. presence, bringing to nearly $13 billion the amount it will spend by 2021. By John Raby and Bruce Schreiner. SENT: 560 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SUSPECTED BURGLAR CRUSHED: Police in northeastern Indiana say a suspected burglar was apparently crushed to death when a more than 900-pound (408-kilogram) antique safe fell over onto him.

_ SNOWY RUNWAY-INDIANA: The pilot of a small plane that slid off a runway while landing at a municipal airport in eastern Indiana in February told investigators he didn’t recall seeing a warning that the runway was snow-covered.

_ NEW STATE HOSPITAL: The Family and Social Services Administration will dedicate and open Indiana’s newest state psychiatric hospital on Friday.

_ LAKE ERIE ALGAE: Ohio’s governor is proposing spending nearly $1 billion to combat the toxic algae in Lake Erie and to protect the state’s other lakes and rivers.

SPORTS:

FBN--FREE AGENCY-COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard reverted to his old free agent playbook. He re-signed his own players first. He barely made a ripple on the first day of free agency. Then Thursday, Ballard made his move by signing former Carolina receiver Devin Funchess to a one-year deal. The move comes one day after Indy re-signed cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Chris Milton. By Michael Marot. SENT: 675 words.

BKN--THUNDER-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Oklahoma City All-Star Paul George makes his second trip back to Indianapolis Thursday to face his old team, the Pacers. George is believed to be one of the MVP front-runners as the Thunder fights to stay in the top four in the West. Indiana needs a win before heading out on a long road trip as it fights to stay in the top four in the East. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

BKC--B10-INDIANA-OHIO STATE

CHICAGO _ After earning first-round byes, Ohio State and Indiana meet in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Ohio State has lost the past three games without leading scorer and rebounder Kaleb Wesson, who is suspended for violating athletic department policy. Indiana has won four in a row after losing 12 of 13. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 12:30 p.m.

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

TCU and St. John’s both earned important wins on Wednesday to improve their NCAA Tournament chances. Now several crucial bubble games loom on Thursday, including Indiana vs. Ohio State, Texas vs. Kansas and Florida vs. Arkansas. By David Brandt. SENT: 720 words, photos.

CAR--NASCAR-GUTHRIE SNUBBED

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, was dropped from the list of nominees for NASCAR’s Landmark Award that honors contribution to the sport. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 800 words.

Also:

_ BKC--BALL ST-BOWLING GREEN. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 9 p.m. start.

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