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

March 5, 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. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ELECTION SECURITY-VOTING MACHINES

ATLANTA _ Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released Tuesday. State and local election officials in 31 states including Indiana say they want to replace their voting equipment before the elections, but the vast majority said they don’t have enough money to do so, according to The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law. By Christina A. Cassidy. Sent 730 words, photo. Moving in national news queues.

AROUND THE STATE:

OFF-DUTY TROOPER SHOT

GRANGER, Ind. _ Authorities say an 11-year-old northern Indiana boy who shot and wounded his father, who is a state trooper, has been charged with attempted murder. Authorities say the off-duty trooper suffered a single gunshot wound to his lower extremities Feb. 21. SENT: 150 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SLAYING CONFESSION-PLEA: An Indiana man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges accusing him of killing a woman in Illinois more than four years ago.

_ SOUTH BEND SCHOOLS: The South Bend school district is eliminating athletic director jobs as part of a restructuring.

_ STOLEN GUN-NEGLIGENCE: The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that a gun owner who left a loaded handgun on the seat of an unlocked truck isn’t liable for a deadly outcome after the weapon was stolen.

_ PRIMARY-PAPER BALLOTS: Election officials in a southwestern Indiana county are expected to consider whether to save money by not using voting machines during an upcoming primary vote.

_ PATOKA RESERVOIR-WATER LEVEL: Officials are hoping to win federal approval to lower Patoka Lake Reservoir before spring rains arrive because months of precipitation have pushed it close to capacity.

_ IU-O’NEILL GIFT-SPEA: Indiana University has renamed its School of Public and Environmental Affairs after alumnus and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill.

_ COOK NUCLEAR PLANT: A reactor at a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan is shutting down this week for refueling, maintenance and testing.

SPORTS:

BKN--BULLS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers try to rebound from a rare home loss on Tuesday when the Chicago Bulls come to town. It’s the final game in a three-game home stand and it’s the last stop before a key road trip. The Bulls have played better lately, winning six of their last 10. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

BKC-T25--PURDUE-MINNESOTA

MINNEAPOLIS _ No. 11 Purdue, with the outright Big Ten title in sight, visits a Minnesota team on Tuesday that’s seeking a signature victory to boost its NCAA Tournament bid. By Sports Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BKC-T25--TOP 25 THIS WEEK

Numerous major conference races still to be decided during final week of the regular season. ACC, Big Ten and Big East among the conference races still to be determined. No. 13 Kansas will need some help to capture its 15th straight Big 12 title. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 820 words, photos. Moving on national sports lines.

BKW-T25--TOP 16 REVEAL

NEW YORK _ Baylor, Louisville, Notre Dame and UConn are the No. 1 seeds in the second NCAA Top 16 reveal. The Lady Bears remained the No. 1 overall team and would be the top seed in the Greensboro Region, according to the potential seedings revealed. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words, photos.

BKW--BIG TEN TOURNAMENT-PREVIEW

Maryland and second-place Iowa, who dominated the regular season, seem destined for a rematch in the conference tournament title game. By Sports Writer Luke Meredith. UPCOMING: 600 words.

BKW--ACC TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

There’s a new defending champion at the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s tournament. The favorite is a familiar one. The five-day tournament begins Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, with three first-round games. For the first time, it’s Louisville — and not top-seeded Notre Dame — that enters as the reigning champion. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CAR--INDYCAR-DIXON CELEBRATION

INDIANAPOLIS _ Scott Dixon receives his IndyCar champion’s ring during a ceremony Tuesday at Chip Ganassi’s team shop. Dixon won his fourth series title in 2018. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 400 words.

Also:

_ BKC--XAVIER-BUTLER. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 6 p.m. start.

_ BKC--BALL STATE-EASTERN MICHIGAN. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. start.

_ BKC--IUPUI-WRIGHT STATE. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 8 p.m. start.

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