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AP-IN--Indiana News Digest 6 pm, IN

January 8, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 6 p.m. 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.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

STATE OF THE STATE-INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS — Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb gives the annual State of the State speech to the Indiana General Assembly on Jan. 9. By Brian Slodysko. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Developing from 7 p.m. speech.

NEW THIS DIGEST: MISSING TEENS-INDIANA, OPIOIDS LAWSUIT-INDIANA, FBC--INDIANA-ASSISTANT COACH, CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

TOP STORY:

XGR--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-SENATE REPUBLICAN AGENDA

INDIANAPOLIS — Repealing Indiana’s ban on retail Sunday alcohol sales is a top priority this year, Republican leaders of the state Senate said Monday. But a measure that would allow pharmacies, convenience stores and big box retailers to sell cold — and not just warm — beer faces a far more uncertain fate. The two alcohol proposals have been debated for decades, with powerful lobbying interests scuttling past efforts to revise the state’s antiquated liquor laws. This year, however, there is renewed interest among lawmakers to take up the proposals, which enjoy considerable popular support. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 450 words.

With:

— XGR--INDIANA ALCOHOL LAWS: The chairman of an Indiana Senate committee that handles alcohol matters has scheduled a hearing for a bill to allow retail Sunday booze sales. SENT: 130 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

PENCE-MIDDLE EAST

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence will visit Egypt, Jordan and Israel this month after postponing a trip to the Middle East in December following President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The White House announced Monday that Pence will travel to the region Jan. 19-23, starting with a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Pence will also confer with King Abdullah II of Jordan and then hold two days of meetings and events in Israel. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 420 words.

XGR--DISTRESSED SCHOOLS

MUNCIE, Ind. — Two Indiana lawmakers are proposing legislation that would create an early-warning system to identify financially troubled school districts and help them avoid budgetary distress that might require a state takeover. Republican Rep. Tim Brown said his legislation includes a provision to create a financial-condition indicator dashboard summarizing data on each school district, including the cash balances in the district’s main funds over several years. SENT: 270 words.

— XGR--DEAD PEOPLE-VOTES: A Republican Indiana state senator wants the votes of dead people to count. UPCOMING: 120 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-ACCEPTED TO PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Stephen Quillin’s parents lied to him. OK, not lied — misled. Quillin thought his parents were taking him to a Purdue University basketball game Wednesday night. And while they did eventually get to the game, Quillin got one thing he was not expecting — acceptance to Purdue. As a surprise, Purdue and Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana partnered to surprise Quillin as the first person to be accepted into Purdue for the class of 2022. By Shannon Hall. (Lafayette) Journal and Courier. SENT: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MISSING TEENS-INDIANA: Indiana State Police say the base of operations for the unsolved slayings of two northern Indiana girls is moving to a smaller workspace.

— OPIOIDS LAWSUIT-INDIANA: Several more Indiana communities have joined the growing list of governments suing pharmaceutical companies and distributors over their roles in the opioid abuse crisis.

— BOAT STORAGE FIRE: Authorities say a fire has destroyed 75 boats inside an Indianapolis storage facility, causing an estimated $1.5 million in damage. AP Video.

— INDIANA-FLU SHOTS: Indiana’s health commissioner is urging Hoosiers to get their flu shots and take other precautions amid a surge in flu-related illnesses and deaths.

— GARY POLICE CHIEF: A 23-year veteran of the Gary Police Department has been appointed the northwestern Indiana city’s new chief of the department.

— HIV STATUS-SENTENCE: A northeastern Indiana man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for not telling numerous sex partners that he’s HIV-positive.

— FIRE DEATHS-INDIANA: Authorities say two people were found dead following a fire in northern Indiana.

— INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT-INDIANA: Authorities say a worker has died in an accident at an industrial facility in northeastern Indiana.

— INDIANA-BRIBERY CHARGES: The public corruption trial of a northwestern Indiana mayor who faces tax evasion and bribery charges has been moved to June.

SPORTS:

BKN--BUCKS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS — The Pacers host the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL

Villanova’s slide out of No. 1 in the AP Top 25 lasted just a week. The Wildcats returned to the top spot in Monday’s poll after an upset-filled week that included losses by No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Duke. Purdue and Wichita State tied for No. 5. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 670 words, photos.

BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK — Rutgers is back in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll for the first time since 2015. The Scarlet Knights jumped into the AP Top 25 on Monday at No. 21, riding an 11-game winning streak. Rutgers (15-2) was last ranked on March 2, 2015. UConn remains a unanimous choice from the 32-member national media panel after cruised to two easy victories last week. The Huskies were followed in the rankings by Notre Dame, Louisville, Mississippi State and Baylor. Louisville hosts the Irish on Thursday. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 490 words, photo.

CAR--NASCAR-IN THE PITS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Danica Patrick’s days as a race car driver are pretty much over. She says she has two races left in her, the “Danica Double,” but she has yet to announce rides for either the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500. With nothing racing related to announce, Patrick has stormed into her second act and shifted gears away from the track. She returned to work last week promoting her new book, “Pretty Intense,” a 90-day food, body and mind plan that she swears will change your life. She exercised on live television, prepared a meal, did a media blitz in New York City, then capped her week by returning to North Carolina for her first book signing. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 900 words, photos.

Also:

— FBC--INDIANA-ASSISTANT COACH: Indiana has hired Kane Wommack to coach the linebackers next season. SENT: 100 words.

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