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

January 19, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Corey Williams 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.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



DETROIT _ People throughout parts of the Midwest woke Saturday to a heavy and steady snowfall that forced the cancellation of hundreds of airline flights and made driving dangerous. More than 460 flights were canceled Saturday morning at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and about 50 flights were canceled at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. In the Detroit area, many motorists were moving well below posted speed limits along freeways due to slushy conditions. The snowfall is part of a wall of hazardous weather that trekked from the Dakotas and across the Great Lakes states, headed toward New England. The National Weather Service has warned that conditions in the Northeast “could approach blizzard criteria.” Some areas in the storm’s path saw ice instead of snow. By Corey Williams. SENT: words, photos.

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WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on a winter storm in the Midwest and New England.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Renewed attempts in Indiana to increase the taxes paid by cigarette smokers and legalize at least some marijuana use face cloudy futures with state lawmakers. Anti-smoking groups and business leaders are pushing to triple the state’s cigarette tax to nearly $3 a pack, arguing the hike would reduce Indiana’s high smoking rate and discourage youths from starting to smoke. Proposals for similar increases have failed in recent years and Republican legislative leaders say they don’t sense much appetite for it during this year’s legislative session. By Tom Davies. SENT: 820 words.


CHAPEL HILLS, N.C. _ Frances R. Mears, an Associated Press reporter, editor and bureau chief during a journalism career that spanned more than 40 years, died Saturday. She was 66. Mears had been ill with cancer, said her husband, Walter R. Mears, the Pulitzer Prize-winning political writer and retired AP vice president. After more than a decade in newspaper journalism, Fran Mears — then known as Fran Richardson — joined the AP in 1982 in Indianapolis, serving there initially as a legislative reporter and broadcast editor. In 1990, she was named news editor for Indiana after a brief hiatus from the AP when she was public relations director of the Hoosier Lottery. SENT: 620 words, photo.


INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana environmental regulators are reviewing utilities’ cleanup plans for dozens of coal ash ponds, with one environmental group concerned that the plans don’t do enough to address potential contamination. The cleanup efforts come after utilities across the country admitted last year to leaking toxic chemicals from their coal ash ponds into nearby groundwater, The Indianapolis Star reported. Indiana is home to roughly 85 coal ash ponds — more than any other state — which hold more than 60 million cubic yards of coal ash. The Northern Indiana Public Service Company said it plans to remove ash from five ponds at one of its plants. Several other utilities, including Duke Energy, plan to keep the ash in place when they close their ponds. SENT: 320 words.


MERRILLVILLE, Ind. _ When Ryan Germick graduated from Merrillville High School in 1998, he regularly used floppy disks, designed posters on an old Macintosh desktop in the school’s art loft and had never used Google. After high school, Germick’s education led him through teaching and freelancing gigs in New York, India and Japan before landing at Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters where he’s made a career of bringing personality to the tech industry. Since joining the company in 2006, Germick has played a role in creating some of Google’s most recognizable designs, such as the Pegman from Google Maps’ Street View and countless Google Doodles _ the sometimes quirky, always creative logo illustrations displayed on the search engines’ home page for anniversaries, world events and other notable occasions. By Carley Lanich. The Times. SENT: 810 words, photos requested.


PERU, Ind. _ A Peru couple has purchased the birthplace of famous Broadway composer Cole Porter and will continue to run it as an inn after the property went up for sale last year. Jill and Marlin Ash, who own a consignment shop in Peru and a hog farm in Miami County, bought the house located at 19 S. Huntington St. in November for $110,000 from Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre, a nonprofit performance group. The purchase marks the most recent chapter of the historic property that at one time was used as a meth lab. Porter, who became famous for his cosmopolitan lifestyle and compositions such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and the musical “Kiss Me Kate,” was born in Peru in 1891 and wrote some of his first songs inside the house. By Carson Gerber. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 910 words, photos requested.


_ DEATHS-ARRESTS: Authorities have charged three Indiana men with murder in connection with the deaths of three family members in Kentucky more than a year ago.

_ INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES: Indiana conservationists are toasting a state commission’s decision to make dozens of invasive plant species illegal in the state.

_ SCHOOL BUS SAFETY-BILLBOARDS: A northeastern Indiana foundation is teaming up with a school district to use billboards to remind motorists to stop for school buses when their stop-arms are down.



INDIANAPOLIS _ The Dallas Mavericks visit the Indiana Pacers.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ No. 17 North Carolina State plays Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 2 p.m. ET tipoff.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ No. 25 Indiana tries to snap a three-game losing streak when it heads to Mackey Arena to face rival Purdue on Saturday. The Boilermakers have put a better supporting cast around preseason All-American Carsen Edwards lately. Purdue has won five of its last six and 10 straight on its home court. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 2 p.m. ET.


INDIANAPOLIS _ St. John’s plays Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ Illinois State plays Evansville at Ford Center.


MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. _ Ball State plays Central Michigan at McGuirk Arena.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ Loyola (IL) plays Indiana State at Hulman Center.


VALPARAISO, Ind. _ Northern Iowa play Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center.


MILWAUKEE, Wis. _ IUPUI plays Milwaukee at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena.


MACOMB, Ill. _ Purdue Fort Wayne plays Western Illinois at Western Hall.


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