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AP-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IN

November 6, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Indiana. 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. David Runk is on the desk. All times are Eastern.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS — Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and Republican challenger Mike Braun haven’t found many nice things to say about each other during Indiana’s fierce Senate race, although they both speak kindly of Donald Trump. For Braun, a multimillionaire auto parts magnate, it’s a no-brainer in a state the president won by 19 points. But for Donnelly, vocally supporting a divisive president also carries risk if it alienates Democratic voters he needs to win on Tuesday. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 550 words, photos. Will be updated.

ELECTION 2018-INDIANA-NEWS GUIDE

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Democrats face stiff challenges in Tuesday’s election as they try to hold a U.S. Senate seat and cut into the Republican Party’s grip on most congressional seats. Sen Joe Donnelly is locked in tough fight with GOP businessman Mike Braun in a race that saw two campaign appearances for Braun by President Donald Trump and one for Donnelly by former President Barack Obama in the waning days. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 500 words, photos. Will be updated.

— With: ELECTION 2018-INDIANA-THE LATEST. With updates throughout the day and after the polls close at 6 p.m.

ELECTION 2018-AMERICA VOTES

JEFFERSONVILLE — Clara Swallows pulled herself out of bed. Her aching back made her want to stay put, but the 74-year-old in Indiana had somewhere she needed to be: the polls. Seven hundred miles away in Florida, Stephanie Kent suspended repairs to her home — flooded during Hurricane Michael — and drove 20 miles out of the way to circumvent a still-closed bridge just to cast her ballot, too. Like Swallows and Kent, more than 30 million Americans already have voted in a midterm election expected to draw unprecedented numbers by the time polls close Tuesday night. By Claire Galofaro and Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

OLY--USA GYMNASTICS-DECERTIFIED

The U.S. Olympic Committee took steps Monday to decertify USA Gymnastics as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, choosing to pursue the nuclear option for an organization that botched its own rebuilding attempt in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving former team doctor Larry Nassar. In an open letter to the gymnastics community, USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland said “you deserve better,” and that the challenges facing Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics are more than it is capable of overcoming as currently constructed. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Moved Monday and available for use. Moving in national services.

IN BRIEF:

— STEPFATHER KILLED: A northern Indiana judge is allowing a man who 15 when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of his stepfather to enter home detention earlier than expected. Kosciusko County Judge David Cates in October heard 23-year-old Colt Lundy’s request for a sentence modification.

— EARNS-ELI LILLY: Eli Lilly and Co. on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $1.15 billion. The Indianapolis-based company said it had profit of $1.12 per share.

— SOLDIER TRAINING DEATH: Officials say a soldier from Evansville, Indiana, died Sunday in a training area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

— DENTAL PRACTICES-SETTLEMENT: Indiana’s attorney general and a federal prosecutor in Kentucky have reached a nearly $5.2 million settlement with two dental firms accused of Medicaid fraud.

SPORTS:

BKC-T25--FAIRFIELD-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After graduating four starters, No. 24 Purdue will unleash preseason All-American Carsen Edwards and his new supporting cast in Tuesday night’s season opener against Fairfield. UPCOMNG: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--CHICAGO ST-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana welcomes the long-awaited start of the Romeo Langford era Tuesday night when the Hoosiers host Chicago State in their season opener. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--UIC-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame opens its season at home Tuesday night against Illinois-Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 7 p.m. ET

BKW--T25-EARLY START DATE

NEW YORK — College basketball season begins Tuesday — the earliest it’s ever started. Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma aren’t thrilled about that, either. A sport that used to start official practice around Oct. 15 and have its first games at Thanksgiving is now beginning nearly three weeks sooner. Add that to the summer and preseason workouts that are allowed, and it’s nearly a year-round sport. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BKC--T25-KANSAS-MICHIGAN STATE

INDIANAPOLIS — After a challenging fall off the court, top-ranked Kansas can finally focus on basketball when it faces No.10 Michigan State in the first game of the Champions Classic on Tuesday in Indianapolis. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--T25-DUKE-KENTUCKY

INDIANAPOLIS — John Calipari’s new recruits will get their first taste of big-time college basketball Tuesday when No. 2 Kentucky faces No. 4 Duke in a match-up of college basketball blue bloods at the Champions Classic. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time about 9:30 p.m.

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