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

December 14, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Ed White. 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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TOP STORIES:

WRITER KILLED-INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

TERRE HAUTE _ A journalism group at Indiana State University is taking steps to honor slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was an alumnus of the western Indiana school. The university’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hopes to dedicate a meeting space to Khashoggi, who was recently named Time Person of the Year. Graduate student Andrew Hile says the space will serve as a reminder that students should act with “courage, commitment and integrity.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photo.

CHINA-US TRADE-SOYBEANS

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The resumption of soybean sales to China is encouraging to American farmers who’ve seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world’s second-largest economy. But producers see it only as a small step toward normalcy as they continue monitoring the unsettled trade relations between the countries and call for more federal aid. Private exporters have reported sales of 1.43 million metric tons of soybeans to China less than two weeks after the Trump administration reached a three-month truce in the trade war. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GENERAL MOTORS-JOBS

DETROIT _ General Motors’ plans to lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers might not be as bad as originally projected. The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 U.S. factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved. GM said jobs will be added mainly at truck and SUV plants. The company wouldn’t release exact numbers but said several hundred will be added at each of five assembly plants in Arlington, Texas; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Spring Hill, Tennessee; and Lansing, Michigan. In addition, another 50 will be added at a casting plant in Bedford, Indiana. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher. SENT: 980 words, with photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ US STEEL-CHEMICAL SPILL: The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has cited U.S. Steel for causing a foamy discharge into a northwestern Indiana waterway that flows into Lake Michigan.

_ NORTHERN INDIANA SLAYINGS: A man who told investigators he fatally shot two people in northern Indiana while trying to retrieve a Prada purse worth nearly $10,000 has been convicted of murder.

_ DOUBLE MURDER-LIFE SENTENCES: A man who told investigators he fatally shot two people in northern Indiana while trying to retrieve a Prada purse worth nearly $10,000 has been convicted of murder.

_ MAJOR DEMOTED-LETTER: A high-ranking Indianapolis police officer is being stripped of his rank for writing a letter defending a man convicted of rape. Michael Jefferson had been a major who served in the command staffs of current police Chief Bryan Roach and his predecessor.

_ SCRAPPED BRIDGE-CHARGE: A federal jury has convicted a northwestern Indiana scrap-metal dealer of interstate transportation of stolen goods for allegedly demolishing a historic railroad bridge and selling the metal.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-76ERS

PHILADELPHIA _ The Indiana Pacers visit the Philadelphia 76ers. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

INDIANA-JOHNSON ARRESTED

BLOOMINGTON _ Indiana freshman defensive back Jamar Johnson faces a preliminary charge of resisting law enforcement following his arrest on campus. Indiana police spokesman Lt. Kevin Lauerman says officers patrolling the Sembower Recreation Sports Fields Complex detected the odor of marijuana Thursday night and saw two people nearby. One of the individuals ran away before returning and Johnson was arrested. He was released late Thursday from the Monroe County Jail. SENT: 160 words.

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