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

February 18, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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INDIANAPOLIS _ Opponents and supporters of a proposed Indiana hate crimes law are arguing their positions before state legislators. A state Senate committee opened a hearing Monday morning on a bill creating a law specifically against crimes fueled by biases regarding traits such as race, religion and sexual orientation. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has said it’s “long overdue” to end Indiana’s status as one of just five states without such a law. By Tom Davies. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.



INDIANAPOLIS _ A draft plan for transforming the largely underused White River into a haven for central Indiana recreation calls for rock climbing, bird watching and zip lining. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Agency Landscaping and Planning recently unveiled a draft plan for revitalizing 58 miles of the White River that runs through Hamilton and Marion counties. The company presented concepts such as a rock climbing wall at a quarry and a riverside field for bison grazing. SENT: 360 words.


CINCINNATI _ The new owners of Cincinnati’s historic Showboat Majestic say they plan to continue using the double-decker riverboat as an entertainment venue. WCPO-TV reports Adams County realtor Joe Brumley and his wife bought the country’s last floating theater for around $110,000 this month after Cincinnati put it up for auction, citing high maintenance costs. The Brumleys are hoping the boat, built in 1923, can be turned into a tourist attraction at a southern Ohio winery along the Ohio River. SENT: 320 words.


—NOTRE DAME-MCCARRICK: The University of Notre Dame has rescinded an honorary degree that it conferred more than a decade ago to now-defrocked former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

—YOUNG WORKERS-NORTHEAST INDIANA: Northeastern Indiana business and civic leaders are hoping a new branding effort can help lure more young workers to the region.

—I-64 REST STOPS CLOSURE: State highway officials are reviewing their plans to close two little-used highway rest stops in southern Indiana.



RALEIGH, N.C. _ Notre Dame brings a top-10 ranking to Raleigh to face North Carolina State _ which carried an unbeaten record into early February _ on Monday night. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


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