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

April 6, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. _ The percentage of Indiana high school graduates enrolling in college continues to drop, according to a report by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The 2019 College Readiness Report shows that 63% of 2017 graduates went immediately to college, dropping from 64% in 2016 and 65% in 2015, The Journal Gazette reported. The national average is 67%, the commission said. SENT: 340 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

It’s Bernie versus Beto in Iowa on a busy campaign weekend in the early nominating states. The two 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are holding dueling events just days after Bernie Sanders won the campaign cash derby for the first quarter of the year. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, along with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Michael Bennet of Colorado, scheduled events in New Hampshire. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 290 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.

_ XGR--INDIANA GAMBLING: An Indiana House panel is set to take up a bill that would allow one of Gary’s casinos to move to Terre Haute. SENT: 140 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TRINE COMMENCEMENT-BARBARA PIERCE BUSH: Presidential daughter/granddaughter Barbara Pierce Bush will be delivering the May commencement address at northeastern Indiana’s Trine University.

_ FORMER TEACHER-SEX MISCONDUCT: A former northwest Indiana teacher has been sentenced to 53 years in prison for sexual misconduct with boys during after-school baseball lessons.

SPORTS:

BKW---NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

TAMPA, Fla. _ Notre Dame is one win away from a second straight national chamiponship. Standing in the way is Baylor, which is trying for its first title since 2012. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BKW--FINAL FOUR-COACHES

TAMPA, Fla. _ It’s Muffet McGraw vs. Kim Mulkey _ again. For the first time since they led Notre Dame and Baylor to the national championship game seven years ago, the finalists in the women’s NCAA tournament are both coached by females. By Fred Goodall. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.

CAR--INDYCAR-ALABAMA

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ Three-time winner Josef Newgarden leads the field into qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park, where the pole sitter has won four times. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 600 words. Qualifying starts at 4 p.m.

Also:

_ FBN--COLTS-WEBB: The Indianapolis Colts have re-signed backup offensive lineman J’Marcus Webb. SENT: 130 words.

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