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AP-IN--Indiana News Digest 6 pm, IN

February 5, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 6 p.m. 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, followed by Herbert McCann.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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




INDIANAPOLIS — A man being held in a suspected drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver has been twice deported from the U.S. — a revelation an Indiana congressman said Monday should anger “all Americans.” Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, remained jailed Monday but has not been charged in Sunday’s deadly crash along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. State Police said Monday that he’s a citizen of Guatemala who gave officers a fake name when he was arrested following the pre-dawn crash. By Rick Callahan. SENT: 610 words, photos.


— COLTS PLAYER KILLED-THE LATEST — The Latest on a suspected drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man.


CHARLOTTE, Mich. — The worst sex-abuse case in sports history ended Monday with a third long prison sentence for Larry Nassar, and his victims vowed to keep fighting for accountability in the scandal that upended the gymnastics world and raised alarms about the sport’s ask-no-questions culture. Long after the disgraced doctor is locked up in a federal prison, investigations into his misconduct will go on, perhaps for years. By David Eggert. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.


— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-JOBS LOST: Numerous people have been fired or forced out of jobs in the wake of the widening scandal involving Nassar. SENT: 620 words, photos.

— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-INVESTIGATIONS: A look at the multiple investigations into Nassar’s misconduct and why it was not stopped sooner. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-THE LATEST: The Latest on the third and final sentencing hearing for disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.



WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence’s six-day swing through Asia, anchored by a stop at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, is set to focus less on sports than the host country’s bellicose neighbor to the North. Pence departed Monday for Alaska, Japan, and South Korea, aiming to ensure North Korea doesn’t “hijack” the games as it participates on a joint team with the South, in the view of the White House. He’ll hold symbolic events of his own to highlight the North’s human rights abuses and nuclear ambitions, according to White House officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to preview the trip publicly. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 650 words, photo.


— PENCE-THE LATEST: The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Legislature is poised to allow anyone to use cannabidiol, a cannabis-derived extract believed to have therapeutic benefits. The Indiana Senate voted 35-13 on Monday to allow cannabidiol to be sold without restriction. The Indiana House previously approved similar legislation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House has approved a bill that would overhaul the types of high school diplomas offered to students. The measure by Republican Indianapolis Rep. Bob Behning was approved Monday on an 84-5 vote. It now moves to the Senate for consideration. SENT: 250 words.

— XGR--DEER HUNTING-RIFLE BAN: A mistake included in a law approved last year prohibiting deer hunters from using rifles on public property would be fixed under a bill approved by the Indiana House. SENT: 130 words.

— XGR--HANDGUN LICENSES-INDIANA: The fees for Indiana’s lifetime handgun permits would be eliminated under a proposal endorsed by the Indiana House. SENT: 130 words.

— INDIANA UTILITY COMMISSION: The legislator who leads the Indiana House utility committee is among the finalists for a seat on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that oversees most of the state’s electricity and natural gas companies. SENT: 130 words.



INDIANAPOLIS — Newly released figures show the opioid epidemic is expanding in Indiana and driving more children into foster care. The 2018 Kids Count Data Book released by the nonprofit, Indiana Youth Institute, says more children are being removed from homes where parents use drugs. SENT: 270 words.


HARTFORD CITY, Ind. — A state panel has recommended that an Indiana judge be suspended for six days without pay, following charges filed by the Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission. The commission filed the four misconduct charges against Blackford Circuit Court Judge Dean Young in June over a dispute with his county’s clerk. SENT: 210 words.


FOUNTAIN CITY, Ind. — When Madi Clay was a sophomore at Northeastern High School, Princess Darnell took over as head coach and started a new tradition: team meals before away games. Clay was the most experienced player on a very young team, and her team relied on her to spend quite a few minutes on the court. On top of that, certain things she was eating during those team meals made her extra tired during games. It was all part of managing the life of a high school teen, rebuilding a basketball team, and adjusting to life as a diabetic. By Jesus Jimenez. (Richmond) Palladium-Item. SENT: 1,320 words.


— POLICE OFFICER SHOT: A former Indianapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in the shooting of a detective who was investigating a domestic violence incident involving the officer and his estranged wife.

— SUV-TRAIN CRASH: A southern Indiana woman who admits having drugs in her system when her SUV collided with a freight train, killing her two young children, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

— FRANKFORT FIRE: Authorities say six people have been hospitalized after an overnight firer tore through a central Indiana farmhouse.

— MARION-TEENS’ DEATHS: Police say the deaths of two northeastern Indiana teenagers are being investigated as a suspected murder-suicide.

— BODIES FOUND-HOME: Authorities say the deaths of an elderly northern Indiana couple are being investigated as a possible homicide and suicide.

— PARATROOPER DIES: A paratrooper from northern Indiana who was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division has been found dead in North Carolina.

— HESBURGH ARCHIVE: Some of the most important writings of late University of Notre Dame President Rev. Theodore Hesburgh are now available online.



INDIANAPOLIS — The surging Indiana Pacers are chasing their fifth win in six games when they host Washington on Monday. The Wizards will be without star guard John Wall. It’s the first time these Eastern Conference foes have met this season. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Indiana Hoosiers try to snap a four-game losing skid as they play a road game Monday against Rutgers, which is last in the Big Ten suffered a tight loss Saturday against Purdue. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.


RALEIGH, N.C. — Villanova, Virginia and Purdue are making themselves comfortable atop the AP Top 25. The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in Monday’s latest poll, followed by the second-ranked Cavaliers and the third-ranked Boilermakers. It marked the fourth straight week that with the trio sitting 1-2-3 in the poll as they continue extended winning streaks. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 650 words, photos.


Jimmy Vasser has returned to IndyCar after a one-year absence in a partnership with Dale Coyne Racing. Vasser and business partner James “Sulli” Sullivan merged with Coyne to create Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan for this season. Vasser and Sullivan will be re-united with driver Sebastien Bourdais, who spent three seasons driving for them under KVSH Racing. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 500 words, photo.


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