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

March 7, 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, followed by Herb McCann. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

TOXIC RELEASES-INDIANA

PORTAGE, Ind. _ The Environmental Protection Agency says two counties in northwestern Indiana have seen the highest number of toxic releases in more than a decade, despite a national decline. The Post-Tribune reports a national analysis released Tuesday found Lake County had 378 toxic releases in 2017, while Porter county had 134. Those are the largest amounts of on-site releases of toxins the counties have seen since 2003. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

OFF-DUTY TROOPER SHOT

GRANGER, Ind. _ Investigators say an 11-year-old northern Indiana boy shot and wounded his state-trooper father because he was upset that his parents took away his video games. SENT: 150 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DEAD DOGS DUMPED: Authorities say a dozen dead dogs were found dumped in a wooded area of southern Indiana.

_ ONE-BUCK CONVICTION: Conservation officers say a southwestern Indiana man illegally killed a deer most hunters “would consider a buck of a lifetime,” but hoped he might skirt a quota by freezing it for later.

_ INTERSTATE CRASH-INDIANA: Police have released the name of a man who died after the SUV he was driving crashed into the back of a semi-truck trailer along an interstate in northwestern Indiana and burst into flames. Police say 30-year-old Augustin J. Carreon of Porter, Indiana, died in the Tuesday evening crash. SENT: 130 words.

_ GREAT LAKES-FUNDING: Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality.

_ NOTRE DAME-RESIDENCE HALL: A Notre Dame University graduate and his wife have donated $20 million to the school for a men’s residence hall.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-BUCKS

MILWAUKEE _ The Indiana Pacers, hoping to hold onto the No. 3 playoff seed in the East, play the first of tough back-to-back road games. They likely will be without the injured Domantas Sabonis when they visit NBA-leading Milwaukee on Thursday. Then it’s on to Philadelphia. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 8 p.m.

BKC--INDIANA-ILLINOIS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. _ After back-to-back victories over ranked teams, Indiana looks to avoid a letdown against Illinois on Thursday. The Hoosiers are coming off wins over No. 19 Wisconsin and No. 6 Michigan State. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Back-to-back home wins over Wisconsin and Michigan State put Indiana on the NCAA Tournament bubble. The Hoosiers (15-14) must win at Illinois on Thursday and at home against Rutgers on Sunday to keep their hopes alive and probably will need a couple more wins in the Big Ten Tournament to make a case to the selection committee. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 660 words, photos.

CAR--INDYCAR-ST. PETE-BOURDAIS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ Sebastien Bourdais will race Sunday for a third-consecutive victory on the streets of St. Petersburg, the city he considers home. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 600 words.

Also:

_ BKC--VALPARAISO-INDIANA STATE. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. start.

_ BKC--EVANSVILLE-ILLINOIS STATE. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 9:30 p.m. start.

_ BKC--MOREHEAD STATE-AUSTIN PEAY. At Evansville, Ind. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7:30 p.m. start.

_ BKC--UT MARTIN-JACKSONVILLE STATE. At Evansville, Ind. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 10 p.m. start.

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