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BC-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory, IN

January 16, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Indiana. 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. David Runk is on the desk. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

EXECUTION DRUGS-INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS _ A man sentenced to death for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl is suing the state of Indiana, seeking to stop the state from performing executions. The lawsuit filed in LaPorte Superior Court on behalf of Roy Lee Ward, who is on death row at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, urges the court to issue an injunction halting capital punishment and rule that the state’s ultimate criminal penalty violates the state constitution. UPCOMING: 350 words.

ABORTION-STATE BATTLEGROUND

NEW YORK _ State lawmakers and activists on both sides of the abortion debate are emboldened by recent political developments and plan to push aggressively this year for bills high on their wish lists. Opponents are seeing a surge of optimism that sweeping abortion bans might have a chance of prevailing in the reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court that includes two appointees by President Donald Trump. Supporters of abortion rights are being buoyed by results of the midterm elections in several states. By David Crary. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos.

XGR--STATE OF STATE-INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is targeting some more state money toward a goal of boosting teacher pay. Holcomb used his State of the State speech Tuesday evening to announce plans to pay off $140 million in teacher pension obligations owed by school districts over the next two years. The extra money would amount to about 1 percent more money to school districts. Democrats say more money needs to be found. By Tom Davies. SENT: 700 words, photos. Moved late yesterday and available for use. With: XGR--STATE OF STATE-INDIANA-THE LATEST.

IN BRIEF:

—KAREN PENCE: Vice President Mike Pence’s wife Karen Pence began teaching art to elementary students at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia on Tuesday. Photo.

—MESSER-LOBBYING FIRM: Former Indiana Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer is joining a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm.

—I-64-REST STOPS CLOSURE: State highway officials are preparing to close two little-used rest stops along Interstate 64 in far southern Indiana.

SPORTS:

BKC--BUTLER-DEPAUL

CHICAGO _ Butler travels to Chicago to take on DePaul on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--INDIANA STATE-NORTHERN IOWA

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa _ Indiana State plays Northern Iowa on Wednesday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

BKC--EVANSVILLE-MISSOURI STATE

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ Evansville plays Missouri State in a Wednesday road game. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 8 p.m. ET.

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