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

February 15, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TRUMP-STEEL TARIFF

WASHINGTON _ Despite President Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs, according to an Associated Press analysis. The waivers from the import tax show how pliable his protectionist policies can be. Trump has positioned himself as an “America First” trade warrior, using tariffs as a club against countries he’s accused of playing unfairly. Although China has been the principal target of Trump’s ire, he also has criticized Japan and American allies in Europe. By Richard Lardner and Larry Fenn. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

POLAND-US-AUSCHWITZ

WARSAW, Poland _ U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the memorial site of Auschwitz on Friday along with the Polish president and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, viewing a train car, crematoriums and the hair of victims that make it such a powerful testament to the evil that befell Europe in the last century. It was the first visit for Pence, a conservative Christian, to the site where German forces murdered 1.1 million people, most of them Jews but also Poles, Roma and others, during the Nazis’ occupation of Eastern Europe during World War II. Pence and his wife Karen were joined by Polish President Andrzej Duda and first lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda. By Vanessa Gera. SENT: 490 words, photos.

_ XGR--PRIVATE SCHOOL FUNDING: Indiana lawmakers have rejected a proposal to block taxpayer dollars from flowing to private schools that discriminate against gay employees and students. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HEPATITUS A-INDIANA: A central Indiana county’s health department is helping deal with a hepatitis A outbreak that’s reached the county jail.

_ WINTER WEATHER-SCHOOL HEAT: Students at a school in northwestern Indiana missed more than two weeks of classes because the building had no heat.

_ UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT NOMINEE: The University of Vermont’s only finalist for school president, a scholar from Purdue University, visited the campus this week.

_ ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES: Hunting and fishing groups have teamed up to support a plan for preventing Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

_ HUD GRANTS: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $1.2 million in grant money to public housing authorities in Indiana to help client families achieve self-sufficiency.

SPORTS:

BKC--BUBBLE WATCH

The Big Ten has three teams that should be NCAA Tournament locks in Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue. After that, the conference has three teams that should be in pretty good shape and three with some work to do. By John Marshall. UPCOMING: 700 words.

BKC--ACC THIS WEEK

RALEIGH, N.C. _ No. 2 Duke plays host to North Carolina State in the best matchup of the weekend in the Atlantic Coast Conference. None of the league’s six Top 25 teams play each other, but the Wolfpack have won their last two against the first-place Blue Devils. Duke is coming off one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA history and has its rivalry with North Carolina looming next week. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 460 words, photos.

CAR--INDY 500-TIRICO

STAMFORD, Conn. _ NBC Sports announced Friday that Mike Tirico will anchor the network’s inaugural Indianapolis 500 coverage on May 26, giving him his first glimpse at the largest single-day crowd to attend a sporting event anywhere in the world. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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