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

February 4, 2019

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

VETERAN-BOMB-SNIFFING DOG

CULVER, Ind. _An Indiana veteran who recently adopted the bomb-sniffing dog he served with in Afghanistan says the retired canine is settling in to a pampered life. Army veteran Joseph Steenbeke served nearly a year in Afghanistan with a Belgian Malinois named Tess, who rarely left his side. He got only minutes to say goodbye to his canine partner in February 2013. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 250 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--INDIANA ALCOHOL LAWS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Two prominent Indiana Republicans’ involvement in a deal to purchase a chain of liquor stores has raised conflict of interest concerns. The Indianapolis Star reports that state GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer and Indianapolis Business Journal co-owner Nate Feltman are minority partners with Indiana Liquor Group in a deal to purchase Save-on Liquor. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA-GANNETT

NEW YORK _ The publisher of USA Today and dozens of other newspapers said no to a hedge-fund backed media group with a reputation for slashing jobs, but the buyout fight may not be over. Gannett on Monday said its board has unanimously rejected an unsolicited $1.36 billion buyout from MNG Enterprises , better known as Digital First Media. Digital First then said that it might nominate new Gannett board directors to consider its offer. By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 420 words, photo. Moving in national news queues.

IN BRIEF:

_ ICE FISHING DEATH: Authorities say a 55-year-old man has died after falling through ice while fishing in southwestern Indiana.

_ WINTER WEATHER-ELECTRIC TRAINS: Electric-powered commuter trains in the Chicago area are getting back to normal operations after Artic cold forced the shutdown of two major lines.

_ ROLLER RINK-SHOOTING: Police say a shooting outside an Indianapolis roller rink left one person dead and another wounded.

_ CHILDREN KILLED-INDIANA: A 12-year-old Indiana boy who survived a bus stop crash that killed three young siblings has met the medics who saved his life.

_ ROBBERY CONVICTION-PARDON: A man who spent nearly 10 years in prison for a wrongful conviction has cleared a key hurdle in his lawsuit against Elkhart police.

_ INDIANA PORTS: Indiana’s three major shipping ports handled a record amount of cargo last year as a big jump in coal shipments helped them see 25 percent growth from 2017.

_ WIND FARMS: Northern Indiana Public Service is planning three wind farms in an effort to gradually shift from coal-fired power to renewable energy.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-PELICANS

NEW ORLEANS _ The Indiana Pacers try to win their second straight on the heels of a four-game skid when they visit the struggling Pelicans on Monday night. New Orleans is still reeling from All-Star Anthony Davis’ recent trade demand and has won just two of its past nine games. By Brett Martel. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Tip-off 8 p.m.

BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK _ Coach Geno Auriemma doesn’t seem too concerned that UConn has its most losses in six years. After all, the Huskies entered the Final Four unbeaten the last two seasons only to walk away without a national championship. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 475 words, photo.

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