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

January 17, 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.

All times ET.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATE

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees said Thursday that interim president John Engler’s resignation is effective immediately. The board acted a day after Engler said he’d step down next week amid fallout from remarks he made about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar. When the board chairwoman announced during a special meeting that the resignation would be immediate, the crowd broke into loud applause. By David Eggert and Corey Williams. SENT: 950 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

NERDWALLET-COLLEGES-HELP

With collective U.S. student loan debt nearing $1.5 trillion, some colleges are testing innovative solutions to help reduce student borrowing. Using no-strings-attached student loan payoff-assistance programs, college loan alternatives and annual student debt letters, these three universities _ including Purdue and Indiana _ are doing their part to curb college debt. By Teddy Nykiel, NerdWallet. SENT: 770 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.

IN BRIEF:

_ FORT WAYNE POLICE-NECK RESTRAINT: Police in Indiana’s second-largest city have temporarily stopped using a type of neck restraint for subduing offenders, citing potential safety concerns.

_ INDIANA-FATAL SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Indiana State Police say the driver of a truck that rear-ended a school bus in December, killing one student, was removing a jacket and a sweatshirt just before the collision. AP Photo.

_ INVESTMENT SCAM-CHARGES: Authorities say a lawyer who formerly worked in northern Indiana and was charged in December with scamming elderly investors has been arrested in Florida.

_ ART MUSEUM-GIFT: The Fort Wayne Museum of Art has received a $1 million grant that will be used to buy artwork and care for pieces in the museum’s collection.

_ ELECTRONICS SCHEME: A former government employee in northwestern Indiana has been convicted in a scheme to use funds from the City of Gary to buy computer equipment that she then resold.

_ JUDGE MISCONDUCT-CASE DISMISSED: The Indiana Supreme Court has dismissed a misconduct case against a recently retired northeastern Indiana judge.

SPORTS:

BKN--76ERS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers can expand their lead over the Philadelphia 76ers with a win Thursday night. Indiana holds a one-game lead in the chase for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference _ and the teams have split their first two meetings this season. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

No. 2 Michigan, poised to take over the top spot in the AP Top 25 next week, plays slumping Wisconsin in the top game in the Big Ten this weekend. By Eric Olson. 500 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--IUPUI-GREEN BAY: IUPUI takes on Green Bay in college basketball action Thursday. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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