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

January 10, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Corey Williams 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.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

XGR--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-STATE BUDGET

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is proposing a modest increase in school funding that is unlikely to provide much of an immediate boost for teacher pay. The Republican governor and GOP legislative leaders have stressed the importance of finding ways to address Indiana’s lagging teacher salaries, but Holcomb’s $33 billion, two-year budget proposal released Thursday recommends just a 2 percent increase for public schools each year. State fiscal analysts project tax revenues will grow by about 2.5 percent both budget years. Holcomb proposes much of that money go toward allowing the state’s troubled Department of Child Services to keep hundreds of new caseworkers added over the last few years and an expected jump in state costs for the Medicaid program for low-income families. State funding makes up the bulk of money that school districts have available to not only pay teachers, but also provide support staffers, maintain buildings, purchase supplies and provide transportation. By Tom Davies. SENT: 380 words, photo. UPCOMING: 600 words.

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_ XGR--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-STATE BUDGET-THE LATEST: The Latest on Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s state budget proposal.

AROUND THE STATE:

PIGEONS DUMPED

WOLCOTT, Ind. _ Police say dozens of pigeons were found packaged in cardboard boxes in an Indiana dumpster and they’ll be put up for adoption in the coming weeks. State police issued a statement Thursday about the Dec. 10 discovery, saying Trooper David Vido found the boxes after responding to an early-morning call. They were at a rest stop in White County along Interstate 65, northwest of Indianapolis. Fifty-seven pigeons were found. They’re believed to have been used in an illegal pigeon gambling race where the birds’ wings are clipped and they race around a track. Police say five were dead and two others died later. SENT: 130 words.

PURDUE FAN-THREATS

DELTONA, Fla. _ The FBI is now investigating the case of a Florida man accused of making death threats against the family of a Purdue University superfan and cancer activist who died last week. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that 39-year-old John Pinkham will be extradited to Indiana to face federal charges of intent to injure. He was arrested Monday. Pinkham is accused of making multiple posts using an alias on 20-year-old Tyler Trent’s Facebook page after news of the former Purdue student’s death. Authorities say the posts included threats of violence at a vigil at the West Lafayette, Indiana, school. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE CHASE-SHOOTING: Authorities say an officer fired his gun at the end of a car chase following an attempted traffic stop in northern Indiana.

_ INDIANAPOLIS DEVELOPMENT-STADIUM: A soccer team in Indianapolis is proposing a $550 million development project that would include a 20,000-seat outdoor soccer stadium.

_ HAMMOND DATA CENTER: The developers of a $50 million data center that’s under construction in northwestern Indiana say they’ve secured full financing for the project’s first phase.

_ INDIANA EDUCATION BOARD: An educator from Evansville is the Indiana State Board of Education’s new leader, replacing the Republican schools superintendent who stepped down, citing conflicts with the state’s education governance system.

_ INDIANA UNIVERSITY-MOLD: Indiana University officials say more than 1,000 upperclassmen will be forced to live off campus next school year due to renovation work to prevent recent mold problems from returning to two residence halls.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-CHIEFS-STAR POWER

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ The Colts-Chiefs playoff game Saturday is hardly short of offensive firepower, extending beyond quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Patrick Mahomes. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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_ FBN--COLTS-CHIEFS PREVIEW CAPSULE: SENT: 650 words.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Purdue at Wisconsin. This matchup Friday night features arguably the best guard (Purdue’s Carsen Edwards) and best frontcourt player (Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ) in the league. The Badgers (11-4, 3-1) may be the team with the best chance to challenge No. 2 Michigan (15-0, 4-0) and No. 6 Michigan State (14-2, 5-0) at the top of the conference, but that path will become a lot harder if Wisconsin can’t defend home court against teams like Purdue. The Badgers already dropped a Big Ten home game to Minnesota. By Noah Trister. SENT: 430 words, photos.

BKC--ORAL ROBERTS-PURDUE FORT WAYNE

FORT WAYNE, Ind. _ Oral Roberts plays Purdue Fort Wayne at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BKC--CLEVELAND STATE-IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS _ Cleveland State plays IUPUI at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKW--T25-LOUISVILLE-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Women’s basketball gets another big showdown as No. 2 Louisville visits No. 1 Notre Dame in an ACC clash. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BKL--WNBA MOCK DRAFT

NEW YORK _ The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the two rounds this spring. Panelists were limited to college seniors and eligible foreign players, and they could not offer a pick for their own team. While last season there was a clear-cut No. 1 in A’ja Wilson, there is no consensus top pick this year. The top three picks remained the same from the first mock draft with Teaira McCowan, Asia Durr and Kalani Brown going 1-2-3. Panelists listed Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale going sixth to Minnesota and Brianna Turner going eighth to Phoenix. SENT: 870 words, photos.

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