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

February 20, 2019

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SUPREME COURT-EXCESSIVE FINES

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court’s opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs’ $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. SENT: 585 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

HAZARDOUS MINES

RIMINI, Mont. _ Public records show that more than 50 million gallons of contaminated wastewater flows daily from mining sites in the U.S. The Associated Press has found that the water, loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals, is flowing into surrounding lakes and streams without being treated, poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water in nine states, including California, Montana and Oklahoma. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ COAL MINE-CLOSURE: A southwestern Indiana coal mine will close this spring, costing about 80 workers at the surface mine their jobs.

_ ELKHART-PEDESTRIANS KILLED: A lawsuit says a northern Indiana city shares responsibility for a crash that killed two children and a man who were walking along a sidewalk.

_ FORT WAYNE DEATHS: A northeastern Indiana judge has rejected efforts by a man awaiting trial in four slayings to avoid a possible death penalty in the case.

_ BAYER CLOSURE-MISHAWAKA: Pharmaceutical giant Bayer plans to close its northern Indiana customer logistics center, costing 200 workers their jobs.

_ MARIJUANA GROW ROOM SLAYING: A man who authorities say fatally shot his wife inside a marijuana grow room in their southwestern Michigan home has been convicted of murder.

_ MISSING ASHES-LAWSUIT: The survivors of a man who last year died of pancreatic cancer have filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago contending a shipping company lost some the man’s cremated remains.

SPORTS:

BKC--BUTLER-MARQUETTE

MILWAUKEE _ No. 11 Marquette, a half-game behind first-place Villanova in the Big East, hosts Butler. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.

Also:

_ BKC--ILLINOIS STATE-INDIANA STATE. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7 p.m.

_ BKC--EVANSVILLE-LOYOLA-CHICAGO. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7 p.m.

_ BKC--SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-VALPARAISO. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 8 p.m.

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