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BC-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory, IN

March 22, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Indiana. 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. David Runk is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. All times are Eastern.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

INDIANA CRASH

CROWN POINT, Ind. _ Authorities say two young children survived a single-vehicle crash along a rain-slicked road in central Indiana that killed their parents. The Delaware County sheriff’s office says 28-year-old Jerome Thompson and 22-year-old China Shouse were pronounced dead at the scene of Thursday’s crash in Daleville. SENT: 150 words.

IN BRIEF:

—SERIAL ARSON: Authorities are seeking the public’s help as they investigate a string of arson fires that caused damage in southern Indiana.

—LAKE COUNTY-VOTING PRECINCTS: Election officials in northwestern Indiana’s Lake County have approved a state-mandated consolidation of the county’s small voting precincts.

SPORTS:

BKW--TEXAS-INDIANA

EUGENE, Ore. _ 7th-seeded Texas takes on 10th seed Indiana on Friday in the first round of the NCAA woman’s basketball tournament. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

BKW--NCAA-SOUTH BEND PREVIEW

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Defending national champion Notre Dame knows better than to overlook anyone in this wide-open NCAA Women’s Tournament. The Fighting Irish prepare for Bethune-Cookman in their opener while Michigan State gets ready for a showdown with a neighbor: Central Michigan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKW--NCAA WOMEN-TIPPING OFF

NEW YORK _ It’s going to be tough to top last season’s NCAA women’s tournament after one of the most exciting Final Four in the sports’ history. Yet if the regular season is any indication, this could be a wild three weeks. Last year had six upsets by double-digit seeds in the opening round. This could be the season that a 14 or 15 seed breaks through and wins for the first time in the NCAAs and there are several teams with legit chances to win it all. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 590 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-BIG TEN-STRONG START

Michigan State survived against a resilient Bradley team, and now the No. 2 seed Spartans must play Minnesota. Yes, really. These two familiar foes are meeting in the second round of the East Region, the earliest matchup ever among Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament. The only time two Big Ten teams have played before the regional finals was in 1980, when Purdue beat Indiana in the round of 16. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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