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

February 2, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Sara Burnett and Jeff Karoub are 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



In the first week of 2019, an investigation by Oregon’s labor agency deemed the state Capitol to be a hostile workplace because of an unchecked pattern of sexual harassment among lawmakers. A few days later, two Washington state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct resigned. Then came new allegations of sexual wrongdoing in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, where a veteran male lawmaker was accused of groping a newly elected female colleague during a pre-session reception. Barely a month into the 2019 legislative sessions, it already is clear that the #MeToo movement was not a one-year phenomenon in many state capitols. New claims of sexual misconduct are continuing to be made public concerning actions ranging from a few weeks ago to many years ago. By David Lieb. SENT: 1400 words, photos. Editors note Indiana references.


SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-STATE LEGISLATURES-GLANCE: A look at those lawmakers who have resigned or been removed from office, faced discipline or other repercussions such as the loss of committee leadership positions, or had accusations made against them. Some ultimately were cleared.



VINCENNES — The group that oversees an Indiana home of the nation’s ninth president is pushing for legislation that would increase the local innkeeper’s tax rate to fund the mansion’s repairs. The Grouseland Foundation is looking for funds to help repair the Grouseland house in Vincennes, where William Henry Harrison lived while he was governor of the Indiana Territory, The Sun-Commercial reported . Harrison was elected U.S. president in 1840. SENT: 350 words.


LAFAYETTE — Year after year, new food trucks continue to pop up in the Greater Lafayette area, but now they are hoping to team up together to form an even brighter future. Matt Bestich, owner of The Guac Box, said although everyone who owns a business is out to make a profit, local food vendors are not in fierce competition with one another. Forming the Tippecanoe Food Truck Association, as it is tentatively named, is a symbol of that, Bestich said, as he is looking to get everyone on the same page of business operation. By Jillian Ellison, Journal and Courier. SENT: 850 words.


ANDERSON — Two girls snuggle with pillows and blankets in a canoe in a classroom at Anderson Elementary School to read books. In another area, two boys let off some steam by fighting with Rock ‘Em Sock ’Em robots. And at a table in the middle of the classroom, two girls set a table so expertly, they may be ready for careers with a catering company. “Who’s responsible for setting that table? You guys did an amazing job,” said Anderson Elementary Dean Courtlon Peters. He said the room is based on positive behavior intervention and supports, rather than the more commonly perceived negative interventions, such detentions and suspensions. By Rebecca R. Bibbs, The Herald Bulletin. SENT: 600 words.


_ VACCINATION INFECTIONS: Kentucky health officials say they are investigating after vaccines administered at workplaces in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio caused infections.

_ LINCOLN PLANT CLOSING: A central Illinois glass and metal manufacturer has announced it will close this spring.

_ MIXED DRINKS-GOLF COURSE: Indiana residents would be able to sell wine and mixed drinks like margaritas from golf carts on the state’s golf courses under a bill that’s cleared the Indiana House.

_ SCHOOL CHIEF-INSURANCE FRAUD: A central Indiana school superintendent has resigned after being charged with using her insurance to help a sick student receive treatment.

_ WINTER WEATHER-SOUTH SHORE: The South Shore Line commuter railroad says it won’t operate trains on Saturday because Metra in Chicago announced it needs more time to address damage caused by a freight train derailment and the impacts from the extremely cold weather.



MIAMI _ The Miami Heat have lost three straight at home, and will aim to regroup Saturday night when they take on the Indiana Pacers. Indiana is 2-0 against Miami this season. Game begins 7:40 p.m. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 6 Michigan State, coming off its first loss since November, hopes to hand Indiana an eighth straight setback. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts


Notre Dame plays Boston College at Silvio O. Conte Forum. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merit.



Valparaiso plays Evansville at Ford Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


Drake plays Indiana State at Hulman Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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Purdue Fort Wayne plays Oral Roberts at Mabee Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.


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