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

January 22, 2019

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



GARY, Ind. _ Five abandoned homes where a former Marine strangled and hid the bodies of seven women will be demolished and replaced by memorials to the victims, said officials in a northwest Indiana city. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said razing the homes should provide “solace” for the families of Darren Vann’s victims, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported. She said the city will work with the victims’ families to create memorial gardens at the properties.



MUNCIE, Ind. _ Muncie’s former building commissioner is sentenced for corruption. Developing.


SAN ANTONIO _ The last time these soldiers of Bravo Company, 2nd Platoon, were together, they were tromping through the jungles of Vietnam on enemy patrol. The San Antonio Express-News reports they were the core group of 37 men whom 2nd Lt. Perry Dotson led for four harrowing months in 1970. On a recent Saturday in a San Antonio hotel, 49 years later, they gathered to remember a fallen brother-in-arms and renew a connection that time and distance could not break. They came from across the country, bringing wives and children with them. There was one notable absence: Pfc. Leonard Nitzsche, killed in action by an enemy sniper in 1970. By Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News. SENT: 1,140 words, pursuing photos. Moving on news & sports lines.


_ INDIANA CREEK RESCUE: Authorities rescued two young people who were stranded on a pile of logs after falling into an in an icy creek at an Indianapolis-area park. AP Photos.

_ WINTER WEATHER-ILLINOIS: The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory for central and northern Illinois as snow and freezing rain are predicted for the regions. Temperatures are likely to be above and below 32 degrees Tuesday, making travel risky. Similar conditions are predicted for southwestern Michigan and parts of Indiana.

_ FRATERNITY HOUSE-DEADLY FALL-RESEARCH CENTER: Penn State is announcing plans for a national multidisciplinary research center on fraternities and sororities as part of an effort for change following the death of a fraternity pledge two years ago. Moved in national news queues.

_ FRANKLIN AMPHITHEATER-GREENSPACE: A central Indiana city is pushing ahead with plans to turn a stretch of flood-prone land into a greenspace that will include an amphitheater and room for festivals. SENT: 130 words.

_ FALLS OF OHIO CENTER: Falls of the Ohio State Park is hosting a series of events this weekend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its interpretive center. SENT: 130 words.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ When 6-foot-4 Jessica Shepard and 6-foot-3 Brianna Turner get their hands on a rebound, good things generally happen for No. 1 Notre Dame. The two forwards have 11 double-doubles between them this season. The Fighting Irish take an 11-game winning streak to play struggling Tennessee on Thursday night. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


ATLANTA _ Georgia Tech looks to bounce back from a 28-point home loss when it hosts Notre Dame in an Atlantic Coast Conference game. The Fighting Irish have lost four of their first five in league play. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. 7 p.m. tipoff.


INDIANAPOLIS _ No. 18 Villanova plays Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 7 p.m. tipoff.


EVANSTON, Ill. _ Romeo Langford and Indiana look to stop a four-game losing streak when they meet Vic Law and Northwestern. The Hoosiers beat the Wildcats by two on Dec. 1. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 9 p.m. tipoff.


_ BKC--MIAMI (OHIO)-BALL ST. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.


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