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

January 2, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Sara Burnett. 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.

All times ET.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

INDIANA LEGISLATURE

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana lawmakers could struggle to give more than minimal funding increases to public schools in the new state budget that will emerge from this year’s legislative session. Members of the General Assembly will return Thursday to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for a session that’s expected to last until late April. By Tom Davies. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

OBIT-TYLER TRENT-PURDUE

INDIANAPOLIS _ Tyler Trent, a former Purdue University student and college football super fan who inspired many with his battle against cancer, died Tuesday. He was 20 years old. His family confirmed the death to The Indianapolis Star. Trent wanted to be a sportswriter and was determined to attend Purdue despite suffering three bouts with a rare bone cancer, first diagnosed at age 15. He entered Purdue in the fall of 2017 while undergoing chemotherapy. SENT: 400 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ RECOVERY HOME FOUNDER SENTENCED: Indiana’s high court has revised the drug-related sentence of a woman who started a drug recovery home for women.

_ INDIANA TORNADO: The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado was to blame for damage to barns and trees during the final hours of 2018 in southern Indiana.

_ BODY RECOVERED-CREEK: Authorities say they’ve recovered the body of a 63-year-old woman who was apparently swept away after the vehicle she was driving went into a flooded creek in southeastern Indiana.

_ OVERTURNED TRUCK-FISH KILL: Indiana regulators are seeking a more than $12,000 fine against a Texas trucking company accused of causing a fish kill in eastern Indiana.

_ PEDESTRIAN STRUCK-INDIANA: Authorities say a 47-year-old Ohio man has died after being struck by a car while crossing a roadway near a casino in southeastern Indiana.

SPORTS:

FBN--YOUNG COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indianapolis Colts are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But the roster has undergone a major overhaul. Only four active players are still around from that season, meaning these Colts are about to get a crash course in playoff football. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--ILLINOIS STATE-VALPARAISO: Illinois State plays Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center. Developing from 8 p.m. tipoff. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--GEORGETOWN-BUTLER: Georgetown plays Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Developing from 7 p.m. tipoff. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--DRAKE-EVANSVILLE: Drake plays Evansville at Ford Center. Developing from 7 p.m. tipoff. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

_ BKC--INDIANA ST-LOYOLA OF CHICAGO. Developing from 9 p.m. tipoff. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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