Here's a look at AP's Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. 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.

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TOP STORY:

INTERSTATE 69-CONSTRUCTION

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Construction crews working on Interstate 69 are preparing for an influx of traffic as Indiana University students begin moving in. The Indiana Department of Transportation is in the final stages of construction of a 21-mile (34-kilometer)section of the highway between Bloomington and Martinsville. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

SPACE FORCE

WASHINGTON — Faced with growing competition and threats from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020. Vice President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfills President Donald Trump's vow to ensure America's dominance in space — a domain that was once peaceful and uncontested that has now become crowded and adversarial. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 360 words, photos.

— EARLY VOTING-ATTORNEY GENERAL: Indiana's top election official blasted Attorney General Curtis Hill for trying to stop plans to add more early voting sites in Marion County. Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Wednesday that "reckless action" by her fellow Republican disrupted months of bipartisan planning. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

UNITED STATES-NORTH KOREA-WAR REMAINS

WASHINGTON — The lone military identification tag that North Korea provided with 55 boxes of human remains last month belonged to Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, an Army medic from Indiana who was killed in the opening months of the Korean War. The Army on Wednesday handed McDaniel's slightly corroded dog tag to his sons, Charles Jr. and Larry, who were so young when their father perished that they have little memory of him. Charles, 71, told reporters he was moved to tears when he got the phone call at home in Indianapolis last week informing him that his father's dog tag had been returned. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 800 words, photos. First moved Wednesday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

— SHERIFF'S OFFICE-PAYROLL INVESTIGATION: A grand jury is expected to consider whether criminal charges should be filed against three former civilian employees of a northern Indiana sheriff's office who allegedly were compensated for work they didn't perform.

— MURDER CHARGE-JUVENILE: A teenager has been convicted of murder in the November 2016 fatal shooting of a woman in northern Indiana.

— OGDEN DUNES-FIRE DEATH: A northwestern Indiana man accused of killing his 94-year-old mother in a 2015 fire at their house is scheduled for trial this fall after a judge allowed him to withdraw his insanity defense.

— INDIANA SCHOOL-KNIVES: Police say a teenager who was wandering a central Indiana high school with 10 knives strapped to his body has been arrested.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-SEAHAWKS

SEATTLE — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to see game action for the first time since the final week of the 2016 season when Indianapolis faces the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff at 10 p.m.

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