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

March 18, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

NONPROFIT QUESTIONED-POLICE

INDIANAPOLIS _ At least four police departments in four states have raised concerns about an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, alleging that the group is conducting scams under the guise of raising money for law enforcement. The Indianapolis Star reports that the Trenton Police Department in Michigan is among the agencies that have issued scam alerts about the National Police Association. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN RDP

MADISON, Wis. _ Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke told supporters Sunday that he’s never taken LSD and there’s “nothing” he hasn’t already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office. Meanwhile, Democrat Pete Buttigieg says he’s met a fundraising threshold to participate in this summer’s presidential debates. By Scott Bauer and Will Weissert. SENT: 1,785 words, photos, video. Moving in national news queues.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-BORN TO RUN

DUBUQUE, Iowa _Back when he was still just teasing a presidential run, Beto O’Rourke told Vanity Fair he was “born to be in” the race. Now that he’s campaigning to far greater media attention and much larger crowds than many Democrats who’ve been competing longer, they are taking offense at the former Texas congressman’s sense of entitlement. Asked about the O’Rourke quote, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, said, “I think I was born to make myself useful.” By Will Weissert. SENT: 885 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.

_ ELECTION 2020-LINDSEY GRAHAM-PENCE: Vice President Mike Pence is making a trip to South Carolina to help kickoff U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bid for a fourth term. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 140 words, photo. Moving in national news queues.

IN BRIEF:

_ RICHMOND APARTMENT FIRE: Defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit following a November fire that left two people dead and several others injured in eastern Indiana are asking for the case to be dismissed.

_ VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD: A central Indiana man has been sentenced to a year of probation after pleading guilty to 30 misdemeanor counts of voter registration fraud stemming from allegations before the 2018 primary election.

_ ST. JOSEPH COUNTY-BROADBAND: A county in northern Indiana will get a $1 million federal grant to expand high-speed broadband service in an area where officials hope to lure large industry.

_ PURDUE-NEIL ARMSTRONG’S PAPERS: An exhibit of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s personal papers is opening at Purdue University ahead of the 50th anniversary of his famed walk on the moon.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-TRAIL BLAZERS

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Trail Blazers will be without CJ McCollum for Monday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers. McCollum strained his left knee. By Anne M. Peterson. UPCOMING: 600 words and photos. Game starts at 10:30 p.m.

BKW--NCAA TOURNAMENT

NEW YORK _ The NCAA will reveal the women’s tournament bracket in what appears to be a wide open field for the first time in a long time. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. Bracket revealed by 8 p.m.

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