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

May 9, 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. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PENCE-TRADE

FARGO, N.D. _ Vice President Mike Pence is rolling into the Midwest to tout the administration’s new North American trade agreement, while back in Washington President Donald Trump tries to salvage a transformative trade deal with China. Pence was scheduled Thursday to visit a Minnesota farmstead near Fargo, where Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Papp will be among agriculture leaders participating in a discussion about the agreement that awaits action in Congress. Papp says his first question will be whether Pence can help close the deal, which he believes will require the Trump administration to lift steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies. By Dave Kolpack. SENT: 630 words, photos. Moving on national lines.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-UNION

Former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign declaring himself “a union man,” and his aides say he would welcome staffers organizing a bargaining unit. But Biden’s team also believes the work environment he’s offering is good enough to prevent any push for a union. Mweanwhile, Pete Buttigieg is moving to offer health insurance to his growing crew of campaign staffers _ a benefit, NBC News reported on Thursday, that isn’t currently offered. Chris Meagher, a press secretary for the South Bend, Indiana, mayor noted that the campaign provides a $400 stipend for staffers to purchase insurance and also said its interns are paid. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 450 words. Moving ion national lines.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED: Indiana prosecutors are setting aside their case against two police officers who were caught on video repeatedly punching a handcuffed man so that a federal case against them can proceed.

_ MANUFACTURING EXPANSION: A company that designs and makes cutting and grinding products and custom tooling in northeastern Indiana is moving forward on an expansion that includes adding more jobs.

_ INVESTMENT SCAM-CHARGES: A lawyer who formerly worked in northern Indiana and was charged with scamming elderly investors has pleaded guilty to another charge in the case.

_ FUTURE TEACHER SCHOLARSHIPS: The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has awarded 200 scholarships to its third class of Next Generation Hoosier Educators.

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