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

January 7, 2018

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. Tom Davies is on the desk.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



INDIANAPOLIS — A group of Indiana health and business organizations is pushing for a repeal of some legal protections given to smokers. The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana hopes to get rid of a state law that bans employers from screening job candidates for tobacco use. A bill introduced by Republican state Sen. Liz Brown of Fort Wayne would repeal the 1991 law and has the alliance’s support. The measure would allow businesses to require employees to stop using tobacco products, even when not on the clock. SENT: 350 words.



MUNSTER, Ind. — A group of Munster High School students is busy during the day with English and calculus classes, but it will be all fun and games when that same group hosts its second annual Improv Nights on Jan. 11 and 12 on the stage of the Munster Auditorium. Raymond Palasz, Munster Auditorium and theater company director, said about 16 students who are members of Munster’s Theatre Co. are among the best improv performers at the school and will entertain audiences with interactive improvisational theater. By Carmen McCollum. The (Northwest Indiana) Times. SENT: 650 words, photos pursuing.


ANDERSON, Ind. — While working as a transporter for another hospital, Courtney Prater made an important career decision to enroll in August in the St. Vincent College of Health Professionals radiography program in Anderson. Prater said she likes the pairing of the classroom lessons with the clinical experience all in one place. “I enjoy the most that it’s a hands-on program. Everything in the clinical follows along with the program, so it makes it easy to comprehend and absorb,” she said. By Rebecca R. Bibbs. The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin. SENT: 300 words, photos pursuing.


— NATIONAL GUARDSMAN DEATH: The Indiana National Guard says one of its soldiers has died after arriving for training at Fort Hood in Texas.

— PUBLIC DEFENDER LAWSUIT: An attorney is planning to ask the state Supreme Court to consider whether a central Indiana county’s public defender system is violating the rights of indigent defendants to an adequate legal defense.

— RV FACTORY FIRE: Fire damaged a recreational vehicle factory in northern Indiana. Firefighters from at least four departments were called Saturday to the Coachmen Industries plant in the Elkhart County town of Middlebury.

— MASONIC TEMPLE-JEFFERSONVILLE: A nearly century-old Masonic temple that was facing possible demolition in southern Indiana will become the headquarters of a real estate company.



ATLANTA — Mabrina Mabrey and No. 2 Notre Dame try for their eighth straight win as the Fighting Irish visit Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets haven’t beaten a top 10 opponent since 2011. By George Henry. UPCOMING. 600 words with photos. Game starts 2 p.m.


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