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

March 26, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORY:

ELECTION 2020-PETE BUTTIGIEG

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is building his national profile as he pursues a longshot bid for the White House. White House hopeful Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC and other TV networks. He’s now drawing hundreds instead of dozens to his campaign appearances. Buttigieg says he’s confident he’ll reach a personal goal of $1 million in contributions by the end of the month. He has already qualified for Democratic debates this summer. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

XGR--INDIANA LEGISLATURE-HATE CRIMES

INDIANAPOLIS _ Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb said he supports proposed hate crimes legislation that doesn’t specifically list gender identity, age or gender among its protected traits, despite his repeated calls to get Indiana off a list of five states without a comprehensive hate crimes law. The Republican-controlled Indiana House unexpectedly adopted hate crimes language Monday in an amended, unrelated bill. House Democrats immediately came out against the amendment, saying it was hashed out in secret and deliberately excludes protections for more than half of the people living in the state. SENT: 540 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAGISTRATE ARRESTED: A suburban Indianapolis magistrate facing a drug charge has been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court.

_ DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Michigan police officer who investigated a complaint against Larry Nassar back in 2004 says he didn’t send the case to a prosecutor because the sports doctor fooled him.

_ MISSING WOMAN-BODY: A woman who authorities say helped her brother avoid arrest in the slaying of a woman whose body was found in her submerged SUV in western Indiana has entered a plea agreement.

_ CENTRAL IOWA HOMICIDE: Authorities say an Indiana man took a plea deal on the day jury selection was to begin for his Iowa murder trial.

_ WORKER DEATH-PLANT: Authorities say a worker has died after being accidentally crushed at a plant in northeastern Indiana.

_ PURDUE-AG SECRETARY: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is traveling to Purdue University next week to meet with students, faculty and statewide agricultural industry leaders.

_ PURDUE-FORT WAYNE-SUICIDE PREVENTION: Purdue University Fort Wayne has won a $130,000 state contract to boost Indiana’s suicide prevention and intervention initiatives.

_ MARIJUANA GROWING ROOM SLAYING: A man convicted in the fatal shooting of his wife inside a marijuana grow room in their southwestern Michigan home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

SPORTS:

BKW--NCAA WOMEN’S SWEET 16 SET

NEW YORK _ The Sweet 16 is set and Missouri State is crashing the party for the first time in 18 years. The 11th-seeded Lady Bears, who last made it this far in 2001 when the team made its historic Final Four run, are the only double-digit seed to reach the regional semifinals. While Notre Dame and Baylor cruised to easy victories, Missouri State wasn’t the only lower seed to advance. Six seeds UCLA and South Dakota State also pulled off surprising wins. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 680 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--NIT-WICHITA STATE-INDIANA. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.

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