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

January 18, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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.

All times ET.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ At 36, Pete Buttigieg is just over the minimum age required to be president of the United States. Outside South Bend, Indiana, the Rust Belt community where he’s been mayor since age 29, few people know his name. Those who know it struggle to pronounce it. (It’s BOO’-tah-juhj.) None of that has deterred Buttigieg _ a Democrat, Rhodes scholar and Navy veteran known to most people as “Mayor Pete” _ from contemplating a 2020 presidential bid against a crowd of much better-known lawmakers with more experience and more money. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

RECOVERY HOME FOUNDER SENTENCED

NEW ALBANY, Ind. _ The founder of a drug recovery home for women in southern Indiana has been released from prison just weeks after the state’s high court revised her original 30-year drug-related sentence. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-INDIANA: State police have sent prosecutors their preliminary findings in a state trooper’s fatal shooting of a man along a western Indiana highway.

_ INDIANA UNEMPLOYMENT: Indiana’s unemployment rate remained steady in December from November.

_ WINTER WEATHER: A strong winter storm system is forecast to sweep across the Midwest into New England, bringing double-digit snow accumulations and high winds.

_ KAREN PENCE: Vice President Mike Pence says the criticism of Christian education in America should stop. Pence is responding to media reports of his wife returning to teach at a school that says it can refuse to employ gay and lesbian teachers.

_ BABY DEATH-HEROIN: Authorities are seeking the parents of a 4-month-old boy who are facing neglect charges after the child died last February of heroin intoxication in central Indiana.

_ CAT RESCUED-DAM: A wayward cat is safe after it was rescued from a dam in Indiana.

_ NEW NATURE PRESERVE: A northern Indiana wetland that’s home to insect-eating plants and other rare species has become the state’s newest nature preserve.

_ BMV-MLK DAY: The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle says all license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

SPORTS:

INDYCAR-AROOW-SCHMIDT PETERSON MERGER

Arrow Electronics has significantly increased its partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and will enter the 2019 season as the title partner of the IndyCar team. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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