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

January 3, 2019

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

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

INDIANA LEGISLATURE

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana lawmakers are set to begin their four-month legislative session, facing a tight state budget picture and a possible contentious debate over adopting a state hate crimes law. The Indiana House and Senate will meet Thursday afternoon at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to start a session that’s scheduled to last until late April. By Tom Davies. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. House and Senate sessions scheduled to begin 1:30 p.m. With AP Photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

TRASH BIN BODY-INDIANAPOLIS-CHARGES

INDIANAPOLIS _ A 21-year-old U.S. soldier is accused of flying to Indianapolis from Colorado to kill his estranged wife, then dumping her body in a trash bin and fleeing to Thailand. Peter Lian was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of Khuang Par, whose body was discovered in a suitcase in an Indianapolis dumpster on Dec. 23. SENT: 250 words, photo.

PUBLIC RECORDS LAWSUIT

BATON ROUGE, La. _ Attorney General Jeff Landry is arguing that Louisiana’s public records law doesn’t apply to out-of-staters, so he can’t be penalized for his slow response to turn documents over to a researcher who sued him while living in Indiana. The Republican attorney general wants a state district judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed in Baton Rouge by Scarlett Martin, who sought records about Landry’s dealings with the oil industry as well as financial penalties for his delays in producing them. By Melinda Deslatte. SENT: 510 words.

GENERAL MOTORS-UNION LAWSUIT

DETROIT _ The United Auto Workers union is accusing General Motors of violating a national contract by using temporary workers instead of employing full-timers who were laid off from its factories. The union filed a federal lawsuit in Cleveland alleging that GM has temporary workers at its pickup truck plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The lawsuit says GM has about 1,000 workers on layoff from several factories who should be working at the plant. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-INDIANA: State police have released the name of a state trooper who fatally shot a man last week along a western Indiana highway.

_ OFFICER KILLED-1980: A man’s murder trial in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer has been moved to this summer. A Lake County judge on Wednesday rescheduled 68-year-old Pierre Catlett’s trial from Feb. 11 to June 24.

_ LUBRICANT SPILL: An industrial lubricant spill has shut down a ramp to an interstate in northwestern Indiana. Wednesday’s spill came from a truck hauling the pig-fat-based material on the southbound ramp from Cline Avenue to eastbound Interstate 80/94 in the Gary area.

_ INDIANA TORNADO: The National Weather Service has confirmed a second tornado struck southern Indiana this week. It says the EF-1 twister with estimated peak winds of 105 mph touched down Monday afternoon in Spencer County, damaging at least three homes.

_ STATE FAIR THEME: The theme of the 2019 Indiana State Fair will be “Heroes in the Heartland.” Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb made the announcement early Thursday in an online video.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-VINATIERI

INDIANAPOLIS _ At age 46, Adam Vinatieri knows his time in the NFL is limited and his next loss could be his last. But one more playoff run has the league’s oldest player feeling young again. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

With:

_ FBN--COLTS-TEXANS PREVIEW CAPSULE. SENT: 675 words.

FBN--NFL THIS WEEK

Some juicy rematches highlight wild-card weekend, in which, well, just about any of the eight teams advancing wouldn’t be a surprise. Seattle beat Dallas early this season, and Baltimore handled the Los Angeles Chargers late. The Colts and Texans split two games. Only the Eagles and Bears didn’t face off. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 900 words, photos.

FBN--PRO PICKS

It’s not often that all four road teams have a solid shot at winning in the NFL’s wild-card round. This year, that’s clearly the case in Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Baltimore. BY Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 600 words, graphic.

BKC--ILLINOIS-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ No. 21 Indiana puts a six-game winning streak _ and its undefeated conference mark _ on the line Thursday when Illinois visits Bloomington. The Hoosiers haven’t lost since Nov. 27 and haven’t played since Dec. 22. The Fighting Illini are 0-2 in league play. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

BKC--IOWA-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Surging Purdue resumes conference play Thursday when it hosts No. 25 Iowa. The Hawkeyes have won five straight but their only two losses this season came against Big Ten foes. The Boilermakers appear to have found their shooting touch over the last three games, winning the two most recent. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 7 p.m.

BKW--T25-PITTSBURGH-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ No. 2 Notre Dame hosts Pitt in an ACC game. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 7 p.m. tipoff.

BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 14 Ohio State. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0) have won seven in a row after beating Northwestern on Wednesday night. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 560 word, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--SOUTH DAKOTA STATE-PURDUE FORT WAYNE: South Dakota State plays Purdue Fort Wayne at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

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