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

March 22, 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. Ed White is on the desk, followed by H.G. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

POLICE OFFICERS CHARGED-INDIANA

ELKHART, Ind. _ Two Indiana police officers who are seen on video repeatedly punching a handcuffed man have been charged with a federal civil rights crime. SENT: 220 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING

INDIANAPOLIS _ A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is declining a hearing officer or panel to weigh whether Hill committed professional misconduct by allegedly groping a lawmaker and three other women at a bar. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

AROUND THE STATE:

PRIVATE SCHOOL CONDEMNED

MUNCIE, Ind. _ Authorities have condemned a private central Indiana school that’s part of the state’s school voucher program after inspectors found students wrapped in blankets and huddled around a kerosene heater in a chilly classroom. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDIANA UNEMPLOYMENT: Indiana’s unemployment rate remained steady in February at 3.5 percent.

_ SERIAL ARSON: Authorities are seeking the public’s help as they investigate a string of arson fires that caused damage in southern Indiana.

_ LAKE COUNTY-VOTING PRECINCTS: Election officials in northwestern Indiana’s Lake County have approved a state-mandated consolidation of the county’s small voting precincts.

_ JAIL DEATH-LAWSUIT: A federal lawsuit accuses a northern Indiana sheriff’s department of negligence after an inmate who allegedly was suffering from drug withdrawal symptoms killed himself.

_ PACMAN JONES-CASINO ARREST: Former NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has accepted a plea agreement following his arrest at a southeastern Indiana casino.

_ INDIANA CRASH: Authorities say two young children survived a single-vehicle crash along a rain-slicked road in central Indiana that killed their parents.

SPORTS:

BKW--TEXAS-INDIANA

EUGENE, Ore. _ 7th-seeded Texas takes on 10th seed Indiana on Friday in the first round of the NCAA woman’s basketball tournament. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKW--NCAA-SOUTH BEND PREVIEW

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Defending national champion Notre Dame knows better than to overlook anyone in this wide-open NCAA Women’s Tournament. The Fighting Irish prepare for Bethune-Cookman in their opener while Michigan State gets ready for a showdown with a neighbor: Central Michigan. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--NCAA-BIG TEN-STRONG START

Michigan State survived against a resilient Bradley team, and now the No. 2 seed Spartans must play Minnesota. Yes, really. These two familiar foes are meeting in the second round of the East Region, the earliest matchup ever among Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament. The only time two Big Ten teams have played before the regional finals was in 1980, when Purdue beat Indiana in the round of 16. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 830 words, photos.

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