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

February 6, 2019

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

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

INDIANAPOLIS _ A legislative panel is backing tougher penalties for drivers who pass stopped school buses after members heard from relatives of three children fatally struck while crossing a northern Indiana highway. An Indiana Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to endorse a bill that would suspend the driver’s license for 90 days the first time someone recklessly passes a stopped school bus. It would allow $1,000 fines against repeat offenders recorded by school bus cameras. By Tom Davies. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

_ XGR--INDIANA ELECTION CANDIDATES: Smaller political parties would face lower requirements to get their candidates on Indiana’s ballot under a bill backed by a legislative panel. SENT: 130 words.

_ EMERGENCY HIGHWAY FUNDS-INDIANA: The Federal Highway Administration says Indiana will receive nearly $6.2 million in emergency relief funds to repair roads and bridges damaged by severe storms and flooding. SENT: 100 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

TELEMEDICINE

Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit. The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and treated remotely. By Health Writer Tom Murphy. SENT: 940 words, photos. Moving in national news queues. Note Indiana material.

EARNS-ELI LILLY

INDIANAPOLIS _ Shares of Eli Lilly are sliding before the opening bell after the drugmaker announced fourth-quarter earnings that missed Wall Street expectations and it trimmed its forecast for 2019. Lilly said Wednesday that it revised its outlook due to the recently announced failure of the cancer treatment Lartruvo. Lilly announced last month that it would spend about $8 billion in cash to buy Loxo Oncology, as the drugmaker bulks up on cancer treatments that target certain gene abnormalities. SENT: 250 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ASSISTED LIVING CENTER-DEATH _ Western Indiana police say an assisted living center where a woman died after wandering outside on a cold night had door alarms that were not audible.

_ DEEP FREEZE-FROZEN GREENHOUSE: Last week’s deep freeze took a bite out of a northern Indiana botanical society’s collection of carnivorous plants. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

FBC--COLTS-LUCK’S OFFENSE

INDIANAPOLIS _Andrew Luck spent the last three offseasons rehabbing from injuries. Now that he’s finally healthy, Luck can spend the next few months focusing on becoming a better quarterback and leader. And the plan begins with an odd twist: The Indianapolis Colts’ biggest star taking a rare and well-deserved break. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

BKC--NOTRE DAME-MIAMI

CORAL GABLES, Fla. _ The Miami Hurricanes try to break a five-game losing streak Wednesday when they play host to Notre Dame. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts 7 p.m.

FBC--SIGNING DAY-BIG TEN

Michigan wraps up its best recruiting class under Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines put together the top-rated class in the Big Ten for the first time since 2007. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--EVANSVILLE-INDIANA STATE: UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

_ CAR--INDYCAR-FIRESTONE: Firestone has agreed to a five-year extension to remain the sole tire supplier for the IndyCar Series. SENT: 110 words.

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