BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 1:30 pm, IN
Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Indianapolis bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.
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SEBRING, Fla. _ A gunman who took over a SunTrust Bank branch in Florida apparently made the five women inside lie down on the lobby floor before shooting them in the backs of their heads, police said Thursday. Sebring police Chief Karl Hoglund said there’s no indication Zephen Xaver intended to rob the bank, and no apparent connection among him, the bank or the victims. By Terry Spencer. SENT: 840 words, photos, videos.
_ With: BANK SHOOTING-FLORIDA-THE LATEST
WASHINGTON _ A full year before the first round of presidential primary voting finds diversity already a hallmark of the field of possible Democratic contenders. Four of those who have either moved toward a campaign or declared their candidacy are women, and one of them is African-American. Another White House hopeful is Latino, and one is gay. The diversity is likely to expand in the coming weeks as other Democrats enter the race. By Juana Summers and Elana Schor. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
XGR--APPOINTED SCHOOLS CHIEF
INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana voters wouldn’t decide anymore who serves as the state schools superintendent under a proposal being pushed by legislative Republicans. The House voted Thursday to endorse changing the superintendent position to one appointed by the governor effective in 2021. By Tom Davies. UPCOMING: 300 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
FUTURE OF WORK-ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report. Thursday’s report from the Washington think tank says roughly 36 million Americans hold jobs with “high exposure” to automation _ meaning at least 70 percent of their tasks could soon be performed by machines using current technology. Among those most likely to be affected are cooks, waiters and others in food services; short-haul truck drivers; and clerical office workers. By Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: 675 words, photos. Note Indiana material.
_ SOFTWARE COMPANY-INDIANA: A communications workflow software company is expanding its operations in Indiana and has selected Indianapolis as its headquarters.
_ POLICE CHASE-SEARCH: Indianapolis police say they’re searching for a person wanted in connection with a murder investigation who fled on foot from a traffic stop.
_ OFFICER SHOOTING-INDIANA: Authorities say a sheriff’s officer fatally shot a person who allegedly attacked a family member and officers at a northwestern Indiana home.
_ DUNES LAKESHORE-VACATION HOMES: The National Park Service is joining two partners to renovate five historic beach homes at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and rent them as vacation properties.
INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers say Victor Oladipo has a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee and will be out for the season. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. Developing from 1 p.m. news conference.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - No. 1 Notre Dame seeks its 12th consecutive victory on Thursday when it visits Tennessee, which has lost five straight for its longest skid since 1970. By Steve Megargee. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.
BKC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK
Purdue has won four straight, and next up is a showdown with No. 6 Michigan State. The Boilermakers lost by 18 at Michigan State earlier this season, but they get the Spartans at home this weekend. The winning streak for Purdue includes double-digit victories over Indiana and Ohio State. By Noah Trister. SENT: 490 words, photos.
_ BKC--NEBRASKA-OMAHA-PURDUE-FORT WAYNE: UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
_ BKC--OAKLAND-IUPUI: UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Game started at 11 a.m.
_ CAR--NHRA-COURTNEY FORCE-RETIRES: Courtney Force, the winningest female Funny Car driver in NHRA history, is stepping away from driving. SENT: 1340 words, photo.
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