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

November 12, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Tom Davies 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 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

LEAD CONTAMINATION-EAST CHICAGO

EAST CHICAGO — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving ahead with plans for a 2-foot-deep removal of lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil at the site of a northwestern Indiana public housing that’s been evacuated and demolished over health concerns. The agency estimates the cleanup project at the East Chicago’s West Calumet Housing Complex will cost about $26 million. It would involve removing more than 160,000 cubic yards of soil and contaminated over decades by a lead-products factory and replacing it with clean soil and seed or sod. SENT: 350 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ASIA-PENCE

TOKYO — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Tokyo on Monday to discuss North Korea and other issues with Japanese officials before heading to two regional summits. Pence is expected to also discuss China’s growing regional influence and bilateral trade with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when they meet Tuesday, officials said. During a stopover in Alaska, Pence told reporters that he planned to “talk about our important alliance, our economic relationship, current negotiations for a free trade agreement of course, and we’ll be focusing on our ongoing commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 400 words, photos. Moving in national services.

Also:

— ELECTION 2018-BALANCED BUDGET-INDIANA: A national credit rating agency is lauding Indiana voters’ ratification of a constitutional amendment that obligates the General Assembly to pass balanced budgets. Moody’s Investors Service deemed Indiana’s new mandate as “credit positive” in its Weekly Credit Outlook that regularly reviews policy decisions that impact state and national government finance.

IN BRIEF:

— FATHER’S DEATH-SON CHARGED: A northwestern Indiana man is accused of killing his 80-year-old father, who was found mortally wounded in his bathtub.

— HULMAN CENTER RENOVATION: Indiana State University says construction will begin soon on a $50 million renovation of its 45-year-old campus arena.

— REMC UPGRADES: Two Indiana rural electric cooperatives are receiving federal loans to improve their systems.

SPORTS:

FBN--WINNING COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS — A month ago, the Indianapolis Colts season looked lost. At 1-5, the playoffs seemed like little more than an afterthought. But three straight wins has put them back in the AFC South — and in the playoff hunt. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

FBN--STEADY TITANS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans insist they’ve learned their lesson on how to handle a winning streak after a three-game skid wiped out a 3-1 start. Now they’re 5-4 with back-to-back wins and preparing to visit Indianapolis. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBC--INDIANA-FOCUS

Indiana hasn’t won at Michigan in more than half a century. And Purdue coach Jeff Brohm’s alma mater is looking for a new coach. But Brohm and Indiana coach Tom Allen aren’t worried about the chatter. They want their teams focused on becoming bowl eligible this weekend. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BKW--T25-PENN-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 1-ranked Notre Dame women’s basketball team plays its second game of the season at home against Penn on Monday night. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.

BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK — Lindsay Whalen has Minnesota in the AP Top 25 women’s basketball poll. The first-year coach became the 39th person to play and coach a team that was ranked when her alma mater entered the women’s basketball poll Monday at No. 25. The top five remained unchanged with Notre Dame, UConn, Oregon, Baylor and Louisville leading the way. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--THE TOUGHEST JOB

The organizations in charge of Olympic sports in the U.S. face complicated demands from everyone from elite athletes down to grassroots volunteers. They have limited resources and staffs that often can’t handle many challenges. It’s no wonder, then, that turnover is rampant in some of the highest-profile jobs. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,230 words, photos.

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