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AP-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IN

November 28, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Indiana. 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. David Runk is on the desk. All times are Eastern.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

INDIANA FIRE

LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Authorities say four children and two adults are unaccounted for following a house fire in rural northern Indiana. Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor told reporters at the scene in Logansport that the six are still believed to be inside the home that burned early Wednesday. Two adults escaped the fire and were taken to the hospital. Pryor says the children inside ranged in age from infancy to 10 years old. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. The AP is pursuing photos, video.

SOUTH BEND-ABORTION CLINIC

INDIANAPOLIS — A state Health Department appeals board is expected to decide Wednesday whether a proposed abortion clinic be allowed to open in South Bend. The health department previously had concluded that Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance failed to meet requirements of having “reputable and responsible character” and that it didn’t disclose necessary information on its application. The proposed clinic would offer medication-induced abortions to women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant. Developing on merits from scheduled 2 p.m. ET meeting.

SUPREME COURT-EXCESSIVE FINES

WASHINGTON — Tyson Timbs plunked down about $40,000 on a new white Land Rover in 2013. He spent the remaining $30,000 or so of the life-insurance money he received after his father’s death on heroin. Desperate when the money ran out, Timbs sold less than $400 worth of heroin to undercover Indiana police officers. Timbs was arrested and lost the Land Rover. Those are the simple facts at the heart of a Supreme Court case, set for arguments Wednesday, about whether the seizure of the vehicle by local authorities violates the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 600 words, photo. Will be updated late morning EST following conclusion of arguments.

CHINA-US PRISONER

BEIJING — A Chinese court has reduced the prison sentence for former college football player and American citizen Wendell Brown from four years to three for his involvement in a bar fight, a rights monitoring group said Wednesday. Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball State University in Indiana, had been teaching English and American football in southwest China when he was arrested in September 2016 and charged with intentional assault. He denied hitting a man at a bar and said he was defending himself after being attacked. By Christopher Bodeen. SENT: 450 words.

XGR--MICHIGAN PIPELINE

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation poised to advance in Michigan’s Senate would authorize the Mackinac Bridge Authority to help implement a deal to replace twin oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel. The Republican-led Senate Government Operations Committee plans to pass the fast-tracked bill Wednesday, and the Senate may follow later in the day. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

— POST OFFICE-EXPLOSION-INDIANA: Federal prosecutors say a man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a northwestern Indiana post office has agreed to plead guilty and serve a 29-year sentence.

— HIT AND RUN-CASS COUNTY: Police investigators are seeking information from the public after two pedestrians were killed in a hit-and-run crash in rural northern Indiana.

— WHITE RIVER PARK AMPHITHEATER: Plans are being pushed back a year for construction of a permanent stage at the White River State Park amphitheater in downtown Indianapolis.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-PURDUE-FLORIDA STATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 15 Florida State and No. 19 Purdue face off Wednesday night in what could be an intriguing ACC/Big Ten Challenge game. The Boilermakers feature guard Carsen Edwards, who averages 25 points per game, while Terance Mann leads the Seminoles in points (12 per game) and rebounds (7 per game). UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 9:15 p.m. ET

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