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

January 8, 2019

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

INDIANAPOLIS _ Business and community group leaders will be gathering at the Indiana Statehouse as part of their push for adoption of a state hate crimes law. The group Indiana Forward says Tuesday’s event will launch a lobbying campaign for the law that is being backed by hundreds of supporters from the business, nonprofit, education and faith communities. The presidents of United Way of Central Indiana and the Indianapolis chamber of commerce are to join Republican and Democratic officials at the event. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits from event scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ COVERED BRIDGE DAMAGED: Authorities say a box truck has damaged a 135-year-old covered bridge in southwestern Indiana. The Greene County sheriff’s office says in a news release Monday that the 52-year-old truck driver went through the Richland-Plummer Creek Bridge on Friday and knew that the bridge had been damaged.

_ STELLAR COMMUNITIES: The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs says it’s accepting letters of intent for the Stellar Communities Program from interested communities.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-STARTING FAST

INDIANAPOLIS _ Andrew Luck does some of his best work when the Indianapolis Colts fall behind. Lately, he’s mastered the art of the fast start _ something he and the Colts hope to repeat in Saturday’s divisional-round game at Kansas City. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos by 6 p.m. ET.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

UNDATED _ The NFL’s wild weekend of wild-card games demonstrated that even in this age of explosive offenses, defense still dominates in the playoffs and it often comes down to a toe, a few fingers or even a 40-year-old hamstring. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s season _ and maybe career _ ended when he popped his left hamstring on an errant 57-yard field goal try just before halftime of Seattle’s 24-22 loss to Dallas on Saturday night. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 930 words, photos.

BKN--PACERS-CAVALIERS

The Indiana Pacers visit the Cleveland Cavaliers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--T25-PURDUE-MICHIGAN STATE                            

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ No. 6 Michigan State hosts Purdue on Tuesday night at the Jack Breslin Students Events Center.. Game starts at 9 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKW--T25-WHO’S NO 1

NEW YORK _ For the first time in a long time, a handful of teams could make an argument to be No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. Over the past decade there really hasn’t been too much debate each week over who should hold the top spot. Only five teams have been No. 1 since the preseason poll in 2008 and most of the time they were the unanimous choice or close to it. College football has had 14 different teams ranked No. 1 over that same span and men’s college basketball has had 21. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 840 words, photos.

Also:

_ BKC--KC--LOYOLA (IL)-EVANSVILLE: Loyola (IL) plays Evansville at Ford Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--BKC--BRADLEY-VALPARAISO: Bradley plays Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--EASTERN MICHIGAN-BALL STATE: Eastern Michigan plays Ball State at John E. Worthen Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

_ BKC--MISSOURI STATE-INDIANA STATE: Missouri State plays Indiana State at Hulman Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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