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

January 11, 2019

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

XGR--INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS

INDIANAPOLIS _ An Indiana legislator who says she was groped at a bar by state Attorney General Curtis Hill wants to make it easier to remove some state officeholders. Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon of Munster announced Friday a bill proposing a 12-member oversight commission with the power to oust the attorney general for sexual misconduct. She also wants to prohibit elected officials from using public money defending lawsuits alleging sexual assault, harassment or discrimination. By Tom Davies. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SUPERFUND SITES

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. _ The government shutdown has suspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the mistrust and resentment of surrounding residents who feel people in power long ago abandoned them to live among the toxic residue of the country’s factories and mines. “We are already hurting, and it’s just adding more fuel to the fire,” says 40-year-old Keisha Brown, whose wood-frame home is in a community nestled among coking plants and other factories on Birmingham’s north side. By Ellen Knickmeyer and Kim Chandler. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. Moving in national news queues. Editors: Note East Chicago, Indiana, material.

With:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-INDIANA FOOD STAMPS: Indiana plans to issue February’s food stamp benefits next week for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers due to the partial federal government shutdown. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

INDIANA TOLL HIKE

INDIANAPOLIS _ A group of truck drivers is suing Gov. Eric Holcomb over a deal his administration reached last year with the vendor that operates the Indiana Toll Road that allowed for a 35-percent fee increase for large trucks using the tollway. The federal lawsuit that was filed Wednesday challenges the constitutionality of the fee hike. The deal that permitted the fee hikes was part of Holcomb’s plan to pump an additional $1 billion into infrastructure projects around the state. SENT: 275 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOOSIER STATE TRAIN-AMTRAK: Gov. Eric Holcomb’s proposed state budget would end Indiana’s annual subsidy for an Amtrak line that runs between Indianapolis and Chicago.

_ FIRE STATION FIRE-DONATIONS: A central Indiana fire department has donated a firetruck to a southern Indiana department that lost three trucks and other equipment in a fire at its station.

_ COLD CASE-SHELBYVILLE: State police are seeking the public’s help in solving the 1997 murder of a central Indiana woman.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-CHIEFS PREVIEW

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Given the recent playoff history between Indianapolis and Kansas City, the Colts have every reason to feel confident heading into Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday. And the Chiefs have every reason to believe they’re due. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

BKN--PACERS-KNICKS

NEW YORK _ The Indiana Pacers take on the New York Knicks in a Friday road game. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

BKC--INDIANA-MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ No. 22 Indiana faces surging Maryland, which brings a four-game winning streak into this Big Ten matchup Friday. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--PURDUE-WISCONSIN

MADISON, Wis. _ Wisconsin goes for a 4-1 start in Big Ten play when Purdue visits Friday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.

BKC--T25-ACC THIS WEEK

Top-ranked Duke visits No. 13 Florida State to headline the Atlantic Coast Conference’s weekend schedule. The week ahead includes a top-10 in-state matchup between No. 4 Virginia and No. 9 Virginia Tech, while Boston College’s Ky Bowman is putting up big numbers entering a weekend trip to Notre Dame. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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