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

February 7, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



INDIANAPOLIS _ The first woman to publicly accuse sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse is expected to question USA Gymnastics’ chief financial officer in bankruptcy court. Attorney John Manly says Rachael Denhollander will question Scott Shollenbarger about the Indianapolis-based group’s assets and how many claims have been filed by Nassar’s victims. By Rick Callahan. Developing from 1 p.m. meeting.



President Donald Trump’s State of the Union call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress with Democrats controlling the House. But Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with tough anti-abortion bills of their own that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court. Several of the bills propose to outlaw abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. By David Crary. SENT: 790 words, photos.


_ BOY DIES-MUNCIE FIRE: Central Indiana officials say a 9-year-old boy has died in an early morning fire at his family’s Muncie home.

_ POLICE CHASE-CRASH: Authorities say a man has died after speeding away from police in northwestern Indiana and crashing into a home. AP Photos.

_ MURDER-FOR-HIRE-PLOT: Authorities say an Indiana man and his former girlfriend plotted to have his ex-wife killed in New Jersey.

_ INMATE IN CEILING: An inmate fell through the ceiling while trying to escape from a jail in Indiana.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Two nights after handing LeBron James the worst loss of his pro career, the Indiana Pacers seek their second straight home win over a team from Los Angeles when the Clippers come to town Thursday. The Clippers beat Charlotte on Tuesday. Indiana has won three straight. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _After snapping a seven-game losing streak last weekend, the Indiana Hoosiers return home Thursday seeking a second consecutive upset of a ranked foe when No. 20 Iowa comes to town. The Hawkeyes ended a two-game skid by beating Michigan on Friday but haven’t won in Bloomington since 2015. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. _ The University of Miami women’s basketball team plays its first top-five foe of the season Thursday when it faces No. 4 Notre Dame. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


_ BKC--WESTERN ILLINOIS-PURDUE-FORT WAYNE: UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

_ FBN--COLTS-COACHES: The Indianapolis Colts have rehired Howard Mudd as a senior offensive assistant. SENT: 125 words.


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