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

January 5, 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.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ARMY DESERTER-ARREST

CLINTON, Ind. _ A man who allegedly deserted the U.S. Army in 2000 had been living in a small western Indiana city under a fake name, didn’t have a car and worked jobs that paid cash, according to police. Clinton officers recently discovered Robert Brodbeck, 46, had allegedly deserted the Army 18 years ago after he came into the police station to talk to them about an altercation with a co-worker, The Indianapolis Star reported. Officers became suspicious of Brodbeck when he gave a false name that didn’t show up on any police databases, said Larry Keller, the Clinton Police Department’s records clerk. SENT: 230 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-RAISES

WASHINGTON _ Federal agencies have been directed to hold off enacting pay raises for top administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, during a government shutdown that has left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without pay. The guidance was issued Friday in a memo from Margaret Weichert, the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 350 words, photo. Moving in national news queues.

ACROSS THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-BILINGUAL RADIO STATION

GOSHEN, Ind. _ A community-funded bilingual radio station is working to build community by reaching out to potential listeners who may have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds. The idea for Radio Horizonte, which organizers started discussing around 2005, was to give young people something to listen to, learn from and take part in. But the station, which became reality in 2015, also aims to unite various parts of the community. “We want to bring it together, not just for Hispanics but for the Anglo community and black African-American community. We want to be like a bridge so all of us can mix together,” said Jose Pichinte, who is one of the volunteers behind Radio Horizonte. By Rasmus S. Jorgensen. The Elkhart Truth. SENT: 900 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-SCHOOL GAMING LAB

TIPTON, Ind. _ Games and technology played a big part in John Robertson’s formative years. Whether it was his dad demolishing him in Space Invaders or his mother’s consoling wisdom when he couldn’t beat Soda Popinski in Mike Tyson’s Punchout, those memories turned into a passion for the Tipton High School language arts teacher. Robertson cut the ribbon recently in the official public grand opening of Tipton High School’s 12-computer virtual reality and esports lab. It’s the first dedicated VR and esports arena in a high school in the state, and possibly the country, according to Robertson. By Mark Saluke. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 1,500 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ ELKHART POLICE CHIEF: The mayor of Elkhart has named a new permanent replacement for a police chief who resigned under fire.

_ VERA BRADLEY-MYANMAR ORPHANAGE: Fort Wayne-based bagmaker Vera Bradley is teaming up with a supplier in Myanmar to build a new orphanage for 2,500 children in the south Asian nation’s capital of Yangon.

_ BOONVILLE SOLAR FARM: A southern Indiana city is aiming to hold down future increases in sewer bills by building a 4-acre solar farm.

SPORTS:

BC-FBN--COLTS-TEXANS

HOUSTON _ Deshaun Watson makes his playoff debut for the Houston Texans when they host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game. The AFC South foes split their two games in the regular season. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Kickoff at 4:35 p.m.

BKC--SYRACUSE-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Syracuse plays Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion. By Anthony Anderson. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merits. Noon tipoff.

Also:

_ BKC--CREIGHTON-BUTLER. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. Noon tipoff.

_ BKC--VALPARAISO-MISSOURI ST. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 2 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--BRADLEY-INDIANA ST. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 2 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--EVANSVILLE-ILLINOIS ST. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 4 p.m. tipoff.

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