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

January 3, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana lawmakers are set to begin their four-month legislative session, facing a tight state budget picture and a possible contentious debate over adopting a state hate crimes law. The Indiana House and Senate will meet Thursday afternoon at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to start a session that’s scheduled to last until late April. By Tom Davies. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. House and Senate sessions scheduled to begin 1:30 p.m. EST. With AP Photos.



INDIANAPOLIS _ A 21-year-old U.S. soldier who police believe flew from Colorado to Indianapolis to kill his estranged wife is also wanted for military desertion and may be hiding out in Thailand. Prosecutors in Indiana filed murder charges Wednesday against Peter Van Bawi Lian in the death of Khuang Par, whose body was found in an Indianapolis trash bin on Dec. 23. Lian was arrested in November on charges of assaulting her. SENT: 130 words, photo. Will be updated.


_ OFFICER KILLED-1980: A man’s murder trial in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer has been moved to this summer. A Lake County judge on Wednesday rescheduled 68-year-old Pierre Catlett’s trial from Feb. 11 to June 24.

_ LUBRICANT SPILL: An industrial lubricant spill has shut down a ramp to an interstate in northwestern Indiana. Wednesday’s spill came from a truck hauling the pig-fat-based material on the southbound ramp from Cline Avenue to eastbound Interstate 80/94 in the Gary area.

_ INDIANA TORNADO: The National Weather Service has confirmed a second tornado struck southern Indiana this week. It says the EF-1 twister with estimated peak winds of 105 mph touched down Monday afternoon in Spencer County, damaging at least three homes.

_ STATE FAIR THEME: The theme of the 2019 Indiana State Fair will be “Heroes in the Heartland.” Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb made the announcement early Thursday in an online video.



Some juicy rematches highlight wild-card weekend, in which, well, just about any of the eight teams advancing wouldn’t be a surprise. Seattle beat Dallas early this season, and Baltimore handled the Los Angeles Chargers late. The Colts and Texans split two games. Only the Eagles and Bears didn’t face off. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 900 words, photos.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Iowa plays Purdue at Mackey Arena. Developing from 7 p.m. tipoff.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ Illinois plays Indiana at Assembly Hall. Developing from 7 p.m. tipoff.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ No. 2 Notre Dame hosts Pitt in an ACC game. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 7 p.m. ET tipoff.


South Dakota State plays Purdue Fort Wayne at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.


UNDATED _ A look at the upcoming week around the Big Ten Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 14 Ohio State. The Spartans (12-2, 3-0) have won seven in a row after beating Northwestern on Wednesday night. By Sports Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 560 word, photos.


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