BC-IN–Indiana News Digest, IN

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

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TOP STORY:

DRIVER’S LICENSES-GENDER

INDIANAPOLIS_ The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the state’s attorney general has stalled a measure that would allow people to change their gender on driver’s licenses and IDs. Bureau spokeswoman Susan Guyer tells The Journal Gazette that Attorney General Curtis Hill declined to sign off on the rule because the public wasn’t sufficiently informed of the plan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

GIRL SLAIN-STEPMOTHER ARRESTED

MARION, Ind. _ An Indiana woman charged in the strangulation death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter has waived her right to an attorney and says she will represent herself in court. Amanda Carmack appeared in court for the first time on Monday on charges of murder, domestic battery and strangulation in the death of 10-year-old Skylea Carmack. Developing. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ DUKE ENERGY PLANT: Crews still have another year of demolition work remaining on a western Indiana power plant that Duke Energy shut down in 2016.

_ BROWN COUNTY LEAF CAM: Brown County tourism officials have switched on their seasonal “leaf cam” that monitors the forested region’s changing fall foliage.

_ DNR-PAYING FOR SEEDS: With fall approaching, Indiana forestry officials are reminding Hoosiers that they’ll pay them for seeds from certain tree species.

SPORTS:

FBN–COLTS ANALYSIS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Adam Vinatieri has been Mr. Automatic for most of his first 23 NFL seasons. When he wasn’t Sunday, fans started wondering openly if this might be the beginning of the end. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBN–TITANS-ANALYSIS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Tennessee Titans sure look like they have a chance to be even better on defense after helping rout Cleveland to open the season. Marcus Mariota also looked pretty comfortable with his newest coordinator, and now they host Indianapolis in their home opener next. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 625 words, photos.

FBC-PURDUE START

Purdue got off to a fast start Saturday against Vanderbilt. As a result, the Boilermakers won’t have to worry about digging out from a poor start to the season. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

FBC-INDIANA-SPREAD OFFENSE

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is still trying to sort some things out. He looked sharp and crisp after cleaning up some mistakes in Week 2, and he’s still trying to choose a favorite receiver. It’s not easy for a quarterback with so many options. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

FBC–STAT WATCH

Never known as a bastion of offense, the Big Ten is putting up points at a rate unmatched by any conference through the first two weeks of the season. The Big Ten team average is 40.5 points per game, largely because Penn State and Maryland each scored a national season-high 79 in Week 1. Maryland followed with 63 against Syracuse, and Wisconsin hung 61 on Central Michigan. Indiana and Michigan State each has gone over 50 points as well. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

FBC–T25-GEORGIA’S PRESEASON

ATHENS, Ga. _ For No. 3 Georgia, the first three weeks of the season appear to have all the importance of an NFL preseason. Two blowout wins already. Another expected Saturday when the Bulldogs take on Arkansas. With all eyes pointing to the real season opener: No. 7 Notre Dame’s first visit between the hedges on Sept. 21. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

CAR-NASCAR–LEFT OUT

INDIANAPOLIS _ NASCAR fans are about to get their first glimpse of the playoffs without Jimmie Johnson. He’s not the only driver who got left out. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos.

MCAFEE-DAZN

It may be hard to avoid Pat McAfee. The former Indianapolis Colts punter is one of the hottest media commodities. McAfee’s talk show debuted Monday morning on DAZN (DA’-zone) in the U.S. and Canada as well as Westwood One radio in 40 cities. This is in addition to calling Thursday night college football games on ESPN and weekly in-season appearances on “Get Up!” By Joe Reedy. SENT: 340 words.

Also:

_ BKL–FEVER-COACH FIRED: The Indiana Fever fired coach and general manager Pokey Chatman on Monday, a day after the team finished with a third straight losing season. SENT: 150 words.

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