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

May 21, 2019

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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



WASHINGTON _ Bernie Sanders appeared on a Fox News town hall and attracted nearly 2.6 million viewers. Elizabeth Warren turned down a similar chance while branding the network a “hate-for-profit racket.” Pete Buttigieg used Fox News’ own air to criticize two of its most popular personalities. Whether to appear on the nation’s top-rated cable news channel has become an unlikely marker for the divergent strategies top Democrats vying for the White House are employing. They are seeking to deny a second term to one of Fox News Channel’s most avid viewers, President Donald Trump. By Will Weissert. SENT: 950 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Cells from Tyler Trent, the Purdue University super fan and cancer activist who died in January, are being used by cancer researchers to study the disease. The Purdue Center for Cancer Research says Tuesday it’s honoring Trent’s legacy through three new collaborative research initiatives, including one using his cancer cells. The center’s Director Tim Ratliff says in a statement that part of Trent’s “incredible lasting legacy is that he will help current and future patients.” SENT: 130 words, photo.


_ CANAL CLEANUP-INDIANA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a $26 million cleanup will begin this month of contamination on the Lake George Canal in northwestern Indiana.

_ ASIAN CARP-GREAT LAKES: Officials say genetic material from Asian carp has been detected near Lake Michigan, but a follow-up search turned up none of the invasive fish.

_ CARMEL SCHOOL EXPLOSION: Officials say it will cost about $3.4 million to complete repairs to a suburban Indianapolis high school after an explosion blew off part of the roof and knocked down some walls.

_ SOLAR POWER-INDIANA: A $175 million solar power project is planned for central Indiana.

_ WORKER DEATH-SIGN: Authorities say an Illinois man who died while working on a sign at a restaurant in northwestern Indiana was accidentally pinned and crushed.

_ VINCENNES-LEVEE FUNDING: Officials in a southwestern Indiana city say they need about $5 million to complete improvements to a Wabash River levee to ensure that it remains federally accredited.

_ BRADLEY UNIVERSITY-PRESIDENT: Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois has announced President Gary Roberts will retire next year.



INDIANAPOLIS _ The soap opera surrounding McLaren’s failed bid to qualify Fernando Alonso for the Indianapolis 500 is over and attention has shifted to the 33 drivers in the field. The spotlight is now wide open with dozens of contenders ready to star in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 800 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS _ The reminders of Mario Andretti’s only Indianapolis 500 victory are all around Indianapolis these days. It’s what happens when one of the most iconic racers celebrates the 50th anniversary of his biggest win. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.


OMAHA, Neb. _ Indiana is the top seed for the Big Ten Tournament, which returns to TD Ameritrade Park for the second straight year. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


DURHAM, N.C. _ Seventh-seeded Duke faces 11th-seeded Notre Dame in their Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament opener. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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