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

May 27, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

INDYCAR-IN THE PITS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The forecast called for a potential washout of the Indianapolis 500, yet the fans still packed the Snake Pit, crowded the Midway and roamed Gasoline Alley hoping rain wouldn’t ruin one of the most revered events in the world. IndyCar, ever so slowly trying to race its way back into relevancy, had too much to offer in the 103rd running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and a weeklong prediction of terrible Sunday weather had everyone on edge. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,019 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

ENVIRONMENTAL PERMIT FEES

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana’s environmental agency is set to increase the cost of state permits that set limits for pollution discharges for the first time in decades, and the move has the rare support of business leaders. SENT: 370 words.

EXCHANGE-WHITE VIOLET CENTER

WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ A herd of 36 alpacas, including a newborn, was a big hit during a tour of an organic farm at the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. “I definitely want an alpaca now,” Terre Haute resident Jeff Dierks said after a close inspection of the animals. Angie Dierks said the couple has had other animals, including horses and goats, but “we’ve never had an alpaca.” The White Violet Center, a mission of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, selected alpacas because they are raised for their fleece rather than meat and are thus a “no-kill” animal, said Lorrie Heber, the center’s director. By Dave Taylor. Tribune-Star. SENT: 660 words.

EXCHANGE-VISION TRAINING-ATHLETICS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ Nicholas Port had everything lined up for a study that would help determine the effectiveness of vision training in athletes. The grant was written, the funding was secured, and IU baseball coach Chris Lemonis had agreed to let some of his players participate. “Then I read in the newspaper Lemonis was going to Mississippi State,” Port said. It only took about a week for Indiana University to announce Jeff Mercer, then head coach at Wright State University, would replace Lemonis. But meeting with an associate professor in the IU School of Optometry about a research project wasn’t exactly at the top of the new coach’s priority list. About a week before data collection was supposed to begin, Port got word that he could meet with Mercer. The new coach wasn’t just OK with his players participating in the study, he was excited to be a part of it. By Michael Reschke. The Herald-Times. SENT: 730 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ VETERAN-D-DAY BURIAL: A World War II veteran from Indiana will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

_ WATER-SEARCHES: Authorities have recovered the body of a 31-year-old Indianapolis man who disappeared while swimming in a bay in Lake Monroe. Three more people are missing in Indiana waters.

_ LEGISLATURE’S AGENDA: Indiana lawmakers will be looking at prescription drug prices, crime sentences and taxes on vaping liquids in the coming months.

SPORTS:

_ NCAA TOURNAMENT-INDIANA: Indiana and Indiana State will play in the NCAA baseball tournament.

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