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

January 20, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Herbert McCann 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

INDIGENT BURIALS-DETROIT

DETROIT _ Some relatives of people whose cremated remains were found among nearly 300 others in a Detroit funeral home say they would have loved to bury them in marked graves but couldn’t afford traditional funeral services. They’re among the many poor families in the U.S. who have been priced out of funerals and burials. People who can’t afford funeral and burial services are left with the cheapest option: cremating their loved one’s remains and leaving it to a funeral home to dispose of them. By Corey Williams. SENT: 775 words, photo.

AROUND THE STATE:

SOUTH BEND-WIRETAPPING

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ A long-running dispute over wiretapping within an Indiana police department will continue and could go to trial, after city officials rejected a proposed agreement with officers who want to block the tapes’ release. The South Bend Common Council on Monday unanimously voted to reject any settlement agreement that may have been reached in mediation, The South Bend Tribune reported. The legal battle had cost the city almost $2 million as of September. SENT: 285 words.

EXCHANGE-GREENHOUSE LEGACY

INDIANAPOLIS _ At one time, the south side of Indianapolis fed the entire region. The German immigrants who settled around Bluff Road going back to the mid-19th century built greenhouses as far as the eye could see. Along Bluff Road, these industrious farmers grew tomatoes, lettuce, beets, asparagus, spinach and kale, among other produce. More than 80 growers featured these “acres under glass,” providing fresh vegetables and fruit to central Indiana year-round. They made up the largest concentration of greenhouses in the country. By Ryan Trares. Daily Journal. SENT: 1,050 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-STUDENTS SURPRISE CLASSMATE

RICHMOND _ When Fairview Elementary School fourth-graders Javeonte Johnson and D. J. Allen approached their teacher, Jim Jeffries, with an idea of starting a store, he was impressed with their entrepreneurial spirit. However, it’s against school policy to sell products in the school that are going to benefit someone else, so his answer was an easy, “absolutely not.” A few weeks later, principal Kelly Plank made an exception, and “The Josh Squad” came to be. With the help of Jeffries and their fourth-grade classmates, Johnson and Allen drew and sold pictures, raising more than $300 for Joshua Idle, a fourth-grade classmate who was involved in an accident that took his mother’s life in December. By Jesus Jimenez. Palladium-Item. SENT: 850 words, photos requested.

BRIEFS:

_ RURAL COMMUNITY GRANTS: Nearly $11 million in federal grant money is going to 19 rural communities around Indiana for local development projects.

_ AMISH-BUGGY LANES: A northern Indiana county with a large Amish population is moving ahead with plans to add lanes along local roads just for horse-drawn buggies.

SPORTS:

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Charlotte Hornets are in Indianapolis to take on the Pacers. Indianapolis has won 10 of their last 13 games. Game time: 6p.m.

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