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

March 4, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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INDIANAPOLIS _ Eli Lilly is offering a half-price version of a top-selling insulin to ease the financial strain for some patients, but an advocacy group says much bigger changes are needed. The drugmaker said Monday it will introduce a version of the diabetes treatment Humalog that will be called Insulin Lispro and come with an initial price 50 percent lower than Humalog’s current rate of about $275 per vial. The company said it is working to make the insulin available as quickly as possible. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 570 words.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their legislative session with more than 400 bills still alive, including legislation on teacher pay, bias crimes and gambling, with two months remaining in their budget-writing session. The Indiana House was set Monday to begin considering Senate-approved legislation, while the state Senate will evaluate proposed new laws endorsed by the House. Bills that didn’t clear either chamber could still be amended into surviving legislation, however. Before the session ends in late April, the Republican-dominated Legislature must draft a new two-year budget to fund school districts, universities and state agencies such as the troubled Department of Child Services. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

_ ADVANCE PLACEMENT EXAMS: Data from the state of Indiana show more public high school students are taking advanced placement exams. SENT: 130 words.


_MISSING TEENS-ARREST: A 17-year-old Indiana boy faces murder charges in the deaths of two teens in what police say an informant told them was a drug deal that turned into a robbery.

_ LONGTIME CONTAMINATION-INDIANA: A new round of testing is looking at contamination in an Indianapolis suburb where cancer-causing chemicals have been found in groundwater and sewer vapors.

_ TEXTING DEFENDANTS: A central Indiana county has started sending text messages to criminal defendants to remind them about their upcoming court hearings.



INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Fever have hired former White House adviser Allison Barber as its new president and chief operating officer and promoted former star Tamika Catchings to vice president of basketball operations. SENT: 190 words.


ROSEMONT, Ill. _ Jim Delany, one of the most influential figures in college athletics for three decades, will step down as Big Ten commissioner when his contract expires in June 2020. The 71-year-old has been commissioner since 1989 and established himself as one of the biggest movers and shakers in U.S. sports. He oversaw three expansions to increase Big Ten membership from 10 to 14 schools and conference revenues increased dramatically under his watch. SENT: 470 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Baylor remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. The Lady Bears, who have been atop the rankings for six weeks, received all 28 first-place votes from a national media panel Monday. The Lady Bears have the longest winning streak in the country, 19 games, and close out the regular season Monday night at West Virginia. UConn, Louisville, Notre Dame and Mississippi State follow Baylor. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 260 words.


Cal’s Kristine Anigwe put on a show in her final regular-season game. The senior forward had 32 points and 30 rebounds for her 30th straight double-double on Sunday in an 80-58 win over Washington State. She’s the first player in Division I women’s basketball to have over 30 points and rebounds in a game since Jennifer Butler did it for UMass in 2002. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 880 words, photos.


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