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BC-IN--Indiana News Digest , IN

May 19, 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. Rick Callahan is on the desk. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

INDIANA HOUSE EXPLOSION

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. _ An explosion leveled a home in southern Indiana early Sunday, killing one person, injuring two others and leaving several nearby homes uninhabitable, authorities said. Hours after the explosion shattered windows across a Jeffersonville neighborhood and sent debris flying onto roofs, lawns and cars, officials had not said what they believe caused the explosion. Jeffersonville police and firefighters were at the scene, along with Indiana State Police and crews from Vectren, a natural gas provider. SENT: 380 words, with AP Photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-JIMMY CARTER

ATLANTA _ Jimmy Carter carved an unlikely path to the White House in 1976 and endured humbling defeat after one term. Now, six administrations later, the longest-living chief executive in American history is re-emerging from political obscurity at age 94 to win over his fellow Democrats once again. A peanut farmer turned politician then worldwide humanitarian, Carter is taking on a special role as several Democratic candidates look to his family-run campaign after the Watergate scandal as the road map for toppling President Donald Trump in 2020. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is among those who’ve visited with the Carters and attended the former president’s Sunday School lesson in Plains. Buttigieg said he and Carter “talked about being viewed as coming out of nowhere” and how Carter ran two general election campaigns entirely on the public financing system that now sits unused as candidates collectively raise money into the billions. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1,040 words, with AP Photos.

MEDICAL WAIVER

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana plans to seek federal approval to begin offering low- and moderate-income people using the Healthy Indiana Plan up to $1,000 over 12 months as they switch to employer insurance or other health care coverage. The HIP Workforce Bridge program would allow people to continue to spend the funds from their HIP health savings accounts as they transition. The Healthy Indiana Plan is funded through former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The money would help people pay for premiums, deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance for one year, regardless of whether they get insurance through a company or pay for it on the insurance exchange. SENT: 410 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-RESTORED BILLBOARD

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ After six months of work, including installing and then removing panels as well as restoring a built-in clock, a historic Indiana landmark once again greets travelers along U.S. 40 on Terre Haute’s east side. The 80-year-old Clabber Girl billboard, on the southwest corner of U.S. 40 and Hunt Road, was first erected by Hulman and Co. president Tony Hulman in the 1930s as part of the national branding effort for Clabber Girl, with the now familiar words “Five Minutes to Terre Haute . . . The Home of Clabber Girl Baking Powder.” By Howard Greninger. Tribune-Star. SENT: 630 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-RETIREMENT HOME BOUTIQUE

MUNCIE, Ind. _ For Susie Cooper, 87-year-old Kay Butler is her aunt. But she’s also a second mom. And when Cooper’s mom, Butler’s older sister, died, she became that much more of a maternal figure for her. They’ve been spending a lot of time together recently, as Cooper has helped her aunt with her latest venture. In November, Butler took her love of crafting and opened a store on the first floor of Silver Birch retirement community. She calls it the “Silver Boutique,” and it’s now open to residents and visitors from 9-11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. By Audrey J. Kirby. The Star Press. SENT: 750 words, photos requested.

BRIEF:

_ BODY UNDER CONCRETE-ARREST: A central Indiana man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for a slaying where the victim’s body was found buried beneath concrete.

_ COVERED BRIDGE ARSONS: The state appeals court has upheld the 90-year prison sentence for a man convicted of setting fires that destroyed one wooden covered bridge in western Indiana and damaged another.

_ REFORESTED LAND: A northern Indiana conservation group says it planted 55,000 native hardwood saplings this spring on more than 100 acres of marginal farmland.

SPORTS:

CAR-INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ It’s another rough day for McLaren at the Indianapolis 500 as rain has slowed the team’s preparation time for its last-gasp run at making the race. McLaren completely overhauled its car Sunday morning and sent Fernando Alonso on track with a new setup. But the car was too low in the rear and dragged and sparked along Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Alonso returned to the pits for a fix, completed five more laps, and then rain stopped the session. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 300 words. Will be updated. With AP Photos.

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