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

May 6, 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UN EXTINCTION REPORT

People are putting nature in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals, scientists said Monday. But it’s not too late to fix the problem, according to the United Nations’ first comprehensive report on biodiversity. “We have reconfigured dramatically life on the planet,” report co-chairman Eduardo Brondizio of Indiana University said at a press conference. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 1,300 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.

AROUND THE STATE:

PURDUE-TINY HOMES

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ The president of Purdue University says he wants to avoid the appearance of nepotism in a business arrangement that puts his daughter’s tiny homes business on the West Lafayette campus for football weekends. Purdue Research Foundation signed a contract almost three months ago with the president’s daughter, Maggie Daniels, allowing her to rent out up to eight 200-square-foot homes as a tailgate village near Ross-Ade Stadium. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

ELKHART-PEDESTRIANS KILLED

ELKHART, Ind. _ A northern Indiana city is denying any responsibility for a 2017 hit-and-run crash that killed two children and a man who were walking on a sidewalk. The lawsuit by two injured pedestrians and the families of those killed claimed Elkhart officials didn’t properly maintain the sidewalk and were aware vehicles had jumped the curb in the area. SENT: 150 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CORN FIELD WASTE-INDIANA: A company that works to turn corn field waste into sustainable products is planning a central Indiana facility.

_ PHARMACY ROBBERIES: An Indianapolis man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after admitting to five drug store robberies in Iowa.

_ INDIANAPOLIS-POLICE OFFICER SHOT: An Indianapolis police officer has been shot after responding to a call about a shoplifter.

_ INDIANA FORESTS-LOGGING: Groups seeking to conserve two of Indiana’s state forests are making a new push in their efforts to curb logging.

_ MASTODON UNEARTHED-INDIANA: The large bones of a mastodon found last month in southern Indiana are becoming part of the Indiana State Museum’s collection of the ancient, elephant-like mammals.

SPORTS:

_ BKC--BUTLER-SMITS: Former Valparaiso center Derrik Smits will play his final college basketball season at Butler. SENT: 120 words.

_ BKH--INDIANA-MR BASKETBALL: Center Grove star Trayce Jackson-Davis has been named the IndyStar Mr. Basketball Award winner. SENT: 130 words.

_ BKH--INDIANA-MISS BASKETBALL: Jorie Allen has become the second player from Bedford North Lawrence to earn the IndyStar Miss Basketball Award winner. SENT: 130 words.

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