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

April 3, 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, followed by Herbert McCann. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



First-quarter fundraising reports are trickling in from the large field of Democratic presidential hopefuls. Sen. Bernie Sanders reports raising more than $18 million in the 41 days between his official campaign launch and March 31. Another senator, California’s Kamala Harris, reports an impressive $12 million haul. Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $7 million, giving his unheralded campaign a boost as he continues to try to raise his national profile. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 900 words, photos.


_ INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS: A disciplinary panel says Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill isn’t immune from the state Supreme Court’s attorney discipline process just because he’s an elected statewide official. SENT: 140 words.



BROWNSTOWN, Ind. _ Police say a man fatally shot in an officer-involved shooting outside a southern Indiana police department produced a handgun while resisting arrest during a domestic dispute. Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wheeles identified the man Wednesday as 53-year-old Barry Rucker of Brownstown and said he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at a hospital in nearby Seymour. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. _ Indiana ranks as one the worst states in the nation in terms of paying men and women the same wage for the same work, according to an advocacy group’s pay equity study. The American Association of University Women says that in 2017 the Hoosier state scored well below the national average in pay equity in its analysis of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Indiana ranked 49th among the 52, with neighbors Illinois and Kentucky ranking 38th and 33rd, respectively. The group’s analysis compared median annual earnings by worker’s gender as well as comparing worker protections and remedies available to workers who faced discrimination. UPCOMING: 250 words.


_ SMALL PLANE-FIELD: Authorities say a small plane carrying a flight student and instructor from Purdue University landed safely in a central Indiana field after the plane’s engine failed.

_ COPPER THEFTS: Two men charged in connection with a rash of copper wire thefts in northwestern Indiana and neighboring Illinois communities have pleaded guilty in the case.

_ ARCELORMITTAL-WORKER DEATH: Officials have released the name of a steelworker who died in a train accident at the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor steel mill in northwestern Indiana.

_ INDIANA UNIVERSITY-MUMPS: Indiana University officials say six students have now been diagnosed with mumps amid an outbreak of the virus on the Bloomington campus.

_ INDIANA SCHOOL SHOOTING: An Indiana State Police spokesman says a 14-year-old boy who exchanged gunfire with officers at an eastern Indiana middle school before taking his own life was armed with a rifle, a semi-automatic pistol and materials that could be used to make Molotov cocktails.

_ GEIST RESERVOIR-FISH DEATHS: Indiana officials are working to determine what caused the deaths of fish found with slime and splotches on them at Geist Reservoir.



DETROIT _ The Indiana Pacers are in Detroit on Wednesday to take on the Pistons. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


_ FBC--INDIANA-TUTTLE: Indiana quarterback Jack Tuttle has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play next season. SENT: 150 words.


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