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

May 17, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

FORT WAYNE POLICE-LAWSUIT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. _ A federal appeals court says a convicted robber can go ahead with his excessive force lawsuit against the Fort Wayne police officer who shot him. Prosecutors cleared Officer Daniel Hartman in the 2015 shooting even though Anthony Gant was unarmed. Gant is serving a prison sentence for robbing a Dollar General store, but maintains in the lawsuit that he was trying to comply with officers’ demands when Hartman shot him in the abdomen. SENT: 140 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

JUDGES SHOT-INDIANAPOLIS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Two southern Indiana judges who were wounded in a shooting in Indianapolis have been sent home from a hospital. Larry Wilder, who is acting as a spokesman for both judges, says Clark County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Adams returned home Thursday after Clark County Circuit Court Judge Bradley Jacobs was reported being home earlier this week. They’d been in Indianapolis recovering from the shooting. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ FARM BODIES: A businessman wants to sell three lots for new homes at a former horse farm where victims of an Indiana serial killer were buried in the 1990s.

_ STRANGULATION DEATHS-COMPETENCY: A man accused of fatally strangling an elderly woman and her daughter in northwestern Indiana has been ordered to get another mental health evaluation.

_ INDIANA UNEMPLOYMENT: Indiana’s unemployment rate has remained steady in April from March.

_ SCHOOL BUS FIRE: Authorities say two students and a driver escaped a school bus fire in southern Indiana without injury. Photo.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ Fernando Alonso is finally back on track preparing for the Indianapolis 500. McLaren lost almost two full days of practice after Alonso crashed Wednesday. The team needed the entire next day to rebuild the Spaniard a car, which was ready to go when Friday morning’s session began. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING. 700 words.

With:

_ CAR--INDY 500-THE LATEST

_ CAR--INDY 500-EARNHARDT-Pace CAR: Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500. SENT: 130 words, photo.

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