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

March 16, 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.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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ISLAMIC STATE-AMERICAN WOMAN

HAMMOND, Ind. _ Prosecutors have said they are still determining which confidential items they can share with attorneys defending an Indiana woman who is accused of providing tactical gear and funds to two Islamic State fighters. Assistant U.S. Attorney Abizer Zanzi said at a status hearing in federal court Thursday that the government has shared discovery that is not confidential with the attorneys for Samantha Elhassani, the Post-Tribune reported. SENT: 340 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-ALL-GIRLS TROOP

RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. _ Meet the Atomic Biscuits. They’re a group of seven girls who love outdoor adventure and exploration. last month, that love brought them all together to form the first all-girls Boy Scouts of America troop in Howard County. On Feb. 1, the Boys Scouts opened its doors to girls for the first time in its 109-year history. The move came after the Cub Scouts program started accepting girls last year. The Boys Scouts of America announced the historic changes in October 2017. And that’s when Dennis Dunten started preparing to get an all-girls troop up and running in Russiaville. By Carson Gerber. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 1,050 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-VIRTUAL EVA KOR

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ Clad in her iconic blue pant suit with matching scarf and shoes, Eva Kor will be educating people about the Holocaust for generations to come thanks to a new interactive exhibit. Visitors to Terre Haute’s CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which Kor founded, need only ask a question and she will answer it via high definition video. The “Dimensions in Testimony” theater exhibit unveiled March 10 is the result of a partnership between CANDLES and the Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California. By Dave Taylor. Tribune-Star. SENT: 610 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDIANAPOLIS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM-MICHAEL JACKSON: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has removed three Michael Jackson items from exhibits after a new documentary renewed allegations of child sexual abuse committed by the late singer and Gary native.

_ OFFICER STRUCK: A southern Indiana police officer has been released from a hospital after being struck by a car.

_ HOSPITALS-FLU RESTRICTIONS: At least two western Indiana hospitals are restricting visitors to curb the spread of flu-like illnesses.

_ INDIANA OBESITY RATE: A new report shows that Indiana’s obesity rate is continuing to climb along with Hoosiers’ expanding waistlines.

_ SEVERE WEATHER-PREPAREDNESS: Indiana officials are urging Indiana residents to once again prepare themselves for severe weather as the turbulent spring weather season nears.

_ INDIANA STORMS: The National Weather Service says survey teams have confirmed three tornadoes across Indiana.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-NUGGETS

DENVER _ The Denver Nuggets try to close out a three-game homestand with three straight wins when they host Indiana on Saturday night. They’ve won nine straight at home over the Pacers. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time is 9 p.m.

BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-YOUNG

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ At first glance, Muffet McGraw didn’t know what all the hubbub was about when it came to Jackie Young. “My staff would go and see Jackie and she’d get 35 points; I’d see her, and she’d score 10,” McGraw recalled of the 6-foot guard who left Princeton High School as Indiana’s all-time leading scorer (boys and girls). That was three seasons ago and Young is a savvy junior who is leading the third-ranked Fighting Irish in the defense of their NCAA championship. By John Fineran. SENT: 690 words, photos.

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