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

May 11, 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.

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TOP STORIES:

ATTORNEY GENERAL PAY RAISES

INDIANAPOLIS _ Some top aides to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill have seen recent pay hikes of $9,000 or more, but Hill contends they are not rewards for sticking with him as he faces allegations of drunkenly groping four women during a party last year. Hill said the pay raises are about being competitive. The Republican attorney general has denied the allegations and a special prosecutor declined in October to pursue any criminal charges against him. SENT: 400 words.

GENERAL MOTORS-LORDSTOWN

The fate of a shuttered General Motors plant in Ohio remains very much up in the air even after a tweet from President Donald Trump heralded the potential sale of a factory he has shown an intense interest in saving. That’s because the buyer is a fledgling electric vehicle maker that has never posted a profit, has only about 100 employees and warned this year that it might not have enough money to stay in business. Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group’s only production plant is in Union City, Indiana, where it has built about 400 delivery trucks. By John Seewer and Tom Krisher. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moving in national services.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-HORSE RANCH-AT-RISK YOUTH

KOKOMO, Ind. _ Each of the five horses interacting with a group of 16 IU Kokomo students at Narrow Gate Horse Ranch has a story. The horses are part of the ranch’s faith-based program, which provides opportunities for at-risk and under-sourced youth ages 7-18 through Equine Assisted Learning, a way in which kids can interact with horses and people in a relaxed and yet purposeful way, according to Narrow Gate’s mission statement. By Mark Saluke. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-MISSING WEDDING RING

GREENVILLE, Ind. _ Greenville resident Carole Gibson was married to her late husband for nearly 58 years, and throughout those decades, the couple remained inseparable. So when the 76-year-old lost his wedding band recently, she was heartbroken. Carole’s husband, Herman Luke “Junior” Gibson Jr. died May 22, 2018, at age 77. Junior’s wedding band, which is gold with five diamonds in a single row across the top, went missing in April while she and her son were out for a karaoke night. By Brooke McAfee. News and Tribune. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDIANA NURSING COMPACT: Indiana will recognize nursing licenses from many others states with a new law taking effect this summer.

_ INDIANAPOLIS STRIP CLUB SHOOTING: Authorities say two people are dead after shooting at a strip club near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

_ MUNCIE FIELDHOUSE-STORM DAMAGE: One of Indiana’s historic high school gymnasiums could reopen this fall nearly two years after it was badly damaged during a severe storm.

_ ROBERT INDIANA: The estate of the artist behind the famous “LOVE” and “HOPE” images is attempting to stop reproduction of his works. The effort is the latest development in the complicated case of Robert Indiana’s estate since he died nearly a year ago.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDYCAR GP

INDIANAPOLIS _ Rookie Felxi Rosenqvist broke up Team Penske’s qualifying dominance by winning the IndyCar Grand Prix pole. On Saturday, he will try end Penske’s four-year winning streak in the race. By Michael Marot. SENT: 250 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race begins 3:50 p.m. ET.

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