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BC-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IN

May 23, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Indiana. 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. David Runk is on the desk. All times are Eastern.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ The California man who became known as the “American Taliban” after his capture on an Afghanistan battlefield in late 2001 is on the cusp of release from prison. Thirty-eight-year-old John Walker Lindh is scheduled for release Thursday from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. He has spent more than 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban. SENT: 140 words. Will be updated, with photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS MONEY

WASHINGTON, D.C. _ Bernie Sanders wants to crack down on outside groups that do political spending, though one is allied with his presidential campaign. Elizabeth Warren has vowed no untraceable “dark money” will help her White House bid, despite being backed by an organization that doesn’t disclose some of its donors. And Pete Buttigieg accepted lobbyist money — until he didn’t. Virtually all Democrats running for the White House rail against the flood of campaign cash that courses through the political system. But as the primary unfolds, it’s becoming clear that those pledges come with asterisks. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDIANA HOUSE EXPLOSION: Dozens of people gathered for a prayer vigil after a weekend explosion of a southern Indiana house that killed one person. Michael O’Brien, who was among those Wednesday at Jeffersonville’s First Christian Church, says it “could have happened to any of us.”

_ HIGHWAY SINKHOLE-LANES CLOSED: State transportation officials say a portion of a southern Indiana highway has reopened after it was closed because of a sinkhole.

_ INDIANA VOTERS-POSTCARDS: The Secretary of State’s office is mailing postcards to Indiana voters as part of its ongoing efforts to identify outdated or inaccurate voter registrations. The postcards from the office’s Election Division remind voters that Nov. 5 is Election Day, but they’re also being used to revise Indiana’s statewide voter list.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDY 500-DEAD TRADITIONS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Ryan Hunter-Reay has been around long enough to remember when the Indianapolis 500 was the true culmination of the “Month of May,” when fans would file through the old turnstiles each day during the multi-week buildup to the biggest one-day sporting event in the world. More than just about any other event, though, the Indy 500 is built upon tradition. There’s the three-wide starting grid at the start the race, and the milk given to the winner in victory lane at the end of it. The original yard of bricks still marks the start-finish line, and all the prerace pageantry still evokes the very essence of Americana. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

BBC-BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

OMAHA, Neb. _ All four bottom seeds won on the opening day of the Big Ten Tournament and will be trying to take control of their brackets Thursday.

BKL--WNBA SEASON PREVIEW

NEW YORK _ It’s been a busy offseason for the WNBA with big names changing places, a new commissioner and sadly a few injuries to some of the games’ greatest players. The league will tip off its 23rd season on Friday with many teams hoping to win the championship this year. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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