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

June 5, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. 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. All times ET.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



WASHINGTON — The former president of USA Gymnastics, ousted in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal, testifies at a Senate subcommittee hearing in his first public comments since his ouster. Lawmakers are exploring what can be done to better protect athletes in the future after dozens of girls and young women were sexually abused by Nassar, the team doctor who also worked at Michigan State University. In addition to former USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny, former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon was set to testify. By Ben Nuckols. UPCOMING: 700 words by 7 p.m.


— GYM-DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT from EAST LANSING, Mich.: William Strampel, a former Michigan State University medical dean who is accused of sexual misconduct, will appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary exam.



BROWNSBURG — A central Indiana teacher says a school district forced him to resign following a disagreement over a policy that calls for teachers to address transgender students by their preferred gender name rather than their birth name. The Indianapolis Star reports that former Brownsburg High School orchestra teacher John Kluge says the Brownsburg Community Schools policy goes against his religious beliefs and violates his First Amendment rights. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. — From where Josh Gentry sits in his home office, he can’t see the wall featuring photographs of him with his wife and friends. Reminders of his two young children surround him — photographs and handwritten cards to his left, and a T-shirt with their names and birthdates to his right. In the middle, a poster with the words “daddy’s juggernauts” hangs amid others that say “Josh’s juggernauts.” Talking to him, it’s easy to get distracted by the decorations, but Gentry’s gaze remains trained at a computer screen in the dark room. His voice taken by Lou Gehrig’s disease, the 34-year-old can only speak in a synthesized voice, his words crafted with flicks of his eyes over a virtual keyboard, the movements captured by eye-tracking technology. By Ashley Sloboda. The Journal Gazette. SENT: 1,300 words, photos requested.


— SOUTH BEND-ABORTION CLINIC: An anti-abortion rights group plans to buy a property across the street from a proposed South Bend abortion clinic after its attempt to locate a center next door to the northern Indiana site was rejected.

— HOT CAR DEATH: A coroner says the parents of 3-year-old girl who died in a hot car in central Indiana thought she was asleep inside their home.

— VICE PRINCIPAL-VOYEURISM: A former vice principal of a southern Indiana middle school has been ordered to serve a year in jail after pleading guilty to a voyeurism charge after authorities linked him to a camera found inside the boys locker room.

— MOTORCYCLIST’S DEATH-POLICE: A northern Indiana police officer won’t face criminal charges in a motorcyclist’s crash death during a police pursuit after dashcam video showed the officer was about a quarter-mile behind the fleeing man when he crashed.

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH: A district attorney says she expects to file felony charges soon against the driver of a semi that struck a school bus and injured at least 20 people, including five critically.

— WELLS FARGO-SALE: Wells Fargo is exiting retail banking operations in three Midwestern states as the beleaguered company follows through on previous plans to reduce the number of locations it has open. AP Photo.

— ROCKWELL AUTOMATION-INDIANA: A company that specializes in industrial automation and information plans to establish operations in central Indiana to consolidate the work of existing distribution centers in Illinois and Tennessee.

— FEDERAL PROSECUTORS-INDIANA: The U.S. Justice Department is adding four more federal prosecutors in northern Indiana.

— TREE BRANCH-DEATH: Authorities say a woman has died after apparently being struck by a falling tree branch while jogging at a park in Indianapolis.

— BALL STATE-MUSICALS CLASS: Ball State University is teaming up with Turner Classic Movies to offer a free online class on the history of Hollywood musicals.

— MEALS PROGRAM-HIV PATIENTS: State health officials and a Meals on Wheels program are launching a new benefit for people living with HIV in Indiana.



NEW YORK — Former NFL quarterback Oliver Luck is leaving his high-ranking position at the NCAA to become commissioner of the XFL, the second edition of professional wrestling mogul Vince McMahon’s football league. McMahon announced the hire Tuesday, four months after unveiling plans to relaunch the XFL, which folded in 2001 after its only season. The new XFL is scheduled to begin in 2020. Luck, the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, will start his new job July 1. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 545 words on national sports lines. AP Photo.


NEW YORK — Diana Taurasi is looking refreshed this season. She used her time away from playing basketball this winter to rest, recover and “tune-up her body. In other news around the league, Tina Charles has earned AP player of the week honors. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 820 words, photos.


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