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

May 12, 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. Tom Davies is on the desk. All times ET.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers will be back at the Statehouse on Monday for a special session called to take action on a handful of bills that died in March when bickering Republicans brought the year’s regular legislative session to a chaotic close. A GOP-dominated legislative panel recently signed off on five bills — among them a contentious schools takeover measure — and clearing the way for the full General Assembly to proceed during what’s expected to be a one-day session. By Aileen Chuang. SENT: 600 words, photo.



WASHINGTON — A second Democratic senator has announced his support for President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee. Joe Donnelly of Indiana says in a statement Saturday that he made his decision after “a tough, frank and extensive discussion” with Gina Haspel, the spy agency’s acting director. The other Democrat who’s come out for Haspel is West Virginia’s Joe Manchin. Both Democrats are considered to be among the most vulnerable Senate incumbents in the November election. SENT: 300 words.



SOUTH BEND — The South Bend Common Council will consider overriding the mayor’s veto of its decision to allow an anti-abortion rights center to open next to a proposed abortion clinic. Council president Tim Scott said the override vote will occur Monday upon the request of two council members. The council voted 5-4 last month to grant the rezoning sought by Women’s Care Center so it could open near where Whole Woman’s Health Alliance wants to start a non-surgical abortion clinic. SENT: 350 words.


WEST LAFAYETTE — Standing out in Purdue’s quarterback room is difficult. It’s an impressive group. On the field. Off the field. In the classroom. In the community. One example is Aaron Banks. He’s a junior walk-on from Indianapolis. His career statistics — 1 of 1 passing for 4 yards. He’s majoring in industrial engineering. Last month Banks was elected student body president. By Mike Carmin. (Lafayette) Journal and Courier. SENT: 900 words, photos pursuing.


SOUTH BEND — The classroom is a busy scene of 25 chattering, eager, constantly in motion fourth-graders, and Ben Domonkos is utterly at home in their midst. Among his students, he generally is addressed as “Mr. D.” Domonkos, a fourth-grade teacher at Tarkington Traditional School, recently was named 2018 Teacher of the Year by the South Bend Community School Corp. By Margaret Fosmoe. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 700 words, photos pursuing.


— MARION-POLICE CAR CRASH: Authorities say a teenager was killed and another was badly injured when their car collided with a police cruiser in a northeastern Indiana city. The crash happened late Friday in downtown Marion.

— LIBRARIES-NO LATE FEES: A southern Indiana library has become one of the latest in the state to stop charging late fees for overdue books. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library ended its late fees after first trying amnesty periods where book borrowers could have their fines waived by returning overdue materials.

— PURDUE-NASA AWARD: A team of Purdue University engineering students has won a NASA award for designing a futuristic city able to accommodate flying cars. The team won the University Student Design Challenge sponsored by NASA’s Glenn Research Center.



INDIANAPOLIS — Will Power won the pole for Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix and will try to become the fourth straight winner from the No. 1 starting spot. Power has already won the race twice — both from the pole. And Roger Penske’s team has won all four previous IndyCar races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race begins at 3:50 p.m. ET.


WALTHAM, Mass. — When Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics head coaching job five years ago, he didn’t allow himself to get caught up in thinking about how he could add his name to the franchise’s rich history. He was too busy trying to figure out how to avoid being buried under it. While achieving Red Auerbach status may not be on Stevens’ radar, in just his fifth season there’s no question the 41-year-old is also beyond being the wide-eyed former Butler University coach who arrived in Boston. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 800 words, photo.


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