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

June 8, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 6 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. Ed White 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



GARY — Federal charges are being announced Friday in the shooting of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent during a gun battle in northwestern Indiana during which a suspect was killed. Authorities said the man killed had a violent criminal history. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated from afternoon news conference.



EVANSVILLE — A federal judge heard arguments Friday on whether to block a new Indiana law that requires medical providers to give the state detailed information about women they treat for complications arising from abortions. Planned Parenthood is seeking a preliminary injunction to block two provisions of the law before it takes effect on July 1. UPCOMING: 130 words. May be updated.


INDIANAPOLIS — A new federal report says Indiana’s suicide rate surged more than 30 percent between 1999 and 2016. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials say suicide, drug overdoses and Alzheimer’s disease are three causes of death that are on the rise. Officials say suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. UPCOMING: 300 words.


NOBLESVILLE — A central Indiana woman who survived last year’s shooting in Las Vegas says she’s still coping with a recent shooting at the middle school where she teache. Shelly Alexander says she “felt very alone” after she was caught in the line of fire in Las Vegas while in a taxi during October’s mass shooting, where a gunman killed 58 people. Alexander is an assistant to special education students at Noblesville West Middle School. A 13-year-old student opened fire at the school on May 25, wounding a student and a teacher. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


CEDAR LAKE — What started with a pot of chili for a dozen homeless people on Lower Wacker Drive has mushroomed into an effort to feed more than 300, thanks to the generosity of a 10-year-old boy and his family. He can relate to their plight. Joseph Antoniazzi and his mother, Bridget Gallegos, were recently homeless themselves until a friend took them in. Grateful for that act of kindness, Joseph believed God put it in his heart to help the homeless. So one cold Sunday in November, Joseph enlisted the help of his brother, Vincent Kampstra, and Kampstra’s girlfriend, Tara Schieben. They made a pot of chili in the kitchen of their Cedar Lake home and headed to Chicago. By Rob Earnshaw. The Times. SENT: 450 words, photos requested.


— INDIANA DEATHS: Authorities in northeastern Indiana say they believe a 17-year-old boy who killed his 13-year-old girlfriend before fatally shooting himself in February also fatally shot an 81-year-old man during an attempted robbery in January.

— POLICE CHASE-SHOOTING: Police say a man has been shot and wounded after leading police on a chase in suburban Indianapolis and pointing a rifle at officers. The chase started after police in Lawrence responded to reports of a shooting late Thursday at an apartment complex.

— INDIANA-DRY CONDITIONS: Weeks of scant rainfall and hot weather have left nearly one-fifth Indiana in the midst of drought conditions. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor shows that about 17 percent of Indiana is now ranked as abnormally dry, which is the lowest drought condition gauged by the monitor.

— POND DEATH: Authorities say a 69-year-old man who went to feed fish at a pond in western Indiana was found unresponsive in the water and died.

— FATAL CRASH ARREST: Illinois State Police have arrested an Indiana man in connection with a crash that left a 3-year-old child dead. Authorities say the Zionsville man was driving in the Chicago suburbs March 23 when he failed to stop for a car stalled in Interstate 90 traffic.

— INDIANA YOUNG DEMOCRATS: The Indiana Young Democrats is bidding to host the party’s national convention of young activists next year.



FORT WORTH, Texas — Tony Kanaan knows he wasn’t very popular among his fellow IndyCar drivers at the end of last year’s race at Texas. He was blamed and penalized for a big wreck on the reconfigured track. And he was the runner-up after only nine of 22 cars were still running at the end. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.


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