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

May 23, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

AMERICAN TALIBAN-RELEASE

John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by invading U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. Lindh, 38, left a federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, after getting time off for good behavior from the 20-year sentence he received upon pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 620 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

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.

_ 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The Secretary of State’s office is mailing postcards to Indiana voters as part of its ongoing efforts to identify outdated or inaccurate voter registrations. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ LUNCH SHAMING-INDIANA: A suburban Indianapolis school district has suspended its policy of serving cold sandwiches to students whose families owe lunch money after a kindergartner’s relatives said the girl was shamed for not having enough money for lunch

_ 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.

_ DIVING COACH-SEX ABUSE: A former Ohio State diving club coach has pleaded guilty to charges related to allegations that he had sex with a diver when she was a teenager. Photo.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ Alexander Rossi had no idea what he was getting into when he moved from Formula One to IndyCar. Turning left all race? Looks easy. But as he soon found out, and as Fernando Alonso learned in failing to qualify for the Indy 500 last weekend, getting around the Brickyard is a lot tougher than it looks. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

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.

CAR--INDY 500-ANOTHER ANDRETTI

INDIANAPOLIS _ The handsome young man with the easy smile and famous last name had just turned his first laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he grabbed a cellphone to call his father, who was tethered to an IV to receive the medication he hopes will save his life. “What was it like?” John Andretti asked, upon picking up the phone. “Awesome,” Jarett Andretti said. “Just awesome.” It was the simplest of exchanges coming at the most difficult and complex of times. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 930 words, photos.

With:

_ CAR--INDY 500-THE LATEST

_ CAR--INDY 500-MEASLES: Some fans attending Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 can get measles vaccines at the track’s infield medical center. SENT: 150 words.

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: 750 words, photos.

Also:

_ BBC-BIG TEN-INDIANA-MINNESOTA: Indiana meets Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament. UPCOMING: 150 words. 8:30 p.m. start.

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