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

May 4, 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. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SPRING FLOODING

OMAHA, Neb. — The Mississippi River has crested at many of the hardest-hit towns, but with more heavy rain expected over the next several days, the latest round of spring flooding may be far from finished. Other rivers in the Midwest also are seeing significant flooding. The floods are blamed on four deaths, three in Missouri and one in Indiana. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.

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_ SPRING FLOODING-THE LATEST

AROUND THE STATE:

INDIANA DUNES-NATIONAL PARK

PORTER, Ind. — Northwestern Indiana tourism officials are hoping the recent elevation of the Indiana Dunes to national park status will lure more visitors to the scenic stretch of dunes, woods and beaches. SENT: 350 words.

EXCHANGE-NEIL ARMSTRONG’S CLASS RING

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ When exactly Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, received his class ring isn’t clear. “But it was after his Apollo 11 mission,” said Michael Riley, director of space exploration for Heritage Auctions, a Dallas-based house in the midst of the second of three auctions featuring the personal effects of Purdue University’s most famous graduate. “Beautiful ring. To be able to wear that ring and say, ‘Yeah, this was Neil Armstrong’s,’ how cool is that?” By Dave Bangert. Journal & Courier. SENT: 1,020 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-SCULPTURE-HONORING DREISER

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ Russell Rock crafted the new sculpture honoring the work of Terre Haute-born novelist Theodore Dreiser. Shadows serve a significant purpose in the Dreiser sculpture. The varying positions of the sun overhead will cast shadows of the sculpture’s etched passages onto its surrounding concrete surfaces. On some days, a viewer might see all or portions of one phrase. Sunlight will illuminate parts of other Dreiser quotes on other days. Curious visitors will have to study the sculpture to read it in full. That’s a fitting aspect of the sculpture that recognizes the writer who lived from 1871 to 1945. By Mark Bennett. Tribune-Star. SENT: 840 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ CRANE-MARINE HONORED: The visitors’ center at southern Indiana’s Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center has been named in honor of a Marine who was killed in action in Afghanistan.

_ SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: Authorities in a northeastern Indiana county are launching an effort to crack down on motorists who pass stopped school buses.

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