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

May 16, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University on Wednesday announced a $500 million settlement with more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal surpasses the more than $109 million that Penn State University paid to settle claims by at least 35 people that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused boys, though the Nassar settlement involves far more victims. By David Eggert and Ed White. SENT: 385 words, photos. Developing.

— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-THE LATEST — The Latest on a settlement between Michigan State University and victims of sports doctor Larry Nassar



BLOOMINGTON — Two new Indiana climate reports say the state’s forests will likely benefit from longer growing seasons, but that the state will also face increased spring flooding and summer droughts. The reports released Tuesday are part of Purdue University’s ongoing Indiana Climate Change Impact Assessment. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — A $1 million federal transportation grant will help Indianapolis’ bike-share program nearly double the availability of the rentable bikes by next year. Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Tuesday that the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant from the Federal Highway Administration will allow the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare program to add 25 bike stations and 250 bikes. Indianapolis currently has 29 bike stations and 275 bicycles available for rent. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


WORCESTER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man accused of going on a coast-to-coast crime rampage that started when he was charged with raping a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday to up to 12 years in prison. Gregory Lewis, 30, of Southbridge, was sentenced after pleading guilty to more than a dozen charges, including indecent assault and battery on a child, The Telegram & Gazette reported. He was suspected of robbing a woman working for an escort service in Indiana. SENT: 300 words.


RICHMOND, Ind. — Work continues to determine the future of the former Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church building, but the discovery of a reversionary clause in the original deed is complicating things a bit. The 111-year-old church officially closed in November when its congregation was dissolved after membership fell into the 30s. Since then, Whitewater Valley Presbytery has been bearing the expenses of insurance, utilities and security for the historic site while an administrative commission of five people works to determine what’s to come for the building as well as the church office next door along North A Street. By Jason Truitt. Palladium-Item. SENT: 500 words, photos requested.


— HUSBAND-BOYFRIEND DEATHS: A woman already serving life in prison for killing a Michigan man has been sentenced to 65 years in prison in the strangulation death of her husband at their northwestern Indiana home.

— NURSE CHARGED-SEX ASSAULTS: Authorities say a nurse at a central Indiana hospital sexually assaulted a woman three times while she was a patient under his care.

— SPENCER SUPERFUND SITE: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added a groundwater chemical plume that’s threatening a central Indiana city’s water supply to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.

— INDIANA JAIL-CONTRACT: A county in northwestern Indiana has ratified a jail contract that seeks to curb turnover and overtime among corrections officers.

— LYNCHING SCENE MURAL: A commission in northeastern Illinois won’t return an artist’s mural depicting part of a lynching scene until officials create guidelines for what can be done with a returned piece. The city of Elgin put the mural into storage after learning in 2016 that the painting was based on a crowd photographed during a 1930 lynching in Marion, Indiana.

— MONARCH BUTTERFLY-CONSERVATION PLAN: Public comment is being sought on a draft of a conservation plan expected to help reverse eastern monarch butterfly population declines.

— ADDICTION RESOURCES: An anti-addiction group says confidential help is now available by phone or online to help Indiana residents struggling with substance use disorder and their loved ones.



INDIANAPOLIS — Dennis Reinbold wants to be a team owner again in the IndyCar Series. The first step toward that goal is a successful Indianapolis 500, where the two-car team will make its season debut. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.


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