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

March 15, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

XGR--ABORTION OBJECTIONS-MEDICAL PROVIDER

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana lawmakers are moving closer to expanding the state’s conscience-protection statute for medical professionals to permit more medical providers to deny women care based on an ethical, moral or religious objection to abortion. The Indiana House voted 69-25 on Thursday in favor of the legislation, which would expand the statute for medical professionals who don’t want to perform an abortion or participate in any procedure that results in an abortion. That includes prescribing, administering or dispensing an abortion-inducing drug, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported. State law already authorizes physicians, hospital employees and health clinic staffers to opt out of abortion-related health care. The new measure would extend that option to nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

INDIANA STORMS

SALEM, Ind. _ The National Weather Service says it plans to survey storm damage in southern Indiana after high winds, hail and possible tornadoes swept across the state. The weather service says a storm survey is planned Friday in northwest Washington County. In Bartholomew County, The (Columbus) Republic reports area residents took cover Thursday after tornado warning sirens sounded. The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. held students at schools until the severe weather passed. The storms left thousands of power customers without service and utilities worked Friday to restore power. SENT: 130 words.

SUSPECTED BURGLAR CRUSHED

MARION, Ind. _ Authorities in northeastern Indiana have identified a suspected burglar who was apparently crushed to death when a more than 900-pound antique safe fell over onto him. The Grant County coroner’s office says autopsy results were pending for 28-year-old Jeremiah A. Disney of Marion. The Marion Police Department says a homeowner called Tuesday to report that someone had broken into his garage. The homeowner told police a door frame had been damaged but the garage was so cluttered he couldn’t tell what might be missing. He found the body the next day while cleaning out the garage. Police have said the antique safe had been knocked over and the suspected burglar’s body was found underneath. The Marion Fire Department helped lift the safe so the man’s body could be removed. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MAN KILLED-INDIANAPOLIS FREEWAY: A man whose car collided with a semitrailer on an Indianapolis interstate has been killed by a second vehicle as he walked across the roadway.

_ HOG FARMS-FISH KILLS: State regulators have cited three eastern Indiana hog farms for manure spills and other runoff, including discharges that caused two fish kills last fall.

_ ST MARY’S COLLEGE-PRESIDENT RESIGNS: The former president of St. Mary’s College who abruptly resigned after two years with the Catholic women’s liberal art college in northern Indiana has filed a lawsuit alleging she was forced out.

_ INDIANA-FETAL TISSUE LAW: A federal appeals court has ruled portions of a 2016 Indiana abortion law are not unconstitutionally vague and has reversed an injunction blocking them.

_ WIFE’S SLAYING-SENTENCE: A northeastern Indiana man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for fatally shooting his wife while their two young daughters slept nearby.

SPORTS:

BKC-T25--B10-MINNESOTA-PURDUE

CHICAGO _ No. 13 Purdue looks to make a run for the Big Ten Tournament championship on Friday, starting with a third-round matchup against Minnesota. The Boilermakers tied Michigan State for first place and earned the second seed. Minnesota beat Penn State in the second round. By Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

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