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

March 10, 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.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. _ Duke Energy will need to create a corrective action plan for its coal ash ponds in Indiana after mandatory groundwater testing found the ponds have contaminants at levels higher than groundwater protection standards. The electric power company on March 1 released its compliance data and reporting on the coal ash ponds at the now shuttered Wabash River Generating Station, the Tribune-Star reported. SENT: 310 words.



BEIJING _ China’s central bank governor on Sunday affirmed an official promise to avoid manipulating its currency to boost exports, an issue he said American and Chinese negotiators discussed in their latest talks aimed at ending a tariff war. Yi Gang gave no indication the two sides reached agreements beyond previous commitments produced by meetings of the Group of 20 major economies. He spoke at a news conference during the annual meeting of China’s ceremonial legislature. Yi, a former professor at Indiana University, was appointed governor of the People’s Bank of China last March. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.


HAMMOND, Ind. _ Monica Spisak gave away most of the photos she had of her son. In the search for Joseph Spisak, his family handed out his photo to different people and agencies. Some of the family photo albums were ruined in a basement flood. Today, Monica Spisak is left with a small photo of her son that she keeps in a safe space. “That’s all I got left,” she said. Joseph Spisak disappeared Jan. 27, 1974, in Hammond when he was 11 years old. His family never saw or heard from him again. Now, after more than 45 years, they still want to know what happened to him. “This family has not quit, has not given up hope and never will,” Steven Spisak, Joseph Spisak’s younger brother, said. By Becky Jacobs. Post-Tribune. SENT: 1,630 words, photos.


PENDLETON, Ind. _ A Maple Ridge sixth-grader took the microphone and shared her heart-wrenching experience of considering suicide two years ago. “I was scared to ask my parents for help. How can I get through life without these negative feelings?” she asked tearfully. Her question was for Jenna Scott, survivor of her 14-year-old son Hudson Scott’s death by suicide more than 3 years ago. “If you trust your parents, I strongly encourage you to tell them. If that’s not an option, talk to an adult at school,” Scott answered. “I know it’s hard. I’ve been in your shoes. I know it’s horrible, but it does get better, I promise you.” Scott, who founded Brownsburg-based Project Hudson with her husband, Wesley Scott, was at Pendleton Christian Church to share her story and dispense suicide prevention advice for parents and students at a program titled “It Is Okay to Not Be Okay.” By Rebecca R. Bibbs. The Herald Bulletin. SENT: 780 words, photos.


_ TROOPER FIRED: Indiana State Police trooper has been fired after admitting to continuing a relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

_ DRIVING TOO SLOWLY: Indiana State Police have handed out more than 200 tickets to motorists for driving too slowly in the left lane.

_ NIPSCO ELECTRIC RATES: The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is encouraging comments in an electric rate case involving Northern Indiana Public Service Co.

_ CANAL LOWERING-MICHIGAN: The water level of a canal in southern Michigan is expected to be lowered about 11 feet (3 meters) to allow a utility to perform routine inspections at one of its power facilities.

_ CHAPIN MANSION RENOVATION: A $275,000 project is taking place to fix the crumbling front porch and balcony and add a ramp for visitors in wheelchairs at the historic Chapin Mansion in southwestern Michigan.



PHILADELPHIA _ The Indiana Pacers visit the Philadelphia 76ers. By Sports Writer Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. AP Photos.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ The Indiana Hoosiers close out the regular season Sunday when they host Rutgers. The Hoosiers still need a win or two _ or maybe more _ to strengthen their case to make the NCAA Tournament. The Scarlet Knights won this season’s first match-up on its home court. UPCOMING: 600 words, with photos. Game time is noon.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. _ A full regular-season schedule didn’t provide a clear answer as to who is the best team in the majority of the power conferences. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten and Big 12 all ended up with teams sharing the title. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos by 3 p.m.


GREENSBORO, N.C. _ No. 3 Louisville and No. 4 Notre Dame meet in the ACC championship game for the second straight season. The Irish won the only regular-season meeting in January. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos from noon start.


INDIANAPOLIS _ The Big Ten’s two top teams each made it through two games in two days. Now, No. 8 Maryland and No. 10 Iowa will square off for the conference tournament title on Sunday. Iowa won the only other meeting this season on its home court. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos. Game time is 6 p.m.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ IndyCar opens its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg. Sebastien Bourdais is the two-time defending race winner and a resident of St. Pete. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: 650 words. Race begins at 1:30 pm.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. _ The IndyCar field surprised Robert Wickens with an early 30th birthday celebration before Sunday’s race at St. Petersburg. Wickens is at a track for the first time since he suffered a spinal cord injury in an August race. He turns 30 on Wednesday. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 275 words, photo.


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