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

May 15, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



INDIANAPOLIS — The head of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources withdrew contentious proposals to create a bobcat hunting season and requiring the euthanization of captured raccoons, coyotes and opossums before a commission could vote on them Tuesday. Agency Director Cameron Clark withdrew the proposals before the Natural Resources Commission considered them, saying he was responding to public opposition to them. UPCOMING: 400 words.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A white nationalist on probation for harassing a protester at a 2016 Donald Trump campaign rally in Kentucky is going to jail after a domestic abuse incident in Indiana. Matthew Heimbach was ordered to serve 38 days in jail for violating the terms of his two-year probation for the Trump rally incident. The 27-year-old Heimbach appeared Tuesday in misdemeanor court in Louisville and was led away in handcuffs. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


CROWN POINT, Ind. — Police investigators who arrested a minor in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old northwest Indiana boy used surveillance video to identify the alleged teenage gunman involved in a fight in a city park. The Post-Tribune reports that court records say surveillance footage show a group of young men approached a group of juveniles at Nunez Park May 5. The two groups exchanged words before the 17-year-old suspect pulled out a gun and fired at another juvenile, but missed. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Rachel Swoape was a bit overwhelmed when she was handed the key to her new home. She grew up in Bloomington, running around with friends in the area now known as the Trail View neighborhood back when it was just overgrowth on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. Swoape, 34, is the newest recipient of a Habitat for Humanity home in Trail View, a near westside neighborhood that was built up from nothing starting in 2015 and now is nearly full. By Jonathan Streetman. The Herald Times. SENT: 850 words, photos requested.


— POLICE OFFICER KILLED-INDIANA: About 70 law enforcement officers welcomed the five-year-old son of a slain police officer to a western Indiana school as he returned to class for the first time since his father was killed in a shootout.

— HEAVY RAIN-CRASH: Authorities say heavy rain that covered part of an interstate in northwestern Indiana is blamed for a multi-vehicle crash that left nine people injured.

— OFFICER-TRAFFIC CRASH-GARY: A former northwest Indiana sheriff’s officer who authorities say struck another man with his squad car while intoxicated at the 2016 Gary Air Show has pleaded guilty but mentally ill.

— EAST CHICAGO-BOY SHOT: An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in connection with the fatal shooting of his 4-year-old nephew.

— SOUTH BEND-ABORTION CLINIC: The South Bend Common Council has failed to override the mayor’s veto of its decision to allow an anti-abortion rights center to open next to a proposed abortion clinic.

— RIVER LOWERING-MICHIGAN: A utility plans to lower the St. Joseph River near a southwestern Michigan hydroelectric dam by 3½ feet to conduct maintenance work. Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Indiana Michigan Power says the river in Berrien Springs will be lowered 6 inches per day beginning May 29.



INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened Tuesday for teams to begin preparing for the Indianapolis 500. The field this year includes Danica Patrick, who will return to the biggest stage of her career for one final race. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words.


— CAR--INDY 500-DE MELO: Dale Coyne Racing will give Zachary Claman De Melo a shot at running his first Indianapolis 500 as the replacement driver for Pietro Fittipaldi. SENT: 125 words, photo.


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