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

May 5, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



NASHUA, N.H. _ Democrat Beto O’Rourke uses his home state as a cautionary tale, ticking through Texas’ Republican-backed policies as warning flags for the rest of the country. Mayor Pete Buttigieg mentions once worrying about how coming out as gay in deeply Republican Indiana might have cost him re-election, even in his more moderate college town of South Bend. Buttigieg largely refrains from criticizing his native state but sees “coming from a fairly blue city in a purple county in a red state” as an advantage. By By Will Weissert and Hunter Woodall. SENT: 890 words, photos.


PLAINS, Ga. _ Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Glezman, joined the large crowd at former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class in rural South Georgia. At Carter’s invitation the South Bend mayor stood and read from the Bible as part of the lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains. “You know him?” Carter had said earlier in reference to Buttigieg, drawing a laugh from the crowd. By Jay Reeves. SENT: 200 words, photos.



CARMEL, Ind. _ School resource officers at Indiana’s largest high school are reporting a surge in students being sent to hospital emergency rooms after they used marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient in electronic cigarettes to get so high they had to seek help at the school nurse’s office. Shane VanNatter, a Carmel High School resource officer, said he’s seen students who had vaped THC and were walking hallways “so stoned that they don’t know where they are.” “They’ll self-report. They’ll come to the nurse and say, ‘I’m too high. Something’s wrong,’” he told The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 400 words.


LAFAYETTE, Ind. _ Over the course of his 11-year-career at the Lafayette Fire Department, Sgt. Travis Oliver has pulled cats, dogs, hamsters and even fish tanks out of burning homes. Oftentimes family pets are beyond saving which can be heart-wrenching to an animal lover like Oliver, he said. His wife, Deanna, had been asking for a second dog, a sibling for their purebred chocolate lab named Odin, but he hedged on the decision. That was until he saw Lexi featured on the Minnesota-based Instagram account Ruff Start Rescue. Lexi was trapped in a plastic crate with her puppies during a house fire. The crate melted to her skin causing burns on the left side of her body. She was able to escape but the puppies were lost in the fire. Oliver knew immediately she would be his closure. By Lindsay Moore. Journal & Courier. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.


CROWN POINT, Ind. _ Since the late 1980s, hot dog carts in downtown Crown Point have served up Chicago dogs, Maxwell Street Polishes, chili cheese dogs, chips and other favorites. Madalyn Beasley started grilling up “the best beef dog in town” in 1988. Nearly a decade ago, “The Hot Dog Guy” Mike Adams took over the downtown hot dog carts, including at the Old Lake County Courthouse square. It looked like 31 years of tradition would come to an end last week when Adams announced he was closing the longtime business. He accepted a position as driver trainer with the Crown Point Community School Corp., training the school district’s bus drivers. His son, who’s helped him out, is graduating from Ivy Tech Community College and looking to find work in the utility industry. By Joseph S. Pete. The Times. SENT: 560 words, photos requested.


_ PLANE CRASH-ANDERSON: Police say the pilot of a small plane has been seriously injured in a crash at a central Indiana airport.

_ INTERSTATE 70 CRASH: A semitrailer driver faces two civil infractions in connection with a 2017 crash that killed two children traveling in a van with their mother on Interstate 70 in western Indiana.

_ VETERANS ASSISTANCE GRANTS: A new state law will end the ability of Indiana’s veterans’ affairs agency to award its own employees grants intended to help struggling veterans. The legislation signed last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb strips the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs of its authority to award Military Family Relief Fund benefits to the agency’s employees.

_ CANNING HERITAGE-EXHIBIT: A central Indiana county that was once a powerhouse in the canning industry is taking a look back at those days in a new exhibit.



DOVER, Del. -- Heavy rain threatens the start of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover. Chase Elliott followed up last week’s win by taking the pole for Sunday’s race. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 750 words. Race starts at 2 p.m. AP Photos


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