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BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 2 pm, IN

November 30, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 2 p.m. Jeff Karoub is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — An Indiana mayor who has been selected to speak at an Iowa political event alongside potential 2020 presidential candidates says he won’t reveal his political plans until the end of the year. Liberal political group Progress Iowa announced Thursday that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg will speak at its annual holiday party in Des Moines on Dec. 20. Buttigieg said Thursday that he’ll decide by the end of the year if he’ll run for president in 2020. Buttigieg must decide early next year whether to seek a third term as mayor. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


CHICAGO — A report from the Illinois Department of Public Health says more women have been crossing state lines to get abortions in Illinois. The findings released this week show more than 5,500 women from other states traveled to Illinois last year for the procedure, up from about 4,500 women in 2016. Timna Axel is a volunteer with Midwest Access Coalition, a Chicago nonprofit that helps offset such traveling costs. Axel has hosted women from Indiana and Wisconsin in recent years. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


MEMPHIS, Ind. — Authorities say multiple people are dead after a small plane crashed into a wooded area in southern Indiana. Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel says investigators believe no one on the plane survived the crash late Friday morning. He says it’s unclear how many people were on board, but that the plane could have been carrying as many as 10 people. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits.


— CALF STOLEN: Authorities say a man stole a 1,095-pound calf from an educational program that he volunteered with in northern Indiana and sold it to pay a bill. Todd Burns checked on cattle on weekends for the Maconaquah School Corp.’s Maconaquah Cattle Co. program in Miami County.

— GARY CASINOS: Some former Indiana casino executives are behind a new company buying the two Gary casinos with aims of moving them off the Lake Michigan shore. The new entity Spectacle Entertainment has announced it is buying the Majestic Star Casino boats in Gary for an undisclosed price.

— INDIANA PLANE CRASH: A relative of a man who died in a small plane crash in northeastern Indiana says the aircraft had been having engine issues that were being repaired before it went down.

— INDIANAPOLIS CRASH-CHARGES: A man has been convicted of criminal recklessness and other charges in a 2017 highway rollover crash that killed two Indianapolis teenagers.

— MURDER FOR HIRE-VIRGINIA: An Indiana Army veteran has testified in court that he was hired by a Florida man to kill the man’s wife and her 7-year-old son in Virginia.

— GREAT LAKES-INVASIVE MUSSELS: A coalition of agencies and groups in the Great Lakes region has released a plan for developing solutions to problems caused by invasive mussels. The mussels arrived in the lakes in the 1980s and have spread across much of the nation.



INDIANAPOLIS — Darius Leonard initially asked to wear No. 53 so he could follow in his older brother’s footsteps. The rookie linebacker soon found out he had much bigger shoes to fill in Indianapolis. Now the NFL’s leading tackler plans to wear cleats to honor the late Edwin Jackson, who also wore No. 53 before he was killed in February. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


Turn back the clock to September. What do you see if you root for the Colts, Texans and Seahawks? Ugliness. Losing. Little hope. It’s now after Thanksgiving, and Houston leads the AFC South, with Indianapolis in hot pursuit. Seattle has stamped itself as a wild-card contender in the NFC, and an opponent most teams would like to avoid. All three have made impressive turnarounds that could become memorable should they lead to the playoffs — and January success. By Barry Wilmer. SENT: 900 words, photos.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — This season’s first AFC South rematch looks like a mismatch. The surging Indianapolis Colts have averaged a little more than 33 points over their last eight games while the reeling Jacksonville Jaguars have topped 21 points once in the last two months. The Colts (6-5) have won five straight since a less-than-ideal start. The Jaguars (3-8) have dropped seven in a row since thumping the New York Jets to end the season’s opening quarter. By Mark Long. SENT: 750 words, photos. Moved late Thursday and available for use. With preview capsule.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan reached the national title game last season, losing to Villanova. While the Wolverines returned plenty of key players, star big man Moe Wagner left early for the NBA. Duncan Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman are gone as well. So far Michigan (7-0) hasn’t missed a beat. The Wolverines won a rematch at Villanova by 27 points, and they beat North Carolina 84-67 on Wednesday. Next up for the seventh-ranked Wolverines is 19th-ranked Purdue on Saturday to open Big Ten play. By Noah Trister. SENT: 600 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS — No. 6 Ohio State puts its Big Ten title hopes — and its playoff chance — on the line Saturday when it faces No. 19 Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes are chasing their third conference crown in five years. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ team was in danger of blowing a close game Thursday night until he seized control and carried his teammates to victory. The Los Angeles Lakers are still getting used to this enormous advantage, and they love it. The Indiana Pacers? They’ve seen this plenty of times over the years, and they’re still not crazy about it. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 800 words, photos. Moved early Friday and available for use.


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