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

May 25, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

CAR--INDY 500-GOLDEN PENSKE

INDIANAPOLIS _ Much has changed since Roger Penske came to Indy 50 years ago as a team owner. The track has undergone massive overhauls, technology has revolutionized the sport and an entire generation of fans has turned over. Penske is no longer young, either. He’s 82. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

INDIANA SCHOOLS-MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING

TERRE HAUTE _ The failure of Indiana lawmakers to approve proposals during this year’s legislative session that would have made mental health services eligible for school safety funding is a huge disappointment, education officials said. Early in the session, Democratic state Rep. Tonya Pfaff, a high school math teacher from Terre Haute, introduced an amendment to a school safety bill that would have allowed school corporations to use safety or security subsidies to provide students with school-based mental health services. A bipartisan group of lawmakers said substantial language involving mental health services was later removed because of criticisms from conservative organizations and parent groups. SENT: 400 words.

PENCE-WEST POINT

WEST POINT, N.Y. _ Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that they are “the best of the best.” More than 980 cadets became U.S. Army second lieutenants in the ceremony at West Point’s football stadium. SENT: 350 words, photos. Moving in national services.

AROUND THE STATE:

BALLAST WATER RESEARCH

SUPERIOR, Wis. _ The University of Wisconsin-Superior is running the only Great Lakes land-based facility that tests the success of technologies designed to prevent the spread of invasive species through ships’ ballast water. Matt TenEyck, the director of the university’s Lake Superior Research Institute, said the treatments that show promise in the lab on Montreal Pier in Superior are then tested in the harbor to see how they perform in Great Lakes water conditions. SENT: 300 words.

EXCHANGE-SLAVEHOLDING ANCESTORS

INDIANAPOLIS _ On the southeastern edge of Marion County, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, lies a family cemetery dating back to the 1800s. Each regally weathered, centuries-old white marble headstone marks the life and death of the dozen or so members of the Joyce family who are buried there. Beyond the cluster of family graves, near the fence line in the back of the cemetery, is a small tree stump. Next to it is another headstone — this one grey and made from granite, new and modern looking. It reads: PRICE JOYCE, DATES KNOWN ONLY TO GOD, FREE AT LAST. It is the marker of an enslaved black boy who was brought to Indiana from Virginia. It was placed there by a 66-year-old white man from Indiana, a direct descendant of Price’s slaveholder. Its existence signifies his act of atonement for his ancestors’ sins and for his own racist past. By Suzette Hackney. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 2,000 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-WILLIE THE WHALE RESURFACES

KOKOMO, Ind. _ A white whale has been set free inside Kokomo’s Foster Park, beckoning to passers-by along Wildcat Creek, urging them to stop and look and even step into its enormous, toothless jaw. Its tail, mid flip, one end pointed toward the ground, the other flexing upwards, belies the whale’s otherwise stationary posture. Its mouth stands lazily, permanently agape, as it has for 55 years. Willie the Whale has been an iconic Hoosier landmark since 1964, the backdrop of hundreds of thousands of photos through the decades, chronicling trips to the Indianapolis Zoo, an amusement park and even a mini-golf course. Now, he’s in Kokomo. By George Myers. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 1,550 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOY-SWEPT AWAY-INDIANA: Officials say water levels have dropped slightly along a rain-swollen northern Indiana creek where they are searching for a missing 4-year-old boy.

_ HAMMOND SCHOOL CUTS: At least 130 jobs are being eliminated in northwestern Indiana’s Hammond school district as part of a budget-cutting plan that includes closing three school buildings.

_ INDIANA FACTORY LAYOFFS: The owner of a southern Indiana factory is warning that the plant’s nearly 100 workers could be out of jobs as a new owner takes over.

_ GREAT LAKES-COLD TEMPERATURES: It’s certainly more chills than thrills in the Great Lakes as the summer season unofficially kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend.

_ TERRE HAUTE CASINO: Voters in western Indiana’s Vigo County will likely decide this fall whether they will let plans for a new casino go forward.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indianapolis 500 was once considered one of the top sporting events of the year, an iconic, milk-drenched staple of Memorial Day weekend filled with patriotism and nostalgia, triumph and disappointment. It is nearly impossible to maintain reverential status for 103 years, and the Indy 500, like almost everything in sports, has had its declines. Huge crowds no longer jam the grandstands to watch qualifying or Carb Day, and the economics of racing and sponsorship has pared down the entry list. But IndyCar is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, and interest in a series largely supported by “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is slowly returning. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. First moved Friday and available for use.

CAR--INDY 500-JANET GUTHRIE

INDIANAPOLIS _ Janet Guthrie did not receive a warm reception when she arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 43 years ago. The former aerospace engineer had become a race car driver and Guthrie wanted a spot in the Indianapolis 500, the biggest race in the world. Her competitors wanted nothing to do with her and openly complained a woman was not suited for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Guthrie was undeterred. In 1977, she became the first woman to qualify for the Indy 500. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

CAR--INDY 500-WEATHER

INDIANAPOLIS _ The day before the Indianapolis 500 dawned sunny, bright and otherwise perfect. If only it were race day. The forecast for Sunday calls for an 80 to 90 percent chance of rain, with thunderstorms expected throughout the day. That means a lot of uncomfortable waiting for IndyCar drivers and teams, track and series officials, broadcast partner NBC and about 250,000 fans. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 500 words, photos.

BKL--FEVER-LIBERTY

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. _ Teaira McCowan’s WNBA debut was a memorable one, hitting the game-winning layup at the buzzer. The rookie’s shot lifted Indiana to an 81-80 victory over the New York Liberty on Friday night in the season opener for both teams. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 500 words, photos.

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