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

May 13, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Indiana lawmakers will be back at the Statehouse on Monday for a special session called to take action on a handful of bills that died in March when bickering Republicans brought the year’s regular legislative session to a chaotic close. A GOP-dominated legislative panel recently signed off on five bills — among them a contentious schools takeover measure — and clearing the way for the full General Assembly to proceed during what’s expected to be a one-day session. By Aileen Chuang. SENT: 600 words, photo.



INDIANAPOLIS — At least nine people in Indianapolis have been treated after police say they overdosed by smoking or ingesting synthetic drugs called Spice. Police say officers began receiving calls about 1 p.m. Saturday within a 3-block radius in the city’s downtown district. Paramedics began treating victims who had lost consciousness. Others in the area showed signs of using the drugs, but did not require medical help. SENT: 130 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Department of Natural Resources official has recommended making adjustments to two proposals regarding bobcats, raccoons, opossums and coyotes that have been met with fierce opposition. One proposal would create a bobcat hunting season. Hunters would be limited to catching one bobcat and there would also be an overall statewide quota. The season would likely run from Nov. 8 to Jan. 31 and be limited to southern Indiana. The other proposal would require animal control workers to kill captured raccoons, opossums or coyotes. The proposals are minimal and don’t fully address the public’s concerns, the department’s chief administrative law judge Sandra Jensen said in a report. SENT: 250 words.


HUNTERTOWN, Ind. — It has been 73 years since Huntertown resident Walter Hansen fought on Okinawa, yet the vivid memories and emotions are as if it happened yesterday. Hansen does not shy away from speaking about the majority of his experiences in World War II. From his graduation from high school in Illinois in May 1943 to joining the Navy, going through boot camp and Naval Hospital Corps School on the West Coast and heading off to war in 1945. By Justin Kenny. (Fort Wayne) News-Sentinel. SENT: 910 words, photos pursuing.


ANDERSON, Ind. — Ominous skies and the threat of a torrential downpour did not keep determined morel hunters out of Mounds State Park recently. Parking near tree line edges, they slipped quietly into the woods. Some of the mushroom hunters carried onion bag containers, mesh laundry bags and plastic grocery bags to store any morels they found. By Traci L. Miller. The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin. SENT: 610 words, photos pursuing.


— FATAL CAR CRASH-INDIANA: A 34-year-old man has been killed and six other people injured in a central Indiana crash.

— COUNTY BUILDING-ASBESTOS: Officials say a project to remodel and remove asbestos from a central Indiana county government center is running more than $600,000 over budget and might not be finished on schedule.

— KOKOMO AUTO MUSEUM: An automotive museum in a central Indiana city with a long history in the U.S. auto industry is looking for a new home.



INDIANAPOLIS — The throwback month is in full swing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick started tuning up for her final race on the historic 2.5-mile oval more than a week ago. Helio Castroneves has been peppered with questions about becoming the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. The seemingly indestructible A.J. Foyt came back less than two months after surviving a second bout with killer bees. Even real, live bumping should be on the qualifying weekend docket. For race organizers it’s a dream script: Familiar faces, fond farewells and a return to traditions with a whole new look. Even this year’s new-look cars have an old-fashioned flavor. They’re sleek, speedy and have been all the rage around Gasoline Alley and other tracks around the country where passing has become the norm. By Michael Marot. SENT: 800 words, photos.


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