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

March 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.

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INDIANAPOLIS _ Three men are suing the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, alleging that a priest molested them as children during the 1970s and 1980s and that the diocese covered up the sexual abuse by frequently reassigning the priest. The men’s lawsuits allege that they were 12 or 13 when Father James Grear molested them after they met him at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel. The suits claim the diocese knew that Grear had been abusing children but nonetheless assigned him to Mount Carmel and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School without warning parents and others. UPCOMING: 350 words.



WASHINGTON _ The “Medicare for All” legislation that’s become a clarion call for progressives has two little-noticed provisions that could make it more politically perilous for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The bill from White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with a similar measure in the House, lifts curbs on government health insurance for people in the country illegally and revokes longstanding restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions. Embracing the changes will give Democratic candidates a boost with the party’s liberal base in a wide-open primary fight. But such divisive issues could complicate things for an eventual nominee seeking voters in the middle. President Donald Trump has denounced Medicare for All as “socialism,” and immigration and abortion are issues that energize Trump’s political base. a spokeswoman for 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg said he supports lifting current restrictions on taxpayer funding for abortion. Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, generally supports covering immigrants even if they are in the country illegally, but she said he’d have to see specifics. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.



MOUNT VERNON, Ind. _ The developers of a planned $2.8 billion fertilizer plant say they have resolved an issue with the Internal Revenue over the financing of the massive project that would be built in southwestern Indiana. UPCOMING: 250 words.


_ GIRL SHOT: Authorities have identified an 8-year-old girl who died after her father brought her to an Indianapolis fire station with a gunshot wound.

_ CENTRAL IOWA HOMICIDE: Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Cedar Rapids for a Lafayette, Indiana, man accused of a homicide in central Iowa’s Fort Dodge.

_ POUNDS OF POT: Two Indiana residents who authorities say were caught in South Dakota with 151 pounds of marijuana in a rental truck have pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges.

_ VA CLINIC CLOSES: A part-time clinic opened by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has closed less than a year after opening.

_ MOLESTATION-CAMPGROUND SUED: The parents of a boy allegedly molested by a reserve sheriff’s deputy at a southern Indiana campground are suing the campground, police and their reserve program.



RALEIGH, N.C. _ The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De’Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in a decade, the remaining tournament field entering the Sweet 16 looks a lot like the one set on Selection Sunday. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


Chalk one up for the seeded favorite in the NCAA Tournament. The biggest upset this March isn’t a wild heave at the horn for a winner from a No. 15 seed or a First Four team somehow weaving into the second weekend — it’s the lack of genuine stunners to shake up the bracket. The top seeds are still at the top of the tourney. The field has the top three seeds in each round in the Sweet 16 for only the second time (2009) since the bracket expanded in 1985. It’s tied with 2009 for the most top four seeds (14) in the Sweet 16. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 585 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Eight invitations to the Sweet 16 have been delivered and the other eight will be decided Monday night. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


EUGENE, Ore. _ Long after Sabrina Ionescu collected her 18th career triple double — in an NCAA Tournament game, no less — she stayed on the court at Matthew Knight Arena to sign autographs and pose for photos. At one point a Ducks fan shouted her way: “Come back next year!” The junior guard had 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds and second-seeded Oregon defeated No. 10 Indiana 91-68 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Moved late Sunday and available for use.


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