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

May 18, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OFF-CAMPUS SHOOTINGS-INDIANA

MUNCIE, Ind. A shooting at an off-campus party near Ball State University in Indiana early Saturday left seven people injured, three of them critically, police said. It’s not clear how many people might have opened fire, but police said one man was in custody. One of the wounded had to be airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Muncie, Police Chief Joe Winkle told WXIN-TV. SENT: 340 words. Pursuing photos.

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_ OFF-CAMPUS SHOOTINGS-INDIANA-THE LATEST: The Latest on seven people have been shot at an off-campus party near Ball State University in Indiana.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

REGIONAL CITIES GRANTS

INDIANAPOLIS _ A state grant program created by former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that funded three regional economic development efforts has been dropped despite supporter’s lauding its success. The Regional Cities Initiative launched in 2015 and awarded three $42 million grants to projects in north central, northeastern and southwestern Indiana. UPCOMING: 300 words.

_ PENCE-COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS: Dozens of graduates and faculty have protested the selection of Vice President Mike Pence as the commencement speaker at Taylor University in Indiana by walking out moments before his introduction. UPCOMING: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

FLOODING-MISSISSIPPI RIVER BARGES

OMAHA, Neb. _ Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there’s not much barge traffic this year. That’s because historic spring flooding that swamped and tainted farmland, also left parts of the Mississippi closed for business. By Margery A. Beck. SENT: 700 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-POLICE COMFORT DOG

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Sheriff Bruno grabs everyone’s attention when he walks in a room. People find it hard not to stop and pet the stout, 96-pound white American bulldog with some spots peppered in, when he goes by. It’s not just the almost 6-year-old dog’s lovable face that gets him attention. It’s his work as an emotional support dog for law enforcement that earned him his real recognition — a recognition that, this week, carries him to the national stage in Washington D.C. where he’ll take part in activities honoring officers who’ve died in the line of duty. By Lincoln Wright. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 1,400 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-HUNTING LEGACY

JASPER, Ind. _ In March 1969, Frank Fromme Jr. was in Alaska about 100 miles from the Russian border above the Arctic Circle when he spotted a polar bear. The late Jasper man, an avid hunter, was on Day 3 of a 10-day hunt when he spotted the older bear. He got the 1,400-pound polar bear, called his wife, Shirley, to tell her all about it, and then went back out on the hunt. Fifty years later, the polar bear stands in the wildlife room at the Dubois County Museum. The room also contains Fromme’s grizzly bear, as well as other animals he got on hunts. By Candy Neal. The Herald. SENT: 670 words, photos requested.

BRIEF:

_ HOWE ACADEMY CLOSURE: A northeastern Indiana military school that’s shutting down is now up for sale.

_ BEANBLOSSOM NATURE PRESERVE: A southern Indiana nature preserve is reopening with a new boardwalk for visitors to cross through a marsh area.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ Qualifying begins for the Indianapolis 500, where 30 of 36 drivers will lock into the May 26 race. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 200 words, photos. UPCOMING. 700 words. Qualifying ends at 5:50 p.m.

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_ CAR--INDY 500-THE LATEST

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