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

May 17, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



ATLANTA — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation. By Christina A. Cassidy. SENT: 870 words, photos.



JACKSON, Miss. — When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight. Dr. Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist and former Indiana state health commissioner, said he assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi. A person lost consciousness when the plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Adams and two nurses responded. By Emily Wagster Pettus. SENT: 200 words, photo. Moving in national queues.

— INDIANA GOVERNOR-EUROPE: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is leaving Friday for an economic development trip to Europe. SENT: 100 words.



INDIANAPOLIS — An animal rights group is calling on the Indiana University School of Medicine to fire staffers who allegedly violated laboratory protocol, leading to the deaths of more than 100 lab animals. The group, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!, also wants an independent investigation of the incidents that resulted in the deaths of 116 rats and mice. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


LINCOLN CITY, Ind. — A wooden desk believed to have been made by Thomas Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s father, has a new home at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, thanks to a Jasper family. The desk had been in his father, John Fierst’s side of the family for several generations, according to Tom Fierst of Jasper. Through a lot of research over the years, the family compiled the history behind the historic piece of furniture. By Olivia Ingle. The (Jasper) Herald. SENT: 650 words, photo requested.


— ABORTIONS-INDIANA: A federal judge has set a June hearing on Planned Parenthood’s bid to block a new Indiana law that requires medical providers who treat women for complications arising from abortions to report detailed patient information to the state.

— NEEDLE EXCHANGE-MARION COUNTY: A public health emergency has been declared in Marion County amid surging hepatitis C cases in Indianapolis that officials hope to combat with a needle-exchange.

— ESTRANGED WIFE-ABDUCTION: A western Indiana man has been sentenced to work release for abducting his estranged wife at gunpoint from her workplace.

— ALCOA-WARRICK SMELTER: Alcoa Corp. has started hiring workers ahead of the planned summer restart of its aluminum smelting operations in southwestern Indiana.

— OFFICER-TRAFFIC CRASH-GARY: A former northwest Indiana sheriff’s officer who authorities say struck a man with his squad car while intoxicated at the 2016 Gary Air Show is suing over his dismissal. Ex-Lake County Lt. Guy Mikulich is seeking at least $75,000 and argues his termination from the department violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

— SNAKES-FUNGAL DISEASE: State wildlife officials say a fungal disease that’s lethal to some snake species has been found in snakes in three Indiana counties.



INDIANAPOLIS — Josef Newgarden came to Indianapolis in the prized No. 1 car. Since then, the defending IndyCar champion, he’s been relegated to the background. Teammate Will Power dominated opening weekend and won his second straight IndyCar Grand Prix. Teammate Helio Castroneves is making another attempt to win his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500. And Newgarden seems to be just fine with where he fits right now. By Sports Writer Mike Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar has added an eye-tracking computer test as a requirement to its concussion evaluation protocol. The I-PAS system was brought to the series attention after a 2016 misdiagnosis on driver Will Power. He had hit the wall during a practice session for the season-opening race and as the weekend progressed, Power displayed concussion-like symptoms. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 190 words. Will be updated.


INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar practice continues Thursday ahead of this weekend’s qualifying days for the May 27 Indianapolis 500. Marco Andretti led four Honda drivers atop the speed chart during Wednesday’s practice session. By Sports Writer Mike Marot. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos.


— CAR--INDY 500-PACE CAR — Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo will drive the pace car in the Indianapolis 500.


INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is opening a door for states with legalized sports gambling to host NCAA championship events. The governing body for college sports on Thursday announced a “temporary” lifting of a ban that prevented events like college basketball’s NCAA Tournament from being hosted in states that accept wagers on single games. The move comes three days after the Supreme Court overturned a federal law that barred most states from allowing gambling on professional and college sports. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


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