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

May 28, 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, followed by Herbert McCann. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

SUPREME COURT-ABORTION

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains, a sign that the conservative court is more open to abortion restrictions. But the justices rejected the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling blocking a separate provision that would prevent a woman in Indiana from having an abortion based on gender, race or disability. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 670 words, photo.

SEVERE WEATHER

BROOKVILLE, Ohio _ A swarm of apparent tornadoes so tightly packed that one crossed the path carved by another tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, smashing homes and blowing out windows. One person was killed and dozens were injured. The storms were among 52 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down Monday across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado. By Angie Wang, John Minchillo and Kantele Franko. SENT: 640 words, photos, videos.

With:

_ SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST: The Latest on damaging storms across the central United States. Will be updated as developments occur. Photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS-SCHOOLS

COLUMBUS, Ohio _ States are debating whether to make it more difficult for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons amid the worst measles outbreak in decades, but children using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those who give no excuse for lacking shots. Data reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a majority of unvaccinated or undervaccinated kindergartners in 10 of 27 states reporting were allowed to enroll in school without any exemption. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-REFUGEE STUDENTS-LANGUAGES

LEWISVILLE, Texas _ As the year’s last gathering of the Chin Student Club at Lewisville High got underway, kids worked on biology homework, enjoyed a traditional dish of fermented tea leaf salad and talked about things like fast cars and soccer — in their native language of Hakha. The Dallas Morning News reports the suburban setting was worlds away from the life most had known a decade earlier as the children of rural farmers persecuted for their culture and Christian faith in Myanmar’s Chin state. Most came to the U.S. as refugees knowing little to no English, schooled only _ if at all _ in a British-style dialect that left them ill-prepared to deal with the English they heard in Texas. Until now. By Marc Ramirez, The Dallas Morning News. SENT: 1,370 words, pursuing photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.

IN BRIEF:

_ BIKE TRAIL-SHOOTING: Chicago police are investigating a shooting on a popular walking and biking trail on the city’s Northwest Side that left an Indiana man dead and two other people injured.

_ HUMAN REMAINS-SUITCASE: Police say a suitcase containing human remains has been found near a creek in Indianapolis.

_ MISSING KAYAKER: Authorities searching along northern Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline for a man who vanished during a kayaking trip say what’s believed to be the man’s kayak has been recovered.

_ GRISSOM AIR MUSEUM: The aircraft museum at Indiana’s Grissom Air Reserve Base is working to raise $300,000 toward a building to display one of the few surviving Cold War-era B-58 Hustler bombers.

_ SCHOOL BUS SAFETY: Indiana State Police are imploring drivers to stop disregarding school buses that have stopped to pick up or drop off students.

_ STRAITS OF MACKINAC-WORKSHOP: The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for volunteers to help assess environmental and navigation hazards in the Straits of Mackinac, the channel that links lakes Huron and Michigan.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDIANAPOLIS 500-RATINGS

NBC’s first-ever broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 showed an 11% increase over last season according to NBC, Nielsen and Abode Analytics. Sunday’s race averaged a combined 5.446 million viewers watching on NBC and online via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. The audience peaked at 6.7 million for the final 15 minutes when Simon Pagenaud used a late pass to defeat Alexander Rossi. SENT: 140 words, photos.

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