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

May 15, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Hundreds of mourners are expected at the funeral for Richard Lugar, the longtime U.S. senator for Indiana known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle thousands of nuclear weapons. Vice President Mike Pence says he’ll give a eulogy during Wednesday’s funeral for “an American statesman whose contributions to our nation are countless.” Lugar left the Senate in 2013 and died April 28 at age 87. By Tom Davies. SENT: 140 words, photo. Will be updated. Developing from 1 p.m. funeral.


_ RICHARD LUGAR-FUNERAL-THE LATEST: The Latest on the funeral for former Sen. Richard Lugar.



WASHINGTON _ Democratic presidential candidates rushed Wednesday to condemn Alabama’s approval of a ban on nearly all abortions, warning that it portends a larger offensive by conservatives around the country to undermine the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. By Will Weissert. SENT: 490 words, photos. Moving on national lines. Note material on Pete Buttigieg.



When science teacher Diana Allen set out to teach climate change, a subject she’d never learned in school, she fell into a rabbit’s hole of misinformation: Many resources presented online as educational material were actually junk. There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network , funded by federal grants, reviewed more than 30,000 free online resources and found only 700 acceptable for use in schools. By Michael Melia. SENT: 1,300 words, photo, video. Note Indiana material.


_ OVERTURNED TRUCK-HONEY SPILL: A semi-trailer hauling honey overturned on a northwestern Indiana highway, spilling some of the sticky substance and restricting travel for hours. Photo.

_ PATIENT ABUSE-NURSE: A former southern Indiana nurse has been sentenced to 100 days in jail for battery involving four mental health patients that all were over the age of 65.

_ VETERANS AFFAIRS GRANTS: A criminal investigation has been opened into mismanagement at the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

_ ABORTION CLINICS-THREATS: A northwestern Indiana man who pleaded guilty to charges alleging he sent threatening messages to two Chicago-area abortion clinics has been sentenced to 1½ years in prison.

_ DEPAUW UNIVERSITY-FUNDRAISING: DePauw University says its multi-year fundraising campaign has raised $380 million.

_ OPIOID ABUSE-INDIANA: A federal agency has awarded Indiana $1.2 million to further the state’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic in rural areas.

_ BALTIMORE ZOO-NEW CHIMP: A chimpanzee named Alex is the latest new attraction at Baltimore’s zoo. He came from a much smaller troop at Indiana’s Potawatomi Zoo.

_ HIGH WATER-SHOREBIRDS: High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Fernando Alonso has crashed on the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Alonso was following Graham Rahal around Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he hit the inside wall as he exited the third turn. His car shot across the track, through the grass and hit an interior wall, then back across the track for a third hit of the wall. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 160 words, photos. Will be updated.


INDIANAPOLIS _ IndyCar drivers raced with the new debris deflector last weekend. On Monday, they got their first test at full speed on the superspeedway oval _ and they’re getting acclimated to the new sight lines. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS _ Mike Harding grew up an avid Indianapolis 500 fan and smartly used the iconic event to grow his private business. But he wanted to be more involved so Harding went all-in and started his own team. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.


_ CAR--INDYCAR-INDY 500: Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem at this year’s Indianapolis 500. SENT: 130 words.


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