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

April 1, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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WASHINGTON _ Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg says he’s raised more than $7 million this year. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor tweeted Monday his team’s initial report shows he and his supporters “are out-performing expectations at every turn.” Buttigieg promised over the weekend there’d be a “celebration” with his announcement Monday, two months since he launched his exploratory committee. Buttigieg says the first quarter fundraising total comes from a preliminary analysis and he’ll have a more complete analysis later. He says until then: “a big thank you to all our supporters.” Buttigieg is known as Mayor Pete. He says he’ll release a video showing how he’s “spending the investments” supporters have made. SENT: 140 words, photo.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana is getting its first transitional housing for homeless LGBTQ youth, although advocates say the former Airbnb property in Indianapolis that’s scheduled to open its doors this summer will fall well short of meeting the demand for living space among homeless LGBTQ teens and young adults. Trinity Haven will initially have room for 10 youths between the ages of 16 and 21, and, eventually, capacity for as many as 15. Advocates for LBGTQ youth say statistics show that about 1 in 4 youths who come out to their families finds themselves at least temporarily homeless. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


_ INDIANA UNIVERSITY-SUSPENDED FRATERNITY: A fraternity at Indiana University has been suspended. University spokesman Chuck Carney says the Delta Chi chapter’s suspension “stems from violations of the” school’s student code of conduct and an agreement with Greek organizations regarding hazing.

_ SCHOOL BUS CRASH-INDIANA: Four students have been injured after their school bus was rear-ended by an SUV in northwestern Indiana.

_ ROAD PROJECTS-SPEEDWAY: The community that’s the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is getting more than $430,000 in state funding to help complete several road and sidewalk projects.

_ PUBLIC HOUSING-LAUNDRY: Officials are seeking to return laundry facilities that work to residents of a public housing complex in central Indiana who haven’t had them for more than two years.

_ LAKE MICHIGAN-BODY: Authorities say a body has been found along Lake Michigan in southwestern Michigan.

_ MANUFACTURER EXPANDING-INDIANA: A company that makes custom stairs, railing systems and stair components is expanding its operations in northern Indiana.

_ TRUE GRIT-EITELJORG CELEBRATION: A museum in downtown Indianapolis devoted to Western art is leading a two-month celebration of the classic Western novel “True Grit.”



CHICAGO _ Defending national champion Notre Dame and Stanford have Hall of Fame coaches in Muffet McGraw and Tara VanDerveer and successful traditions that include two NCAA titles for each program. Even though they followed similar paths, they went years without meeting. But lately, they keep bumping into each other. Notre Dame and Stanford will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years when they face off in the Chicago Region final on Monday night. The winner goes to Tampa Bay for the Final Four and will face UConn on Friday night. By Andrew Seligman. SENT: 820 words, photos.


ALBANY, N.Y. _ Half of the Final Four is set and the other two teams will be decided Monday night. UConn extended its record run of consecutive appearances in the Final Four to 12 and Oregon reached its first national semifinal with victories on Sunday. Notre Dame, Baylor, Stanford and Iowa will try to join them in Tampa, Florida. The defending champion Irish will have to beat the Pac-12 Tournament champion Cardinal in the Chicago Regional. Stanford has been to the Final Four 13 times, trailing only Tennessee and UConn. Notre Dame is fifth on the list at eight. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 520 words, photos.


Michigan State’s dramatic NCAA Tournament victory over Duke drew a 10.5 television rating, the highest for a late Sunday regional final in 14 years. CBS Sports and Turner Sports say Nielsen ratings for the entire tournament are up 8% from last year at 6.7, heading into Saturday’s Final Four. Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. television households tuned into a program. The four Elite Eight games from Saturday and Sunday drew a 7.2 rating, the second highest for the tournament’s second weekend since 2011. The Michigan State-Duke game on Sunday, which the Spartans won 68-67, was the highest rated game for that timeframe in 14 years and up 4% from last year. Auburn’s overtime victory over Kentucky on Sunday was up 15% from last year’s game in that time slot. Virginia’s overtime victory over Purdue on Saturday night was up 14% over 2018. SENT: 150 words, photos.


INDIANAPOLIS _ The Detroit Pistons visit the Indiana Pacers on Monday. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.


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