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

May 24, 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. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 - There was a time when “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” was considered one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It’s impossible to maintain that magnitude for 103 years and the Indianapolis 500 has dipped in popularity. But IndyCar is starting a renaissance of sorts, with interest slowly returning each year. The hype is back at the speedway this year, and the field Sunday is the tightest in race history. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 800 words.



INDIANAPOLIS _ A police detective didn’t violate policies by working with USA Gymnastics to deflect criticism about the Indianapolis group’s reporting of child abuse, according to an Indianapolis police investigation. The conclusion follows a months-long investigation of Lt. Bruce Smith, who formerly led the department’s Child Abuse Unit. He is a friend of Steve Penny, who was chief executive of USA Gymnastics. A report in December commissioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee said Smith and Penny communicated throughout the summer of 2016, as The Indianapolis Star was preparing its first story about USA Gymnastics and child abuse.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ commanding officer has endorsed a $778 million plan for upgrading a lock-and-dam complex near Chicago to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes. By John Flesher. Developing.


_ WOMAN SLAIN-BODY MUTILATED: Jurors will come from suburban Indianapolis for the trial of a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body.

_ PEDIATRICIAN-SEXUAL ABUSE: A central Indiana doctor charged with sexually abusing three boys loses his medical license for another 90 days.

_ SUSPECT PUNCHED: A former police officer has pleaded guilty to battery and resigned after being accused of punching a man who refused to have his blood drawn for a drunken driving investigation.

_ BOY SWEPT AWAY-INDIANA: A recovery effort is underway for a 4-year-old who was swept away in a western Indiana creek.

_ ANIMALS SEIZED-FIGHTING: Officials say more than 550 birds and 10 dogs allegedly being kept for use in animal fighting have been rescued from properties in two Indiana counties.

_ ALLEN COUNTY-GRAVEL ROADS: Officials are planning to upgrade 27 miles of rural gravel roads near Fort Wayne to hard surfaces this year.

_ EX-GARY SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED: The former superintendent of Gary schools is seeking a jury trial on charges that she double-billed the district for expenses at a conference in California.



INDIANAPOLIS _ IndyCar will use an “Aeroscreen” developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies for cockpit protection beginning next season. The safety piece will virtually cover the open-air cockpit with a clear screen anchored by and on a titanium framework. Its purpose is to protect drivers from flying debris. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 400 words.


INDIANAPOLIS _ George Steinbrenner IV grew up walking through Yankee Stadium. His grandfather was the longtime owner of baseball’s most prestigious team. Now he is walking through Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 22-year-old is part owner of Harding Steinbrenner Racing team. Their driver, Colton Herta, will start fifth in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 880 words, photos.


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