Indiana News Digest at 12 a.m.
All times EST. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, call the supervisor at 317-639-5501 or 800-382-1582. For technical problems, call 800-457-6224. The AP technical center in Kansas City can be reached at 800-243-5752.
For reruns of stories, photos or graphics, use http://www.apexchange.com
— GARY-TAKEOVER SCHOOL
— SIMULATED COAL MINE
— LOCKS OF LOVE-INMATES
— CIVIL WAR EXHIBIT
INDIANAPOLIS — When conservative Sen. Mike Delph went on an extended Twitter rant during a debate over a proposed gay marriage ban, he said it was about his principles and his anger at Senate Republican leadership. But it was also likely about something else: "Name ID." The term is commonplace inside the world of politics and refers to the most basic need of a politician to be seen and known by the public. Much of the attention Delph received was negative, but any chance to pump up "Name ID" is money in the bank in the world of politics. By Tom LoBianco. SENT: 570 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
INDIANAPOLIS — Rising electricity costs have put deregulation on the table in Indiana as Gov. Mike Pence crafts an energy policy that's due this summer. Policymakers say the idea is only a topic of discussion right now, but the fact that the state is even considering allowing consumers to choose their energy supplier signals just how concerned Indiana leaders are about losing their edge when attracting businesses. SENT: 460 words.
WASHINGTON — The nation's governors sound every bit as divided as Washington lawmakers on how best to help the nation's economy. Democratic governors such as Maryland's Martin O'Malley and Connecticut's Dannel Malloy made pitches Sunday to raise the minimum wage, while Republican governors such as Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and Indiana's Mike Pence called for more freedom from federal regulations, particularly those that are part President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 620 words.
AROUND THE STATE:
INDIANAPOLIS — Two young children died Sunday from injuries they sustained in a house fire that killed two of their siblings and their parents, an Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman said. Miranda Guerra, 14, and her 6-year-old brother, Fuentes, were pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Riley Hospital for Children, Capt. Rita Reith said. SENT: 320 words, photo.
HARTFORD CITY — Four natives of Hartford City want to know why Blackford County has so many residents dying of cancer. Blackford County Concerned Citizens formed in 2011 after state officials reported in 2006 that the county had the highest overall cancer rate in the state. The data showed Blackford ranked highest in breast and lung cancer, second highest in colon/rectal cancer and 22nd in prostate cancer. The county also had a higher rate of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. SENT: 320 words.
CHAPLAIN's PURPLE HEART
FORT WAYNE — A chaplain with the Indiana Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing has received a Purple Heart for injuries he received while serving in Afghanistan. Capt. Michael Frese was pinned with the medal Saturday in Fort Wayne. SENT: 220 words.
FRANKLIN — Walking from one end of Franklin College's campus, visitors can count more than 1,100 trees. Students heading to class pass under towering oak trees, shady maples and even native persimmon trees. An urban forest planted on the outskirts of campus eventually will provide the type of old-growth habitat that was common in Indiana 500 years ago. The college has been recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture and the Arbor Day Foundation. But the greater value is in making the student body more appreciative of the trees around them. By Ryan Trares. Daily Journal. SENT: 1,100 words, photos requested.
GARY — The Genesis Convention Center was never the start of anything. The civic center opened three decades ago around the time the much larger Allstate Arena did in Rosemont, but never packed in the same crowds. Taxpayer subsidies kept the lights on, and the facility broke even last year after expenses were slashed by 30 percent. An economist and an urban affairs expert say the Genesis Center could bring people downtown if it were a regional home for local college basketball teams or if it offered a wider variety of events. The facility across from City Hall was dreamed up in the 1970s, and never lived up to the promise of rebirth for downtown Gary. By Joseph S. Pete. The Times. SENT: 1,200 words.
EXCHANGE-ARTISTS AND AUTISM
FORT WAYNE — Santa Brink was in her seven-month-old gallery, Artworks the Galleria of Fine Art at Fort Wayne's Jefferson Pointe, when in walked a tall young man, with longish curly brown hair and glasses. With a soft voice and a British accent, he told her his name was Frank Louis Allen, that he was an artist who'd recently moved to Fort Wayne — and that he had autism. Other gallery owners might not have known how to react. For Brink, however, it was second nature. She'd spent many years working with children with learning disabilities and other special needs as a teacher and educational consultant to parents and schools. By Rosa Salter Rodriguez. The Journal Gazette. SENT: 1,410 words, photos requested.
BLOOMINGTON — Craft beer lovers who appreciate a freshly pulled pint must feel like their mugs are about to run over. But when it comes to locally brewed beer, nobody knows the Bloomington area's limit. There does seem to be one consensus: The region has room for at least a few more breweries. By Rick Seltzer. The Herald-Times. SENT: 580 words.
IN BRIEF: FATAL SHOOTING, MARION CRASH LANDING, FLOOD RESCUE-CROTHERSVILLE
FBN--NFL COMBINE-THE LOCKER ROOM
INDIANAPOLIS — Is it possible that Michael Sam will join the NFL and no one will really care that he's gay? It's 2014 and social change has progressed rapidly enough to the point where even a macho NFL locker room filled with the millennial generation is much more open-minded than in the past. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. SENT: 760 words.
FBN--NFL COMBINE-ON THE MOVE
INDIANAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater and Tajh Boyd have been moving in opposite directions on draft boards. Bridgewater seems to be a sure-fire first-round pick and could go No. 1 overall. Boyd, once considered a favorite at No. 1, has been sliding and it's unclear where he's going to go in May's draft. By Michael Marot. SENT: 640 words.
INDIANAPOLIS — Defensive back Travis Carrie almost never got a chance to play college football because of birth defect with his heart. On Sunday, the former Ohio University star will be living out a dream -- just like so many other players in Indianapolis this weekend. By Michael Marot. SENT: 800 words, with photos.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska carried a four-game win streak into its game against Purdue, which beat the Huskers last month in their first meeting. SENT: 700 words, photos.
INDIANAPOLIS — Two struggling Big East teams try to make a late-season statement at Hinkle Fieldhouse Sunday night when Providence came to town. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SOUTH BEND — Kayla McBride scored 31 points and No. 2 Notre Dame jumped to an 18-point lead early and held on to beat seventh-ranked Duke 81-70 Sunday to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference title in its inaugural season in the league. By Tom Coyne. Sent: 130 words, photos. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— BKW--PURDUE-WISCONSIN. AP NewsNow only.
— BKC--BALL ST.-TOLEDO. AP NewsNow only.
— BKH--IND HS BOYS TOP 10 FARED — Indiana High School Boys Basketball Top 10 Teams.
If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to email@example.com. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. If you have questions about the Indiana AP news report, please contact News Editor Jeni O'Malley at 317-639-5501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Indiana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search.