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A fan watches as cars practice on a short dirt track at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Sunday, May 24, 2020, in Gas City, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Postponed Indy 500 puts short-track drivers in spotlight

May. 24, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

GAS CITY, Ind. (AP) — The roaring engines and flying dirt pellets briefly brought Gas City I-69 Speedway back to life Sunday. It wasn't the same. The grandstands were empty. Track organizers only allowed a few crew members per team to comply with Indiana's social gatherings limit. Gabe Wilkins even brought...

Another 487 Hoosiers have COVID-19; total tops 31,000

May. 24, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Another 487 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19, raising Indiana's total to 31,376, state health officials said Sunday. With 12 additional deaths, a total of 1,824 Hoosiers now are confirmed to have died from disease caused by the coronavirus, the Indiana State Department of...

Some Indiana environmental groups suffering during pandemic

May. 24, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s environmental organizations are struggling to stay afloat as the coronavirus pandemic has halted spring events that usually attract members and donors, which are crucial for their operations. These groups are facing financial hardships, while they focus on retaining...

New Indiana nature preserve features ravines, waterfalls

May. 24, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

HENDRICKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's newest nature preserve is a 68-acre tract in southwestern Indiana that features scenic ravines, sandstone outcrops and several waterfalls. The Indiana Natural Resources Commission approved the Dilcher-Turner Canyon Forest Nature Preserve during its Tuesday meeting. The...

South Bend proposal for homeless shelter draws scrutiny

May. 24, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A proposal by South Bend's mayor to launch a city-run homeless shelter is drawing scrutiny, including questions about whether the northern Indiana city can afford to operate such a shelter. Mayor James Muellerr proposed such a shelter last week after a homeless tent encampment was...

Young Indiana wrestlers find ways to stay fit amid pandemic

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — From the comfort of his living room, Greenwood wrestler Eli Ross is able to get in shoulder and bicep workouts without the benefit of weights. Ross has filled two milk jugs with water, another two with sand and two more with rocks. The makeshift setup is one of the methods used by...

Tractor returns to Indiana family after 68 years of service

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

KOUTS, Ind. (AP) — Since he was a young boy, Chip Horn heard stories about the 1951 John Deere Model B tractor that plowed through his family’s history. “Just stories,” he told me. “I never physically saw it.” The 27-year-old lifelong Kouts man always wondered what...

Positive COVID-19 virus tests up by more than 500 in Indiana

May. 23, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Another 513 Indiana residents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, bringing the state’s total to more than 30,900, according to health officials. The Indiana State Department of Health also said Saturday that deaths attributed to the disease have risen by 21 to 1,812....

Charlotte Motor Speedway is shown in Concord, N.C., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Some fans have been coming to the Coca-Cola 600 for decades, but they won’t be allowed into Charlotte Motor Speedwaý on Sunday due to Covid-19, leaving the grandstands empty and many disappointed. (AP Photo/Steve Reed)

NASCAR all alone on motorsports biggest day of racing

May. 23, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled. The Indianapolis 500 is postponed until August. Only the Coca-Cola 600 is still scheduled as planned. The most celebrated day in motorsports has been whittled down to the third course, 600 miles around Charlotte Motor Speedway in NASCAR's...

FILE - In this May 24, 1969, file photo, from left to right: Al Unser, Mario Andretti, and A.J. Foyt, the front row in the upcoming Indianapolis 500 auto race, pose for photos in Indianapolis. Andretti and Unser's rivalry is one of the most famous in the long history of the Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo, File)

Indy 500 winners pick the greatest drivers, race and more

May. 23, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In the lead-up to the 100th running of the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” The Associated Press interviewed the 27 living race winners on topics ranging from the greatest driver to most memorable moment. Their answers to the eight questions ahead of the 2016 race...