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TOP STORY:

FOOD AND FARM-PIG PENS

FAIR OAKS, Ind. — A small but growing number of hog farmers are moving sows from individual stalls too narrow for the animals to turn around but the switch isn't as easy as most consumers believe. Bigger sows will hog food and bully others if allowed. Farmers experimenting with the new pens are seeking ways to control bad behavior, and costs, while keeping consumers happy. By M.L. Johnson.

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT:

MISSING VOTES

BOONVILLE — A southwestern Indiana county is developing a new accountability system using "archaic" methods after a discovery that thousands of votes weren't counted in the 2012 general election. Nearly 3,800 early votes cast in Warrick County during the 2012 general election went uncounted because of an error by an electronic voting machine technician. SENT: 340 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

IVY TECH-DEGREES

INDIANAPOLIS — Ivy Tech Community College says it needs $83 million more from the state so it can double its enrollment and graduation rates and help the state meet its own goal of increasing the number of Indiana residents with post-high-school credentials. But state lawmakers aren't convinced that increasing the amount of money the community college system by that amount will pay off. SENT: 490 words.

BALL STATE-LEADERSHIP DIVERSITY

MUNCIE — An evaluation team from an organization that accredits universities found that while Ball State University has a female president, white males continue to hold occupy most other top leadership positions on campus. UPCOMING: 400 words.

MIDWEST HISTORY REVIVAL

OMAHA, Neb. — A quick glance of the history departments of universities in the Midwest will reveal courses of study ranging from the American South to Asian, European and African cultures — even gender and race. What you're not likely to find is a course on Midwest history. By Margery A. Beck. SENT: 800 words.

EAST CHICAGO-HARVARD

EAST CHICAGO — Harvard University graduates students are spending the spring semester designing development plans for the downtown Indiana Harbor neighborhood of East Chicago. UPCOMING: 250 words.

EXCHANGE-SHRINKING WORKFORCE

INDIANAPOLIS — Sara Swinehart chucked her job as an autism therapist in Lafayette last summer to go on a cross-country bicycling adventure. The 27-year-old woman has yet to return to the workforce, living at her parent's home in Valparaiso while she weighs her job options. She's part of a growing and confounding economic demographic: working-age Americans who aren't working or even actively looking for work. In Indiana, 38 percent of the labor force isn't laboring, at least in the formal sense. Among Midwest states, only Michigan has a larger percentage of out-of-the-work-force residents. By Jeff Swiatek. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 890 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-PET BEREAVEMENT

FORT WAYNE — Public pet bereavement, a subject once questioned with the gesture of raised eyebrow, is not only accepted, but has become commonplace. Newspapers publish pet obituaries that include a photograph. Private memorial services are given. Even established funeral homes are offering their services. By Steve Warden. The Journal Gazette. SENT: 645 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-MARATHON MAN

LOGANSPORT — Bryce Baldwin never pictured himself running a marathon. That changed when he started working for Nike. A switch in careers and a new-found passion for fitness led the 2004 Caston High School graduate to complete his first marathon last year. By Amie Sites. Pharos-Tribune SENT: 700 words.

EXCHANGE-STRATTON-PORTER RESEARCH

FORT WAYNE — Many people think of Gene Stratton-Porter as an avid naturalist and talented author who spent much of her time in the outdoors. But a new review of official records and newspaper reports of the day provides a fuller — and sometimes conflicting — picture of one of Indiana's most famous women. Stratton-Porter, for example, spent a lot of time in Fort Wayne, often taking the train here to go shopping, visit family or attend social events and lectures, researcher Terri Gorney of Fort Wayne said. By Kevin Kilbane. The News-Sentinel. SENT: 1,100 words.

IN BRIEF: FATHER-SON STABBING, TIME CHANGE-SMOKE ALARMS, POLICE CHASE-CHILDREN, I-65 CONSTRUCTION.

SPORTS:

BKC--T25-INDIANA-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. ) No. 12 Michigan has already clinched the Big Ten title, but the Wolverines would still like to avenge a loss earlier this season to Indiana. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m. ET. Hometown lead on losing team.

Also, APNewsNows on these men's games (times ET):

Ball St. at N. Illinois, 4:30 p.m.

Missouri Valley Conference, semifinals: Indiana State vs. Southern Illinois, 5:05 p.m.

Summit League, first round: IPFW vs. IUPUI, 7 p.m.

BKW--T25-ACC-NC STATE-NOTRE DAME

GREENSBORO, N.C. — No. 2 Notre Dame looks to stay unbeaten when it faces No. 14 North Carolina State on Saturday in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 700 words and photos. Game starts at 5 p.m. With hometown lead.

BKH--IND HS GIRLS-CLASS 4A

TERRE HAUTE — Bedford North Lawrence coach Damon Bailey, who won one state title as a player, is chasing his second straight state crown as a coach against Penn in the Class 4A game. Game starts about 8:15 p.m. UPCOMING: 450 words.

BKH--IND HS GIRLS-CLASS 3A

TERRE HAUTE — Evansville Mater Dei (26-1), led by Maura Muensterman, will be seeking its third straight state title when it faces Western (22-3), a school that has never won a state title in any sport. Game starts about 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 450 words.

BKH--IND HS GIRLS-CLASS 2A

TERRE HAUTE — Heritage Christian (26-1)will be seeking its first state title since claiming four consecutive 2A titles form 2006-09 when it faces Fort Wayne Canterbury (20-4), which is trying to win its third straight 2A title. UPCOMING: 450 words.

BKH--IND HS GIRLS-CLASS 1A

TERRE HAUTE — Oregon-Davis senior Ashley Campbell saved her best performance for last. The senior guard scored a career-high 35 points, setting a Class A record, in leading the Bobcats to a 69-64 victory over Vincennes-Rivet in the girls Class A state basketball championship Saturday. By Jeff Skirvin. SENT: 515 words.

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