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

July 7, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. 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. John O’Connor is on the desk and can be reached at (217) 318-9092. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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STATE POLICE-DNA SOFTWARE

CHESTERTON — Indiana State Police are catching criminals using new software that has the ability to analyze evidence containing the DNA of multiple people. Scientists in New Zealand and Australia designed the software in 2011 called STRmix. Indiana State Police implemented STRmix in November after validating the software for more than two years, the (Northwest Indiana) Times reported. SENT: 260 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

2018 MIDTERMS-TENNESEE-TARIFFS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jimmy Tosh’s sprawling hog farm in rural Tennessee is an unlikely battleground in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. It showcases the practical risks of President Donald Trump’s trade policies and the political threat to red-state Republicans. Trump’s trade wars are hurting his Tosh’s business. The cost of steel needed for new barns is up, Tosh said, and the expanding pork market stands to suffer under new tariffs. Similar concerns are roiling high-profile Senate contests in Missouri, Indiana, Pennsylvania and North Dakota and forcing GOP candidates to answer for the trade policies of a Republican president they have backed on almost every other major issue. By Jonathan Mattise and Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,100 words. With AP Photos.

US-CHINA TARIFFS-IMPACT

WASHINGTON — The trade war that erupted Friday between the U.S. and China carries a major risk of escalation that could weaken investment, depress spending, unsettle financial markets and slow the global economy. The opening shots were fired just after midnight, when the Trump administration imposed a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion of imports from China, and Beijing promptly retaliated with duties on an equal amount of American products. It accused the U.S. of igniting “the biggest trade war in economic history.” ″For soybean producers like me, this is a direct financial hit,” said Brent Bible, a soy and corn producer in Romney, Indiana. By Paul Wiseman and Josh Boak. SENT: 1,100 words. With AP Photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-CBD OIL-NEW LAWS

ELWOOD, Ind. — Sitting inside the cool lobby of Rebellious Makeup By Morgan, owner Morgan Johns talked about why she uses cannabidiol (CBD) oil as a natural pain solution for her osteoarthritis and hip issues. She said her doctors offered her pain relievers and muscle spasm medication to relieve her pain, but she was not interested in a fistful of prescriptions. “I did not want to go down that path with the opioid crisis as crazy as it is right now,” Johns said. “A friend encouraged Johns to try the CBD oil, and while she was skeptical, Johns said she agreed. A two-fluid-ounce container cost her less than $50. “I knew an instant reaction within about 45 minutes of energy,” Johns said. “I felt like I had a cup of coffee or a shot of espresso.” By Traci L. Miller. The Herald Bulletin. SENT: 1,050 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-WORLDWIDE TRACTORS

GALVESTON, Ind. — Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Fiat. While those brands are most often associated with cars, for Cass County resident Dean McCloskey, they’re part of his vast tractor collection. And they’re just some of the makes from over the past century and across the globe lining his large barn and yard. McCloskey has tractors hailing from across the U.S. along with France, Germany, England, Italy, Russia and Sweden. The wheels on his Japanese rice paddy tractor are equipped with paddles to make it through flooded rice fields. His tractor made in Swaziland in southern Africa was designed to replace a team of oxen and be able to haul over 1,100 pounds of produce to market. By Mitchell Kirk. Pharos-Tribune. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS-RALLY — Activists will hold a rally to call for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign amid allegations that he inappropriately touched a state lawmaker and several other women. SENT: 130 words.

MILITARY MUSEUM-CLOSURE: A central Indiana military museum is closing its doors following the recent tax auction sale of its home of more than 25 years. SENT: 130 words.

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