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AP-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IN

September 4, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Indiana. 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. Tom Davies is on the desk. All times ET.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TODAY:

PUBLIC SAFETY MONUMENT

PLAINFIELD — Inmates at an Indiana state prison have donated $3,300 to a monument honoring public safety officers. The monument has been proposed for Friendship Gardens Park in the western Indianapolis suburb of Plainfield, southwest of Indianapolis. Chad Platt, the prison’s recreation coordinator, said inmates contributed money during a fundraiser in which they were allowed to buy Pizza Hut pizzas and Arby’s sandwiches. He says they might have been motivated by the food. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— COURTS-TEXTING DEFENDANTS: A new service that allows Indiana trial courts to text defendants about upcoming court hearings has generated more than 135,000 texts in the first few months. The Indiana Supreme Court says trial courts in the 33 counties and three local courts have been using the service since it became available in May.

— IU SOUTHEAST-SEXUAL VIOLENCE GRANT: Indiana University Southeast has won a $300,000 federal grant to help combat sexual violence on the New Albany campus.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-FULL NELSON

INDIANAPOLIS — Quenton Nelson heard all the adjectives before this spring’s NFL draft. The “experts” called him nasty, a generational guard, the best player available and even suggested he could change the long-term image of all future interior offensive line prospects. Nelson didn’t pay much attention to what was being said then or now. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound rookie remains focused on the only thing he believes matters — keeping Andrew Luck upright and healthy. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos.

CAR--NHRA

BROWNSVILLE — J.R. Todd successfully defended his Funny Car title at the Chevrolet Performance Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway on Monday. Todd, the top qualifier for the event, drove his Toyota Camry to a 4.062-second pass at 311.70 mph. He became the first Funny Car driver to win back-to-back at Indianapolis since Mike Neff in 2011-12. SENT: 250 words.

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