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

October 2, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORY:

SELLING SCHOOL SECURITY

Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. It propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. “School safety is the wild, wild West,” said Mason Wooldridge, a security consultant who helps school districts assess vulnerabilities. “Any company can claim anything they want.” Several years ago, Wooldridge helped his step-father’s firm, NetTalon Security Systems, install a $500,000 system that included smoke cannons at an Indiana school. Now self-employed, Wooldridge says the school, marketed as the “Safest School in America,” could’ve been made just as safe for $100,000. By Reese Dunklin and Justin Pritchard. SENT: 3,700 words, photos. A 1,000-word abridged version also has moved.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

— VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election is one week away on Oct. 9. UPCOMING: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The company that owns the Ride the Ducks operation in Branson asked a judge Monday to dismiss some of the lawsuits filed after one of its boats sank in a Missouri lake in July, killing 17 people. Ripley Entertainment said in its motions that the boat’s sinking on Table Rock Lake was “an unforeseeable and unintentional occurrence” and that the company’s amphibious vehicle tours complied with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Nine members of an Indianapolis family were among those who died. SENT: 350 words, photos. Moved late Monday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

— CHICAGO CRASH: Authorities say the driver of a speeding car who failed to stop for police caused a multi-vehicle crash on Chicago’s South Side, killing a 3-year-old boy from Indiana and two men. AP Photos.

— USA DIVING-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT: USA Diving is seeking to be dismissed as a defendant in a federal lawsuit from several female divers who say they were sexually abused and exploited by a former coach who worked in Ohio and Indiana.

— DEADLY FIRE-HUSBAND CHARGED: A Fort Wayne man accused of setting a house fire that left his wife with severe burns now faces a murder charge following her death.

— MOBILE HOME DEATHS: Authorities say a couple found dead in a northeastern Indiana mobile home may have died from accidental poisoning.

— COPPER THEFTS: Two men arrested in connection with a rash of copper wire thefts in northwestern Indiana and neighboring communities in Illinois are now facing federal charges.

— KOKOMO TORNADO-APARTMENTS REOPENS: A central Indiana apartment complex ravaged by a 2016 tornado has reopened its first renovated units more than two years after that storm.

— INDIANAPOLIS ZOO-DEADLY SNAKE : An African snake that’s considered one of the world’s deadliest snakes will be slithering into the Indianapolis Zoo next year.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-Prepping For Blacksburg

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For his program’s first-ever visit to Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will pump up the noise at practices this week so his team will be better prepared for a hostile road atmosphere than they a year ago in getting blown out at Miami. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

BKW--ACC-MEDIA DAY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Both Notre Dame and Louisville enter the season as defending women’s basketball champions. UPCOMING: 500 words.

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