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

September 19, 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. David Runk 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Braun, the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Indiana, often refers to his rival, Sen. Joe Donnelly, as “Sleepin’ Joe” and has vowed to wake the vulnerable Democrat from his “siesta” on Election Day. But as Donnelly barnstorms the state in a used RV, it is Braun’s own sleepy campaign that’s leaving Republicans underwhelmed — and worried. Groups that typically back GOP candidates, such as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, are sitting on the sidelines. Braun’s recent three-stop “solutions” tour — spread out across three days — was ridiculed by Democrats, who pointed to Donnelly’s seven-day, 40-stop trek in August. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


— FRENCH LICK RESORT-EXPANSION: Southern Indiana’s French Lick Resort is planning a $17 million expansion that will add dozens of guestrooms and a sports bar to the tourist destination. French Lick officials said Monday that construction has already begun on the six-story addition near the French Lick Casino and Event Center.

— INTERSTATE BODY: Authorities are seeking help from the public in identifying a woman found dead of blunt force trauma along an interstate in southern Indiana.

— GREENE COUNTY DEATHS: Authorities say three people have been found dead in a southwestern Indiana home in an apparent double murder and suicide. Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil says the bodies of two women and a man were found Tuesday in the Green County home near Hendricksville.

— FORMER VA OFFICER-INDICTMENT: A former Veterans Affairs police officer who authorities say repeatedly struck a patient outside a VA hospital in Indianapolis has been sentenced to a year in prison.



SOUTH BEND — There doesn’t seem to be a load that Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr. cannot handle. The junior shed more than 10 pounds from his 5-foot-11 frame over the summer after playing at 230 pounds during an injury-plagued 2017 season. He eliminated some snacks and unhealthy foods, took up yoga and dropped a second of his 40-yard dash time so he could share rushing duties with sophomore Jafar Armstrong and others during the preseason. SENT: 600 words, photos.


If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to indy@ap.org. If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 888-273-6867. For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

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