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

September 9, 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. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence says he’s “100 percent confident” that no one on his staff was involved with the anonymous New York Times column criticizing President Donald Trump’s leadership. “I know them. I know their character,” Pence said in a taped interview aired Sunday by CBS’ “Face the Nation.” By Darlene Superville. SENT: 560 words, photo.


— PENCE-THE LATEST: The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is blocking Netflix and other popular streaming services with little to no academic use in the classroom for a pilot program aimed at improving reliable connections to academic sites in the school’s largest lecture halls. School officials are blocking the streaming services for the first 10 weeks of the fall semester to test whether that will give students and faculty reliable connections for academic sites through Purdue Air Link, the West Lafayette campus’ wireless service, The Journal & Courier reported .


LOGANSPORT, Ind. — Authorities say two children have died in a northern Indiana house fire, and a woman jumped from the home’s second story with a baby to escape it. Logansport Assistant Fire Chief Mark Strong says firefighters pulled the two children from the second floor of the burning house on Logansport’s south side shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, but the children died at a hospital. SENT: 115 words. Will be updated.


RICHMOND, Ind. — Growing up on a small farm between Hagerstown and Economy, Grant Mendenhall dreamed of working for the FBI, but he never imagined he would lead the agency’s operations in his home state. After nearly 30 years on the job, he’s now managed to do both. Mendenhall, 54, is the agency’s highest-ranking official in Indiana as the state’s Special Agent in Charge, a position to which he was promoted earlier this year, having risen through the ranks as a counter-terrorism expert for the bureau since joining in 1990. By Mickey Shuey. Palladium-Item SENT: 2,500 words, photos requested.


STINESVILLE, Ind. — The two-story limestone building at the corner of Main and Market streets houses the Merchantile and the post office, an anchor in the town of Stinesville. Local residents call the 1898 structure simply “The Store,” as in: “I’m going down to the store to get a Coke and the mail.” The shelves are sparsely stocked with necessary items such as paper towels and dish soap, Honey Buns and Gatorade, AA batteries and a limited selection of cigarettes, just the brands regular customers smoke. With the store’s future uncertain — it’s for sale — Stinesville sits at a crossroads as times change. By Laura Lane. The Herald-Times. SENT: 850 words, photos requested.


— HAMMOND-CHICAGO HEIGHTS WATER: An Indiana city and an Illinois community that once clashed in federal court over a water rate dispute have signed a new drinking water agreement.

— JAIL TRAILERS: A central Indiana sheriff has a novel solution for jail overcrowding: lock inmates up in semi-trailers.



INDIANAPOLIS — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck takes the next big step in his comeback when he makes his first NFL start in more than 20 months Sunday against Cincinnati. The Bengals are hoping to end an eight-game losing streak in Indianapolis. It’s the first time since 2014 that the same two teams playing in a preseason finale have had a rematch in the regular season opener. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game time is 1 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — The start of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been delayed because of rain. Indianapolis has been drenched in three days of rain and NASCAR has not been able to get any cars on track before Sunday’s scheduled race. But a consistent mist and temperatures around 60 degrees has made it difficult for NASCAR to get the track dry. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first quarter alone seemed destined to last as long as a full game thanks to three weather delays, and their effect was evident on a Louisville squad that appeared to be treading water in many phases. A quick personnel change helped the waterlogged Cardinals regain their focus in time to end a long night on a high note. By Sports Writer Gary B. Graves. SENT: 830 words, photos.


— FBH--IND HS FOOTBALL TOP 10 FARED: Indiana High School Football Top 10 Teams. SENT.


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