AP-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IN
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump’s top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump’s thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. By Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 640 words, photos.
TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST
GROUND GAME-ABORTION IOWA
DES MOINES, IOWA — Democrats and Republicans once largely agreed that the upcoming midterm elections would hinge on the economy, health care and President Donald Trump’s popularity. Not anymore. A Supreme Court vacancy has pushed abortion to the forefront of election year politics, with both supporters and opponents suggesting that the emotional issue could drive more voters to the polls. That’s especially true in states like Iowa, where Republicans have enacted restrictive measures on abortion in the past two years. Iowa is not alone as a key midterm battleground with recent abortion rights developments at least in the background. In Republican-leaning Indiana, a federal appeals court struck down in April a law signed in 2016 by Republican then-Gov. Mike Pence banning abortions based on a fetus’s gender, race or disability. By Thomas Beaumont and Barbara Rodriguez. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-INDIANA-JULY FOURTH PARADE
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A 13-year-old girl and a teacher who were shot in May at a suburban Indianapolis school smiled and waved to crowds lining streets while serving as the grand marshals for their community’s July Fourth parade. Ella Whistler, who was shot seven times in the May 25 attack, wore a neck brace and had her right arm in a sling as she rode in a car in Noblesville’s parade Wednesday, while seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman, who was shot as he tackled a student accused of opening fire in his classroom, greeted crowds from his perch in another car. UPCOMING: 200 words. AP Photos pursuing.
— POOL DEATH-INDIANAPOLIS: Authorities say a 2-year-old boy has died after being found at the bottom of a swimming pool at a home in Indianapolis.
— SHERIFF’S DEPUTY-UNAUTHORIZED VIDEO: A northwestern Indiana sheriff’s deputy cleared four months ago of a rape charge has been suspended for posting an unauthorized social-media video.
— VICIOUS ATTACK-APPEAL REJECTED: The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that a Muncie man should remain in prison for an attack that cost a woman her eye.
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