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

October 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, 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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AROUND THE STATE:

ELECTION 2018-INDIANA SENATE DEBATE-FACT CHECK

The Associated Press fact checked the first Indiana U.S. Senate debate Monday evening among Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and his challengers Republican Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brenton. Donnelly, a moderate Democrat who has been in Congress since 2006, is considered one of the country’s most vulnerable incumbents in his race against Braun, a Republican who’s modeled his campaign as a political outsider and businessman after President Donald Trump. By Amanda Seitz. SENT: 815 words, photos. Moved late Monday and available for use.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2018-SENATE-INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS — Democratic Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican businessman Mike Braun don’t agree on much. But both conceded one point Monday night, during their first debate: they support President Donald Trump. “I go against my party all the time,” Donnelly said from the debate stage in Westville. “I’ve been with president 62 percent of the time. That’s what we’re supposed to do.” By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 525 words, photos. Moved late Monday and available for use.

ELECTION 2018-BERNIE SANDERS

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders is embarking on a nine-state battleground tour on behalf of Democratic candidates competing in the November elections, returning to the campaign trail ahead of a decision on another White House bid. The tour kicks off on Oct. 19 in Bloomington, Indiana, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, with rallies and events on behalf of Liz Watson, who is challenging Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Ind., and Gretchen Whitmer, who is running for Michigan governor. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 750 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

OLD WARSHIP-EVANSVILLE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Bids for a project to move a restored World War II naval vessel to a more prominent location along the Ohio River in Evansville have exceeded the initial $3.9 million price tag officials had discussed. The Courier & Press reports the Port Authority board rejected the current bids Monday. The board oversees river initiatives for the city. SENT: 310 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TRAIN COLLISION: Authorities say a train collided with a vehicle at a railroad crossing in central Indiana, killing two people and seriously injuring a third.

— ST MARY’S COLLEGE-PRESIDENT RESIGNS: The president of St. Mary’s College has abruptly resigned after two years with the Catholic women’s liberal art college in northern Indiana.

— SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Police say three schoolchildren have been hospitalized after the bus they were riding on was rear-ended by a car in northwestern Indiana.

— FORMER SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED: A school board in western Indiana has ended the current job of a former school chief who faces bribery charges for allegedly accepting gifts from a vendor.

— DISTRESSED SCHOOLS-REVIEWS: Every Indiana school district will be evaluated under a new set of measures next year to ferret out districts that may need state assistance or intervention.

— MINE SAFETY GRANT-INDIANA: Vincennes University will receive more than $260,000 in funding from the U.S. Labor Department’s Mine Safety and Health Administration.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-PRESSURE ON IRISH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Back in 2012, Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame team ran the table during the regular season to set up a showdown with Alabama for the national title. Along the way the Fighting Irish had to survive some close games, including overtime victories at home against Stanford and Pittsburgh (a triple OT affair). Now Kelly’s Irish are 6-0 and ranked No. 5 and look who is waiting them this week -- the Panthers. And the rest of the schedule has potential pitfalls ahead. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

FBN--BEHIND THE CALL

Give the Mannings this: they’ve always had impeccable comedic timing. Peyton deadpanned the Drew Brees had ended the happiest stint of his life by breaking his career passing yards record Monday night and Eli had his own crack when asked about Odell Beckham Jr.’s scathing interview in which he criticized his quarterback. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

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