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

September 22, 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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MUNSTER — A newspaper review has found that three northwestern Indiana counties have a higher percentage of fatal drunken-driving crashes than the rest of the state and the U.S. because of the region’s heavy traffic, weather and other factors. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reviewed federal road fatality data and found that between 2010 and 2014, drunken driving was linked to about 35 percent of the deadly crashes in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. The state had about 25 percent of crashes linked to drunken driving, while the national percentage was about 28 percent. SENT: 300 words.



WASHINGTON — The high-stakes confrontation over whether Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify on Capitol Hill stretched into Saturday as the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman gave Christine Blasey Ford more time to decide whether to tell her story to lawmakers and a riveted nation. Vice President Mike Pence called the Supreme Court nominee “a man of integrity with impeccable credentials.” He expressed confidence that Republicans “will manage this confirmation properly with the utmost respect for all concerned” and said he expected Kavanaugh to join the high court soon. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video. Moving in national services.



LOGANSPORT — This month marks 180 years since over 850 Potawatomi Native Americans were forcibly removed from their homeland in northern Indiana. Many walked the 660-mile, two-month journey. Over 40 died — mostly babies, children and elderly. It’s known as the Potawatomi Trail of Death. Every five years since 1988, a group of Potawatomi, historians and other interested persons take a week to travel the trail that starts south of Plymouth, Indiana, and ends in Kansas. By Mitchell Kirk. Pharos-Tribune. SENT: 850 words, photos requested.


WEST LAFAYETTE — Orlando Itin has been here before thumbing through an auction catalog, spotting a priceless piece of Purdue University memorabilia and knowing one thing. “There has to be a way to get that thing back where it belongs,” said Itin, owner of Bruno’s Swiss Inn, where a generous slice of his Purdue-related collection hangs in the West Lafayette restaurant. Now, opening bids are weeks away at Heritage Auctions for more than 2,000 items from the family collection of astronaut Neil Armstrong, Purdue graduate and first man on the moon. Among the finds in the collection: A silk flag bearing the inscription, “Purdue Centennial Year, 1869-1969″ that Armstrong took to the moon in July 1969. By Dave Bangert. Journal & Courier. SENT: 1,400 words, photos requested.


— STUDENTS DRIVING BUS-CHARGES: A northwestern Indiana school bus driver has been arrested on allegations that she let children as young as 11 years old drive the bus.

— COLUMBUS-POLLINATOR PARK: A park focusing on plants that attract bees, butterflies and birds is planned for part of a southern Indiana city that saw severe flooding a decade ago.

— HISTORIC CHURCH-CUPOLA: A cupola that once protected a southern Indiana church dating to the 1850s from the elements is now part of a garden honoring the church’s role in the Underground Railroad.

— CHURCH ABUSE-INDIANA: the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville says it will collect and release the names of its priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors.



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — No. 8 Notre Dame looks to keep its perfect start alive when the Fighting Irish visit Wake Forest. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at noon ET.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Boilermakers will try to get their first win of the season Saturday when they host No. 23 Boston College. Purdue hasn’t started 0-4 since 1982. The Eagles haven’t started 4-0 since 2007. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at noon ET.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 24 Michigan State plays Indiana at Memorial Stadium. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m.


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