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

July 31, 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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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 — Members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a tourist boat sank in Missouri filed a second lawsuit Tuesday, alleging the duck boat’s owners and operators ignored design problems and warnings, and put profits over people’s safety. The federal lawsuit was filed in Missouri ahead of a news conference the Coleman family planned in Indianapolis to discuss their lives since the tragedy broke “our family tree.” By Rick Callahan. SENT: 435 words. Developing from 1:30 p.m. news conference. AP Photos planned.


— MISSOURI-BOAT-ACCIDENT-THE LATEST: The Latest on the sinking of tourist boat in Branson.



NEW YORK — The war of words intensified between two titans in Republican politics on Tuesday as President Donald Trump trashed the conservative billionaire Koch brothers as a “total joke in real Republican circles.” The presidential insult followed a weekend gathering of Koch officials who repeatedly condemned Trump’s trade policies, the explosion of government spending under his watch and his divisive tone. By Steve Peoples and Anne Flaherty. SENT: 565 words, photos. Note Indiana material.



Levi Strauss, Yelp and Lyft are leading a coalition of 1,200 businesses and cities that are pledging not to discriminate against employees or customers based on race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. Tia Agnew, co-founder and CEO of New Day Craft, an Indianapolis-based producer of mead and cider, is excited to put up her “Open to All” window sticker, which she says matches her “personal and professional ethos.” She’s not worried that it will be a turn-off to some potential patrons. By Business Writer Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 925 words, photos.


WESTFIELD, Ind. — Records show that officials in an Indianapolis suburb that’s now home to the Colts’ summer training camp agreed to pay about $1.1 million over three years toward the NFL team’s hotel rental. Contract documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star through a records request show officials in Westfield committed to paying half of the hotel rental bill last year while publicly saying that no city incentives would be used. The team is leasing a 152-room Cambria Suites for roughly 30 days each summer to accommodate players, coaches and staff. SENT; 125 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— TRUCKS-POLLUTION RECALL: An Indiana-based engine-maker is recalling a half-million trucks with faulty pollution controls, the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

— INDIANA WATER: An Indiana utility estimates it will cost $177 million for it to replace lead water service lines around the state and take roughly a decade or two.

— FARM DEATH: Authorities say a child has died following an accident at a farm in northeastern Indiana.

— FOOD BANKS-FUNDING: Eleven Indiana food banks are sharing in $300,000 in state funding that will help them keep their shelves stocked with food.

— DOGS REMOVED: Authorities say dozens of dogs have been removed from a home in northern Indiana where a woman was found amid unsanitary conditions.

— POLICE SHOOTING-FORT WAYNE: Fort Wayne police say a man shot and critically wounded by an off-duty officer had started to remove an “authentic-looking pellet-style handgun” tucked in his waistband when the shooting occurred.

— INDIANA TROOPER SHOT: A judge will allow a southern Indiana man to use an insanity defense when he goes on trial for shooting a state trooper in the head during a traffic stop.



WESTFIELD, Ind. — The first thing Andrew Luck noticed about rookie guard Quenton Nelson was his broad back. e calls it the biggest he’s ever seen. And he’s not the only guy doing double-takes of his massive new personal protector. Veteran guard Matt Slauson talks about Nelson’s wide shoulders and enormous chest, and longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo dubbed Nelson an immovable refrigerator on reporting day at training camp. Regardless of the description, it seems to fit the newest addition to another Indianapolis Colts’ revamped offensive line. By MIchael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


NEW YORK — With the WNBA All-Star break in the rearview mirror teams are ready for the sprint to the of the regular season. All 12 teams will play eight or nine games over the next few weeks setting the stage for what should be of the most exciting final few weeks of the regular season in league history. There are only four losses separating second place Atlanta and ninth-place Las Vegas. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 690 words, photo.


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