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

August 3, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT

DETROIT — A Michigan judge who held an extraordinary hearing before sentencing sports doctor Larry Nassar to prison for sexually assaulting female athletes refused to disqualify herself from the case Friday if higher courts send it back to fix any errors. Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said some of her courtroom comments about Nassar last January were “perhaps inartful.” But she denied any bias while handling the biggest sexual-assault scandal in sports history. By Ed White. SENT: 260 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ONLINE SALES TAX

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents purchasing products online from out-of-state sellers will soon be charged the state’s 7 percent sales tax. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the Indiana Department of Revenue plans to begin enforcing the 2017 online sales tax state law on Oct. 1. UPCOMING: 250 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

PAPA JOHN’S-FOUNDER-UNIVERSITIES

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is dropping the name of the Papa John’s founder from an economic research center amid controversy over his use of a racial slur. Purdue officials said Friday that school is offering to return John Schnatter’s $8 million donation that was announced in April with the renaming of its Research Center in Economics. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

WIND FARM-FACEBOOK

WINCHESTER, Ind. — A $300 million wind energy farm in rural eastern Indiana is expected to help power Facebook’s Midwest data center in Ohio. The Richmond Palladium-Item reports that Houston-based alternative energy company EDP Renewables North America announced Thursday that it plans to build 50 new turbines throughout Randolph County in the next year. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— INDIANA STATE FAIR: The launch of several hot air balloons helped kick off the opening day of the Indiana State Fair’s annual extravaganza of food, farm animals, amusement rides and entertainers. AP Photos.

— CHILD DEATH-METHAMPHETAMINE: A toxicology report says an 8-year-old southern Indiana boy had more than 180 times the lethal limit of methamphetamine in his bloodstream when he died.

— CHILD DEATH: A central Indiana man has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 23-month-old daughter, who had severe injuries when taken to a hospital.

— US STEEL-CHEMICAL SPILL: Two environmental groups say U.S. Steel’s revised wastewater plan for its northwestern Indiana plant could fall short of preventing another chemical spill there.

— INVASIVE WEED: Officials have confirmed that an invasive Asian weed has reached south-central Iowa.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-VINATIERI’S CASE

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Adam Vinatieri has a Hall of Fame case. Until now, though, he wasn’t sure how strong it was. Morten Andersen’s pending induction tbhis weekend has changed everything, giving Vinatieri a better chance of making his case to earn pro football’s highest honor. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos .

FBC--PURDUE-QB BATTLE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue quarterbacks David Blough and Elijah Sindelar look awfully similar on paper. Both started games last season. Both were successful in helping the Boilermakers turn around the program. Both wound up getting hurt. And now both are back on the practice field, battling again to be the starter. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, with photos.

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