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

August 21, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

INDIANA ACTOR-KU KLUX KLAN

Actor Adam Driver is facing criticism for comments he made in an interview that he recalls frequent Ku Klux Klan rallies during his childhood growing up in Indiana, and that some of his neighbors were Klan members. The former Marine who was raised in Mishawaka made the comment during an interview with USA Today about his role in the new Spike Lee movie “BlaKkKlansman,” which hit theaters earlier this month. UPCOMING: 250 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

— INDIANA ELECTION INTEGRITY: Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is launching a campaign to boost confidence in the integrity of elections. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

PALLET FACTORY-WORK CONDITIONS

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A northern Indiana fire marshal who’s threatening to shut down a pallet company says that factory conditions pose a threat to worker safety. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Michigan City Fire Marshal Kyle Kazmierczak has threatened to shutter Calumet Pallet’s plant until company officials improve safety conditions. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— PURDUE UNIVERSITY-COMEDIAN: Comedian Andy Gross is apologizing after a performance at Indiana’s Purdue University angered some students and led school officials to call parts of his act “inappropriate.”

— EXPLOSIVES PLEA-INDIANA: An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to distributing information about explosives in connection with terrorist groups was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

— NATURE PRESERVE BODY — A central Indiana man faces murder charges in the fatal shootings of a man and woman whose bodies were found in a nature preserve and an abandoned farmhouse.

— COLUMBUS-OPEN RECORDS: A southern Indiana city has disbanded three of its redevelopment commission’s subcommittees amid ongoing questions about whether they were covered by the state’s open records law.

— PURDUE-FORT WAYNE: A state-supported college campus in Fort Wayne has a new identity and with it more enrollment. Purdue University Fort Wayne welcomed students to campus on Monday.

SPORTS:

FBN_COLTS PROGRESS

INDIANAPOLIS — Frank Reich likes what he saw out of the Indianapolis Colts defense. Andrew Luck likes the way he his body responded after another big hit. That’s progress for a team that struggled to a four-win season in 2017. By Michael Margot. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBC--NOTRE DAME-RECEIVERS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — With only 15 career catches, one start and 232 receiving yards, Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin was a relatively untapped commodity heading into the final game of his junior season last Jan. 1 against LSU in the Citrus Bowl. Any anonymity was lifted that New Year’s Day when Boykin enjoyed his coming-out party with three catches and 103 yards, including a one-handed, 55-yard circus catch for a game-winning touchdown that secured him bowl MVP honors and a place in Notre Dame lore. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

AROUND THE WNBA

NEW YORK — Breanna Stewart has taken her game to a new level this year to lead Seattle to the top spot in the league. Her efforts earned her Associated Press WNBA Player of the Year honors on Tuesday. The award was chosen by the 14-member media panel that votes for the weekly poll. By Basketball Writer Doug Fenberg. SENT: 600 words, photos.

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