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

August 30, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



EAST LANSING, Mich. — The NCAA has cleared Michigan State University of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal, the school announced Thursday. Athletic director Bill Beekman said the university “cooperated fully with the inquiry” and welcomes the NCAA’s conclusion. The school said it got a letter this week from the NCAA’s vice president for enforcement, Jonathan Duncan. SENT: 300 words, photos. Will be updated.


— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-COACH: A former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach who’s charged with lying to investigators in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal has appeared in court. SENT: 125 words, photos.



WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is making a midterm election push in Indiana on Thursday as Republicans seek to unseat vulnerable Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. Trump will hold a rally in Evansville, Indiana, on Thursday evening. Donnelly faces wealthy Republican businessman Mike Braun in what is viewed as one of the nation’s most competitive Senate races. By Catherine Lucey. SENT: 130 words. Developing from rally speech at 8:25 p.m.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. — An Indiana agribusiness executive nominated to be the next U.S. agriculture ambassador to the United Nations says that helping countries cope with climate change will be among his goals if he’s confirmed. The Journal Gazette reports that Kip Tom had an Aug. 23 confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He told the committee that the American agriculture industry “has always dealt with climate change” and knows it needs “to adapt.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


MINNEAPOLIS — Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks at the American Legion convention in Minneapolis on Thursday. His remarks come days after the group issued a statement urging President Donald Trump to lower the U.S. flag to honor the late Sen. John McCain. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits. Developing from 12:30 p.m. speech.


— INDIANA-SEVERE STORMS: Dozens of workers hunkered down and escaped serious injury when a severe thunderstorm’s winds ripped through an industrial plant in northern Indiana.

— EPA-INDIANAPOLIS CLEANUP: A federal cleanup is under way in Indianapolis at the site of a shuttered business that collected and stored used oil for decades.

— BISON ESCAPE-INDIANA: An owner of a bison herd that escaped from a northeastern Indiana farm says nearly all of the animals have been recovered after several days on the run.

— CHURCH ABUSE-INDIANA: The Indianapolis Catholic archbishop plans to publicly release the names of all the priests in his diocese who’ve faced substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse.

— MICHIGAN-CHILDREN ABDUCTED: An Amber Alert has been called off in Michigan after police found a man and his three children.

— PURDUE EVOLUTION-EXHIBITION: A newly opening exhibition by Purdue Libraries highlights the physical growth and evolution of the university’s West Lafayette campus from its establishment in 1869.

— LEAD FUND-CHILDREN: A northern Indiana county is setting up a fund devoted to addressing lead-poisoning among children who’ve ingested the toxic heavy metal.

— GREAT LAKES-CRUISE SHIPS: A coalition of government and business groups is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes.



CINCINNATI — Matt Barkley and Jeff Driskel get their final chance to win the Bengals’ backup quarterback spot when they face the Indianapolis Colts, who are still trying to decide on a right tackle. By Joe Kay. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m.

BC-FBC--T25-Michigan-Notre Dame Revived

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The “end” of the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry was a three-year soap opera, with accusations of dishonesty and cowardice. Turns out the Wolverines and Fighting Irish were only on a hiatus, and bringing the series back could not have been more mundane. College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 600 words.


— FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-NOTRE DAME (capsule): No. 14 Michigan (8-5 last season) at No. 12 Notre Dame (10-3). SENT: 380 words.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Northwestern opens this season on an eight-game winning streak. Purdue owns a three-game winning streak. On Thursday, the two resurgent programs will try to take their first step toward dethroning No. 4 Wisconsin as the West Division champion. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time 8 p.m.


In an earlier time, a true freshman starting quarterback wasn’t necessarily unthinkable. It certainly was an outlier. Not so much anymore, not in this age of what Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty calls the “bred quarterback,” those players who immerse themselves in football year-round, get individual coaching from quarterback gurus and arrive on campus ready and expecting to play right away. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 840 words, photos.


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