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

July 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. Sara Burnett is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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BRANSON, Mo. — More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely would not have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up. Tia Coleman tells television station KOLR that the family first went to the wrong duck boat business but switched out their tickets for the 6:30 p.m. ride. She says the last thing she heard before a huge wave swept over them was her sister-in-law yelling “Grab the baby.” Coleman and her 13-year-old nephew were the only survivors out of the 11 family members who set off on the tourist boat Thursday night. SENT: 1200 words, photo, video.




SOUTH BEND — More people with disabilities are finding success landing a job in Indiana partly because of a shrinking pool of available workers. Businesses are more willing to reach out to Goodwill, the Logan Center and other nonprofits in the region that train individuals with disabilities to work in businesses, as unemployment rates hover near historic lows, the South Bend Tribune reported . SENT: 300 words.


FISHERS — A baseball hat hangs from the corner of a future site map posted in Conner Prairie CEO Norman Burns’ office. “River people” is embroidered on it, a symbol of what’s to come at the living-history museum in Fishers. “That hat represents the fact that we’re not only prairie people; we’re river people, too,” Burns said. As the organization’s leaders plan for the next two decades, they’re targeting the 3.3 miles of the White River that runs through their property for new experiences and attractions. And they’re thinking about ways to bring customers to Conner Prairie year-round. By Samm Quinn. Indianapolis Business Journal. SENT: 1,340 words. FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.


JASPER — A cat sits on the nurse’s station in the Caring Hands Senior Services department at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center. As patients pass by, they pet it, and it purrs and meows. Sometimes, it raises a paw or rolls over. It’s also a robot. It’s also a robot. The cat is a Joy For All Companion Pet by Hasbro, and the staff at Caring Hands uses it and its fellow robo-cats as a behavioral intervention therapy tool for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and some other forms of dementia. By Leann Burke. The Herald. SENT: 610 words. FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.


CAVE CITY, Ky. — A Mammoth Cave project is an early step in a coordinated push by the National Park Service to improve and increase accessibility for people with disabilities. The nationwide effort, launched in 2015 with federal grant money, was aimed at increasing the diversity of park visitors. The director of National Center on Accessibility in Bloomington, Indiana, said parks should highlight their improvements for the nearly 20 percent of Americans who have a disability. SENT: 760 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio — The government can’t strip a terrorist of his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge ruled this month in a decision siding with a Pakistan-born man serving the last few years of a 20-year prison sentence for his guilty plea to plotting to destroy New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. The case involves Iyman Faris, who was sentenced in 2003 for aiding and abetting al-Qaida by scoping out the bridge as part of a plot to cut through cables that support it. His case was among the first and highest-profile terrorism cases after the Sept. 11 attacks. Faris is being held at the federal prison in Terre haute, Indiana. SENT: 425 words, photo.


— A special judge has voided a southwestern Indiana city’s sweeping ban of coal mining within three miles of its city limits.





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