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

August 10, 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. Tom Davies is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The off-road accessory was shipped in a box emblazoned with the logo of an auto parts brand owned by Mike Braun, a multimillionaire businessman who often rails against foreign outsourcing in his bid to become Indiana’s next senator. The words “Made in China” were stamped across the packaging. Braun frequently criticizes his opponent, vulnerable red-state Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, for once owning stock in a family business his brother runs that operates a factory in Mexico. However, the Republican nominee’s own parts brand, Promaxx Automotive, sells products that were similarly manufactured abroad, according to a review by The Associated Press. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 900 words, photos.



EAST CHICAGO — Residents in a northwest Indiana Superfund site have expressed concerns after learning that in some cases a contractor is only replacing a portion of homeowners’ lead pipes. East Chicago started a multi-million dollar project last year to replace lead service lines in hundreds of homes in the lead- and arsenic-contaminated area. Project oversight manager George Kovacich says Hasse Construction isn’t carrying out full replacements in homes with finished basements because the company isn’t contracted to tear out walls. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A pair of mastodon skeletons, including the cast of one found near Fort Wayne, Indiana, are being reassembled and erected at the University of Michigan’s new Biological Sciences Building. The other skeleton is of an 11,000-year-old female Owosso mastodon that was taken apart in April after standing inside the university’s Museum of Natural History for seven decades. Both skeletons will be positioned inside the five-story atrium of the Biological Sciences Building. By Mike Householder. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, video.


NEW YORK — Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms. Twitter, which one of its executives once called the “free speech wing of the free speech party,” remains a lonely holdout on Jones. The resulting backlash suggests that no matter what the tech companies do, “there is no way they can please everyone,” as Scott Shackelford, a business law and ethics professor at Indiana University, observed. By Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moving in national services.


— RASCAL FLATTS-CONCERT HALTED: Country group Rascal Flatts abruptly ended an Indiana concert because of what police call a “security issue” that is being investigated.

— SOUTH BEND ZOO: Plans call for using a $3.7 million bond issue to help make improvements at the Potawatomi Zoo in northern Indiana. The zoo in South Bend is planning to revamp its entryway and make other improvements to start.

— CHILD KILLED-CRASH: Authorities say a young man has been arrested after a 10-year-old girl was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in central Indiana. Police say the girl was walking Thursday afternoon in Kokomo when she was struck by a car.

— WOMAN SLAIN-BODY MUTILATED: A psychiatrist says an Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body is mentally competent for trial, but his attorneys want to talk to him first. A psychiatrist at Logansport State Hospital said Joseph Oberhansley’s competency has been restored since he was committed there last October.

— FRIEND SHOT: A murder charge has been filed after authorities say an 18-year-old man died after being shot in the face by a friend who was playing with a gun in western Indiana.

— APARTMENT FIRE: Authorities say a second person has died following a Kentucky apartment fire. Kentucky State Police say 22-year-old Andra Pool was pronounced dead at a hospital on Thursday, two days after the blaze in Hopkinsville. Police said 25-year-old David Keys of New Albany, Indiana, died at the scene from smoke inhalation.



INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts watched Andrew Luck pass his most recent test with flying colors. He stood in the pocket, delivered passes on time and on target, even bounced up from a couple of hits during Thursday night’s preseason game against Seattle. But there were questions, too, especially after starting running back Marlon Mack left with a hamstring injury and rookie receiver Deon Cain left with a knee injury. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


SEATTLE — Andrew Luck could feel the pressure building as he prepared for his first game action with Indianapolis since the final week of the 2016 season. When he let go of trying to contain his excitement, the pressure was released. “I really enjoyed it. I didn’t quite know I’d have this much fun getting practice again. I didn’t know I’d have this much fun even playing football,” Luck said. “It’s a preseason game, I’m not going to blow anything out of proportion, but it’s still a game, a chance to go up against another color jersey. It was a fun step along the way.” By Tim Booth. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— CAR--INDYCAR-DETROIT: The Detroit Grand Prix will run on Belle Isle for at least three more years. Michigan’s Department of Natural and race organizers announced an agreement on Friday that includes an option to extend the deal through 2023.


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