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

September 8, 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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INDIANAPOLIS — Drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. won approval last year for a $9.3 million tax break despite the Indianapolis controller’s concerns that the company was appealing more than $20 million in property taxes at the same time, according to a published report. Lilly sought the 10-year abatement in exchange for the company investing $159 million to boost its insulin manufacturing operations at its Indianapolis technical center. Emails obtained by the Indianapolis Business Journal show Controller Fady Qaddoura told city officials he opposed giving Lilly abatements while the property tax appeals were pending. SENT: 450 words.



TERRE HAUTE — Nobody has watched a movie at the old North Drive-In site since it closed on Labor Day 1988. That was the last time a Vigo County drive-in theater — a U.S. craze in 1950s, ’60s and beyond — stayed open for business. But KJB Theaters president Brent Barnhart plans to change that Sept. 22 when his new Moon Lite Drive-In Theater — on the former North Drive-In property — will celebrate its grand opening. By David Hughes, Tribune-Star. SENT: 625 words.


COLUMBUS — A Taylorsville kindergartner who aspires to be a police officer was stunned when law enforcement stepped up to present him with a new mini police car to replace the original that was stolen. Conner Burton, 5, had already been designated as a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department junior deputy, complete with hat and badge, before he was led to the department’s garage on a recent afternoon, where the shiny, brand new vehicle was waiting for him. By Julie McClure, The Republic.


— BEACH HAZARDS: The National Weather Service is warning people about dangerously high waves and flooding along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

— HOUSE FIRE-BABY DELIVERY: Indiana firefighters and medics dealt with the usual duties on an early weekend morning by battling a house fire and delivering several residents to the hospital. Then came something more unexpected: the delivery of a neighboring baby.

— TAX TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE: Indiana’s tax-filing technology is set for a years-long modernization under a nearly $80 million contract with a Colorado-based company.

— UNCLAIMED LOTTERY PRIZE: A winning Powerball lottery ticket sold in northwestern Indiana will expire Monday if the $50,000 prize goes unclaimed.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana chases its second straight victory when Virginia visits renovated Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Hoosiers pulled away from the Cavaliers behind backup quarterback Peyton Ramsey. This year, Ramsey is Indiana’s starter. And Virginia has its own dual-threat quarterback in junior college transfer Bryce Perkins. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue tries to rebound from an opening-night loss when it hosts Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Boilermakers coach Jeff Brohm pulled his starting quarterback late in the first half and criticized his defense’s effort in the loss. Eagles coach Chris Creighton, who coached at nearby Wabash College, will try to pull off his second straight upset over a Big Ten foe. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is noon.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville aims to rebound from its opening-game blowout loss to No. 1 Alabama when it hosts Indiana State in its new-look stadium that just underwent a $63 million renovation. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING. 650 words and photos. Kickoff is 7 p.m. ET.


INDIANAPOLIS — Rain washed out all Saturday track activity at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the field for the final race of the regular season was set by points. Kyle Busch will start on the pole Sunday for the Brickyard 400 because qualifying was canceled. Kevin Harvick will start second and Martin Truex Jr. third. Drivers will have no practice or any other track time before the race. SENT: 130 words.


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