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AP-IN--Indiana News Digest 6pm, IN

July 12, 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. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana legislative staffer on Thursday became the third woman — and the first Republican — to publicly accuse state Attorney General Curtis Hill of groping her at a March party, saying the Republican office-holder slid his hand down her back and touched her buttocks when she reached to push his hand away. Niki DaSilva is a legislative assistant for the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus. She writes in her account in The Indianapolis Star that she is the “Employee A” mentioned in an internal legislative memo leaked to media outlets that describes Hill’s alleged drunken groping of four women at an Indianapolis bar. SENT: 760 words, photo.

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INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS-THE LATEST.

AROUND THE STATE:

PAPA JOHN’S APOLOGY-JEFFERSONVILLE

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — The southern Indiana city where Papa John’s founder John Schnatter began his pizza business has removed his name from a historic gym after he resigned from the company’s board for using a racial slur. Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore first heard of Schnatter’s admitted use of a slur against black people on Wednesday. Schnatter’s name was removed from the Nachand Fieldhouse only hours later. SENT: 375 words.

MIAMI COUNTY-NEEDLE EXCHANGE

PERU, Ind. — The number of hepatitis C cases doesn’t justify implementing a local needle exchange program, despite cases doubling in just one year, a north-central Indiana health official said. Health Officer Dr. Rafik Farag declined Tuesday to declare a public health emergency in Miami County that would lead to creating a needle exchange program. State law requires a local health officer to declare an epidemic and show that the spread of the virus is caused by needle-sharing before the county can implement such a program. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

— GIRL DIES-POND: A woman charged with neglect in the drowning death of her 3-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty during her first appearance in a Porter County court.

— INDIANA-OFFICER SHOT: Two more men have been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a central Indiana sheriff’s deputy.

— INDIANAPOLIS-CRIMINAL JUSTICE: A groundbreaking has taken place for a new criminal justice center in Indianapolis that will include a jail and assessment center to treat people with mental illness and drug addictions. Photo planned.

— TRUMP-UN AG AMBASSADOR: President Donald Trump has nominated a northern Indiana agribusinessman to be the nation’s next ambassador of agriculture to the United Nations.

— GIRL STRUCK-INDIANA: A northwestern Indiana man who pleaded guilty in the hit-and-run death of a 5-year-old girl could avoid prison.

— INDIANA FIRE-SHOOTING: A central Indiana man who was shot and wounded by police after allegedly setting his home on fire during a domestic dispute has been moved to a local jail.

— KIDNAPPING-GUILTY PLEA: A Michigan man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman after burglarizing her suburban Chicago home and taking her to Indiana.

— EMERGENCY LANDING-INTERSTATE: An Indiana man flying a small plane made an emergency landing on the northbound lanes of Interstate 55 in Illinois.

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