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

November 13, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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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The number of foreign students heading to U.S. colleges and universities fell again last year, the second straight decline after more than a decade of growth, a new report finds. Enrollment of new international students dropped by about 7 percent in fall 2017, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the State Department and the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit research group based in New York. The overall number of foreign students in the U.S. still increased slightly, by 1.5 percent, fueled by growing numbers of students who stayed for temporary work after graduation. The report’s authors cited sharper competition from other countries including Australia and Canada, along with the rising cost of education in the U.S. At Purdue University, one of the nation’s biggest hubs for international students, total foreign enrollment fell by 2 percent this year. Officials said they intentionally admitted fewer undergraduates from abroad amid worries that they might not accept the offer. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 880 words.


TOKYO — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday reaffirmed the need to keep sanctions on North Korea to achieve its denuclearization as they showcased their bilateral alliance, while Pence also urged Japan to do more to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. Pence and Abe also agreed to deepen cooperation in promoting energy, infrastructure and providing loans to nations in the region. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 550 words, photos. Moving in national services.



TOKYO — Karen Pence, the U.S. vice president’s wife, announced Tuesday a $54,000 U.S. grant to a teacher at Tsukuba University in Japan for the study of art therapy, a little-known mental health profession she has championed under the Trump administration. Pence was in Japan while accompanying her husband, Mike Pence, on a trip through Asia for a series of meetings, including a Southeast Asian summit in Singapore and an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Papua New Guinea. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 500 words, photos. Moving in national services.



MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A federal appeals court has cleared the way for a civil trial in an Oregon man’s lawsuit alleging that he was acting in self-defense when he fought with a police officer outside a Planned Parenthood location. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the federal appeals court’s Thursday ruling says the level of threat Craig Strand posed to Officer Curtis Minchuk is in dispute so the case can proceed to trial. UPCOMING: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Hundreds of people filled a northern Indiana church to remember a missionary who was killed in Cameroon two weeks after arriving there with his wife and their eight children. Charles Wesco died Oct. 30 after he was shot in the head during fighting between armed separatists and soldiers in the West African nation. The Mishawaka man was sitting with his wife, Stephanie, in a car being driven by another missionary when he was shot. Wesco was the older brother of Republican state Rep. Tim Wesco of Osceola. The South Bend Tribune reports that during Monday’s memorial service at South Bend’s Community Baptist Church, fellow missionary Tom Needham told mourners that Wesco’s widow has already forgiven her husband’s killer, saying she “has no bitterness in her soul against anyone.” SENT: 130 words, photos.


ANDERSON, Ind. — A central Indiana woman who authorities say had been drinking and was taking a nap when her 2-year-old son crawled into a hot car and later died isn’t getting her bond reduced ahead of trial. The Star Press reports a judge denied a request by 29-year-old Britni Nicole Wihebrink of Daleville, who is jailed under a $50,000 cash bond. Wihebrink’s trial is Jan. 14. She’s charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and obstruction of justice in the September death of Jaxon Stults. SENT: 130 words, photos.


— TROOPER HURT-CRASH: A state trooper and semi-trailer driver have been injured in a crash on Interstate 94 near Gary, Indiana.

— HUSBAND SLAIN: Authorities say a 55-year-old rural Indiana woman killed her 62-year-old husband at their home and waited the weekend before calling 911 to report his death.

— CLIMATE CHANGE-INDIANA TOURISM: A new report says Indiana’s tourism and recreation industry will have to adjust as climate change makes the state warmer and wetter in the coming decades.

— TYLER TRENT-CANCER FUND: A fundraising campaign honoring Purdue University student Tyler Trent’s battle with cancer has picked up enough support to top the $100,000 mark. The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment was set up to support cancer research at Purdue.



MUNCIE, Ind. — Western Michigan plays Ball State at Scheumann Stadium. Game starts at 6 p.m.


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