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

October 11, 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. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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INDIANAPOLIS — In the high-stakes battle for a pivotal Indiana Senate seat, Democrat Joe Donnelly has repeatedly attacked his opponent, multimillionaire auto-parts magnate Mike Braun, for importing the products he sells from China. It’s a potent issue for the incumbent senator in a manufacturing powerhouse state where “made in America” is an identity — not just a slogan — and railing against foreign outsourcing helped President Donald Trump rack up a win by 19 percentage points. Yet for Donnelly, whose neck-and-neck race with Braun could help determine which party controls the Senate, it ignores one inconvenient detail. Stewart Superior Corp., a family business that he owned stock in, has also received repeated shipments of goods from China for much of this decade, records reviewed by The Associated Press show. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 860 words, photo.



INDIANAPOLIS — Fifteen local government employees from around Indiana are facing public corruption charges for alleged government losses totaling more than $1 million. Federal prosecutors announced charges Thursday against five people, including the treasurers of three fire departments, who allegedly bilked local governments out of more than $380,000. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— MISTAKEN RELEASE-ALBION: Northeastern Indiana police have apprehended a man who was mistakenly released from a county jail earlier this week.

— POLICE SHOOTING-MOTEL: Authorities say a woman who allegedly made threatening statements at a motel in western Indiana was fatally shot after pointing a gun at officers.

— ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE-MARIAN: A northern Indiana college that suspended operations last year is collaborating with an Indianapolis university on a two-year college.

— ANGEL MOUNDS-FEDERAL GRANT: Indiana University researchers have landed a $300,000 federal grant to preserve a treasure trove of artifacts excavated from ancient Native American earthen mounds in southwestern Indiana.



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Joe Namath will be in the building Sunday, and so will the rest of the only Super Bowl-winning Jets team. It’s the 50-year anniversary of that squad, and rookie quarterback Sam Darnold will take on the Indianapolis Colts — the same franchise that was stunned by New York in that historic game — looking for the first winning streak of his young NFL career. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.




The roadblock has been removed. With LeBron James gone, the path to the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference is open again. Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and more are hoping to win the race to it. By Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney. SENT: 920 words, photos.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Irish quarterback Ian Book has gone from lightly recruited to the orchestrator of a high-powered offense for the nation’s No. 5-ranked team. Notre Dame hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday. By Anthony Anderson. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


Running back Morgan Ellison may have played his last down at Indiana after a university panel determined he sexually assaulted a female student. The conclusions of the panel were first reported by The Indianapolis Star . A person with knowledge of the accusations confirmed the panel’s decision Thursday to The Associated Pres on condition of anonymity because the details have not been made public. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 190 words. Will be updated.


A run of trick plays this season is challenging the Big Ten’s reputation for stodgy football. Kirk Ferentz pulled the biggest of them last week when Iowa successfully ran a fake field goal against Minnesota, with T.J. Hockenson catching a sandlot-style snap on the overloaded right side and chugging 4 yards for a touchdown. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 790 words, photos.


Here’s what to watch in the Big Ten this week. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 550 words.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Going into last season’s NCAA Tournament, Muffet McGraw’s team was hurting, the roster thinned by four players out with ACL injuries. The Irish somehow got through the regional and then, thanks to Arike Ogunbowale’s buzzer-beating heroics, gave McGraw her second national title. Ogunbowale and three other starters are back, two of the four injured players return and the incoming freshmen are hoping to give her a repeat. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


ROSEMONT, Ill. — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Thursday that significant “storm clouds” are hanging over college athletics because of a basketball recruiting scandal displaying what many see as the sleazy side of the sport. Delany cited a federal trial that began in New York last week following an FBI investigation, and he said there is a “pattern” at certain schools. He also insisted the vast majority of programs are following the rules. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. SENT: 685 words, photos.


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