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

August 29, 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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TOP STORY:

CHURCH ABUSE-INDIANA

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A Catholic diocese in northwestern Indiana has released the names of 10 priests, most of them long dead, who the diocese says were found “guilty” of sexually abusing children. The list released Tuesday by the Diocese of Gary includes the priests’ names, the number of allegations made against them and the actions taken by church officials. The diocese’s list does not reflect whether any of the men, seven of whom are dead, ever faced criminal prosecution for their alleged sex abuse of children. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

TRUMP-INDIANA

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Officials in southwestern Indiana are planning for heavy security and restricted traffic in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s planned campaign rally. The Evansville Courier & Press reports that Trump plans to attend a fundraiser in Evansville before the Thursday rally, where he’ll endorse Republican Mike Braun’s U.S. Senate campaign against incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

— INDIANA SENATE: Indiana’s largest business organization won’t be endorsing any candidates in the state’s contentious U.S. Senate race this year. SENT: 130 words.

— MICHIGAN SENATE-PENCE: Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Michigan to raise money for Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James. SENT: 80 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

AP POLL-SUPREME COURT

WASHINGTON — Does Brett Kavanaugh belong on the Supreme Court? It’s a question that may be consuming Washington, but one that elicits a shrug from many Americans. And there’s also no nationwide consensus on whether the Senate should vote on his nomination before Election Day. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, released Wednesday, that finds nearly half of Americans — 46 percent — don’t have a strong opinion on President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court. By Kevin Freking and Emily Swanson. SENT: 740 words, photo.

BOMBER-PRISON LAWSUIT

DENVER — A Muslim man serving a life sentence for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center wants a judge to determine that federal prison officials violated his religious rights by failing to provide meals strictly conforming to his beliefs and access to an imam of the same denomination. Ahmad Ajaj was being held at a super-max prison in Colorado when the lawsuit began in 2015, but he was moved to a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, early this year. SENT: 600 words. Moved late Tuesday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

— IMPREGNATED GIRL-MAN’S TRIAL: A 12-year-old girl testified in a northeastern Indiana man’s molestation trial that he repeatedly molested her, leaving her pregnant at age 10.

— NEGLECT DEATH-INDIANA: A western Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to neglect and other charges in the 2016 death of her disabled 5-year-old daughter.

— HIT-AND-RUN-CHARGES: A woman arrested after a deadly hit-and-run crash in northwest Indiana faces a revised charge after a second person died from their crash injuries.

— LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN-WEDDING: Two baseball fans have tied the knot at a southern Indiana baseball stadium that features in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own.” AP Photos.

— TRUCK-TRAIN COLLISION: A collision between a commuter train and a vehicle in northern Indiana left one person dead and delayed train service for about 90 minutes.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS PREVIEW

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck’s throwing shoulder feels great. He’s thrown a touchdown pass, celebrated a couple of victories, mastered another new offense and even survived some hard hits. Yes, the Indianapolis Colts’ new and improved quarterback already seems to be rounding into his pre-injury form — good news for a team that desperately needs Luck available to turn things around after missing the playoffs each of the last three years. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

With:

— FBN--COLTS PREVIEW CAPSULE. SENT: 375 words.

FBN--COLTS-THE BUBBLE

INDIANAPOLIS — Last year, Indianapolis Colts center Deyshawn Bond waited anxiously with his phone, hoping and praying it wouldn’t ring. When it didn’t Bond knew he had helped extend the franchise’s streak of having an undrafted rookie make the roster. This year, it could be linebacker Skai Moore. And Bond has already advised some of those hoping to be his new teammates how to cope with the angst. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBN--AFC SOUTH PREVIEW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For so very long, the AFC South easily ranked among the NFL’s worst divisions. Not anymore. Both Jacksonville and Tennessee are coming off playoff berths with the Jaguars a blown lead in the AFC championship game from playing in the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Both the Jaguars and Titans have their rosters back largely intact with Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt healthy again in Houston. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 950 words, photos.

FBC--NORTHWESTERN-PURDUE

The Northwestern Wildcats understand what’s at stake Thursday night. They have the nation’s longest active winning streak among power-five schools, can match their longest overall winning streak since the 1995 Rose Bowl season and equal their longest conference winning streak in 23 years, too. But coach Pat Fitzgerald and his players seem about as interested in those feats as they are with they’re ranked in this year’s Top 25 — on the outside looking in. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

FBC--NOTRE DAME-KELLY & SWARBRICK

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and athletic director Jack Swarbrick have been working together since 2010. Only four Power Five schools have had the same combination of AD and football coach longer than Notre Dame, a remarkable run of a stability at school that faces a unique level of scrutiny. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING.

FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS

After a rough preseason filled with bad news, college football begins with its usual marathon Labor Day weekend slate of games, highlighted by No. 6 Washington against No. 9 Auburn and No. 12 Notre Dame hosting No. 14 Michigan. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 785 words.

FBC--T25-BIG TEN THIS WEEK

The Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry is being renewed for the first time since 2014, and the trip to South Bend should offer a clue as to whether the Wolverines are ready to challenge for Big Ten East supremacy. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 600 words.

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN’S DEFENSE

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When No. 12 Notre Dame has the ball Saturday night, No. 14 Michigan may have the advantage. The Wolverines appear to be loaded on defense with NFL-caliber players up front, at linebacker and in the secondary. The Fighting Irish, meanwhile, are relying on a quarterback who didn’t complete half his passes last season. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words.

BKL--WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY

NEW YORK — Bill Laimbeer and the Las Vegas Aces are on a hot streak. The franchise will have the first pick in the WNBA draft for a third straight year after barely missing the playoffs this past season. No team had ever had the No. 1 pick in three consecutive years. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 570 words. MOVED late Tuesday and available for use.

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