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

September 1, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

SENIORS-BANKRUPTCY FILINGS

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— A northeastern Indiana attorney says a growing number of senior citizens are filing for bankruptcy protection after falling into debt, often for medical expenses. Attorney Anita Gloyeski has filed or overseen thousands of bankruptcy cases since 2002. She said she’s recently noticed that many of the people visiting her offices in Fort Wayne and five other Indiana cities with questions about federal bankruptcy protection were of retirement age, The Journal Gazette reported. SENT: 325 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

— PENCE-VERMONT: Vice President Mike Pence is making a weekend getaway to Vermont and visiting a museum dedicated to former President Calvin Coolidge. SENT: 130 words, photo. Moved Friday evening and available for use.

AROUND THE STATE:

SEX ABUSE-COACH FIRED

DENVER — Not a month into her new job as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland has seen enough from USA Gymnastics. She’s calling for yet another shake-up in the federation’s leadership as it tries to remake itself in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Hirshland sent out a statement Friday night calling for changes in the USA Gymnastics leadership, only hours after the federation awkwardly fired the coach it had hired only three days earlier as its elite program coordinator. The coach, Mary Lee Tracy, was an early supporter of Nassar when allegations against him began to surface. Then, without permission this week, Tracy reached out to one of her fiercest critics, gold-medalist Aly Raisman, who is suing USAG. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 510 words, photos. Moved late Friday and available for use.

WRONG-WAY CRASH-INDIANA

GARY, Ind. — Indiana State Police say four people, including a child, have died in a wrong-way driver crash on Interstate 90. Police say the crash early Saturday in Gary killed the driver of a Toyota SUV that was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of the highway with no headlights on. She was identified as 25-year-old Tiara Davis of Calumet City, Illinois. SENT: 120 words. Photo planned. Developing.

EXCHANGE-WEB SERIES ANIMATOR

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brandon Reed could be any young man playing video games in his basement. Broken chair in front of an array of electronic equipment, check. Ball cap on backward, check. T-shirt, check. Warm up pants and slide-on sandals, double check. One thing that’s certain about this guy is that he hasn’t changed much since he became a YouTube star about two years ago as the animator of the popular animated web series “Lil Ron Ron,” which he works on with writer and voice artist Ron Bush of Mobile, Alabama. But Reed almost gave up on his dream of pursuing art as a way to make a living .By Ed Semmler. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-PIT BULL ADOPTION

MUNCIE, Ind. — For 304 days Thunder, a 4-year-old pit bull mix, sat in his cage, waiting for his new owner. During his stay, he spent Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, alone. Sure, there were doggy dates. He even had a Twitter account with more than 200 followers, but every night he returned to A30, his 10-by-4-foot kennel at the shelter. That changed this summer thanks to Muncie native Josh Gates. By Mary Freda. The Star Press. SENT: 450 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL ROAD RAGE BEATING: A man suspected of beating a 60-year-old man who subsequently died of a heart attack during an apparent road rage attack has been returned to Fort Wayne.

— OFFICER KILLED-1980 — A Gary man has been convicted in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty Hammond police officer.

— PARIS TRAIN HERO-INDIANA STATE: A former U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a terror attack aboard a French train will discuss the harrowing incident this month during a speech at Indiana State University.

— PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE-OPENING DELAYED: The opening of a pedestrian bridge that will link two college campuses in Fort Wayne has been pushed back by additional testing of the span.

SPORTS:

FBC--T25-MICHIGAN-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Michigan and new quarterback Shea Patterson are trying to break the school’s 16-game losing streak against ranked teams on the road against No. 12 Notre Dame. The rivalry resumes after a three-year hiatus. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

FBC--T25--TOP 25 TAKEAWAYS

No. 6 Washington tries to make an early statement for the Pac-12 that could impact the entire season and No. 14 Michigan unveils quarterback Shea Patterson against No. 12 Notre Dame. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING.

FBC--INDIANA-FIU

MIAMI — Late changes in the depth chart lend extra uncertainty to Indiana’s opener Saturday at FIU. By Santos Perez. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

FBN--COLTS CUTS

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts trim their roster to 53 players. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

CAR--INDYCAR-PORTLAND

PORTLAND, Ore. — IndyCar’s championship race charges toward the finish line with Sunday’s return to Portland International Raceway, Scott Dixon is seeking a fifth series title and Alexander Rossi is trying to chase him down with two races remaining. By AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. Qualifying begins at 6:30 p.m.

Also:

— CAR--NHRA: Defending event winner J.R. Todd topped Funny Car qualifying Friday night in the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. SENT: 90 words.

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