BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 1:30 pm, IN
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ABSENTEE BALLOT PROBLEMS
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says some voters who applied for an absentee ballot through the Indiana Democratic Party are at risk of not receiving one. That’s because the party sent out absentee applications that were missing instructions, a requirement under state law. Lawson, a Republican, says her office’s election division on Friday approved their use despite the deficiency. But she said local election officials in a handful of counties, which she would not identify, already disqualified their use. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee barreled toward a key vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh Friday, even as a top Republican acknowledged the GOP was still short the votes needed in the full Senate to confirm him for the high court following accusations of sexual assault. Several moderate Democratic senators facing tough re-election contests this fall in states President Donald Trump won announced their opposition: Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Bill Nelson of Florida. “The allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh are disturbing and credible,” Donnelly said in a statement. “In the interest of getting as much information as possible, I believe the allegations should be investigated by the FBI.” By Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,200 words, photos. Developing.
— With SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-THE LATEST: Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly says he’ll vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Donnelly is a moderate Democrat who voted for President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch.
— ELECTION 2018-INDIANA-LETTERMAN: Comedian David Letterman has endorsed an Indiana Democratic congressional candidate who’s running against Vice President Mike Pence’s older brother for an open U.S. House seat. Letterman delivered a 10-minute speech in support of Jeannine Lee Lake during a private fundraiser on Thursday at Lake’s Muncie home. SENT: 130 words.
— NEGLECT DEATH-INDIANA: A western Indiana man has signed a guilty plea in connection with the 2016 death of his disabled 5-year-old daughter. Thirty-four-year-old Brian Moseman has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of neglect of a dependent in the death of Adilynn Moseman.
— SCHOOL BRAWL-WOMAN CHARGED: A Gary woman faces battery and other charges for allegedly attacking school staff after learning that her 8-year-old son was missing from his school.
— SOUTH BEND WIRETAPPING: A long-running dispute over wiretapping within the South Bend Police Department has cost taxpayers in the northern Indiana city nearly $2 million to date. The case stems from a subpoena that South Bend’s city council issued to Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s office in 2012, seeking copies of recordings made from police phone lines.
— DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-PSYCHOLOGIST: A retired psychologist has agreed to give up his license after being accused of failing to report assault allegations against Larry Nassar back in 2004. With AP Photo.
— TOWN MARSHAL-CHARGES: An ex-northern Indiana town marshal who authorities say provided false police credentials for an acquaintance so the person could be paid more while working as a security guard has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.
— MATERNAL SERVICES GRANT: Indiana is getting $10.9 million in federal funds to provide home visiting services to women during pregnancy and to parents with young children before kindergarten.
INDIANAPOLIS — Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson faces a different challenge Sunday. Houston (0-3) has had plenty of bad days in its nine-game skid, which includes back-to-back losses to an Indianapolis team without Andrew Luck last season. So have the Colts (1-2), who missed the playoffs each of the past three seasons and are still trying to rediscover their offensive groove as Luck closes out his first month since returning from major shoulder surgery. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SOUTH BEND — Last year, Stanford made an in-season quarterback change, going to K.J. Costello late in the season to boost an offense that was relying too much on the running game. This season, Notre Dame has made a similar move. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly did not wait as long as Cardinal coach David Shaw to make the switch, and he also is still playing it coy about how committed he is to last week’s starter, Ian Book. And Shaw says No. 7 Stanford will be ready for either Book or Brandon Wimbush on Saturday, when the Cardinal face No. 8 Notre Dame in the first top-10 matchup between the schools in 33 meetings. SENT: 800 words, photos.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Purdue finally found something to celebrate. Nebraska is still looking. The Boilermakers (1-3) broke through with a win over then-ranked Boston College last week after three losses by a total of eight points. The Cornhuskers (0-3) are coming off a 46-point loss at Michigan and will be three-point underdogs at home when they play Purdue on Saturday. By Eric Olson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Indiana leads the Big Ten in turnover defense. Up next is miscue-plagued Rutgers. The Hoosiers will face embattled freshman quarterback Art Sitkowski on Saturday when they travel to Rutgers to face the reeling Scarlet Knights, who have lost three straight games by wide margins. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— CAR--INDYCAR-GANASSI-ROSENQVIST: Felix Rosenqvist will move to IndyCar next season as driver for Chip Ganassi Racing alongside five-time champion Scott Dixon. Rosenqvist won two races and three poles in the FIA Formula E series this past season. SENT: 130 words.
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