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

November 9, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

LEAD CONTAMINATION-NORTHWEST INDIANA

WHITING — Federal and state environmental officials say a northwestern Indiana factory has repeatedly violated federal health standards by releasing alarmingly high concentrations of airborne lead in two cities. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management accused Whiting Metals of the violations Thursday, based on three months of air quality testing in Hammond and Whiting. Air monitors installed near the company’s Whiting factory found average lead levels in the air between August and October that were more than twice the legal limit of 0.15 parts per billion. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— INDIANA TEACHER-MOLESTATION CHARGES: A former southern Indiana elementary school teacher who pleaded guilty to child molestation in a deal with prosecutors has been sentenced in 90 years behind bars.

— GREAT LAKES-DROWNINGS: A water safety nonprofit group says 2018 has been a deadly year on the Great Lakes, with at least 110 drownings recorded. The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which has tracked drowning deaths since 2010, says this is the first year that it’s recorded more than 100 drownings.

— PAPER STRAWS-EXPANSION: A paper straw manufacturer says it’s opening a new plant in northeastern Indiana and expects to add more than 100 jobs. Aardvark Straws says the Fort Wayne facility should be operating in February.

— INDIANA-FOURTH PORT: State officials eyeing a swath of land along the Ohio River for a possible new shipping port have extended their option to buy that southeastern Indiana acreage.

— PROFESSOR SLAIN: A man charged in a 2011 home invasion that left a Goshen College biology professor dead and his wife badly injured has made his first court appearance.

— CHRISTMAS CONCERTS-WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: A federal appeals court has ruled against a woman who accused a southwestern Indiana school district of violating federal law by holding Christmas concerts in a venue without wheelchair access.

— STUDENT SUSPENDED-HIT LIST: Officials say an 8-year-old elementary school student has been suspended after allegedly showing a hit list to a classmate on a school bus in Indiana.

— BMV-VETERANS DAY: The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle says all of its license branches will be closed Saturday in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-HEAT

MIAMI — Without Dwyane Wade, out because he and his wife are celebrating the birth of a new daughter, the Miami Heat play host Friday night to the Indiana Pacers, who are trying to snap a two-game losing streak. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 8 p.m. ET

FBC--T25-FLORIDA ST-NOTRE DAME PREVIEW

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 3 Notre Dame continues its march toward a playoff spot with a home game Saturday against Florida State. The Seminoles haven’t had a losing season since 1976 and have been in a bowl game for 36 straight seasons, but need to win two of their last three to make postseason plans. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-OKWARA’S RISE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — From a skinny high school recruit who didn’t even play football until the eighth grade in North Carolina to one of the most disruptive pass rushers in the country, Notre Dame junior Julian Okwara has come a long way in a short period of time. He looks to follow in his older brother Romeo’s footsteps and parlay his career at Notre Dame into a place in the next year or two on an NFL roster. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FBC--PURDUE-MINNESOTA PREVIEW

MINNEAPOLIS — Purdue needs one more win to become bowl eligible, but the Boilermakers are chasing more than that, still with an outside chance at winning the Big Ten West Division, where Minnesota sits at the bottom thanks to a reeling defense. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

FBC--MARYLAND-INDIANA PREVIEW

The glaring numbers put everything in perspective this weekend. Indiana coach Tom Allen and Maryland interim coach Matt Canada know their teams desperately need momentum heading into the season’s final month and understand how crucial the outcome of Saturday’s game could be. The winner could be bowl-bound. The loser may be relegated to a longer-than-expected offseason and both coaches know it, even if they choose to downplay the significance of how everything adds up in this game. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKC--MONTANA ST-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana Hoosiers try to win their second this week when they host Montana State on Friday night. It’s the first time these schools have met since 1986. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 8 p.m. ET.

BKW--T25-HARVARD-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Top-ranked and defending national champion Notre Dame opens the season at home with a Friday afternoon game against Harvard. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 4 p.m. ET.

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