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

July 13, 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 Corey Williams. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PENCE-GAS STATION EMPIRE

GARDEN CITY, Ind. — Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana — and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois — are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,930 words, photos. An abridged version also is moving.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

— INDIANA FISCAL CLOSEOUT: State officials say Indiana closed out the fiscal year that ended in June with about $1.8 billion in its reserves even though the state again collected less corporate income taxes than the previous fiscal year. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EARLY VOTING-MARION COUNTY

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge hearing a case about alleged voter suppression has ordered county officials in central Indiana to open several locations for voters to cast early ballots for November’s general election. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Judge Sarah Evans Barker’s ruling this week comes after she issued an injunction three months ago ending what critics call an effort to suppress voting in Democratic-leaning Marion County. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

PURDUE-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University is leading a new innovation hub that’ll focus on autonomous vehicles and issues surrounding the growing technology. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Innovation Hub for Connected and Autonomous Transportation Technologies will be part of the university’s Discovery Park. The 40-acre (16.2-hectare) complex is used by the school’s STEM undergraduate students, graduate-level researchers and faculty. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

USA GYMNASTICS-TASK FORCE

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Gymnastics has appointed five retired athletes to a task force to help the organization chart its course after the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. Ivana Hong, Steven Legendre, Jazzy Kerber, Leigh Hennessy Robson and Shenea Booth were named to the task force on Friday. Up to four more athletes will be named later. SENT: 200 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— PURDUE-DATA BREACH: Purdue University is tracking down more than 26,000 prospective students to alert them that their names, birthdays, and Social Security numbers were inadvertently sent to the parent of one student applicant.

— WABASH RIVER-BODY: Indiana authorities have identified a body found in the Wabash River as that of an Illinois man who drowned when he apparently tried to swim across the river earlier this week.

— VETERINARIAN ABUSE ACCUSATIONS: A state veterinary board has put a northern Indiana veterinarian’s license on probation for two years due to violations related to medications and surgical tools.

— GREAT LAKES-FIRE RETARDANTS: A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes.

SPORTS:

BKL--FEVER-DREAM

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream hosts the Indiana Fever in a WNBA game at McCamish Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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