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

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new report says Indiana farmers will have to change the types of crops they sow, the timing of plantings and adapt in other ways to the changing climate. Purdue University’s Climate Change Resource Center released its latest report Tuesday on global warming’s expected impact on Indiana. The report says the state will likely see heavier rainfall patterns, earlier springs and hotter summers in the decades ahead. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana state senator is facing a backlash after a 2015 Facebook discussion came to light in which he said “racism is not real” and lamented the plight of the white male. Republican Sen. Andy Zay of Huntington says he should’ve “been more careful with my words.” He made the comments before being selected in 2016 to serve a congressman-elect’s remaining Senate term. Zay says he does believe racism is real. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.



DETROIT — The Michigan attorney general’s office is defending the conduct of Larry Nassar’s sentencing judge and asking that she deny a defense request to disqualify herself from the former Michigan State University sports doctor’s appeal. The Detroit News reports that the attorney general’s office says in court documents filed Tuesday that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina’s role was different than a trial judge when she sentenced Nassar after he pleaded guilty to molesting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


— SCHOOL SHOOTING-INDIANA: Students have started a new school year at a suburban Indianapolis middle school more than two months after a classroom shooting wounded a student and a teacher.

— DOUBLE SLAYING-SENTENCE: A northeastern Indiana man convicted as a teenager in his mother and stepfather’s 1994 slayings is seeking to have his 100-year sentence shortened.

— PARASITE CONCERN-SALADS: Federal authorities have issued a public health alert about more than two dozen beef, pork and poultry salad and wrap products as a precaution due to possible parasite contamination.

— CENTRAL IOWA HOMICIDE: A trial has been scheduled for the second defendant in the slaying of a Fort Dodge woman. The Messenger reports that Phillip Williams, of Lafayette, Indiana, on Monday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

— MOST WANTED: A man accused of a double homicide in southwestern Michigan has been captured in Georgia about a month after authorities announced he was added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted.

— ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING-OFFICER: Authorities say a central Indiana officer accidentally shot and wounded himself while placing his gun back in its holster at police headquarters.

— DOGS REMOVED: A 67-year-old man has been charged with animal neglect after dozens of dogs were removed from a home in northern Indiana where his wife was found amid unsanitary conditions.

— FISH KILL-DAIRY FARM: An eastern Indiana dairy farm has agreed to pay a $9,600 civil penalty to settle complaints stemming from a manure spill that killed thousands of fish.



WESTFIELD, Ind. — Marlon Mack spent his rookie season working as the understudy to one of pro football’s greatest rushers. This year, he’s playing the lead. After the Indianapolis Colts let 35-year-old running back Frank Gore walk away in free agency, they showed their confidence in the promising 22-year-old by naming him the starter. Now it’s Mack’s turn to deliver a breakthrough performance. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


For years college football coaches have labored, even agonized, over whether to play a freshman who might be able contribute immediately or hold him out of games to preserve a year of eligibility and hopefully cash in greater rewards down the road. Those decisions are about to get a whole lot easier. Rarely does the NCAA pass legislation that is both wholeheartedly endorsed by coaches and beneficial to players, but the new redshirt rule appears to be that kind of smash hit. Players will now be allowed to play in up to four games and still qualify for a redshirt season, maintaining four years of eligibility. In the past, playing just one game could cost a player an entire season of eligibility. Coaches say the change will provide needed roster depth, improve player development and avoid many of those damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t situations where the choice becomes: Short-term need or long-term goals? By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 995 words, photos.


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