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

September 15, 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. Rick Callahan 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 STORIES:

UNSOLICITED CALLS

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are looking into toughening the state’s regulations for telephone solicitation to combat unwanted, and often illegal, sales calls. A legislative study committee learned last week that nearly 4,000 telephone solicitation complaints have been filed with Indiana’s attorney general’s office so far this year. Senior Deputy Attorney General Marguerite Sweeney told the panel, which is tasked with examining automatic dialing machines, “robocalls” and cybersecurity issues, that about 70 percent of unwanted calls are scams. SENT: 300 words.

SOUTH BEND-ABORTION CLINIC

SOUTH BEND — An Indiana judge has recommended that a proposed abortion clinic be allowed to open in South Bend, despite the state Department of Health’s rejection of the operator’s license application. Indianapolis judge Clare Deitchman issued the order Friday recommending that the Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance be granted the license, the South Bend Tribune reported. SENT: 230 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-STADIUM TRASH RECYCLING

SOUTH BEND — Trains of large box containers pulled by an ATV start circling the parking lots of the University of Notre Dame campus about an hour before the game even gets underway. When the vehicle comes to a stop, a crew jumps off to grab bags of rubbish, empty trash and recycling receptacles and pick up any other debris that might have been carelessly dropped in the area. Last year, the university hauled away 479 tons of rubbish and recycling materials left behind by football fans. This year, an effort is underway to ensure that more of the material will end up in recycling rather than a landfill. By Ed Semmler. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 800 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-FOOD BANK HARVEST

TERRE HAUTE — With the bed of a pickup truck lined in sweet corn, Sydni Britton began filling a plastic bag. “How many ears in a bag?” she said. The answer was 12. Britton was among Ivy Tech agriculture and precision agriculture students who recently helped harvest and bag corn for distribution to Catholic Charities Foodbank as well as several church food banks in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley. By Howard Greninger. Tribune-Star. SENT: 500 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

— INDIANA LEGISLATURE-ALCOHOL RECOMMENDATIONS: A state task force conducting an in-depth review of Indiana’s alcohol laws is likely to conclude its two-year study without recommending major reforms.

— WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT-LAWSUIT: A northwest Indiana woman is suing the Porter County Sheriff’s Office, alleging she was wrongfully jailed for nearly two months in a case of mistaken identity.

— SPOUSE ABUSE CONVICTION: A northwest Indiana judge told a man he was an “absolute menace” to his family for pepper-spraying, handcuffing and beating his estranged wife at her Gary home.

— HISTORIC FIELDHOUSE-STORM DAMAGE: A central Indiana school board has approved a nearly $600,000 contract for emergency repairs to one of the nation’s largest high school basketball venues.

— ENDANGERED OWLS RELEASED: Two rare barn owls have been released in an area of southern Indiana where wildlife experts suspect another of the raptors is living.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDYCAR-SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. — Alexander Rossi landed in IndyCar when his pursuit of a seat in Formula One stalled. IndyCar wasn’t his first choice, but Rossi has certainly flourished in his second chance. He won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie and now in his third season has a chance at upsetting Scott Dixon for the IndyCar title. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words.

FBC--BALL ST-INDIANA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Tom Allen watched Indiana’s offense shine in the season opener. He saw the Hoosiers’ defense deliver late last week. Now the second-year coach hopes his team can put both together Saturday when Ball State comes to town. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is noon.

FBC--MISSOURI-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm spent this week making corrections and rebuilding his team’s confidence. He’s about to find out if it solves the Boilermakers ills. They are suddenly trying to get their season and hopes back on track following two straight losses. And now they’ll face SEC power Missouri on Saturday. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 7:30 p.m. ET.

FBC--T25-VANDERBILT-NOTRE DAME

No. 8 Notre Dame hosts Vanderbilit in a matchup of two 2-0 teams. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. 2:30 p.m. ET kickoff.

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