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

August 24, 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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TOP STORY:

GROWING GRID COSTS

RALEIGH, N.C. — Electric utilities are pouring billions of dollars into a race to prevent terrorists or enemy governments from shutting down the power grid and everything that depends on electricity in America’s hyper-connected society. The concern over cyber-threats comes as power companies shift focus to pursue extensive upgrades in software, switches and wires to enable a much more flexible distribution of electricity. Charlotte-based Duke Energy plans to invest $25 billion on grid improvements over the next decade across its territories in the Carolinas, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. By Business Writer Emery P. Dalesio. SENT: 1,000 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.

With:

— DUKE ENERGY-RATE REDUCTION: State regulators have approved an agreement that will lower electric rates for Duke Energy’s 800,000 Indiana customers. The amount of savings under the agreement approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will vary by customer. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

KANKAKEE RIVER-BOYS DIE

HAMMOND, Ind. — The father of two Indiana boys who drowned in a river has been charged with felony neglect in their deaths after allegedly telling police he had used heroin before taking his sons to the waterway. Eric J. Patillo was indicted Thursday on two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

NICKEL PLATE CORRIDOR

INDIANAPOLIS — Opponents of a plan to convert a central Indiana railroad corridor into a recreational trail are seeking lawmakers’ help in preventing the rail tracks from being removed. Fishers, Noblesville and Hamilton County agreed last year to convert parts of the Nickel Plate Railroad that run through their communities into a trail. The three control the track running from Tipton to Indianapolis. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS: Indiana saw a record number of drug overdose deaths last year as more than 1,800 succumbed to overdoses, a preliminary federal report shows.

— MOUNT VERNON PORT-RECORD: A state agency says Indiana’s Mount Vernon port along the Ohio River handled more cargo during the first half of 2018 than any port in Indiana history.

SPORTS:

FBC--MICHIGAN-COUNTING ON PATTERSON

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh was hailed as the savior when he came back to Michigan to turn around college football’s winningest program. Harbaugh hasn’t been able to do it yet in part because quarterback wasn’t a position of strength in his first three years. It is now. Mississippi transfer Shea Patterson is expected to start when the Wolverines open the season in a highly anticipated matchup under the lights at Notre Dame. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos, video.

Also:

— FBN--COLTS MOVES: The Indianapolis Colts have signed cornerback Juante Baldwin and placed quarterback Brad Kaaya on the waived-injured list. SENT: 120 words.

— FBC--INDIANA-RAMSEY: Peyton Ramsey will start at quarterback for the Indiana Hoosiers in the Sept. 1 opener at Florida International. SENT: 125 words.

— CAR--INDYCAR-WICKENS INJURED: IndyCar said Friday that Canadian driver Robert Wickens underwent surgery this week on his right arm and lower extremities and tests found no additional injuries from his crash at Pocono last weekend. SENT: 200 words, photos.

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