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

September 11, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



NEW YORK — Americans looked back on 9/11 Tuesday with solemn ceremonies, volunteer service and a presidential tribute to “the moment when America fought back” on one of the hijacked planes used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others who gathered on a misty Tuesday morning at the memorial plaza where the World Trade Center’s twin towers once stood. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence headed to the two other places where hijacked planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001: a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon. By Jennifer Peltz and Karen Matthews. SENT: 900 words, photos, video.


— SEPT 11-INDIANA: Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing flags at state facilities across Indiana to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Patriot Day. SENT: 115 words.


— INDIANA SENATE-SUPER PAC AD: A Super PAC with ties to Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is spending $1.4 million on an ad campaign to boost Indiana GOP Senate candidate Mike Braun. SENT: 125 words.



ST. LOUIS — The operators of a Missouri duck boat that sank in July, killing 17 people, say in a court filing that a lawsuit from Missouri’s attorney general is “irresponsible” and “littered with factual inaccuracies and innuendo.” Attorney General Josh Hawley’s lawsuit filed last month accused Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment Inc. of violating Missouri’s consumer protection law and putting profits above safety. The suit seeks financial penalties and asks a judge to ban operation of the amphibious vehicle tours, though tours ceased for the remainder of 2018 after the July 19 accident on Table Rock Lake near Branson. By Jim Salter. SENT: 485 words.


VALPARAISO — A northern Indiana coroner says a video on social media showing two men playing with the limp body of their friend who later died demonstrates “a blatant disregard for human life.” Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris tells the (Northwest Indiana) Times that the man in the video was 21-year-old Kyle Kearby, who was pronounced dead Sunday in Valparaiso. Harris suspects the death was a drug overdose but won’t know until a toxicology report comes in two weeks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— ANDERSON-CONTAMINATED WELLS: Federal officials have added a well field in central Indiana to the national Superfund list for cleanup.

— PURDUE-RECORD ENROLLMENT: A burgeoning freshman class has helped lift Purdue University to a record enrollment on its West Lafayette campus.

— OFFICER DIES-PURSUIT: Authorities say a northeastern Indiana police officer has collapsed and died following a chase of a man suspected of stealing a vehicle.

— INFANT DEATH-FUNERAL: An infant who died after his mother delivered him in a college dormitory bathtub in 2016 has been laid to rest in northern Indiana. AP Photos.

— PARTIAL BUILDING COLLAPSE: Authorities say a firefighter was injured while rescuing a worker from a building that partially collapsed in Indianapolis.

— INTERSTATE 65 CLOSURES: Periodic 20-minute closures of northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana are scheduled to occur early Wednesday, weather permitting.



INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts had three new starters on the offensive line in Sunday’s loss. They may be doing another dance this week after right tackle J’Marcus Webb hurt his hamstring late in the game. Or perhaps, Andrew Luck will get his longtime blind-side protector, Anthony Castonzo, back at left tackle. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Sam Schmidt was left a quadriplegic from an Indy car racing accident and the team he later created has suffered a series of tragedies and setbacks. Now current driver Robert Wickens is hospitalized with a spinal cord injury and Schmidt can be a major ally in Wickens’ recovery. Wickens was injured last month in a crash in Pennsylvania while driving one of Schmidt’s cars. By Jenna Fryer. SENT: 940 words, photos.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A year ago, Vanderbilt’s undefeated start ended in a rout at the hands of eventual national champion Alabama. Now the Commodores are off to a 2-0 start and preparing for a trip to No. 8 Notre Dame, and coach Derek Mason is eager to prove how much they’ve learned. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 525 words, photos.


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