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

October 4, 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.

All times ET.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

RUSSIA-US-BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS

MOSCOW — Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to Russia — allegations the Pentagon angrily rejected. Maj. Gen. Igor Kirillov, the head of the Russian military’s radiation, chemical and biological protection troops, alleged at a briefing that the lab in Georgia was part of a network of U.S. labs near the borders of Russia and China. The center opened in 2013 and was named for the late U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana. Lugar was part of a bipartisan U.S. effort to help secure the Soviet arsenal of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction after the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 740 words, photos.

GOVERNMENG AND POLITICS:

PENCE-CHINA

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence accused China on Thursday of trying to undermine President Donald Trump as the administration deploys tough new rhetoric over Chinese trade, economic and foreign policies. At the Hudson Institute think tank, Pence said China was using its power in “more proactive and coercive ways to interfere in the domestic policies and politics of the United States.” By Zeke Miller. SENT: 600 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.

IN BRIEF:

— INDIANAPOLIS TRAIL-CABLE: Officials say a metal cable found strung about neck-height across a trail in Indianapolis may have been put there as a booby trap.

— INDIANAPOLIS EXPLOSION: Police say an explosion in the median of a roadway shook an Indianapolis neighborhood. No one was injured in Wednesday night’s explosion in the Irvington neighborhood.

— PURDUE-BIG AGRICULTURE CLASS: Purdue University’s College of Agriculture is filled with its largest undergraduate class in nearly 40 years.

— BMV-COLUMBUS DAY: The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says all of its license branches will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-PATRIOTS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots simply don’t lose to the Indianapolis Colts, particularly at home. The Patriots have won the last seven meetings and haven’t fallen to Indy at Gillette Stadium since 2006. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 8:20 p.m.

FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-TILLERY’S TRAVELS

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame senior Jerry Tillery is a world traveler, a gifted student, a bit of an eccentric, a budding musician and sometimes a trouble maker. He is also one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the country. Tillery has studied in Ireland, Tokyo and South Africa. The only trip on his immediate to-do list is one this January that would take his No. 6 Fighting Irish to California for the national championship. By Todd Burlage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

FBC--ACC THIS WEEK

No. 24 Virginia Tech’s home game against sixth-ranked Notre Dame shapes up as the marquee matchup of the sixth week of the Atlantic Coast Conference season. SENT: 500 words, photos.

With:

— FBC--T25-NOTRE DAME-VIRGINIA TECH PREVIEW CAPSULE: No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 24 VTech set for prime-time matchup. SENT: 350 words.

FBC--BIG TEN-RUN DEFENSE

INDIANAPOLIS — In an era of pass-happy, high-scoring offenses, some of the Big Ten’s top teams still rely on an old-school philosophy. They focus on stopping the run first. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

FBC--BIG TEN THIS WEEK

Here’s what to watch in the Big Ten this week. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 520 words, photos.

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