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AP-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IN

October 2, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Indiana. 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. David Runk is on the desk. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled. That changed last February, when a former student shot and killed 17 people at a Florida high school. It propelled industry efforts to sell school fortification as the answer to the mass killing of American kids. “School safety is the wild, wild West,” said Mason Wooldridge, a security consultant who helps school districts assess vulnerabilities. “Any company can claim anything they want.” Several years ago, Wooldridge helped his step-father’s firm, NetTalon Security Systems, install a $500,000 system that included smoke cannons at an Indiana school. Now self-employed, Wooldridge says the school, marketed as the “Safest School in America,” could’ve been made just as safe for $100,000. By Reese Dunklin and Justin Pritchard. SENT: 3,500 words, photos. An abridged 1,000 word version has also moved.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The company that owns the Ride the Ducks operation in Branson asked a judge Monday to dismiss some of the lawsuits filed after one of its boats sank in a Missouri lake in July, killing 17 people. Ripley Entertainment said in its motions that the boat’s sinking on Table Rock Lake was “an unforeseeable and unintentional occurrence” and that the company’s amphibious vehicle tours complied with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Nine members of an Indianapolis family were among those who died. SENT: 350 words, photos. Moved late Monday and available for use.


— MOBILE HOME DEATHS: Authorities say a couple found dead in a northeastern Indiana mobile home may have died from accidental poisoning.

— KOKOMO TORNADO-APARTMENTS REOPENS: A central Indiana apartment complex ravaged by a 2016 tornado has reopened its first renovated units more than two years after that storm. About three dozen one-bedroom units reopened last week in one building at Park Place Apartments.

— INDIANAPOLIS ZOO-DEADLY SNAKE : An African snake that’s considered one of the world’s deadliest snakes will be slithering into the Indianapolis Zoo next year. The zoo just west of downtown Indianapolis will add a black mamba and other exotic snakes to a new snake exhibit set to open at its Deserts Dome on Memorial Day weekend 2019.



CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Both Notre Dame and Louisville enter the season as defending women’s basketball champions. UPCOMING: 500 words.


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