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

August 23, 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. Tom Davies 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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INDIANAPOLIS — Layoffs came in waves at Westin Automotive’s Minnesota plant as production shifted to low-wage factories in Asia, ultimately pushing more than 200 U.S. workers — many over age 50 — out of once-reliable jobs. Despite the move a decade ago, Westin remains a chief supplier of auto parts sold under a brand trademarked by Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun. Those ties put the Republican in a delicate spot as President Donald Trump vilifies China and other foreign competitors, riling up the GOP base. While Braun’s campaign won’t say how much of his own parts line is made abroad, spokesman Josh Kelley acknowledged in an interview that Braun uses foreign-made products to stay competitive. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 850 words, photos.



HAMMOND — An Indiana woman who says she was tricked into traveling to Syria where she and her four children were held in a Kurdish detention camp after her husband died while fighting for the Islamic State movement is accused of providing material support to the group. The U.S. attorney’s office said Samantha Elhassani, 32, was charged Wednesday with conspiring to provide material support to IS and aiding and abetting individuals in providing material support to the group, which the United States has designated a terrorist organization. SENT: 300 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor who has admitted using his own sperm to impregnate as many as dozens of women in the 1970s and 1980s surrendered his medical license to state officials on Thursday. Donald Cline was given a one-year suspended sentence in December after pleading guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice. UPCOMING: 300 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is being tight-lipped about a planned seminar on how companies can avoid unions organizing their workforce because of the risk of disruptions during the event. Chamber officials’ secretiveness about the “Remaining Union-Free” event in October includes not disclosing the location until 24 hours before the seminar begins. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


TERRE HAUTE — A Vietnam War veteran from western Indiana has died after recently reuniting with his Army Buddies during the Terre Haute Air Show. Ken Dierdorf died Wednesday morning, days after his debilitating illness prevented him from flying in a military helicopter with the men who fought alongside him. Dierdorf’s health had been in steady decline since 2010 when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


LANSING, Mich. — Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was charged Thursday with lying to police amid an investigation into the school’s handling of sexual abuse complaints against former sports doctor Larry Nassar. The charges were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth, who was appointed by the state attorney general to investigate the university. If convicted of the felony and misdemeanor counts, Klages could face up to four years in prison. By David Eggert. SENT: 350 words, photo. Will be updated.


— ART INSTITUTE-CLOSURE: The Art Institute of Indianapolis is set to close by the year’s end, months after school officials had halted new enrollment.

— BRIDGE REPAIRS-HIDDEN NOTE: Construction workers repairing a central Indiana bridge discovered a note apparently left behind by the crew who built it 80 years ago. Albany Town Marshal Shannon Henry says workers were using a jackhammer to break up concrete on Bridge 701 last week when a glass jar fell out.

— MICHIGAN PIPELINE-LAWSUIT: Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn’t have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. The Coast Guard approved a plan last year for responding to spills in northern Michigan, including the Straits of Mackinac.



INDIANAPOLIS — Malik Hooker looks around the Indianapolis Colts’ newly renovated locker room and reflects on his long journey back to football. He smiles, he laughs nervously and, naturally, he’s a little anxious to test his surgically repaired right knee. The Colts have waited patiently and proceeded cautiously as their 2017 first-round pick works his way back, fully anticipating him to continue being the playmaker he flashed in the first seven weeks last season. By Michael Marot. SENT: 700 words, photos.


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.


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