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

July 5, 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. Corey Williams is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump’s top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump’s thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. By Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 640 words, photos.


TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST: The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Supreme Court nomination.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination is expected on Monday, with three federal judges leading the pack. Here’s a look at who they are. By Anne Flaherty. SENT: 1,640 words, photos.


DES MOINES, Iowa — Democrats and Republicans once largely agreed that the upcoming midterm elections would hinge on the economy, health care and President Donald Trump’s popularity. Not anymore. A Supreme Court vacancy has pushed abortion to the forefront of election year politics, with both supporters and opponents suggesting that the emotional issue could drive more voters to the polls. That’s especially true in states like Iowa, where Republicans have enacted restrictive measures on abortion in the past two years. Iowa is not alone as a key midterm battleground with recent abortion rights developments at least in the background. In Republican-leaning Indiana, a federal appeals court struck down in April a law signed in 2016 by Republican then-Gov. Mike Pence banning abortions based on a fetus’s gender, race or disability. By Thomas Beaumont and Barbara Rodriguez. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — A 13-year-old girl and a teacher who were shot at a suburban Indianapolis school in May smiled and waved to crowds lining streets in their community while serving as the grand marshals for its July Fourth parade. Ella Whistler, who was shot seven times in the May 25 attack in Noblesville, wore a neck brace and had her right arm in a sling as waved to onlookers from a car during Wednesday’s parade. Seventh-grade science teacher Jason Seaman greeted the crowds from his perch in another car following close behind. Both drew loud cheers and applause. A 13-year-old student is accused of opening fire in Seaman’s classroom at Noblesville West Middle School, about 20 miles north of Indianapolis. That boy is charged as a juvenile in the attack. Seaman, a 29-year-old former football player, was shot three times as he tackled the boy to bring the attack to an end. SENT: 205 words, photos.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The family of a western Indiana police officer killed in a May shootout has received a letter of condolence from President Donald Trump. The president’s letter mentions Terre Haute Police Officer Rob Pitts’ three children and says that he “will forever be remembered for his commitment to protecting and serving the people of Indiana.” Pitts’ brother says the personal touch of naming his brother’s children — Dakota, Brooke and Austin — makes the letter that’s signed by the president and first lady more special. SENT: 130 words.


— GREENWOOD-SPORTS COMPLEX: An Indianapolis suburb has cancelled a planned sports complex after the owners of Indianapolis’ minor league hockey team pulled out of the $40 million project.

— VENOMOUS SPIDERS-HOT SUMMER: Recent extreme heat and frequent rains have spurred more complaints about venomous black widow spiders in southwestern Indiana.

— INDIANAPOLIS SINKHOLE: Officials are trying to pinpoint the cause of a sinkhole that’s disrupting traffic in downtown Indianapolis.

— INFANT DEATH: A northern Indiana woman is awaiting sentencing after agreeing to plead guilty related to the death of her son who was delivered in a dorm room bathtub.

— POOL DEATH-INDIANAPOLIS: Authorities say a 2-year-old boy has died after being found at the bottom of a swimming pool at a home in Indianapolis.

— SHERIFF’S DEPUTY-UNAUTHORIZED VIDEO: A northwestern Indiana sheriff’s deputy cleared four months ago of a rape charge has been suspended for posting an unauthorized social-media video.

— VICIOUS ATTACK-APPEAL REJECTED: The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that a Muncie man should remain in prison for an attack that cost a woman her eye.



GREENSBORO, N.C. — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Notre Dame women’s basketball player Arike Ogunbowale are the Atlantic Coast Conference’s athletes of the year for the 2017-18 season. The league announced the awards Thursday after voting by a 96-member media panel. Jackson won the Anthony J. McKevlin Award as the top male athlete. After winning the Heisman Trophy in 2016, the junior set a league-record with 5,261 total yards to go with 45 touchdowns. Jackson was a first-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in April. SENT: 130 words.


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