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

August 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. Jeff Karoub is on the desk. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



CHICAGO — A look at social media supporters of President Trump and his political allies who are so prolific that Twitter and others think they are bots, raising questions as to whether the technology companies have a liberal bias or have the capability of rooting out abuses. By Sara Burnett. SENT: 830 words, photos.



JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling weakening public-sector unions, labor’s clout is being put to a new test by a voter referendum in Missouri over whether the state should ban compulsory union fees in all private-sector workplaces. Most state right-to-work laws were enacted shortly after they were permitted by the 1947 federal Taft-Hartley Act. But there’s been a recent surge of such laws as Republicans have strengthened their hold on state governments, starting with an Indiana law in 2012 and followed by ones in Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky. By David Lieb. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.



KOKOMO, Ind. — An Indiana doctor is warning patients to be careful when purchasing cannabidiol following the recent state law that authorized the widespread sale of the cannabis-derived oil. SENT: 275 words.


INDIANAPOLIS — Bill Fine isn’t a big fan of Monopoly, the board game where players develop real estate and try to drive opponents into bankruptcy. The game can last for hours and leave some players feeling crushed. But when Fine started his job last year as Indiana utility consumer counselor, one of the first things he did was hang a framed, cross-stitch version of a Monopoly board on his office wall. His wife had stitched it years ago when he was a real estate lawyer in northwestern Indiana, and at the time it was a natural office decoration for someone who spent all day helping clients buy and sell properties. These days, his job is to stand up to Indiana’s powerful utilities — many of them regulated monopolies — and advocate for consumers in cases before state and federal utility regulatory commissions. The goal: Make sure millions of Hoosier households and business aren’t overcharged for electricity, natural gas, water or wastewater. By John Russell. Indianapolis Business Journal. SENT: 1,400 words, photos requested.


WALTON, Ind. — If you’ve been a third grader at Lewis Cass Elementary School — formerly Thompson Elementary School — sometime in the past 35 years, chances are pretty good that you might have had Karen McDonald as a teacher. And if you will be a third grader at Lewis Cass Elementary School sometime in the next 25-30 years, chances are pretty good that you might be taught by Bryce McDonald, her son. That’s because, while the former retired last year, the latter is now taking over her old position — even moving into the same classroom. By Kim Dunlap. Pharos-Tribune. SENT: 550 words, photos requested.


— PURDUE FORT WAYNE-HOUSING: For some Purdue University Fort Wayne students, school will start at Holiday Inn. The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette reports that housing requests are 3 percent over capacity. Housing director Jordyn Hogan says overbooking could be the result of recruitment efforts.

— LAKE MICHIGAN-HIGH-TECH BUOYS: Two high-tech buoys in Lake Michigan are helping experts study erosion and boaters follow lake conditions.

— CARDINAL GREENWAY-HALL OF FAME: Indiana’s longest recreational trail has won a spot in the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s national hall of fame.

— FISHERS PARAMEDICS-LAUGHING GAS: Paramedics in an Indianapolis suburb will begin providing laughing gas instead of powerful opioid painkillers to patients.


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