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

November 8, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Herbert McCann. 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Charges have been filed against the captain of a tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, in a southwest Missouri lake over the summer, federal prosecutors said Thursday. A federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts of misconduct, negligence or inattention to duty by a ship’s officer resulting in death. The July accident occurred when an amphibious vessel known as a duck boat sank when a sudden and severe storm rolled into the area. By Margaret Stafford. SENT: 790 words, photo.


— MISSOURI BOAT ACCIDENT-THE LATEST — The Latest on federal charges filed against the captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank in July, killing 17 people.



TOKYO — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Japan next week to discuss North Korea and other issues ahead of two key regional meetings. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Thursday that Pence will hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other top officials during his visit on Monday and Tuesday. SENT: 200 words, photos. Moving in national news queues.


INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Democrats have picked up at least one seat in Tuesday’s elections even as they await additional election results that could break the chamber’s Republican supermajority. Heading into Election Day, Republicans held supermajorities of more than two-thirds in both the Indiana House and the Senate, allowing them to pass bills even if all Democrats boycotted votes. SENT: 125 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

— CALIFORNIA BAR SHOOTING-INDIANA: Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed flags at state facilities across Indiana should be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. SENT: 100 words.



INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man sentenced to death for setting a 2010 house fire that killed his fiancée’s two children. The Evansville Courier & Press reports all five justices agreed in Wednesday’s decision that Jeffrey Weisheit was guilty of crimes that Chief Justice Loretta Rush described as “unequivocally horrific” and “disturbingly reprehensible.” The court also upheld the death sentence for him. SENT: 250 words.


— ELKHART-PEDESTRIANS KILLED: A northern Indiana man awaiting sentencing in a hit-and-run crash that killed two children and a man is now charged in an alleged drunken-driving crash.

— CONSTRUCTION WORKER KILLED: Authorities say a worker has died after a semi-truck failed to merge in a construction zone in central Indiana and struck a construction vehicle.

— ROSE-HULMAN-PRESIDENT RESIGNS: The president of western Indiana’s Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is stepping down after more than five years.

— HOUSE FIRE-RESCUE: Authorities say two southern Indiana sheriff’s deputies crawled through heavy smoke to rescue a man from his burning home.

— MICHIGAN FRATERNITY-HAZING: A University of Michigan fraternity has been removed from the school and student-run Interfraternity Council for at least five years following allegations of violent hazing and forced alcohol consumption.



No. 3 Notre Dame will start quarterback Brandon Wimbush against Florida State on Saturday for Ian Book, who is nursing an undisclosed injury, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Book is not expected to play after taking a hit to the back and ribs last week against Northwestern, according to the people who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because no official announcement was made. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 280 words, photo. UPCOMING: 500 words.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — From a skinny high school recruit who didn’t even play football until the eighth grade in North Carolina to one of the most disruptive pass rushers in the country, Notre Dame junior Julian Okwara has come a long way in a short period of time. He looks to follow in his older brother Romeo’s footsteps and parlay his career at Notre Dame into a place in the next year or two on an NFL roster. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


— FBC--T25-FLORIDA STATE-NOTRE DAME-PREVIEW CAPSULE: No. 3 Notre Dame renews rivalry with Florida State. SENT: 345 words.


CHICAGO — Northwestern can clinch the Big Ten West championship and its first appearance in the conference title game simply by winning two of its final three games. The Wildcats would also secure a spot Saturday with a victory at Iowa plus losses by Wisconsin at Penn State and Purdue at Minnesota. It’s quite a position for a team that wasn’t widely considered a favorite to win its division, though Northwestern is hardly the only surprise in the Big Ten. By Sports Writer Andrew Seligman. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


Here’s what to watch in the Big Ten this week. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 515 words, photos.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Arike Ogunbowale and Marina Mabrey will always have Columbus, Ohio. The senior guards and off-campus roommates for No. 1 Notre Dame will always have Brooklyn, too. The friendship between Ogunbowale, the Milwaukee scoring machine, and Mabrey, the street-wise Jersey shore kid, was cemented at the Barclays Center on April 17, 2015 in the Jordan Brand Classic. By John Fineran. SENT: 860 words, photos.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame plays its second consecutive Chicago school to open the season, this time Chicago State. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game time 7 p.m.


— BKC--EARLHAM-FORT WAYNE. UPCOMING: 130 words. 7 p.m. tipoff.

— BKC--EVANSVILLE-ILLINOIS. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 8 p.m. tipoff.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, who has missed six of the last seven games because of a hamstring injury, talks about his expected return against the Colts. By Sports Writer Mark Long. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.




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