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

July 14, 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. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORY:

PENCE-GAS STATION EMPIRE

GARDEN CITY, Ind. — Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the “front row of the American dream.” The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana — and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois — are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells. By Brian Slodysko. SENT: 1,930 words, photos, interactive. MOVED Friday and available for use. An abridged version also is available.

AROUND THE STATE:

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS-PAY

SELLERSBURG, Ind. — Southern Indiana school districts facing a shortage of bus drivers have increased the starting pay in hopes of luring more people to apply for the jobs. The Greater Clark and West Clark school districts and the New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. have increased driver pay in recent years to attract more candidates willing to ferry students to and from schools, the News and Tribune reported. SENT: 280 words.

EXCHANGE-PAIN PATIENTS-OPIOID CRACKDOWN

PORTAGE, Ind. — As she stared at a caricature portrait on her wall, of her and her husband, Dawn Anderson began to cry. It wasn’t all that long ago she was able to go on a Caribbean cruise, where that picture was drawn. Now Anderson, who uses a wheelchair because she has two amputated legs, is homebound. All, she says, because of the opioid crisis. Anderson, 52, used to take 90 milligrams of extended-release morphine. But in the midst of an epidemic of overdose deaths from opioids, her doctor took her off it. She’s on a shorter-acting, lower-strength form of the medication now. She says she can barely function.By Giles Bruce. The Times. SENT: 1,700 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-ALL-NATURAL FARM

PERU, Ind. — When Joan and Bob Johnson bought 28 acres of land along the Wabash River in 2011, the property was used to grow corn and soybeans. Today, the property is still used as farm ground, but the Johnson’s are growing way more than corn. These days, the land boasts a huge variety of plants, bushes and crops that would be tough to find at any other farm in the area. There are patches of red and black raspberries, strawberries, aronia berries and elderberries. There are fruit trees producing peaches, apples, cherries and plums. There’s an herb garden. Not far from there is about 3 acres of newly planted trees, including sycamore, oak, persimmon and hazelnut. By Carson Gerber. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 970 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BEATTY TOWNSHIP-HOMICIDE: Authorities say a northern Indiana man sought in the slaying of a woman in Minnesota has been captured at a Michigan campground.

— FATAL ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING: State Police say a southern Indiana man accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old daughter while cleaning a handgun.

— FIRE TOWER-RENOVATION: A fire tower that’s been a popular attraction for decades at Indiana’s oldest state park is getting a facelift.

— MUNCIE-RIVERFRONT DISTRICT: A New Jersey developer has been tapped to oversee the city of Muncie’s planned $75 million redevelopment of its riverfront district.

SPORTS:

CAR--INDYCAR-TORONTO

TORONTO — Qualifying for the IndyCar race at Toronto. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 1:30 p.m. session.

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