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

September 25, 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. Ken Kusmer 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.

All times ET.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

INDIANA TRAIN FINES

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court has struck down a more than 150-year-old state law that allowed local governments to fine railroads when a stopped train blocks a street for more than 10 minutes. The justices unanimously agreed in Monday’s ruling that the 1865 Blocked Crossing Statute was pre-empted by the 1995 Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act. The act prohibits states from enacting a law or rule that manages or governs rail transportation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

— ELECTION 2018-SENATE- BRAUN ENDORSEMENT: One of the largest business organizations in the U.S. is endorsing Republican Mike Braun in the Indiana Senate race. SENT: 130 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

LINCOLN LAW OFFICE BUILDING

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The building that once housed President Abraham Lincoln’s law office in Springfield will soon be opened as a tourist welcome center. The State Journal-Register reports that the first floor of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices historic site will open next month as an extension of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE SHOOTING-PARKING LOT: Authorities say a police officer shot and wounded a young man who allegedly pointed a gun at another officer in northern Indiana.

— EX-COP-EMBEZZLEMENT: Federal prosecutors say a former northwestern Indiana police officer allegedly embezzled more than $180,000 from a local Fraternity Order of Police lodge.

— FATAL CLIFF FALL: Sheriff’s officials say an Elkhart, Indfiana, man has died in a fall from a cliff while hiking in state park in northeastern Wisconsin.

— FATAL FALL-APARTMENT BALCONY: Authorities say the death of a 19-year-old Purdue University student who fell from the balcony of an apartment on the top floor of a 10-story complex near campus has been ruled a suicide.

— NEW FEDERAL JUDGE: Indiana’s newest federal judge has taken his oath of office. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana says James R. Sweeney II today took his oath of office on Monday.

— WEST NILE-INDIANA: The Marion County Public Health Department is reporting the first death from West Nile virus since 2012 for the county including Indianapolis.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS DEFENSE

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts’ defense seems to have found some missing pieces. It’s ranked in the top half of the league and seems to be getting better by the week. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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