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

December 5, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Ed White is on the desk, followed by Ken Kusmer. 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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ARGOS, Ind. _ Police say one student was killed and another was injured when a flatbed truck collided with a school bus in northern Indiana. Indiana State Police Sgt. Ted Bohner says a male teenager died Wednesday morning when the truck rear-ended the bus along U.S. 31, about 30 miles south of South Bend. A second student injured in the crash just after 9 a.m. was airlifted to a South Bend hospital. Bohner says that student’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. He says he was told that 39 students were on the Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation bus when the crash occurred near the Marshall County town of Argos. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated. AP Photos pursuing.



LANSING, Mich. _ The Michigan Senate voted Wednesday to facilitate a deal to replace a contentious 65-year-old oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, approving legislation to empower a new authority to oversee the construction and operation of a utility tunnel that would encase the new pipeline. The bill, approved on a 25-13 mostly party-line vote in the Republican-controlled chamber, was sent to the House for consideration next. It would create the three-member Mackinac Straight Corridor Authority to handle functions related to building the tunnel, which supporters say would better protect against a potential spill. By David Eggert. SENT: 250 words. Will be updated.


_ STEEL PLANT MOVE: An Illinois steel company has finalized plans to move its operations to northwestern Indiana. The state of Indiana announced Wednesday that Alliance Steel plans to invest $19.7 million in Gary, about 25 miles from its plant in Bedford Park, Illinois.

_ BOY SCOUTS VOLUNTEER-CHARGES: Authorities say a volunteer with Boy Scouts of America in central Indiana allegedly engaged in sex acts with a 15-year-old Boy Scout.

_ OFFICER KILLED-1980: A judge has denied a request for a new trial for an alleged getaway driver convicted in the 1980 shooting death of an off-duty northwestern Indiana police officer.

_ ANIMAL ADOPTION: An Indiana animal shelter is cutting the cost of adoption to try to find homes for hundreds of dogs and cats during the holidays. Muncie Animal Care and Services is calling it the “Twelve Strays of Christmas” adoption event Saturday.

_ DEPUTY SHOT-INDIANAPOLIS: Prosecutors have charged two teens in the shooting of an off-duty Marion County sheriff’s deputy during an attempted robbery at an Indianapolis restaurant where he was working as a security guard.

_ LAKE ERIE-WATER QUALITY: Indiana is getting more than $400,000 to boost efforts to improve water quality in Lake Erie’s western basin. The State Department of Agriculture will use the funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for workshops for farmers, expanding soil and manure testing and other efforts.

_ DIVING COACH-SEX ABUSE: A former Ohio State diving club coach plans to plead not guilty when he’s arraigned on charges related to allegations that he had sex with a diver when she was a teenager.



INDIANAPOLIS _ Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich leaves nothing to chance. He spends countless hours each week running numbers and plotting strategy. And he helps produce a chart which helps help Reich make those seemingly split-second decisions. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is the offensive player of the year and Michigan linebacker Devin Bush is defensive player of the year on The Associated Press All-Big Ten Conference team released Wednesday. Freshman receiver Rondale Moore of Purdue was voted newcomer of the year, and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald was named coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to the Big Ten championship game for the first time. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


_ FBC--MICHIGAN-ST-ASSAULT: Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson of Fort Wayne, Indiana, will spend up to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a female student in her off-campus apartment.


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