ALTING CALLS SB1 'ATTACK ON WOMEN': Sen. Ron Alting, a Lafayette Republican in District 22, was among 10 Senate Republicans who voted against Senate Bill 1. “How this bill is worded … (is) mean and cruel,” Alting said (Bangert, Based in Lafayette). “I have listened to my constituents, particularly women who overwhelmingly oppose this bill.” Alting called himself pro-life, but that SB1 went against common sense. Alting said the exemptions for abortions for women who were raped or victims of incest were too restrictive, with an eight-week limit for those age 16 or older and additional notarized affidavits to contend that the pregnancy was because of rape or incest. “This bill,” Alting said, “it’s an attack on all women.”

 

MAJOR LEGAL FIGHTS BREW IN WAKE OF ROE REPEAL: The Supreme Court’s three liberal justices, in denouncing their colleagues’ decision to eliminate the nationwide right to abortion, warned last month that returning this polarizing issue to the states would give rise to greater controversy in the months and years to come. Among the looming disputes, they noted: Can states ban mail-order medication used to terminate pregnancies or bar their residents from traveling elsewhere to do so? (Washington Post). “Far from removing the court from the abortion issue,” Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote in dissent, “the majority puts the court at the center of the coming ‘interjurisdictional abortion wars.’ ” The overturning of Roe v. Wade after nearly 50 years is expected to trigger a new set of legal challenges for which there is little precedent, observers say, further roiling the nation’s bitter political landscape and compounding chaos as Republican-led states move quickly to curtail access to reproductive care. It is possible, if not probable, that one or both of these questions will eventually work its way back to the high court. “Judges and scholars, and most recently the Supreme Court, have long claimed that abortion law will become simpler if Roe is overturned,” law professors David S. Cohen, Greer Donley and Rachel Rebouché wrote in a timely draft academic article cited by the dissenting justices, “but that is woefully naive.”

 

HUSTON RELEASES HOUSE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK: House Speaker Todd Huston announced the following schedule for the Indiana House of Representatives during the week of Aug. 1 (Howey Politics Indiana). Monday, Aug. 1 1:30 p.m. House Session; Tuesday, Aug. 2 9 a.m. Committee meeting on Senate Bill 1(ss) in the House Chamber; 9 a.m. Ways and Means will hear Senate Bill 2(ss) in Room 404. The House will convene for session 30 minutes after the conclusion of the hearing on SB1(ss); Wednesday, Aug. 3 No House Session; Thursday, Aug. 4 9 a.m. House Session; Friday, Aug. 5 9 a.m. House Session.

 

YOUNG ELWOOD OFFICER KILLED DURING TRAFFIC STOP: A young Indiana police officer was killed early Sunday when a man got out of his car during a traffic stop and opened fire, authorities said. The suspect was caught roughly 30 minutes later after a car chase, state police said (AP). Noah Shahnavaz, 24, was an officer at the Elwood police department, 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis. He stopped the driver of a Buick LaCrosse just after 2 a.m. “For an unknown reason, the suspect exited the Buick and fired multiple rounds, striking the officer at least one time,” state police said. “A senseless act of violence robbed this young man of the life and career he deserved,” Mayor Todd Jones said. The 42-year-old suspect has a criminal record, which includes a conviction in 2006 for firing a gun at Indianapolis officers, said Andrew Hanna, Madison County’s chief deputy prosecutor.

 

CNBC RATES INDIANA NO. 1 FOR INFRASTRUCTURE: Most Indianapolis residents, thu-thumping their way around city streets and playing Frogger with potholes, would scoff at the suggestion that their state's infrastructure could be nationally recognized (IndyStar). Hoosiers, pick up your jaws: CNBC has ranked Indiana No. 1 in the infrastructure category of its annual "Top States for Business" report. And it's not the first time. Indiana also ranked first in the nation in 2019 and 2016, and has been ranked among the top five for six consecutive years. The reason: infrastructure means far more than roads, though roads get the most attention.

 

FIRST SHIP LEAVES UKRAINE WITH GRAIN: The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain set off from the port of Odesa on Monday under a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey that is expected to release large stores of Ukrainian crops to foreign markets and ease a growing hunger crisis (AP). The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni left Odesa for Lebanon, Turkey’s defense ministry said. A statement from the United Nations said the Razoni was carrying over 26,000 tons of corn. Data from the Razoni’s Automatic Identification System, a safety tracker for ships at sea, showed the vessel slowly coming out from its berth at Odesa port Monday morning alongside a tug boat. Ukraine’s Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov tweeted a video of the long cargo ship sounding its horn as its headed out to sea. “The first grain ship since Russian aggression has left port,” Kubrakov said on Twitter. “Thanks to the support of all our partner countries and the U.N. we were able to full implement the Agreement signed in Istanbul. It’s important for us to be one of the guarantors of food security.”

 

BASKETBALL GREAT BILL RUSSELL DIES:  Bill Russell, the NBA great who anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years — the last two as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport — and marched for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., died Sunday. He was 88 (AP). His family posted the news on social media, saying Russell died with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. The statement did not give the cause of death. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement that Russell was “the greatest champion in all of team sports." A Hall of Famer, five-time Most Valuable Player and 12-time All-Star, Russell in 1980 was voted the greatest player in the NBA history by basketball writers. He remains the sport’s most prolific winner and an archetype of selflessness who won with defense and rebounding while leaving the scoring to others. Often, that meant Wilt Chamberlain, the only player of the era who was a worthy rival for Russell. But Russell dominated in the only stat he cared about: 11 championships to two.

 

LT. UHURA ACTOR DIES: Nichelle Nichols, who broke barriers for Black women in Hollywood when she played communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, has died at the age of 89. Her son Kyle Johnson said Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico (AP). “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration,” Johnson wrote on her official Facebook page Sunday. “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.” Her role in the 1966-69 series as Lt. Uhura earned Nichols a lifelong position of honor with the series’ rabid fans, known as Trekkers and Trekkies.

 

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Bill Russell was a true champion, winning 11 NBA titles, putting him in the neighborhood with John Wooden (10 NCAA titles with UCLA) and Yogi Berra (10 World Series titles with the New York Yankees). - Brian A. Howey

 

Campaigns

 

PENCE ENDORSES KLEEFISH IN WI: Former Vice President Mike Pence endorsed Rebecca Kleefisch in the race to become Wisconsin’s governor, putting him at odds with former President Donald Trump, who endorsed rival candidate Tim Michels (Fox47). In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Pence described Kleefish as “the only candidate that will deliver a stronger and more prosperous Wisconsin.” “Rebecca has a proven conservative track record and will draw on her experience to give parents more control of their children’s education, grow the economy and get Wisconsin back to work, fight for traditional conservative values, and make Wisconsin streets safer,” the former vice president said. “Conservatives across the Badger State can fight back against the radical left in Wisconsin and join me in supporting Rebecca Kleefisch for governor.”

 

TRUMP LASHES OUT AT GRINER: Former President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at American WNBA star Brittney Griner as “spoiled,” and indicated he wouldn’t make any deals to get her out of prison in Russia because she “makes a lot of money.” Griner was arrested in Moscow in February as she entered the country for a tournament when officials discovered vape cartridges with cannabis oil in her luggage (Huffpo). Trump claimed on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show that Griner entered Russia “loaded up with drugs.” In fact she had .7 grams (.024 ounces) of cannabis oil, which is legal in her home state of Arizona and in many other states in America. Russian media, which reported the amount, said officials considered it “significant.”

 

Polls

 

BIDEN, TRUMP APPROVAL IN INDIANA LOW: A poll of 800 likely Hoosier voters shows that when it comes to the 2024 election, nearly a third said they would vote for someone other than Joe Biden, Donald Trump, or Mike Pence (Indy Politics). The poll was taken last month and conducted by ARW Strategies. It showed former President Trump with 37 percent support,  Biden with 32 percent, and nearly 27 percent wanting someone else. Biden also loses to former Vice-President Mike Pence, albeit not as much.  Pence beats Biden, 31-29.  However, more than 32 percent say they wanted someone else. “Both of these potential head-to-heads showcase a problem both parties are suffering. A not insignificant portion of voters want someone new and don’t want a rematch of 2020.  To see nearly a quarter of voters indicate they’d rather vote for someone else than Donald Trump or Joe Biden looks to me a clear sign that the country could be ready to embrace a viable third-party candidate,” said pollster Andrew Weissert.

 

DEAD HEAT IN AZ GOV RACE: An Emerson Poll in the GOP Arizona gubernatorial primary, Karrin Taylor Robson is at 47%, and Kari Lake  has 46% — a “statistical dead-heat,” per Emerson. Former VP Mike Pence and outgoing Gov. Doug Ducey support Taylor Robson; former President Donald Trump has endorsed Lake.

 

State

 

GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB STATEMENT ON OFFICER SHAHAVAZ – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the death of Elwood police officer Noah Shahnavaz (Howey Politics Indiana): "A family, community and state are devastated by the loss of Officer Noah Shahnavaz, a young public servant at the start of his law enforcement career. Not only did he choose to serve his fellow Americans for five years in the United States Army, he returned to Indiana to rededicate himself to serving and protecting others as a police officer for the Elwood Police Department. Our hearts go out to Officer Shahnavaz’s loved ones and his fellow officers. Janet and I send our condolences to all who are suffering from this senseless tragedy.”

 

General Assembly

 

LAFAYETTE AREA LEGISLATORS ON SB1: Rep. Sharon Negele, an Attica Republican in District 13 (Bangert, Based in Lafayette): “First I’m going to need to give it a serious read today. Being author of HB 1001 I have had my hands full,” Negele said Sunday. House Bill 1001 included Gov. Eric Holcomb’s $225 taxpayer refund, along with a host of spending and tax credits related to prenatal care, adoptions and dependents. It also includes wiping out sales tax on diapers, among other things. “Certainly there will be changes and I look forward in working with the House sponsor Rep. (Wendy) McNamara,” Negele said. “One specific change I will pursue vigorously will be access to birth control through a pharmacist.  Additionally, adding the exception ‘the health of the mother.’ We are a conservative state and in the end the result will be increased restrictions. But I want to be sure that we pass legislation that will help those most affected.”

 

Rep. Chris Campbell, a West Lafayette Democrat in District 26: Campbell said the special session amounted to “watching human rights be ripped away” by a “bill which currently will ban 85% of abortions and make it difficult for the other 15% who risk loss of life or criminalization.” She said she’d do what she could to stop that. “Indiana already has the third highest maternal mortality rate and seventh highest infant mortality rates,” Campbell said. “The main reason includes lack of access to affordable prenatal care and postpartum care. My amendment to HB 1001 will assure access to postpartum care for Medicaid recipients for a year, without fear of losing coverage if they return to work. Improvement to affordable housing, health care and living wages for  working families would greatly reduce the need for abortion in this state. This ban will not reduce abortions but will make them unsafe and criminalize women and doctors.  Restrictions to healthcare access and choices will lead only to more economic disparities and hardships.” What was her prediction for a House version of the abortion restrictions? “I think the house bill is going to be more strict and assume it will go to conference committee,” Campbell said.

 

State Rep. Sheila Klinker, a Lafayette Democrat in District 27: Klinker said she was still going over the Senate bill. “It’s hard to say where this is going to go in the House,” Klinker said. “It’s going to be difficult, that much I know. … A lot of my constituents, they tell me, ‘Sheila, don’t vote for that.’”

 

Rep. Tim Brown, a Crawfordsville Republican in District 41: “Yes, I do think there will be changes,” Brown said about SB1’s prospects in the House. “A little too early for an opinion.”

 

Rep. Don Lehe, a Brookston Republican in District 25: Lehe, a longtime member of Tippecanoe County Right to Life, entered the special session saying he was glad to get a chance to weigh in on a post-Roe debate. Lehe is not running for re-election in 2022, and delaying the abortion restriction legislation until the 2023 session would have kept him out of the conversation and a vote on something he said he’s wanted since he joined the General Assembly two decades ago. Heading into the session, Lehe said he was in favor of a ban that included as few exemptions as possible. On Sunday, Lehe said: “I’m still reading the passed version and will decide if I think it needs changes. Then I will consider what I want the changes to be. I’ve got preferred language and will see what will give the most protection for babies. We have a long way to go.”

 

Congress

 

ALL EYES ON SINEMA: Democrats this week have the chance to validate their monopoly on political power in Washington, create a legacy of true significance for President Joe Biden and even boost their hopes in daunting midterm elections in three months (CNN). But first they must push a back-from-the-dead climate and health care initiative through the Senate using their tiny majority, notably by locking in the crucial vote of moderate Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who has yet to sign off on a bill that may not save Democrats in November but may at least give them a big new win to run on.

 

REPUBLICANS GET BURNED: Last week, Senate Republicans blocked the passage of the PACT Act, which would expand health care access to veterans exposed to burn pits (New York Post). Their opposition — ostensibly because they wanted to vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), but difficult to divorce from the broader context of Democrats’ breakthrough on reconciliation talks — has spurred swift and widespread backlash, with veterans and advocates for the bill (the loudest and most famous among them being Jon Stewart torching the senators in viral condemnations and TV hits (Politico Playbook). Now, Schumer expects to bring the bill back to the floor this week. “I will hold a new vote this week, and I am urging everyone to vote ‘yes,’” Schumer said at a Sunday press conference.

 

PELOSI IN SINGAPORE:  U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held talks with officials in Singapore on Monday at the start of her Asian tour, as questions swirled over a possible stop in Taiwan that has fueled tension with Beijing (AP). Pelosi met with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President Halimah Yacob and other Cabinet members, the Foreign Ministry said. Lee welcomed a U.S. commitment to strong engagement with the region, and the two sides discussed ways to deepen U.S. economic engagement through initiatives such as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, the ministry said in a statement.

 

PELOSI EXPECTED TO VISIT TAIWAN: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan as part of her tour of Asia, according to a senior Taiwanese government official and a US official, despite warnings from Biden administration officials, who are worried about China's response to such a high-profile visit (CNN). The stop -- the first for a US House speaker in 25 years -- is not currently on Pelosi's public itinerary and comes at a time when US-China relations are already at a low point.

The Taiwanese official added that she is expected to stay in Taiwan overnight. It is unclear when exactly Pelosi will land in Taipei.

 

THE SENATE will meet at 3 p.m. to take up Elizabeth Hanes’ judicial nomination, with a cloture vote at 5:30 p.m.

 

THE HOUSE is out.

 

Nation

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN IN ISOLATION DUE TO COVID - President Joe Biden is continuing to isolate at the White House on Sunday after testing positive for a rebound case of Covid-19 Saturday morning, White House physician Kevin O'Connor wrote in a letter Sunday that was released by the White House, adding that the President "continues to feel well," but, "unsurprisingly, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing remained positive" (CNN). Biden, who emerged from isolation earlier last week after testing negative on rapid antigen tests starting Tuesday, "will continue to conduct the business of the American people from the Executive Residence," O'Connor writes, continuing "to be very specifically conscientious to protect any of the Executive Residence, White House, Secret Service, and other staff whose duties require any (albeit socially distanced) proximity to him."

 

WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN SCHEDULE - President Biden's schedule - The president will receive the President’s Daily Brief at 10:15 a.m. VP Harris: 10 a.m.: The VP will depart D.C. en route to Miami, Fla. 1:55 p.m.: Harris will receive a climate briefing at the National Hurricane Center. 4:05 p.m.: Harris will deliver remarks on the administration’s climate efforts at Florida International University. 6 p.m.: Harris will depart Miami to return to D.C. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will brief at 1:45 p.m.

 

PENTAGON: NAVAJO CODE TALKER SANDOVAL DIES - One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died (AP). Samuel Sandoval’s wife, Malula, says he died late Friday at a hospital in Shiprock, New Mexico. He was 98. Hundreds of Navajos were recruited from the vast Navajo Nation to serve as Code Talkers during World War II. Sandoval’s death leaves three still alive today. The code that was based on the then-unwritten Navajo language confounded Japanese military cryptologists and helped the U.S. win the war. The Code Talkers are celebrated annually on Aug. 14, the date the Japanese surrendered.

 

KENTUCKY: DEATH TOLL RISES TO 28 - Families, rescue crews and others in Eastern Kentucky are still picking up the pieces this weekend after flooding ripped through the region earlier this week (Louisville Courier-Journal). The death toll currently sits at 28, according to a Sunday evening update from Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, and that figure is expected to rise as water recedes and more information becomes available. Four of the confirmed deaths were children, Beshear said – it had previously been believed that six children had died, Beshear said, but two of those individuals were later determined to have been adults.

 

MLB: SOX DOWN OAKLAND 4-1 - José Abreu and Eloy Jiménez homered, Dylan Cease threw six strong innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Sunday (ESPN). Abreu and Leury García had two hits apiece for the White Sox, who have won 10 of 15 and returned to above .500. Chicago, the preseason favorite to win the AL Central, trailed first-place Minnesota by three games entering the day. “We’re literally in contention, so I think we’re going to be excited about it and treat every series like it’s the last one we’re going to play and know we have to get a lot of wins,” manager Tony La Russa said. “The most fun that you can have during the regular season is to get to the last two months and have a chance. It’s where everything is amped up in every moment and every at-bat. We’re in a position to do that. We just have to get the wins.”

 

MLB: SF DOWNS CUBS 4-0 - Carlos Rodón struck out 10 over seven dominant innings amid speculation he could be traded, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Sunday night (ESPN). Rodón (9-6) got help from his defense early. Left fielder Luis Gonzalez reached over the outfield wall to snare Christopher Morel's leadoff drive. "I was impressed that he got to that slider down-and-away," Rodon said of Morel.

 

MLB: REDS DOWN BALTIMORE 3-2 - Brandon Drury reached 20 homers for the first time in his big league career when he hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday (ESPN). Drury broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth with his homer on a splitter off Felix Bautista (3-3). ″I was trying to stay on the fastball,” Drury said. “I was a little bit late on one. I was trying to cover for the split. He threw the split and I barreled it.”

 

Sunday Talk

 

SPEAKER BOWERS SAYS HE WON'T VOTE FOR TRUMP AGAIN: Arizona state House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) on Sunday said he’ll never vote for former President Trump again, a reversal of earlier claims that he’d back Trump in a match-up against President Biden. “I’ll never vote for him, but I won’t have to. Because I think America’s tired and there’s some absolutely forceful, qualified, morally defensible and upright people, and that’s what I want. That’s what I want in my party and that’s what I want to see,” Bowers told moderator Jonathan Karl during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” The Arizona lawmaker called Trump a “demagogue” who maintains hold on his base through “thuggery and intimidation.” “I have thought, at times, someone born how he was, raised how he was — he has no idea what a hard life is. And what people have to go through in real — in the real world. He has no idea what courage is,” Bowers said.

 

McDONOUGH TALKS OF RATIONED VA CARE FOR BURN PIT VICTIMS: Proposed amendments by Republican senators to a bill aimed at aiding veterans exposed to toxic burn pits would results in “rationing of care for vets,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said on Sunday. “I can’t in good conscience do that, because the outcome of that will be rationing of care for vets, which is something I just can’t sign up for,” McDonough told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

 

DIXON DISAGREES WITH DeVOS ON JAN. 6: Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon said Sunday that she disagrees with former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose family has backed Dixon’s campaign, about the role former President Trump played in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. “The secretary knows that she and I differ on that subject. I want to make sure that political speech is always protected because that could open a can of worms for anybody on both sides of the party. But the secretary knows that I disagree with her on that point,” Dixon told “Fox News Sunday” host Bret Baier. DeVos resigned from the Trump administration the day after the Jan. 6 riot, citing Trump’s involvement. “There’s no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me,” DeVos wrote in her resignation letter, read aloud to the Jan. 6 committee late last month.

 

POMPEO CRITICAL OF PELOSI TRIP: Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knocked the Biden administration for not backing a trip to Taiwan by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “To allow America to be bullied by Chinese propaganda, right after, frankly, President Biden has had a phone call, a long phone call, with [Chinese President] Xi Jinping… would send a really bad message to our friends in the region: the Australians, the South Koreans, the Japanese,” Pompeo told host John Catsimatidis on WABC 77 AM’s “Cats Roundtable.”

 

MANCHIN SAYS DEAL ALL ABOUT FIGHTING INFLATION:  Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, defended Democrats' new climate and tax deal from criticisms that it will raise taxes across all income brackets and harm the economy, saying the package unveiled last week is "all about" combating inflation. "This is fighting inflation," Manchin said Sunday on "Face the Nation." "This is all about the absolute horrible position that people are in now because of the inflation costs, whether it be gasoline, whether it be food pricing, whether it be energy pricing, and it's around energy, mostly that's driving these high inflation. This is going to take care of that."

 

CASSIDY BLASTS MANCHIN-SCHUMER DEAL: Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Sunday knocked the Inflation Reduction Act championed by Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and centrist swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), saying the bill could lead to a recession despite its sponsors’ claims that it will tamp down rising prices. “It may be disinflationary by causing a recession. They’re interjecting an incredible amount of uncertainty into the economy just as we entered a recession,” Cassidy told Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”

 

Local

 

ELWOOD: CITY PAYS RESPECT TO FALLEN OFFICER - People came to pay their respects throughout Sunday to fallen Elwood Officer Noah Shahnavaz. With just under 8,500 people in the small town, his death is certainly leaving a mark. “It’s really emotional,” Austin Henson said (CBS4). Community members like Henson did not what else to do Sunday besides go to the police department when they heard the news of Officer Shahnavaz’s death. “It’s sad that it had to happen to such a young man and a great police officer,” Henson said. Shahnavaz was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning while doing a traffic stop. Police said for an unknown reason, the suspect fired at him, killing him, before driving away. “I’m grieving for the family,” Tristin Capshaw said. “This is my fourth time coming up here today.”

 

 

GREENFIELD: MAN KILLED IN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING — Indiana State Police say a man is dead after a Greenfield police "officer-involved" shooting. The shooting happened Sunday on Bobtail Drive (WRTV). Greenfield police said in a news release that no officers were injured and that the department would not release any further information. The department directed all inquiries to Indiana State Police. Greenfield police did not specify any officers' involvement in the shooting or specify what happened leading up to it. ISP Sgt. John Perrine said in a tweet that the investigation is active and ongoing.

 

VERSAILLES: RAY SHELDON KILLED IN ACCIDENT - Indiana State Police said an Elizabethtown man died in an accident at 4 p.m. Saturday on State Road 129, south of Versailles (Columbus Republic). The initial investigation by Master Trooper Ben Bastin indicated that a blue 2006 Ford F-350, being driven by Rebecca R. Ashcraft, 68, Vevay, was traveling northbound on State Road 129 near Benham Road in Ripley County. For an unknown reason, Ashcraft’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound silver 2015 Ford Escape, being driven by Lenord Ray Sheldon Jr., 66, Elizabethtown. The vehicles collided head-on in the southbound lanes of State Road 129. As a result of the collision, Sheldon sustained fatal injuries. He had just retired from the Bartholomew surveryor's office on Friday. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ripley County Coroner’s Office. Sheldon’s wife, Beth A. Sheldon, 59, who was a passenger in his vehicle, sustained serious injuries.

 

EVANSVILLE: CAMPER PULLED OUT OF OHIO RIVER - All eyes have been on the Ohio River in Evansville for the past 10 days, but after nearly a week, the camper that had been sitting safely on a sandbar has now been towed out of the water (WFIE-TV). On Friday, the camper began washing away due to the rising river levels, with just the AC unit on the top of the camper still visible. When the sun came up on Saturday morning, it was gone. Later in the afternoon, Uniontown Water Rescue posted an image on its Facebook page, saying crews were working with Henderson City/County Water Rescue to tow the camper out of the water. Officials say it floated down to Kentucky and was sitting in the middle of the river, causing a hazard for boats passing by.

 

VIGO COUNTY: COMMISSIONERS UNVEIL ARP PLANS - Vigo County Board of Commissioners will unveil a plan Tuesday to the Vigo County Council on how to spend part of $20.76 million the county has received from the American Rescue Plan (Greninger, Terre Haute Tribune-Star). Additionally, the Council will hear a request to support an additional court in the county. Commissioner President Chris Switzer said the ARP funds can be used in two ways. The first $10 million can be used to reimburse county expenses or reimburse funds used such as health funds or economic development funds. The second $10 million requires a plan on how that will be spent. "We have RJL Solutions that will provide a PowerPoint presentation and we will talk about how we have met several times over the past several months and have come up with a plan with [Terre Haute] Mayor Duke Bennett to make sure we are not duplicating projects and will introduce some of that plan on Tuesday," Switzer said.

 

TIPPECANOE COUNTY: COMMISSIONERS ON TRUSTEE OUSTER - Tippecanoe County commissioners will wait until Aug. 15 to hold a public hearing on a proposed ouster of Fairfield Township Trustee Taletha Coles. But commissioner Tom Murtaugh said holding off, rather than putting the matter on the commissioners’ Monday, Aug. 1, agenda, likely wouldn’t slow the process laid out in a new state law (Bangert, Based in Lafayette). Wednesday evening, the Fairfield Township Board voted 3-0 to start the process of removing Coles from the township office, contending that the trustee has neglected her duties. According to a new state law that allows the ouster of township trustees, Coles will be allowed to make her case to county commissioners, then the Tippecanoe County Council, followed by a hearing in Tippecanoe Circuit Court.