BRAUN, YOUNG BALK AT EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS: Both of Indiana’s U.S. Senators balk at support for universal background checks for all gun sales. That comes amid renewed debate over gun regulations in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio (Smith, Indiana Public Media). Federal background checks for gun purchases don’t apply to many sales, including online. Legislation approved by the U.S. House would greatly expand the number of sales required to go through background checks. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) won’t say whether he’d support that expansion. “We are, of course, dealing with a constitutional right here, in the Second Amendment – recognizing that every single right has its limitations,” Young says. Many gun regulation advocates want Congress to revive a federal ban on assault weapons. Sen. Mike Braun hinted he’s open to that possibility. “We gotta do common sense things so that those of us that believe in the Second Amendment don’t have harsher restrictions that get put in place,” Braun says.

McCONNELL RECONSIDERS BACKGROUND CHECKS: Under intense pressure to take action on gun safety in the wake of two weekend massacres, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, expressed a new willingness Thursday to consider a measure expanding background checks for all gun purchasers, saying it will be “front and center” in a coming Senate debate on how to respond to gun violence (New York Times). “There is a lot of support for that,” he said. Mr. McConnell, who has strongly opposed background checks in the past, made his remarks in an interview with a Kentucky radio host, Terry Meiners of WHAS in Louisville. While he did not support a bill requiring background checks, his remarks appeared to underscore the possibility of a shift in the politics of Washington’s divisive gun debate. Mr. McConnell has refused to take up a background checks bill passed by the House because President Trump has threatened to veto it. But Mr. Trump appears increasingly open to the idea and said recently there is “great appetite for it.” Mr. McConnell told Mr. Meiners that he had spoken with Mr. Trump and said the president was “very much open to this discussion.”

INDIANA'S RED FLAG LAW STUDIED: In the wake of two shootings last weekend that killed a total of 31 people in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio, momentum is building in Congress for legislation that would offer federal grants to states to help them pass and enforce red flag laws (New York Times). The few statistical studies of the effects of red flag laws have focused on Connecticut and Indiana, the first and second states to pass them. Connecticut’s law was enacted in 1999, following a shooting at the state lottery headquarters in which five people, including the gunman, were killed. Jeff Swanson, a psychiatry and behavioral sciences professor at Duke University who worked on the studies, said researchers found that for every 10 to 20 gun-removal actions, one life was saved by averting a suicide. He said he believes the laws have probably also averted mass shootings, but that as a scientist, he does not know for sure, because that is something inherently almost impossible to study. “They’re certainly not a panacea,” Mr. Swanson said of the laws. “But I think they are one piece of the puzzle of gun-violence prevention.”

COUNTRIES ISSUE TRAVEL WARNINGS FOR U.S.: Venezuela, Uruguay and Japan issued traveler warnings about U.S. gun violence after this weekend's massacres, AP reports. Japan's consulate in Detroit warned its citizens that the U.S. is a "gun society," and advised its citizens to pay attention to the potential for gunfire "everywhere" in the U.S.

HOLCOMB ANNOUNCES $22M FOR BROADBAND EXPANSION: Gov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced $22.1 million in funding for 11 broadband expansion infrastructure projects across the state as a part of the initial round of the Next Level Broadband program. “Hoosiers need affordable, quality internet regardless of where they live, work or go to school,” Gov. Holcomb said (Howey Politics Indiana). “Access to broadband brings countless opportunities and that’s why I’m excited to see these key infrastructure projects positively impact economic development, health, agriculture and quality of life.” This funding will provide broadband infrastructure to more than 4,800 homes and commercial locations in 12 counties. The $100 million Next Level Broadband program is the largest single state investment in broadband. For the initial round of funding, service providers could apply for up to $5 million per project to expand service to unserved areas if they provided at least a 20 percent match. Unserved areas are those without at least one telecommunication provider offering internet fast enough to provide the most basic services – at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. In addition to the $22.1 million awarded through Next Level Broadband, the seven telecommunications providers and utility cooperatives contributed $14 million in matching funds, resulting in $36.1 million total investment for broadband.“I’m thrilled to think about how many communities in unserved areas will get access to broadband through this grant program,” Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch said. “Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Connections initiative is a significant step towards bridging the digital divide and bringing greater opportunities for all Hoosiers.”

HOLCOMB CLEARED OF ETHICS ACCUSATION OVER FLIGHTS: The Indiana inspector general has concluded no state laws or ethics rules were violated when Gov. Eric Holcomb last year flew to two Republican Governors Association meetings on private planes paid for by the parent company of Gary's Majestic Star casinos (Carden, NWI Times). In an investigative report released this week, Inspector General Lori Torres determined Holcomb was under no obligation to list the trips as gifts on his state financial disclosure statement because the flights were arranged by the RGA, intended to benefit the RGA, and reported, as required, to federal tax authorities as in-kind contributions to the Republican governors group. According to the IG report, Spectacle Entertainment, formerly known as Centaur Gaming, spent $21,486.15 to fly the governor and wife Janet Holcomb to the July 22-25 RGA meeting in Aspen, Colorado, and $33,961.95 to take the Holcombs to the Nov. 27-29 RGA meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Although it is likely that the governor's attendance at the RGA meetings, and therefore the flights, had some benefit to the governor and/or first lady, the OIG found no evidence to dispute the claim that the flights primarily benefited the RGA," Torres said.

WABASH VALLEY FARMERS FRET TRADE WAR: Chinese companies have ceased purchases of U.S. agricultural products, a blow to Wabash Valley and Midwestern farmers in an intensifying trade war with the United States (Greninger, Terre Haute Tribune-Star). China’s commerce ministry said Tuesday the measure was in response to President Trump’s announcement last week of new tariffs on Chinese imports. The new 10 percent tariffs on $300 billion of retail goods such as clothes, shoes and toys, are set to take effect Sept. 1. “Every third soybean grown in the U.S. went to China, but now they are not taking any, so it is a big deal,” said Brad Burbrink, an owner in BE N AG Family Farm in southeastern Vigo County, which farms 6,000 acres. “The problem is China has not been taking anything now from us probably for the last nine months,” Burbrink said, especially in soybeans. “Exports are dead right now and I don’t know how much worse it is going to get, but it is definitely an issue. It would sure spur the agricultural market and make a huge difference if we had China on board” to take agricultural products, he said. The action taken by China in the trade war “is a devastating blow,” said Jeff Gormong, who serves as the District 7 director on the Indiana Farm Bureau Inc. board of directors, Indiana’s largest farm organization. “We were already having a very tough year and this will cut into our market. But, I think farmers for the most part understand and believe that China has to be dealt with” due to alleged unfair trade practices, Gormong said.

TRUMP LASHES OUT AT LOCAL LEADERS IN DAYTON, EL PASO: On a day when President Trump vowed to tone down his rhetoric and help the country heal following two mass slayings, he did the opposite — lacing his visits Wednesday to El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, with a flurry of attacks on local leaders and memorializing his trips with grinning thumbs-up photos (Washington Post). In his only public remarks during the trip, Trump lashed out at Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, both Democrats, over their characterization of his visit with hospital patients in Dayton. He alleged that their news conference immediately after the president’s visit “was a fraud.” As he departed the White House on Wednesday morning en route to Ohio, Trump told reporters he would refrain from attacking his adversaries during the trip. “I would like to stay out of the political fray,” the president said. Asked about his rhetoric, he said he thinks it “brings people together” and added, “I think we have toned it down.” That detente lasted only a few minutes. Answering a reporter’s question about Biden, Trump pounced. “Joe is a pretty incompetent guy,” the president said. “Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball, that I can tell you.” By the time the president had left Dayton, he was back on Twitter and sniping at Democrats, a tirade triggered by his consumption of cable television news aboard Air Force One. “Watching Sleepy Joe Biden making a speech. Sooo Boring! The LameStream Media will die in the ratings and clicks with this guy,” the president wrote.

INDOT TO CLOSE I-465 SOUTHEAST THIS WEEKEND: The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will continue road work around Marion County this weekend with I-465 closing on the southeast side this weekend (CBS4). INDOT says contractors will work to repair winter damage and improve pavement conditions in five different zones around Indianapolis interstates. Full closures: I-465 EB/NB from I-65 to I-70 ALL LANES CLOSED Friday, August 9 at 9 p.m. to August 24. Detour: Thru traffic is asked to take I-70 EB through Indianapolis back to I-465 NB. From I-74 WB: Take I-465 SB to I-65 NB to I-70 EB back to I-465 NB.

CHISOX, YANKEES TO PLAY ON FIELD OF DREAMS: If you build it, the White Sox and Yankees will come. The Sox and Yankees will play a regular season game at the “Field of Dreams” diamond next season in Dyersville, Iowa, where the award-winning baseball movie was filmed in 1988 (Chicago Sun-Times). Construction on a temporary 8,000 seat ballpark at the site will begin later this month. The Sox-Yankees game will be the first major-league contest played at the popular tourist destination. The ballpark’s design will pay homage to the original Comiskey Park, home of the White Sox from 1910-1990, including the shape of the outfield and bullpens beyond the center-field fence. The game will be played on a Thursday and televised nationally on Fox at 6 p.m. (CT).

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: If anything happens on gun reforms, it will all come down to President Trump. And as we've seen in so many other cases, where the president ends up often depends on who he talks to last. So we've seen Trump float the idea of expanded background checks, Senate Majority Leader McConnell say he would consider such legislation after the summer recess, but the NRA's Wayne LaPierre will oppose. And he has considerable clout with the president. So we're likely to witness a lot of rhetoric and no action until Trump decides what to do. And we'll repeat all of this after the next massacre (which might have been avoided last night at a Missouri Walmart). - Brian A. Howey

Presidential 2020

BUTTIGIEG ROLLS OUT RURAL HEALTH PLAN: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Friday rolled out a sweeping plan to expand access to health services in rural communities, while addressing drug addiction and tackling rising maternal mortality rates across the country (Politico). “We need to lift rural communities up as places of opportunity, both for this generation and future ones. That work begins with securing the health of all rural residents,” Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., said in a statement. Buttigieg proposes to expand access to health care in rural areas by implementing a "Medicare for All Who Want It" approach and increasing federal subsidies for plans sold through the Obamacare exchanges. He aims to beef up the health workforce through loan forgiveness programs and proposes increasing Medicare reimbursement rates specifically for providers in underserved communities.

WARREN 2ND IN IOWA POLL; BUTTIGIEG AT 8%: Joe Biden leads the field in the Monmouth poll in Iowa, the first DNC-approved poll in the key early state taken since the second round of debates last month. He has 28 percent to Warren’s 19 percent (Politico). Harris is in third with 11 percent, Sanders has 9 percent and Buttigieg has 8 percent. Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur running an outsider presidential campaign centered on the promise of a universal basic income, has qualified for the fall Democratic primary debates. Yang crossed the second of two required debate thresholds on Thursday, when he polled at 2 percent in a Monmouth University poll in Iowa. He had previously received at least 2 percent in three other polls approved by the Democratic National Committee and has hit the required 130,000 unique donor mark. At the other end of the spectrum, onetime Democratic phenom Beto O'Rourke was outperformed in the poll by Yang, clocking in at under 1 percent.

BIDEN DEFENDS REMARKS: Joe Biden on Thursday adamantly defended his assertions that President Donald Trump embraced white supremacists after a deadly demonstration in Charlottesville, Va., engaging in an animated exchange after his public remarks here (Politico). After the former vice president’s turn on the soap box at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, a Breitbart reporter confronted Biden, accusing him of mischaracterizing Trump’s remarks after the 2017 demonstrations. At the suggestion that Trump had condemned the actions of marching white supremacists, Biden grew adamant, wagging his finger as he described the demonstrators as hate-filled with “veins bulging.” “No he did not, he walked out and he said — let’s get this straight — he said there were very fine people in both groups,” Biden said as he slogged through a scrum of media and supporters at the fair. “They were chanting anti-Semitic slogans, carrying flags.”

TRUMP CAMPAIGN EMBRACES WHITE SUPREMACIST CHARGE: What's new: Trump campaign officials and sources close to the president tell Axios that they believe Democrats' extraordinary charge that the president is a "white supremacist" will actually help him win in 2020, Axios' Alayna Treene reports (Axios). Why it matters: These Trump allies tell us that the claim by Democratic opponents is not only emboldening his base, but also alienating some mainstream Republicans who think Democrats have gone too far. At least six Democratic presidential contenders have called President Trump a white supremacist, and several others are suggesting the same. A Trump campaign official said: "They’re trying to make the case that anyone who supports this president is a racist. They’re talking about [nearly] half the country." AP's Jonathan Lemire quotes former aide Anthony Scaramucci as saying Trump is "feeling smug. He doesn't think he is facing any challenges. His attitude is, 'The economy is doing great, I am putting the hammer down on China, the rest is just noise.'" "The media is against him, his supporters are for him."

DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE CALLED TRUMP A WHITE SUPREMACIST: Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Beto O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg, have all publicly called the president a white supremacist since Saturday's El Paso massacre (Axios). Buttigieg asked if he thinks Trump is a white supremacist: "Yes, I do. At best, he’s emboldening people with that intention."

BUTTIGIEG CITES 'WHITE PROBLEM': Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Thursday “systemic racism is a white problem,” adding that the United States isn’t “even halfway done dealing with” it (Fox News). The South Bend mayor made the comments in front of the National Association of Black Journalists conference in Miami days after a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that is being investigated as a hate crime. "I think a president like this one is not even possible unless something is already deeply wrong in our country,” he said about President Trump’s rhetoric, which is under scrutiny in the wake of the shooting in the city that killed 22 people. “The story in my region and the story for my generation reflects those deeper problems growing up in an era of endless war and school shootings.”

ROSS FRETS FALLOUT FROM TRUMP FUNDRAISER: Billionaire New York real estate developer Stephen Ross privately expressed qualms about going ahead with his Hamptons fundraiser for President Trump today, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports. Liberal customers had threatened to boycott Equinox and SoulCycle, the high-end fitness brands owned by a parent company that Ross chairs. Ross, who also owns the NFL's Miami Dolphins, "freaked out" at the backlash, a source said, adding that Trump associates persuaded him to go ahead with the event at his Southampton mansion. "Stay strong, it's not going to be that bad. Not that many people are going to boycott the gym," was another source's paraphrasing of what Trump's associates conveyed to Ross.


YOUNG DISCUSSES FORT WAYNE HOUSING EVICTIONS: A roundtable discussion Wednesday generated plenty of ideas for shrinking Fort Wayne's home eviction rate, the 13th highest among the nation's large cities. Among the suggestions: Increase funding for affordable housing from the public and private sectors (Francisco, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). Improve legal protections for tenants. Provide better support services for low-income renters. Use lower-cost manufactured housing. Persuade landlords and tenants to take advantage of available options for education and training on their rights and responsibilities. U.S. Sen. Young, R-Ind., said the nation suffers from a “housing affordability crisis.” He has introduced bills addressing it, including legislation signed into law that aims to help public housing voucher recipients relocate to lower-poverty areas. “Getting people into safe and stable housing saves on health care and education expenses and public safety and corrections,” Young said.

TWITTER SUSPENDS McCONNELL ACCOUNT: Twitter has suspended Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign account Thursday after posting a video showing threats against the long-time Kentucky Republican. McConnell's campaign spokesperson, Kevin Golden, called out the social platform for its decision in a statement to CBS News. The Republican Party, Trump campaign and other GOP organizations are halting their Twitter spending in response.

General Assembly

DeLANEY PUSHES FOR VIRTUAL SCHOOL STUDY: Democrats at the statehouse want legislative leaders to take a closer look at virtual charter schools in Indiana as two scandal-ridden schools prepare to close (Lindsay, Indiana Public Media). Rep. Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) is frustrated by the state of virtual learning in Indiana, especially because of the problems facing the two closing virtual charter schools, Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy. Now he and other House Democrats are asking legislative leaders to study the risks and rewards of virtual schools as part of lawmakers’ summer study committees. DeLaney says it’s especially crucial since lawmakers have allocated millions of dollars in state funding to the schools. Early findings of a state audit recently revealed the schools owe the state more than $40 million in tuition support. “The money was lost or wasted and it’s our responsibility to figure out how, and to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” he says.

PORTAGE NEEDS FUNDS TO COMBAT RISING LAKE MICHIGAN: A bipartisan panel of Hoosier lawmakers agrees that both urgent and long-term funding is needed to prevent further destruction of Portage lakefront visitor amenities and to address Lake Michigan beach erosion in Indiana generally (Carden, NWI Times). But despite hearing nearly four hours of increasingly dire testimony on the issue Wednesday, the General Assembly's Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources won't actually be doing anything about it. Portage Mayor John Cannon said that could be too late for the $17 million city-managed lakefront pavilion that's the gateway for many of the 3.6 million annual visitors to the Indiana Dunes National Park. He noted that beach erosion, rising lake levels and strong storms already have dramatically shrunk the beach, destroyed a concrete walkway to it and toppled a handicap-accessible observation deck. Now, without $2 million in immediate sand replenishment, the 3,500-square-foot Portage lakefront pavilion could meet the same fate in the next 10 years, Cannon warned. "We don't have that kind of revenue," he said.

STUDY COMMITTEES PROBE VIRTUAL SCHOOLS: State Rep. Tonya Pfaff, D-Terre Haute, is among a group of legislators calling upon the state Legislative Council to assign issues surrounding virtual charter schools to a summer study committee (Loughlin, Terre Haute Tribune-Star). The letter, addressed to House Speaker Brian Bosma, was signed by Pfaff, and representatives Vernon Smith, Edward DeLaney and Sheila Klinker; all four are Democrats who serve on the House Education Committee during legislative session. “Recent scandals surrounding both Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy highlight the need for swift action from the General Assembly to increase oversight and accountability in Indiana’s virtual charter program,” the letter states. Recently-passed legislation, HEA 1400, urged the Legislative Council to assign the topic to study committee, but that did not happen. The legislation received broad bipartisan support, passing the House by a vote of 93-0 and Senate by a vote of 48-0, according to the letter. The four legislators “urge the Legislative Council to reconsider.”


GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB DINES AT THE BRICK - Gov. Eric Holcomb gave local residents a preview of an announcement of $22.1 million in funding for 11 broadband expansion infrastructure projects around the state, including Bartholomew County (East, Columbus Republic). And since The Brick was on his way to the announcement in Perry County, he stopped by the iconic restaurant for one of his favorite cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and grilled onion and side of chips. It was a surprise to The Brick customers who don’t see Indiana’s governor drop by for lunch, but they took the media attention in stride. According to Holcomb’s staff, Thursday’s visit to The Brick was a highlight of his week.

GOVERNOR: UTILITIES GET BROADBAND FUNDS - Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Thursday two Indiana electric cooperatives and their partner organizations will receive nearly $7 million in grants from the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program. The program, in its first phase of awards, is designed to foster broadband infrastructure investment in unserved areas of the state (Howey Politics Indiana). “Several of Indiana’s electric cooperatives are responding to this need and are making significant investments to bring this essential service to the Hoosiers they serve,” said John Gasstrom, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “These grants help cooperatives as they continue to find ways to close the rural digital divide.” The two Indiana electric cooperatives and their partners received a total of $6,944,558 in this phase of the grant program include: Southern Indiana Power and Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.: $6,500,000 serving Perry and Spencer Counties. Tipmont REMC: $444,558 serving northwestern Tippecanoe County.

HEALTH: DROP IN OVERDOSE DEATHS - Indiana health experts say a sharp increase in naloxone prescriptions may be responsible for a minor drop in overdose-related deaths in the state (Hogan, Indiana Public Media). Following a nationwide trend, the number of naloxone prescriptions nearly doubled from 10,460 in 2017 to 19,472 in 2018. The total number of Hoosiers who died because of drug overdoses dropped from roughly 1,846 in 2017 to just over 1,600 in 2018. That’s about a 13% decline according to The Center for Disease Control data. Dan Rusyniak is the Chief Medical officer for the Family and Social Services Administration. He says Indiana has been tackling the epidemic on all fronts. “I think one of the more important goals is to realize what impact we can have when we focus on a problem," Rusyniak says. "And the problem with opioid use disorder has really come into public attention because the number of deaths but the bigger problem really is the addiction epidemic.”

HEALTH: INDIANA RECEIVES $8.4M FROM HSS FOR OPIOIDS - A federal agency has awarded Indiana $8.4 million to help fight the opioid epidemic by boosting access to substance abuse treatment and mental health services (AP). The funding was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency says the funding will enable academic institutions and community health centers funded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to expand access to both treatment and mental health services. The funding will also help organizations fight the opioid crisis in Indiana’s rural areas. The new funding supports the Health and Human Services’ Five-Point Opioid Strategy drafted in 2017.

HEALTH: LITTLE DATA ON RED FLAG LAWS - While many states have passed “red flag” gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings, there is no data to support that they reduce homicides, experts say. “Red flag” laws allow guns to be temporarily taken away from individuals who may be dangerous to themselves or others (Hurt, Statehouse File). “Every state that’s put a “red flag” law on the books has done so in response to a homicide, usually a mass homicide,” said Aaron Kivisto, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis. “And to date, we have no research that has looked at whether these laws have any effect on homicide let alone mass homicide.” Indiana’s law allows law enforcement to seize and temporarily keep firearms from mentally unstable or dangerous individuals without a warrant or judge’s signature.

NATIONAL GUARD: GEN. CARR FACES DEFAMATION LAWSUIT - Maj. Gen. Courtney Carr, Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, is being sued in Marion County Superior Court. Carr is accused of having an affair with a subordinate, then having the woman who reported the affair harassed and intimidated (Darling and Davis, WIBC). The woman who filed the lawsuit, Shari McLaughlin, who was a contract employee working with the Indiana National Guard, accuses Carr of getting her fired from her subsequent job after she had resigned from her contractor job with the Guard because of harassment. McLaughlin said in the court filing that Carr "intentionally induced breach of McLaughlin’s contract" with Alutiiq Global Solutions "without legal justification and for personal reasons of a vendetta" against her. While she worked for Skyline Unlimited, a contracting firm working with the Guard, she said Carr was going after her for having reported a sexual affair he was having with her “mentor”. The court documents also detail McLaughlin's knowledge of other sexual relationships going on between some of her co-workers and active-duty members of the Indiana National Guard. The filing accuses Carr of threatening to pull a contract with Aluttiq if they continued to employ McClaughlin. She said Alutiiq "accommodated Carr's request" and fired her. McLaughlin is suing for damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and defamation. She also requests a trial by jury.

EDUCATION: IU HAS RECORD YEAR IN RESEARCH FUNDING - Indiana University President Michael McRobbie says the university broke a record in the amount of research money it received in 2019.  During a presentation to the IU Board of Trustees, McRobbie said the university took in $680 million in external funding, representing more than 2,800 IU research proposals (Mills, Inside Indiana Business). "This is a truly extraordinary accomplishment,” said McRobbie "It reflects the excellence and importance of IU faculty research in a funding environment that continues to grow increasingly more competitive.” IU says the previous external funding record for the school was $614 million set in fiscal year 2016. McRobbie said outside dollars for research from both public and private sources have increased nearly 45-percent since FY 2009. The university says 66 percent of all IU’s research dollars came from federal sources in FY 2019. Of that amount, $235 million came from the National Institutes of Health supports health sciences research. Much of that money goes to fund research at the IU School of Medicine.

EDUCATION: MOLD AT FOSTER, McNUTT QUADS AT IU - Students at Indiana University will move into their dorms in a little over a week (CBS4). But thousands of students won’t be in the dorm they originally planned. That’s because IU is still renovating several dorms and working to remedy a mold outbreak that happened last year. The two dorms affected are Foster and McNutt Quads. Mold issues started in those dorms last year.

MEDIA: WTHR-TV SALE FINALIZED - The sale of WTHR-TV in Indianapolis has been finalized in a cash deal worth $535 million. Virginia-based broadcast company TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) announced it has completed the acquisition of Dispatch Broadcast Group’s TV and radio stations in Indy and Columbus, Ohio (Mills, Inside Indiana Business). WTHR and its sister station in Columbus, WBNS-TV, have long been powerhouse television stations in the Midwest. “WTHR and WBNS are broadcasters of the highest caliber, and a natural fit for TEGNA as we expand our portfolio of Big Four affiliates in top markets,” said Dave Lougee, president and CEO of TEGNA. “These acquisitions further enhance our commitment to excellence in local journalism while creating value for our shareholders.” In addition to the TV stations, Tegna also purchased WBNS radio in Columbus.

MEDIA: JACK HOWEY FUNERAL SATURDAY - Funeral services for the late Indiana journalist Jack E. Howey will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Chapel United Methodist Church, 2720 E 86th St, Indianapolis. Howey was an editor of Howey Politics Indiana.

SPORTS: UPLAND BEER TO BE SOLD AT IU FOOTBALL GAMES - Sports fans may want to pack an Upland Brewing Co. koozie the next time they’re gearing up for a game at Indiana University’s gridiron or putting green (AP). The Monroe County Alcoholic Beverage Board gave Upland permission Wednesday to sell alcohol at Indiana University’s Memorial Stadium and golf course. Football fans will be able to buy beer and wine in Memorial Stadium as soon as this fall, but golfers will have to wait until next spring to grab a brew at Upland’s pared-down restaurant concept in the golf course’s new clubhouse. “This is an extension of an ongoing and really strong partnership with IU,” said Upland President David Bower. “It’s not just beer and sports. It runs deep.”


WHITE HOUSE: GORDON OUT AT DNI - President Trump on Thursday abruptly decided to install Joseph Maguire, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, as the acting director of national intelligence after Dan Coats steps down from the post next week (New York Times). Mr. Trump announced his decision to elevate Mr. Maguire, a retired vice admiral who once led the Navy's Special Warfare Command, on Twitter shortly after confirming that Sue Gordon, the nation's No. 2 intelligence official — who by law had been in line to temporarily take over as director — would instead depart with Mr. Coats on Aug. 15. Ms. Gordon, who served more than 30 years in intelligence posts at the C.I.A. and other agencies, informed Mr. Trump of her decision to retire in a letter on Thursday after it became clear that he would not permit her to rise to the position of acting director.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP MAY COMMUTE BLAGO'S SENTENCE - President Donald Trump says he's "very strongly" considering commuting the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year prison term on multiple federal corruption convictions (AP). Trump suggested more than a year ago that he was considering a commutation for Blagojevich, who then filed paperwork requesting a commutation. The Republican president told reporters Wednesday night while returning to Washington aboard Air Force One that he thought Blagojevich, a Democrat, had been treated "unbelievably unfairly."

WHITE HOUSE: SUMMIT ON ONLINE EXTREMISM TODAY - The White House has invited tech giants including Facebook, Google and Twitter to a discussion Friday about the rise of violent online extremism, one of the Trump administration's first major engagements on the issue despite years of warnings that racial and ethnic animus on social media is linked to some of the country's deadliest attacks (Washington Post). But President Trump's own attendance isn't certain — he's scheduled to be in New York raising campaign cash — leaving some to question the sincerity of the effort after months during which Trump has chastised social-media companies as his political foes.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SCHEDULE - President Trump will leave the White House at 9:30 a.m. en route to Westhampton Beach, N.Y., where he will attend a roundtable with supporters and fundraising lunch. At 1:20 p.m., the president will depart for Water Mill, N.Y., where he will deliver remarks at another fundraiser. He will leave at 3:05 p.m. en route to Bedminster, N.J.

MEDIA: SUNDAY TALK - CBS "Face the Nation": Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Michael Bloomberg, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). NBC "Meet the Press": Panel: Bob Costa, Hugh Hewitt, María Teresa Kumar and Kristen Welker. ABC "This Week": Rahm Emanuel, Chris Christie, Patrick Gaspard and Sara Fagen. "Fox News Sunday": Panel: Charlie Hurt, Howie Kurtz, Donna Brazile and Kristen Soltis Anderson. Power player (re-run): Kathleen Kennedy Townsend on Robert F. Kennedy's most famous speeches. CNN "State of the Union": Panel: Mitch Landrieu, Mia Love, Xochitl Hinojosa and Adolfo Franco. CNN "Inside Politics": Eliana Johnson, Mike Bender, Sahil Kapur and Molly Ball. (Phil Mattingly guest hosts)

IMMIGRATION: BORDER ARRESTS FALL IN JULY - Border Patrol arrested roughly 72,000 migrants at the southwestern border in July, according to statistics published Thursday by Customs and Border Protection (Politico). The latest statistics represent a 24 percent drop compared with June and mark the second month in a row in which border arrests declined.

ECONOMY: RECESSION ODDS RISE - The likelihood of a U.S. recession in the next 12 months rose to 35% in an August survey of economists, from 31% forecast previously, as global trade tensions fuel economic uncertainty (Bloomberg). Growth in the world’s biggest economy will average 2.3% this year, down from 2.5% seen in a July survey. Gross domestic product expansion is forecast to slow to a 1.8% annualized pace in the third quarter, from 3.1% in the first three months of the year and 2.1% in the second quarter. “Trade tensions are needlessly roiling financial markets, which could eventually destabilize a stable economy,” Parul Jain, chief investment strategist at Macrofin Analytics LLC in Wayne, New Jersey, said in comments attached to her survey response.

MEDIA: FACEBOOK TO PAY FOR CONTENT - Facebook Inc. FB 2.71% is offering news outlets millions of dollars for the rights to put their content in a news section that the company hopes to launch later this year, according to people familiar with the matter (Wall Street Journal). Representatives from Facebook have told news executives they would be willing to pay as much as $3 million a year to license entire stories, headlines and previews of articles from news outlets, the people said. The outlets pitched by Facebook on its news tab include Walt Disney Co.’s ABC News, Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones, The Washington Post and Bloomberg, the people said.

MISSISSIPPI: ICE RAIDS LEAVE KIDS WITH NO PARENTS - Mississippi residents rallied around terrified children left with no parents and migrants locked themselves in their homes for fear of being arrested yesterday, a day after the country's largest immigration raid in a decade, AP reports. 680 people were arrested, but more than 300 had been released by yesterday with notices to appear before immigration judges. Those released included 18 juveniles, with the youngest being 14 years old. "The children are scared," said Ronaldo Tomas, speaking in Spanish, who said his cousin with two children was detained in one of the raids. 150 students were absent yesterday from the county's 4,000-student district. School officials are trying to coax parents into letting their children return through phone calls and home visits.

MISSOURI: MAN IN BODY ARMOR ARRESTED AT WALMART -  Police are investigating after an "armed individual" was arrested at a Missouri Walmart Neighborhood Market on Thursday evening (Tribune Media). The incident happened at 3150 W. Republic Rd., according to a Facebook post from the Springfield Police Department. Police said the man was wearing body armor and military fatigues when he walked into the store around 4:30 p.m., according to a report from KYTV. He was carrying a rifle, roughly 100 rounds of ammunition and was walking around the store recording video with a cellphone. "His intent was not to cause peace or comfort ... He's lucky he's alive still, to be honest," Lt. Mike Lucas told KYTV. A store manager pulled the fire alarm to evacuate shoppers in the store, the report states. An off-duty firefighter held the man at gunpoint until police could arrive and detain him.


CITIES: STUDENT BROUGHT GUN TO TECH HS - A weapon was discovered in a student’s backpack at Arsenal Technical High School on Thursday (Fox59). Indianapolis Public Schools says IPS Police were immediately called and IPS protocol was followed, but didn’t say what that protocol is. According to the school district, no other students were around when the weapon was discovered. “Student safety and security will continue to be our priority as we provide a positive educational experience,” IPS wrote in a statement.

CITIES: VIGIL AGAINST VIOLENCE IN MUNCIE - Two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas and a close call in Muncie after an armed student was arrested near a school became a reason for people to unite on Thursday for a vigil on the Ball State campus. Muncie residents gathered to honor lives lost and connect the community as a new school year begins (WRTV). Standing side by side, a crowd gathered on Ball State's campus to remember and reflect on the lives of 31 people killed in mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso.  "This is becoming all too familiar. We are all just folks, aren't we?" Sarah Mahboudi, a Ball State alumna, said. "We are all just muddling through this life and trying to make it better. And our motto should be to respect each other and to realize this is not normal. This should not become our new normal." The vigil came just a day after learning about an armed student arrested near Muncie Central High School makes unifying now more critical than ever before. "It's all too close; it's all too close. If you think of humanity as your neighbors, of all of humanity as your neighborhood, and your brothers and sisters around the world — it's all too close," Mahboudi said.

CITIES: HOGSETT WANTS SLUR INVESTIGATED - Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has called for an independent investigation into a derogatory slur aimed at his newly hired public housing director and for an outside review of how public housing is organized in Indianapolis. FOX59 obtained a letter dated July 30 that Hogsett sent to Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) Executive Director John Hall after the mayor became aware of an allegation that a member of the board of Insight Development Corporation, IHA’s development arm, used a slur to describe Hall during a conversation with an employee. At the time of the insult, the board member was reportedly belittling Hall’s attempts to reform the agency. “The nature of these allegations is unacceptable and, if proven true, I can assure you and your viewers that action will be taken,” the mayor told FOX59 in an exclusive interview in which he backed Hall. “He’s a reformer and I’m sure that decisions he is making are changing things at IHA and human nature being what it is perhaps he’s engaged some people who are trying to push back.”

CITIES: DAV COMMANDER COULD FACE TRIAL - A former Disabled American Veterans commander accused of swiping about $40,000 from a Crown Point chapter said he wants to see his criminal case go to trial, but his defense attorney has some hesitations (NWI Times). Kent M. Proctor, 69, of Gary, appeared before Judge Clarence Murray on Thursday in Lake Criminal Court on one level 6 felony theft count. During the hearing, which comes a week after Lake Criminal Court Judge Pro Tempore Kathleen Sullivan granted a continuance in the case, defense attorney Susan Severtson said Proctor’s case first appeared in Lake County Veterans Treatment Court in 2017, but “things didn’t work out for him, unfortunately,” and the case was sent back to Lake Criminal Court.

CITIES: COLUMBUS COUNCIL EYES TAX ABATEMENT - A Columbus-based manufacturer may receive a 10-year tax abatement for its $1 million investment in new manufacturing equipment if the request is approved by Columbus City Council later this month (Columbus Republic). The council approved the tax abatement resolution Tuesday for Rightway Fasteners Inc. for new manufacturing equipment to accommodate an increase in production volume. The $1 million investment includes one cold forging machine, four sorting machines and two shot blast machines, company officials said. The planned purchase and installation would result in 385 retained jobs and seven new positions by the end of 2019.

COUNTIES: FIGHT COMING OVER VIGO JAIL DESIGN - With the rezoning of property approved and the final purchase of property imminent, Vigo County commissioners are looking forward to the next phase of jail planning and construction. But an outspoken citizens group isn’t ready to give up its fight for a less costly jail just yet (Terre Haute Tribune-Star). Commissioner Judy Anderson said she’s glad to have rezoning of property behind the commissioners and to be moving on in the jail debate that’s been ongoing for years. The Terre Haute City Council voted 6-3 Aug. 1 in favor of rezoning just more than 22 acres at 500 W. Honey Creek Drive for a new Vigo County jail.