TRADE WAR BLAMED FOR MANUFACTURING DECLINE: American manufacturers rode a wave of optimism after President Trump took office, clinging to his promises to revive the industry and bring back jobs (Axios). But now the politically important sector is being choked by his trade war with China, and business leaders tell Axios that the tariffs threaten to upend the economy if not addressed soon, Axios' Courtenay Brown and Alayna report. The manufacturing sector added 18,000 jobs in September of last year, following a steady rise in employment. But just one year later, the pace of gains has slowed: Last month, the sector cut thousands of jobs for the 2nd time this year. A closely watched index that tracks the health of the industry also showed that manufacturing is in the worst shape since before President Trump took office — contracting for 2 straight months. The last time the sector contracted was in 2016. And while President Trump has blamed the Federal Reserve for the slump, and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow punted responsibility to Europe, business groups and manufacturers say there's no question Trump's trade war is the real problem.

MULTIPLE CIA WHISTLEBLOWERS: The legal team representing the Central Intelligence Agency officer behind the complaint that helped spark an impeachment inquiry into President Trump is now advising “multiple whistleblowers,” the attorneys said Sunday (Wall Street Journal). The existence of at least one additional whistleblower could complicate President Trump’s efforts to counter the impeachment proceedings building against him in Congress. Mr. Trump repeatedly has sought to attack the credibility and motive of the first individual who filed a formal whistleblower complaint in August. “I can confirm that my firm and my team represent multiple whistleblowers,” Andrew Bakaj, the lead attorney for the first whistleblower, said in a tweet. “No further comment at this time.” Mark Zaid, another attorney representing the initial whistleblower, said that a second whistleblower, also an intelligence official, has come forward with firsthand knowledge of some of the allegations described in the initial complaint, which describe efforts by Mr. Trump to press his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival just as aid to the country was being held up.

PENCE TO GO AFTER DEMS OVER IMPEACHMENT: The White House wants to make vulnerable House Democrats pay for impeachment. Starting this week, Vice President Mike Pence will embark on a national tour of congressional districts represented by Democrats who've come out in support of the inquiry (Politico). The move comes as the administration is struggling to combat an intensifying investigation into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Each of the districts on Pence's itinerary were won by Trump in 2016, making them potent targets for Republicans. The vice president will travel Wednesday to the southwest Iowa district of Rep. Cindy Axne, and Thursday he's slated to visit the suburban Twin Cities district of another freshman Democrat, Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig. The vice president is then scheduled to barnstorm an array of battleground districts, including those held by Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin and Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger.

TRUMP FEARS IMPEACHMENT ON HIS 'RESUME': President Trump has told friends and allies he worries about the stain impeachment will leave on his legacy (Swan, Axios). In a phone call with House Republicans on Friday, Trump articulated why he really doesn't want this. Impeachment, Trump said, is a "bad thing to have on your resume," according to a source on the call. Two other sources on the call confirmed the substance of the comment, but one said they recalled Trump phrasing it as "you don't want it [impeachment] on your resume." After making the resume remark, Trump added, "But it's going to make Kevin speaker," these sources said, a reference to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's upside.

GM/UAW STRIKE TALKS STALL: Contract talks between General Motors Co. GM and the United Auto Workers labor union stalled Sunday morning after making some progress heading into the weekend with new-hire pay, job security and other issues still in contention (Wall Street Journal). In a Sunday letter to union members, Terry Dittes, the UAW’s top bargainer for GM, said talks with the company had taken “a turn for the worse” in part because the union says GM reverted back to a previously rejected proposal with only minor changes. “The company’s response did nothing to advance a whole host of issues that are important to you and your families!,” Mr. Dittes wrote in the letter. “It did nothing to provide job security during the term of this agreement.”

BUTTIGIEG ATTENDS INDIANA 'PEACEMAKER SUMMIT’: Over 500 faith leaders and African-American families directly impacted by gun violence packed into Pentecostal Cathedral COGIC Church, one of South Bend’s most historic Black Churches, on Sunday where presidential hopeful and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Common Council President Tim Scott pledged to adopt Faith in Indiana’s ‘Peacemaker Platform’ a set of best-in-nation police accountability measures and strategies proven to dramatically drop gun violence (Howey Politics Indiana). “Tonight, Mayor Buttigieg and the Common Council took giant steps to restore safety to Black and Brown communities, so all can live free of the fear of losing a loved one to gun violence,” explained Rev. Gilbert Washington Faith in Indiana Pastor of  St. Paul Bethel Missionary Baptist Church “As a pastor who has grieved with too many families suffering irreparable loss, I assure you, we won’t back down until the Peacemaker platform is fully implemented.” “The issue of gun violence in this city is not new,” Buttigieg said, touching on how he remembers the importance of it during his childhood and how it has continued through his tenure as mayor. “It has been especially a source of anguish this year because, of course, in the loss of Eric Logan in a violent encounter with a police officer that is still being investigated. And because of the shocking young age of so many residents we have lost in the city this year,” he said. "So everybody has a stake in this.”

BUTTIGIEG LAGS IN SC FOX POLL AS BIDEN DOMINATES: Joe Biden continues to maintain a huge lead in a Fox News South Carolina Poll, with 41%. Trailing are Elizabeth Warren at 12%, Bernie Sanders at 10%, while Kamala Harris and Tom Steyer are at 4%, Cory Booker at 3% and Pete Buttigieg at 2.%. Buttigieg is getting zero African-American support. The poll, released Sunday, shows Biden with large leads among blacks (+41 points), men (+31), and voters over age 45 (+38).  Since July, his support has grown 9 points among blacks and 13 points among black men. Warren is ahead among one group -- white voters with a college degree (+5 points), and comes close to Biden among white voters, trailing him by just 4 points.

U.S. BEGINS ABRUPT PULLOUT IN SYRIA:  American troops began pulling back on Monday from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected incursion by Turkey into the area, the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said (AP). The Syrian Kurdish fighters warned that Washington’s abrupt decision to stand aside — announced by the White House late Sunday — will overturn years of achievements in the battle against the Islamic State militant group. In a strongly-worded statement, they accused Washington of failing to abide by its commitments to its key allies. There was no immediate confirmation from the White House of U.S. troops clearing positions in areas in northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, also said American troops have started pulling back, and a video posted by a Kurdish news agency showed a convoy of American armored vehicles apparently heading away from the border area of Tal Abyad.

TRUMP ABANDONS KURDS: In a major shift in United States military policy in Syria, the White House said on Sunday that President Trump had given his endorsement for a Turkish military operation that would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria (New York Times). Turkey considers the Kurdish forces to be a terrorist insurgency, and has long sought to end American support for the group. But the Kurdish fighters, which are part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, or S.D.F., have been the United States’ most reliable partner in fighting the Islamic State in a strategic corner of northern Syria. Now, Mr. Trump’s decision goes against the recommendations of top officials in the Pentagon and the State Department who have sought to keep a small troop presence in northeast Syria to continue operations against the Islamic State, or ISIS, and to act as a critical counterweight to Iran and Russia. “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria,” the White House said in a statement released just before 11 p.m. in Washington. “The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‘Caliphate,’ will no longer be in the immediate area.”

COLIN POWELL SAYS TRUMP FOREIGN POLICY IN 'SHAMBLES': Former Secretary of State and retired four-star U.S. Army General Colin Powell described foreign policy under President Donald Trump as “in shambles,” in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Sunday (Mediaite). “I was a Republican who was Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. I was a Republican who worked for George Herbert Walker Bush, and worked for George W. Bush. I’m a moderate Republican who believes that we should have strong foreign policy, strong defense policy, that we have to look out for our people, and we ought to work hard to making sure we’re one country and one team,” Powell declared. “And so, on that basis, I call myself a Republican.” After characterizing himself, Powell moved on to condemn the Republican party for enabling Trump. “The Republican Party has got to get a grip on itself. Right now, Republican leaders and members of the Congress, in both the Senate and in the House, are holding back because they’re terrified of what will happen to any one of them if they speak out,” he said. “Will they lose a primary? I don’t know why that’s such a disaster, but will they lose a primary?

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The Colts had a statement game Sunday night. With a huge part of its defense on the sideline with injuries, the next men up held the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and wonderboy QB Patrick Mahomes to just 13 points, forging a 19-13 victory. The upside of this team is huge. One reminder: the weekly HPI will be published around 9 a.m. Tuesday. - Brian A. Howey



Campaigns

VOTER REGISTRATION ENDS TODAY: Monday is the voter registration deadline for Indiana residents wanting to cast ballots in this year’s city or town elections (AP). The Indiana secretary of state’s office says registrations can be done in person at county clerk offices until the close of business Monday or online until midnight. Online registration can be completed by using the Indiana Voters app for smartphones or by going to the IndianaVoters.com website. No statewide elections are being held this year, but municipal elections will be Nov. 5 in most cities and towns across the state.

Presidential 2020

BUTTIGIEG COURTS MINORITY VOTERS: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign has been held back by an Achilles' heel: near-zero support from African-American voters. The Democratic hopeful was in Indianapolis on Friday to address the issue head-on (Berman, WIBC). Buttigieg was the keynote speaker for the NAACP's Freedom Fund banquet. The mayor chalks up his low support with African-Americans to Joe Biden's high support not leaving much to go around for the other candidates. He predicts that will change as voters begin to look at candidates with lower name recognition, and says his campaign is making an effort to "reach out to [minority] voters where they are," something he says hasn't always happened. Buttigieg says he's trying to stay true to the principle that impeachment shouldn't be a partisan issue, even though he concedes it's played out that way so far. He says he hopes Republicans "are reunited with their consciences."

MULVANEY PREDICTS TRUMP WINS 45 STATES: In numerous recent conversations with colleagues, including last week's senior staff meeting, White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney has said he thinks President Trump could win 45 states in 2020 after the impeachment process — a magnitude of landslide that few if any independent pollsters would dare predict (Axios). Mulvaney did not stipulate which 5 states he thought Trump would still lose when he made these comments, a source who heard them said. People who've heard Mulvaney make this remark say he wasn't joking or even exaggerating.

BIDEN WRITES WAPO OP-ED: Former vice president Joe Biden claimed President Trump is out to "destroy my family" in a Washington Post op-ed published Sunday. "Enough is enough," Biden writes. "Every day — every few hours, seemingly — more evidence is uncovered revealing that President Trump is abusing the power of the presidency and is wholly unfit to be president. He is using the highest office in the land to advance his personal political interests instead of the national interest. The president’s most recent violation of the rule of law — openly calling for China to interfere in our elections, as he stood on the South Lawn of the White House — is so outrageous, it’s clear he considers the presidency a free pass to do whatever he wants, with no accountability. He does not understand the immense responsibility demanded of all those who hold the office of the president of the United States. He sees only the power — and how it can benefit just one person: Donald Trump.

GOP FACES RECKONING OVER TRUMP IMPEACHMENT: A torrent of impeachment developments has triggered a reckoning in the Republican Party, paralyzing many of its officeholders as they weigh their political futures, legacies and, ultimately, their allegiance to a president who has held them captive (Washington Post). President Trump’s efforts to pressure a foreign power to target a domestic political rival have driven his party into a bunker, with lawmakers bracing for an extended battle led by a general whose orders are often confusing and contradictory. Should the House impeach Trump, his trial would be in the Senate, where the Republican majority would decide his fate. While GOP senators have engaged in hushed conversations about constitutional and moral considerations, their calculations at this point are almost entirely political. Even as polling shows an uptick in support nationally for Trump’s impeachment, his command over the Republican base is uncontested, representing a stark warning to any official who dares to cross him.



Sunday Talk

WALSH CALLS TRUMP A 'TRAITOR': Former Rep. Joe Walsh, one of the Republicans challenging President Donald Trump for the party's nomination in the 2020 presidential race, called the incumbent president "a traitor" and said he'd vote to impeach him if he was still in Congress. "This is a strong term I'm going to use, but I'm going to say it on purpose: Donald Trump is a traitor," Walsh said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

SEN. JOHNSON SPARS WITH AGITATED TODD: Chuck Todd, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," called out Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) for responding to a question with a "Fox News conspiracy" during a heated interview on Sunday. "I have no idea why a Fox News conspiracy propaganda stuff is popping up on here. I have no idea. I have no idea why we're going here," Todd said. He then pushed the senator to "answer the question that I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you're not criticizing him." "What made you wince? I’m asking a simple question about you clearly were upset that somehow there was an implication that military aid was being frozen because the president wanted an investigation. Why did you wince?" Todd asked. "Because I didn't want those connected," Johnson responded. "I was supporting the aid." Johnson said he asked the president about allegations that military aid was being withheld from Ukraine as Trump asked the country's leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 candidate.  "He completely denied it. He adamantly denied it. He vehemently, angrily denied it. He said, 'I'd never do that,'" Johnson said. He continued to defend Trump by saying that "the press is horribly biased."

GRAHAM VOWS TO EXPOSE WHISTLEBLOWERS: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., vowed to expose the anonymous whistleblowers against President Trump if Democrats move forward with impeachment; at the same time, he warned against Trump having China pursue an investigation of Joe Biden. A second unidentified whistleblower was confirmed Sunday morning, reportedly with firsthand information to support some of the allegations another whistleblower made in a complaint filed in August regarding a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Graham said that if Democrats follow through on their desire to impeach Trump, he will make sure that the whistleblowers will have to come forward and testify. "Here’s what’s going to happen: if the whistleblowers' allegations are turned into an impeachment article it’s imperative that the whistleblower be interviewed in public, under oath, and cross-examined,” Graham told Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures," promising that "if that doesn't happen in the House, I'll make sure it happens in the Senate."

JORDAN WON'T ANSWER QUESTION ABOUT CHINA: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Sunday repeatedly refused to say whether he believed it was inappropriate for President Trump to call for Chinese authorities to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. “You really think he was serious about thinking China’s going to investigate the Biden family? I think he’s getting the press all spun up about this,” Jordan said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday as host George Stephanopoulos repeatedly pressed him on the appropriateness of the statement Trump made last week. “He was just making a statement to underscore how wrong what took place here is. I don’t think anyone in America really believes the president of the United states thinks China is going to investigate,” Jordan said. “I think he’s saying what’s on the minds of so many Americans: How does the vice president’s son get a billion dollars from a subsidiary of the Bank of China?”

BRENNAN SAYS TRUMP STRIKES FEAR IN GOP SENATORS: Former CIA chief John Brennan said the Republican senators are "running scared" of President Trump as the impeachment inquiry intensifies. On "Meet the Press," Brennan called out Chuck Todd's previous interviewee Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) who Todd had said avoided his question to "make Donald Trump feel better here that you're not criticizing him." "Clearly Sen. Johnson is running scared of Donald Trump as are the other Republican senators because if they say anything against him, he comes after them with a vengeance," he said.

SEN. MURPHY SAYS PUBLIC WANTS 'FACTS': Sen. Chris Murphy (D- Conn.) said he thinks American voters will ask Congress to focus on facts when it comes to the impeachment investigation rather than adhere to "their loyalty to the cult of Donald Trump." Murphy told Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that some Republican politicians are taking "wild" steps to defend the president. "I think there are a lot of regular citizens out there that are going to demand their members of Congress look at the facts, make a decision on the facts and not make a decision based on their loyalty to the cult of Donald Trump."

SEN. BLUNT DOUBTS TRUMP 'SERIOUS' ABOUT CHINA: Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) on Sunday expressed skepticism President Trump was “serious” when he called for the Chinese government to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate  Joe Biden and the former vice president's son, Hunter. “I doubt the China comment was serious …the president loves to go out on the White House driveway, he loves to bait the press to see what you’ll talk about,” Blunt said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

KLOBACHAR WOULDN'T LET VEEP KIN SIT ON FOREIGN BOARDS: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a White House hopeful, said Sunday she would not let her vice president's child sit on a foreign board.  The comment comes as President Trump pushes an attack on leading 2020 candidate former Vice President Joe Biden centered on Biden's son sitting on a gas company's board in Ukraine.  CNN's "State of the Union" host asked Klobuchar on Sunday if she would allow her vice president's kid to sit on a foreign board.  "No, I wouldn't," she said. "And I can promise you right now by own daughter, who is only 24, does not sit on the board of a foreign company."

SANFORD DOESN'T KNOW IF HE'D VOTE FOR TRUMP IN 2020: Former South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican challenging President Trump in a longshot primary campaign, said on Sunday that he isn't sure if he would still consider voting for Trump in 2020, despite allegations that the president solicited foreign interference to benefit him politically. Host Jake Tapper asked Sanford on CNN's "State of the Union" if he would vote for Trump over Vice President Joe Biden if they end up being the candidates in 2020. "I don’t know," Sanford responded. "What I've said is I'm an issue guy."

CHAIRMAN SAYS POMPEO EVADING INQUIRY: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is not complying with the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump. “He’s not complying with the inquiry so far,” Engel said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked by host Margaret Brennan about Pompeo’s accusation that House Democrats are “harassing” State Department personnel. “There are discussions that are ongoing, and we’re hoping that he will comply, although it’s kind of laughable, you know, since the administration's and Trump has been president, we have been getting numerous complaints from people who work at the State Department about all kinds of harassment by this administration where people were summarily let go or fired because they were deemed to be the wrong political persuasion or the wrong ethnic persuasion.”

HIMES SAYS ENOUGH VOTES TO IMPEACH: Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Democratic lawmakers have enough support to authorize an impeachment inquiry of President Trump if such a resolution were to be brought up for a vote on the House floor, as some Republicans have demanded. "If Speaker Pelosi did in fact move forward with a floor vote on actually proceeding with an investigation — which as you point out is not required here — there's no question in my mind that she would have the votes," Himes said on "Face the Nation" Sunday.

FORMER TRUMP ORGANIZATION EMPLOYEE SAYS TRUMP COULD RESIGN: A former Trump Organization executive says she thinks President Donald Trump may resign rather than face possible removal from office by impeachment. "He does a lot of things to save face," Barbara Res, a former Trump Organization vice president, told CNN's Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources Sunday. "It would be very, very, very bad for him to be impeached," Res said. "I don't know that he'll be found guilty but I don't know that he wants to be impeached. I think that's what this panic is about. And my gut [instinct] is that he'll leave office, he'll resign. Or make some kind of a deal, even, depending on what comes out."



Congress

HOUSE PREVIEW: The House and Senate are on recess until Oct. 15. However, the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees have confirmed that the following officials will appear for hearings in relation to their investigation of Trump and Ukraine, per a committee aide: Tuesday: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Friday: Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

State

HEALTH: IU HEALTH SALARIES - Though IU Health’s nonprofit status means no individual or group can pocket profits from the health system, it doesn’t mean executives and even board members aren’t receiving decent pay checks for work done (Zaltsberg, Indiana Public Media). The Internal Revenue Service oversees how such pay is set for nonprofits. According to the National Council on Nonprofits, the IRS says an independent body such as a compensation committee should be established to prevent interested persons from making pay and benefit decisions. IU Health’s top employee, President and CEO Dennis Murphy, received total compensation of $2,518,861 in 2017, according to Guidestar, an organization that collects information on U.S. nonprofits. Nonprofits must report executive and leadership pay on Tax Form 990. IU Health’s Form 990 for 2016 showed his compensation as $1,572,382. The same year, compensation of $1,523,416 was reported for outgoing CEO Daniel Evans, who left the organization in May. Evans’ compensation was $3,453,323 in 2015. According to the 2016 Form 990, 13 individuals who served on the board for all or part of that year received pay that totaled $492,788 for what was estimated at six hours work per week each. A figure of $22,750 was listed for IU President Michael McRobbie for his board work. IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess earned $39,750 for his work on the board. The two board members who received no pay were U.S. Southern District Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker and United Methodist Church Bishop Michael J. Coyner.

Nation

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP CALLS FOR PELOSI IMPEACHMENT - President Trump on Sunday tweeted that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., should be impeached over their handling of the whistleblower investigation (Fox News). Trump said Pelosi was aware of "Shifty Adam Schiff" and his "massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people.” Trump pointed to Schiff's “parody” speech in Congress (Fox News). Pelosi defended the speech and called it “fair.” Trump was also apparently alluding to reports that Schiff's false earlier claim that the unnamed whistleblower did not speak to his committee.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SCHEDULE - President Trump will have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 12:30 p.m. in the private dining room. He will participate in a briefing with senior military leaders at 6 p.m. in the Cabinet Room. Trump and first lady Melania Trump will host a social dinner with senior military leaders and their spouses in the Blue Room at 7:15 p.m. President Trump's schedule, per a White House official: Tuesday: Trump will have lunch with Mike Pence. He will also present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Edwin Meese. Thursday: Trump will deliver remarks at a rally in Minneapolis. Friday: Trump will participate in a photo opportunity with the little league baseball and softball World Series Championship teams.

SCOTUS: VOLATILE TERM ARRIVES - The Supreme Court has a powerfully controversial docket for its term beginning Monday that will test Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s efforts to portray the institution as above the noisy and partisan battles of the moment (Washington Post). Two unknowns — the health of the court’s oldest member, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and whether the court will be drawn into legal controversies arising from the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into President Trump — add to the uncertainty. Resolution of the most contentious cases could happen in June, in the heat of a presidential campaign in which the future of the court has emerged as a galvanizing issue for conservatives and liberals. On the court’s agenda: Whether federal law protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination or being fired. Whether the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Obama-era program that protects immigrants brought to this country as children are lawful. The first Second Amendment claim involving gun ownership in more than a decade. Whether a state may withhold aid to private religious schools if it offers funding to secular ones. An abortion case that gives the court’s new conservatives an opportunity to begin reconstructing its jurisprudence on what is perhaps the nation’s most divisive subject.

SCOTUS: INDIANA ABORTION LAW COULD BE ON DOCKET - Both sides of the abortion debate are waiting to see if the Supreme Court adds new disputes over state abortion regulations to its election-year docket. The justices met in private earlier this week to discuss the hundreds of appeals that piled up over the summer (Indiana Public Media). One of the most significant of those pending appeals involves abortion regulations in Indiana. The Indiana mandate would force women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion, replacing a requirement that did not specify when the examination must take place. An appeals court found that new law would impose lengthy travel and additional expenses on some women. In recent years, the justices have announced new cases they’ve accepted for full review in advance of the term’s start on the first Monday in October.

Local

CITIES: 5 SHOT OUTSIDE EVANSVILLE AMERICAN LEGION - Police are investigating a shooting that happened in the parking lot of the American Legion in Evansville (WFIE-TV). Authorities confirm there are five total victims. They say three of them have serious injuries and were taken to the hospital. The other two refused medical care. Four cars were also hit by gunfire. Police say an officer in the area heard the gunshots just before 3 a.m. and responded. They say police saw 37-year-old Keymo Johnson running from the scene, and he was taken into custody in the area.

CITIES: LAFAYETTE SEEING SPURT OF BANK ROBBERIES - One more bank robbery in Lafayette will break a five-year city record. Thursday's bank robbery at Horizon Bank was the third within the last two months (WFLI-TV). Centier Bank, Regions Bank, and Horizon Bank have all fell victim to recent robberies in the area. These locations are on or near some of Lafayette's busiest roads. Lafayette Police believe with the high traffic in people, the better chance they'll have in catching the criminal. Lafayette Police want you to notice what you notice. “Bank robberies are one of those crimes that are very commonly solved starting with tips from the public,” said Sgt. Mike Brown, Lafayette Police Community Outreach and Crime Prevention.

CITIES: ELKHART COUNCIL PASSES FINAL NEESE BUDGET - The process of getting a 2020 budget for the City of Elkhart is well under way, with the first three nights of budget hearings having passed this week. The proposed budget of $82 million is a $5 million increase from 2019 but keeps the city in the black, and city revenues for 2020 are expected to exceed $91 million (Jorgensen, Elkhart Truth). Mayor Tim Neese, a Republican, said his fourth and final budget continues a tradition of strong fiscal management. “As my term concludes, I felt an obligation in this budget to continue providing the highest overall service to our citizens without making significant overhauls,” Neese said. “Fortunately, in previous budgets, we invested in a number of staffing increases as well as capital improvements that are currently serving our citizens well. As a result, many departmental budgets did not require substantial increases in Fiscal Year 2020.”

CITIES: WORK BEGINS ON NEW INDY RESERVOIR - The company that provides water service to much of central Indiana is preparing to convert a quarry just northeast of Indianapolis into a reservoir for drinking water to meet the demands of the growing population over the next several decades (AP). The city of Fishers has approved two permits Citizens Energy needed to begin preliminary work on a new 3.5 billion gallon (13.25 billion liter) reservoir near the existing Geist Reservoir, the Indianapolis Star reported. Work is expected to begin late this year and last through next year, Citizens Energy spokesman Dan Considine said. Citizens Energy also owns Geist Reservoir, which dates to the 1940s and holds about twice as much water as the converted quarry will store. The new $30 million reservoir will pump 25 million gallons (95 million liters) a day of captured rainwater into Geist, which sends it to Fall Creek and the utility’s processing plants in Indianapolis.

CITIES: MICHIGAN CITY CONTINUES TO MONITOR SPILL - Michigan City officials continue to monitor Trail Creek and adjoining city property following a diesel fuel spill last summer, and local residents remain concerned about possible effects on fish in the stream and a perceived delay in public notification (Mayes, Indiana Public Media). At a public information session Thursday night at City Hall, Michael Kuss, general manager of the Michigan City Sanitation District, gave a timeline of events, and the city and state response. The spill occurred July 21 on a section of Trail Creek just south of Springland Avenue near the lamprey barrier, but the city was not notified by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management until July 23, Kuss said. "By law, Southshore Freight should have notified IDEM within two hours of the leak, and also notified the city," but that notification never happened, he said.