HOLCOMB SEEKS MORE ASIAN TRADE DESPITE TENSIONS: Ongoing trade tensions between the United States and several foreign nations are not deterring Gov. Eric Holcomb from continuing to personally sell Indiana overseas as a good place for businesses to invest (Carden, NWI Times). The Republican is traveling this week in Japan and South Korea on a six-day trade mission promoting the Hoosier State. He'll be doing the same in China and India from Sept. 22 to Oct. 5. "Markets are more connected now than ever before, and we're proud to support a growing global dynamic economy in Indiana," Holcomb said. "That growth is evident in our business sector, with 1,000 foreign-owned companies throughout Indiana employing 21st century talent in communities all across our state." In each of the four countries, Holcomb is scheduled to thank business leaders who already have invested in Indiana and hold events aimed at encouraging other companies to join them. He's also set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Indiana and Tochigi Prefecture in Japan, visit Indiana's Chinese sister state of Zhejiang Province, and join the Indiana Pacers in Mumbai for the first-ever American professional basketball game in India.

HOLCOMB SENIOR CAMPAIGN OFFICIALS RETURN FOR REELECT: The Eric Holcomb for Indiana campaign announced top members of its campaign team returning for his reelection (Howey Politics Indiana). They include Joe Elsener as deputy campaign manager and political director, Mindy Colbert as finance director and Matt Huckleby as deputy campaign manager. Each member of Gov. Holcomb's senior staff is returning to the campaign after working on his historic 106-day campaign in 2016, bringing with them invaluable experience serving on a statewide gubernatorial race. "After witnessing what Joe, Mindy and Matt could do in 2016, I can't wait to see the unstoppable fundraising and political operation they're going to lead going into 2020," said Kyle Hupfer, campaign manager of the Eric Holcomb for Indiana campaign. "They're the best-of-the-best, and bringing them back for round two loads our team with the top talent, experience and consistency in leadership that will catapult Governor Holcomb to another four years of Putting People First." Additional staffing announcements will follow in the coming weeks.

KKK PICNIC IN MADISON INTERRUPTED BY PROTESTERS: Pizza, protest signs and angry chants. Protesters showed up at a park in Madison, Indiana, to stop a KKK group from holding its annual picnic there, WDRB reports (CBS4). The confrontation lasted only about ten minutes. "The honorable sacred knights of the KKK showed up here at the park and were chased out within minutes because hate has no place here in Madison, Indiana," Mike Gamms said. Gamms, a self-described anti-fascist dressed up as Spider-Man, was just one of dozens who showed up early to foil the KKK's plan. "If they do this event again, I bet Spider-Man and his amazing friends will be here again," Gamms said. Just after 1:30, a small motorcade of KKK members first arrived. After revving their engines past the counterprotesters, about 10 klan members parked at an adjacent pavilion with two carry-out pizzas in hand. Law enforcement was there to keep the peace as counterprotesters outnumbered the KKK. After a war of words, the KKK left. "Well, we're hoping this might have been a good reminder that, guess what, they're losing steam," said Mary Childress, a woman from Madison.

BIDEN STUMBLES ON QUESTION OF WHY HE IS RUNNING: “How badly do you want to be president?” Joseph R. Biden Jr. was asked after a recent speech in Prole, Iowa. The answer to such an inquiry would appear self-evident in the case of Mr. Biden, who began his running-for-president routine more than three decades ago; in other words, very badly, one would assume (Leibovich, New York Times). But the question, posed by a reporter, seemed to come at Mr. Biden as a bit of a curveball — a variant of the “Why do you want to be president?” riddle that CBS’s Roger Mudd famously stumped Ted Kennedy with 40 years ago. The former vice president paused. “I think it’s really, really, really important that Donald Trump not be re-elected,” Mr. Biden said, more of a rationale than answer. He then launched into a classic Biden roller derby of verbiage in which he listed all the reasons he found Mr. Trump so distasteful. He landed on a question to himself. “Could I die happily not having heard ‘Hail to the Chief’ play for me?” the Democratic front-runner asked. “Yeah, I could,” he said. “That’s not why I’m running.” So why is he running? And is the singular nature of the opponent all it will take to convince voters that Joe Biden really wants to be doing this right now — at this vicious moment in our politics and at this stage of his life? Remarkably, after all this time, Mr. Biden stumbles to come up with a clear answer.

BIDEN, BUTTIGIEG CALL FOR GUN REFORMS: Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, moderates who project themselves as pragmatic collaborators, are taking a no-compromise approach on the overhaul of the nation's gun laws after the latest mass shooting (AP). Campaigning separately in eastern Iowa on Monday, the former vice president and the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, say the minimum provisions include universal background checks, a ban on military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition, and red flag laws to allow officials to confiscate firearms from dangerous people. Biden told reporters before a Labor Day picnic in Cedar Rapids that inaction from President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans is "disgraceful." Asked if there's room for negotiation, he declared: "None. This is one we have to just push and push and push and push and push." Buttigieg also rejected compromise, saying after a campaign event in Cedar Rapids: "There is just no good faith in the congressional GOP nor, I believe, in the White House when it comes to dealing with this issue."

TRUMP LAUNCHES NEW TARIFFS ON CHINESE: Tariffs on clothing and other imports from China went into effect on Sunday, escalating the trade war in a move expected to squarely hit consumers (Wall Street Journal). The U.S. tariffs of 15% on tools, apparel items, some footwear and many electronics will be charged on imports valued at $111 billion last year, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal. Additional tariffs of 15% on $156 billion of smartphones, laptops, toys, videogames and other products have been postponed until Dec. 15, after the period when goods are typically imported for the holiday season. “Absolutely worth it, we don’t want to be servants to the Chinese!” President Trump said Sunday in a tweet, referring to the process of tariffs forcing American importers to look for other suppliers. The tariffs are “about American freedom,” he added in another tweet. “There is no reason to buy everything from China!” Mr. Trump cited the views of economist Peter Morici, who was interviewed Sunday on Fox News and said the tariffs would impact average Americans “not as much as the critics say” due to shifts in exchange rates and supply chains.

PENCE, BARR TO PUSH FOR DEATH PENALTY FOR MASS SHOOTERS: The Department of Justice has drafted legislation that would expedite capital punishment for those found guilty of mass killings, according to a top Trump administration official (New York Post). Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short told reporters Monday that the veep’s policy team has been working with Attorney General William Barr on the death penalty bill, which will likely be part of a larger gun control package the White House will try to sell to Congress amid a wave of shooting massacres, including the latest rampage in Texas that killed seven people. Barr in July said the federal government would push to resume executions of convicted murderers on death row after a 16-year hiatus. While a capital punishment provision might entice Republican senators to get on board, it will likely be a non-starter for House Democrats. Already, House Democrats are turning up their noses at a bipartisan background check bill, a piece of Senate legislation being pushed by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). House Democrats say it doesn’t go far enough.

PENCE CRITICAL OF RUSSIA OVER ELECTION ASSAULTS: Vice President Pence spoke out against Russia on Monday during his European trip, criticizing President Vladimir Putin's government for election interference and pledging support for Poland as it seeks to bolster its military amid Russian aggression in the region (Washington Post). "With its efforts to meddle in elections across Europe and around the world, now is the time for us to remain vigilant about the intentions and actions being taken by Russia," Pence said during a news conference in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda. Pence added that "Russian forces still illegally occupy large parts of Georgia and Ukraine' and chastised Moscow for seeking to divide the U.S. alliance with Poland. Pence made his critical remarks just days after President Trump said it is "certainly possible" he will invite Putin to the Group of Seven summit in 2020, an event Trump will host in an election year.

WARSAW MAYOR THALLEMER TO HEAD AIM: Accelerate Indiana Municipalities announced that Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer was elected to succeed Huntingburg’s Denny Spinner in 2020 as the association’s president (Howey Politics Indiana). Thallemer was elected by the membership this week at 2019 Aim Ideas Summit in French Lick. “Mayor Thallemer is a smart and innovative municipal leader with a strong vision for our cities and towns. Under Mayor Thallemer’s leadership, Warsaw has renewed its focus on quality of life through a variety of efforts, from alley activations to development along the lakefront,” AIM CEO Matt Greller said. “Our membership’s decision to elect Mayor Thallemer to lead AIM will have a lasting impact on our efforts to build a brighter future for Indiana through supporting our cities and towns and cultivating strong partnerships with state leaders and community-minded stakeholders.” Thallemer said, “Aim has been formative in my development as a municipal leader. It’s served as a sounding board in my work as mayor. As well, I’ve made countless connections with public officials who are dedicated to their communities and the valued role municipal government plays in the health of our state.” Also elected were Sullivan Mayor Clint Lamb, who will serve as 1st Vice President, and Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers, who will serve as 2nd Vice President. All three officials take office January 1, 2019.

SO-MO DORIAN WREAKING HAVOC UP THE SEABOARD: Hurricane Dorian is stationary — just sitting over the Bahamas, prolonging the damage and terror. "You could out-walk it," CNN pointed out. As many as 13,000 houses are damaged or destroyed, the Red Cross tweeted. Eyewitness video showed panicked families fleeing to their roofs, with a hospital in Freeport underwater (BBC). At least five people have died; some are unaccounted for. Along the East Coast ... More than 1 million people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina were ordered to evacuate before Dorian rolls up the seaboard. Virginia declared a state of emergency (Reuters). Life-threatening storm-surge flooding is possible even if the storm's heart stays offshore, as forecast.

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: Vice President Pence is correct in his assessment and criticism of the Kremlin's attempts to impact the 2020 U.S. election, as well as others in western democracies. And Pence is wise to tell Americans and the world to remain vigilant. - Brian A. Howey


HOGSETT TV AD HIGHLIGHTS IMPROVEMENTS: Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett's reelection campaign is airing a TV ad touting the administration's capital improvement programs (Howey Politics Indiana). The ad highlights the repairing of streets as well as adding new street lights. "Building a better city with more work to do," Hogsett said in the ad's tagline.

MYERS STUMPS IN VIGO ON LABOR DAY: Walking in Terre Haute’s Labor Day Parade on Monday was like a homecoming for Dr. Woody Myers, a Democratic candidate for Indiana governor in 2020 (Trigg, Terre Haute Tribune-Star). An Indianapolis native, Myers said he has deep family roots in Vigo County, and spent many summers in Terre Haute as a child. His relatives include members of the Tyler, Ross and Redmon families in the Lost Creek community. “We made a lot of new connections today,” Myers said as he prepare to ladle ham and beans to the crowd gathered in Fairbanks Park for the annual Labor Day celebration. Myers’ platform has focused on education, jobs and healthcare. “Education is hugely important in our state and we’re not doing anywhere near as well as we should,” Myers said. Teacher salaries have not increased at the same rate as in other states, he said, and legislators need to direct more funding to teachers and the education system. “We got to make sure that the kids that are in public education — which is 93 percent of Indiana’s children — are getting 93 percent of the attention, 93 percent of the money, 93 percent of the effort, and that’s not true today,” he said.

SEAT LEAVING INGOP: Indiana Republican Party communications director Pete Seat is leaving his post (Howey Politics Indiana). "September 13th will be my last day with the Indiana Republican Party and Eric Holcomb for Indiana," Seat said in a weekend Facebook posting, calling it a "bittersweet moment." Seat has not announced his future plans beyond jetting off to Las Vegas. "Leaving is not easy, but with the governor’s re-election campaign officially launched and in flight, I felt this was the right time for a transition when an incredible opportunity presented itself," Seat said. "And here’s the really good news: I’m not going far. I look forward to sharing more about the new adventure with you when it officially begins in a few weeks."

Presidential 2020

SCHMUHL SAYS MAYOR PETE TO 'FLIP THE SWITCH': The South Bend mayor’s campaign is expected to announce in the coming days a flurry of staffing hires and new office openings in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as a director of African-American engagement, who will be crucial to outreach in South Carolina and other southern states that follow (McClatchy). “Labor Day for us is really going to be a turning point,” said Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager. “It’s when we’ll flip the switch.” By the end of September, the campaign will have 100 staffers in Iowa alone, according to Schmuhl, meaning Buttigieg with have one of the largest 2020 teams there. His Labor Day visit marks his eighth to Iowa since July, signaling a more intense commitment to the state.

BUTTIGIEG TO OPEN UP 20 IOWA OFFICES IN 20 DAYS: Pete Buttigieg is flexing his campaign muscle in Iowa, with plans to open 20 offices in 20 days and have 98 paid staffers on the ground by the end of this week, The Des Moines Register's Barbara Rodriguez reports. "The moves represent a major ramp up ... for the ... mayor, who previously had one office in Des Moines. He had 62 staffers in Iowa as of mid-August." Over the past two months, Buttigieg has averaged one Iowa trip per week.

BUTTIGIEG BUILDING IOWA NETWORK: In Iowa, Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is well behind his better-known 2020 presidential rivals, who have spent months building a deep organizational structure in the state that marks the first test for the Democratic presidential nomination (AP). But thanks to his campaign taking in nearly $25 million in contributions in the last quarter, money that he is using to help create an army of peer-to-peer foot soldiers, Buttigieg is rapidly trying to catch up. And while Buttigieg's team has confidence in his strategy, particularly the component of aggressively multiplying the personal influence of his early supporters, he faces intense time pressure to put in place the pieces that could vault him into serious consideration. "This is something that's going to take some time," said Jess O'Connell, senior strategist to Buttigieg. "We are increasing our presence in cities and counties throughout Iowa. But the more time we have to build those relationships with Pete and voters, but also with the networks of people that are training and having conversations within their own communities about him, is good for us."

BUTTIGIEG OPENING 14 NH OFFICES: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s New Hampshire campaign is launching a significant expansion of its presence and activity in the Granite State with 12 office openings and the hiring of 16 additional paid organizers (Howey Politics Indiana). The campaign says the addition of 14 new organizers and two regional organizing directors brings the campaign’s total paid staff in the state to 56 people. Buttigieg will personally attend the official opening of four new campaign offices next weekend when he comes to New Hampshire to speak at the state party convention, joining at least 18 of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates at the Manchester event. “We are leveling up. We want to take this to a top-tier presidential campaign,” O’Connell said. “We are opening 12 offices in the next week in every part of the state. We are in all 10 counties, from Berlin to Claremont to Derry.”

BUTTIGIEG CRITICIZES TRUMP MOVE OF FEMA FUNDS: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg criticized President Trump for moving FEMA funds to build his southern border wall (Howey Politics Indiana). "Why, why in the world would we be diverting money away from emergency management at a moment when emergencies are happening more and more often?" Buttigieg asked. "This is a classic example of what you have when the White House is prioritizing its politics over our safety - and lives are on the line."

TRUMP CAMPAIGN TO TARGET REPORTERS: President Trump's political allies are trying to raise at least $2 million to investigate reporters and editors of The New York Times, The Washington Post and other outlets, according to a three-page fundraising pitch reviewed by Axios. Why it matters: Trump’s war on the media is expanding. This group will target reporters and editors, while other GOP 2020 entities go after the social media platforms, alleging bias, officials tell us. The group claims it will slip damaging information about reporters and editors to "friendly media outlets," such as Breitbart, and traditional media, if possible.


GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB PLACES FIRST LEGAL SPORTS BET - Sunday morning Gov. Eric Holcomb placed the first bet at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino to officially kick off the state allowing sports betting of course betting on all Indiana sports teams (Darling, WIBC). Holcomb bet $10 on the Indianapolis Colts to win the Super Bowl, $10 on the Indiana Pacers to win the NBA Championship, and $10 on the Indiana Fever to win Sunday night's game. In the spring, lawmakers passed legislation that would allow sports betting in Indiana. Just this past week they passed an emergency rule to allow people to start placing those bets on Sunday. Casinos here in Indiana have high hopes for what this new law could bring in terms of business. “You’ll be able to bet on any basically professional, college sport you can think of and really give an opportunity for our folks to bet on things they have never been able too here in the state of Indiana,” says Kyle Waggoner with Indiana Grand Racing and Casino. Holcomb's bet on the Fever unfortunately did not pan out. The Fever lost to the Phoenix Mercury 105-78.

IDOR: BIG CHANGES FOR REVENUE DEPARTMENT - The Indiana Department of Revenue is changing the way people interact with the agency and pay their taxes (Smith, Indiana Public Media). The $60 million project is what department Commissioner Adam Krupp repeatedly calls a “gamechanger.” Phase one of the new, online system launches Sept. 3, and affects those who file corporate taxes. All corporate filers will now be able to pay via a web portal. And Krupp says online services extend far beyond that. “Filing amended returns, making payments, being able to see your own information – if you have a balance, for example," Krupp says. "If you have correspondence that is waiting for you to read and if you need to update an address.”

EDUCATION: PURDUE REITERATES NO CONNECTION TO NOTORIOUS PHARMA COMPANY - Purdue University wants the public to know that it has no connection to a company blamed for helping drive the nation’s opioid crisis. The university has spent years repeating that it has no affiliation to Purdue Pharma, the Stamford, Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company that’s the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin. But university spokesman Tim Doty says the news that Purdue Pharma is negotiating a multibillion-dollar settlement to resolve lawsuits over the opioid crisis is a good time for the school to repeat that “That’s not us.” The Journal & Courier reports that Purdue University was founded in 1869 as Indiana’s land-grant institution, and is named for benefactor John Purdue. Purdue Pharma was founded in Manhattan in 1892 by John Purdue Gray and George Frederick Bingham as the Purdue Frederick Company.

EDUCATION: BSU TO LEAD PRESERVATION PROJECTS - Ball State University will lead archaeological surveys at three Indiana parks to locate possible prehistoric sites and homesteads from the early 1800s (AP). The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says those surveys are among 15 projects around the state sharing in about $450,000 in federal grants for historic preservation and archaeology. The archaeology surveys are planned at Summit Lake State Park and the Wilbur Wright Fish and Wildlife Area, both in eastern Indiana’s Henry County, and Versailles (vur-SAYLZ’) State Park in southeastern Indiana. About $150,000 was awarded toward the surveys.

STEEL: PRODUCTION UP 1.8% - Steel production in the United States rose 1.8% year-over-year to 7.5 million tons in July, according to the World Steel Association (Pete, NWI Times). The Brussels, Belgium-based trade association reported global steel output rose 1.7% year-over-year in July to 156.7 million tons. China again led the world in steelmaking by a wide margin, producing more than 11 times as much steel as the United States in July. China made 85.2 million tons of steel in July, nearly as much as U.S. steel mills made in all of 2018, which marked a 5% year-over-year increase.

SPORTS: BRISSETT SIGNS 2-YEAR EXTENSION; HOYER SIGNED AS BACKUP - Jacoby Brissett is getting paid like the starter he is (CBS4). According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Indianapolis Colts and Brissett agreed Monday to a two-year extension. Details of the contract were not immediately known, but NFL Network reported it’s worth $30 million with $20 million in guarantees. Brissett, 26, is in the final year of his four-year, $3.41 million rookie deal. That includes a 2019 base salary of $2 million. And that would have made him one of the NFL’s lowest-paid opening-day starters, and the second highest-paid QB on the Colts. General manager Chris Ballard signed veteran Brian Hoyer to a three-year, $12 million contract Monday.


WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP DOWNPLAYS KIM'S MISSILE TESTS - As North Korea fired off a series of missiles in recent months — at least 18 since May — President Trump has repeatedly dismissed their importance as short-range and “very standard” tests. And although he has conceded “there may be a United Nations violation,” the president says any concerns are overblown (New York Times). Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, Mr. Trump explained recently, just “likes testing missiles.” Now, American intelligence officials and outside experts have come to a far different conclusion: that the launchings downplayed by Mr. Trump, including two late last month, have allowed Mr. Kim to test missiles with greater range and maneuverability that could overwhelm American defenses in the region. Japan’s defense minister, Takeshi Iwaya, told reporters in Tokyo last week that the irregular trajectories of the most recent tests were more evidence of a program designed to defeat the defenses Japan has deployed, with American technology, at sea and on shore.

WHITE HOUSE: MATTIS DESCRIBES RELATIONSHIP WITH TRUMP - Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was “right up front” in frank policy discussions with President Trump, but never blocked or delayed actions the president wanted him to take (Wall Street Journal). “I read at times that I was blocking or slow-rolling things that President Trump wanted,” Mr. Mattis said in an interview on “The Journal” podcast that airs Tuesday. “That’s not the way I deal with things. I’m from the West. Out here, we ride for the brand.” He added that he and the president had lunch or a private Oval Office meeting every week both were in Washington, and “we had very open discussions.”

WHITE HOUSE: TRADE WAR RIPPLES THROUGH WORLD ECONOMY - The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is rippling through the global economy, hurting confidence among U.S. small businesses, crimping trade among industrial giants in Asia and hitting export-oriented factories in Europe (Wall Street Journal). On Sunday the U.S. imposed fresh tariffs of 15% on Chinese goods including clothing, tools and electronics. A round of retaliatory Chinese tariffs also took effect, targeting imports of U.S. soybeans, crude oil and pharmaceuticals. Beijing said on Monday it lodged a complaint with the World Trade Organization over the Trump administration’s tariffs. Economic confidence among small U.S. companies fell in August to the lowest level since November 2012, according to a monthly survey of more than 670 small companies conducted for The Wall Street Journal. The portion of respondents that expect the economy to worsen over the next 12 months rose to 40%, compared with 29% in July and 23% a year ago. Japan, meanwhile, said Monday that capital spending by the country’s manufacturers fell 6.9% in the April-June quarter, the first decline in two years, as companies grappled with a nearly double-digit decline in exports to China. South Korea said Sunday its exports to China fell 21.3% in August compared with the same month a year earlier, driving an overall 13.6% decline in exports.

WHITE HOUSE: PENCE STAYS AT TRUMP'S IRISH PROPERTY - VPOTUS and family spent Monday night at Trump International Golf Links & Hotel in Doonbeg, Ireland. The traveling press and several VPOTUS staffers stayed at the Radisson Blu hotel in Limerick (Politico Playbook). It was a 20-minute drive to the airport this morning for the press corps; about an hour for VPOTUS's motorcade."  MARC SHORT spoke to the pool, via Costa: "Q9: Did President Trump ask Vice President Pence to stay at the property? SHORT: 'I don't think it was a request, like a command, Bob. I think that it was a suggestion.' "Q10: What does that mean? SHORT: 'It's like when we went through the trip, it's like, well, he's going to Doonbeg because that's where the Pence family is from. It's like, "Well, you should stay at my place."

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP/PENCE SCHEDULE - President Trump will meet with Defense Secretary Mark Esper at 3:30 p.m. in the Oval Office. Vice President Mike Pence can look forward to a meeting with Iceland Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir on his official visit to the country this week, Iceland Review reports. Katrín was expected to miss Pence due to her attendance at a convention of Nordic trade unions in Malmö, Sweden. This lack of a meeting attracted attention in Iceland and abroad, with some accusing the Icelandic Prime Minister of intentionally shunning the meeting. Katrín firmly dispelled such rumors in an interview yesterday on Icelandic television. “US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came here and we had a good meeting earlier this year. Where I actually discussed Artic issues, and climate issues in particular, and my particular concern, nuclear disarmament, which I actually discussed with Donald Trump himself at a NATO meeting last year,” she stated, adding that her approach to international relations has never been to “only speak to those one agrees with, as I wouldn’t speak to many people that way.”

ECONOMY: CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DECLINES - Consumer sentiment fell to its lowest level since October 2016 and dropped by the most since December 2012, according to a survey by the University of Michigan, Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin writes. The decline in sentiment was attributed largely to negative references to tariffs and the U.S.-China trade war, said Richard Curtin, the survey’s chief economist. Tariffs were mentioned "spontaneously" as a negative force by one in three respondents.


CITIES: SHOOTING AT HOBART WALMART - Police say a man was wounded during a shooting inside a northwestern Indiana Walmart store (AP). The shooting happened Sunday at the store in Hobart after what city police Lt. Jim Gonzales says was a dispute between two men who knew each other. Gonzales says the wounded man was taken to a hospital in stable condition and was undergoing surgery. Gonzales says one man was taken into custody by an off-duty East Chicago police officer who happened to be shopping when the shooting happened. A woman who was with that man was also taken into custody.

CITIES: BUTTIGIEG WANTS OUT OF EPA AGREEMENT - The Mayor Pete Buttigieg administration wants out of a legal agreement its predecessor reached with federal regulators to reduce pollution of the St. Joseph River when it rains, arguing the current plan costs too much and won’t work well enough anyway (Parrott, South Bend Tribune). Under the 2012 federal court agreement, reached by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Mayor Steve Luecke administration, the city agreed to make sewer system improvements by 2031 that are projected to cost more than $713 million. The changes are meant to reduce combined sewer overflows, or “CSOs,” which happen when combined storm and sanitary sewers overflow during rains, sending E. coli bacteria into the river. Including improvements made before the agreement, the city already has dramatically reduced its overflows. It has spent more than $154 million on the problem since 2004, including $75 million on CSO controls in the sewer system and $50 million on upgrades at the treatment plant. As a result, overflow volume has been reduced more than threefold. Specifically, 613 million gallons of CSOs entered the river last year, when 64 inches of rain fell. In 2006, when just 45 inches of rain fell, there were 2.1 billion gallons that overflowed, according to the city.

CITIES: RED LINE LAUNCHES IN INDY - The Red Line buses are out on the streets and picking up passengers as IndyGo celebrates the official launch of the service downtown (WIBC). The first Red Line buses left the stations at 7 a.m. Sunday, kicking off a month of free rides for passengers. Sunday and Monday service begins at 7 a.m., but moving forward, weekday service will run from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. Red Line’s 13-mile route will run from the University of Indianapolis to 66th and College Avenue in Broad Ripple. The route has 28 stops and buses will run in 10-minute intervals. Whether you are excited or unsure about the new service, IndyGo is asking everyone to get on board. “This is a historic day, we want you to celebrate with us,” said Lauren Day with IndyGo. “So get on today, get on tomorrow, join us on Tuesday for the celebration right here on the statehouse lawn.”

CITIES: INDY GETS $4M HUD GRANT - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development granted Indianapolis nearly $4 million last week to help reduce youth homelessness in the city (WRTV). HUD awarded $75 million to 23 communities across the country, with $3.88 million going to Indianapolis as part of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. The city will use the money with the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention to support housing and services for people under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness. The Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program will be a two-year program that includes collaborating with people who’ve previously experienced homelessness.

CITIES: SWASTIKA PAINTED ON NOBLESVILLE BUILDING - Obscene language and a swastika were spray-painted over the weekend near the top of a building in downtown Noblesville (WIBC). Police were tipped off to the graffiti on Monday. Officers said they contacted the owner of the building and it was removed hours after later. "They either had a really tall ladder or they know somebody that lives in the apartments above and they got access that way," said Jill Janusiewicz, manager at Noblesville Antique Mall nearby. Some people even drove by to view it up close. Local businesses said they’re glad it’s now removed as the graffiti, which was shared on social media before being reported to police, brought a lot of negative attention.

COUNTIES: PROPERTY DISPUTE IN WASHINGTON CASE - A judge said Friday she was tired of hearing about a property dispute in the domestic battery case against a former Lake County councilman and ordered all evidence and witnesses to be ready for a Sept. 10 hearing (Reese, NWI Times). Jamal A. Washington, 46, of Merrillville, has been fighting to retrieve property he says belongs to him since his arrest Jan. 30 on allegations he abused his ex-girlfriend, Gary Councilwoman LaVetta Sparks-Wade, at her home. Washington, who has two previous domestic battery convictions, is accused of striking Sparks-Wade with his fists and a cellphone and holding her against her will for nearly 16 hours. He has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of criminal confinement, two counts of battery, one count of intimidation and a misdemeanor count of battery in connection with the alleged crimes. When Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell asked if the attorneys wanted to set a trial date, defense attorney Michael Lambert said the continued dispute over property is partly to blame for a lack of progress in the case.