U.S. MANUFACTURING UNEXPECTEDLY CONTRACTS IN AUGUST: U.S. factory activity unexpectedly contracted in August for the first time in three years as shrinking orders, production and hiring pushed a widely followed measure of manufacturing to its lowest level since January 2016 (Bloomberg). "The Institute for Supply Management's purchasing managersindex fell to 49.1 in August, weaker than all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists, data released Tuesday showed. Figures below 50 signal the manufacturing economy is generally contracting. The group's gauge of new orders dropped to a more than seven-year low, while the production index shrank to the weakest level since the end of 2015.

BIG DECLINE IN PURDUE AG BAROMETER: Farmers are feeling less optimistic about the farm economy than they were in July according to results of a new survey conducted by Purdue University. After rising sharply two months in a row, the Ag Economy Barometer declined 29 points, down from the 153 it registered in July (Mills, Inside Indiana Business). The Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture says that is one of the biggest single-month declines since it started collecting data for the barometer. The university says the barometer’s drop was attributable to declines in both the Index of Current Conditions and especially the Index of Future Expectations. The center says weaker sentiment was fueled in part by both crop and livestock price declines that took place during late July and early August. Prices for corn and soybeans fell sharply after two things hit the grain market; crop conditions improved, and USDA released a grain report which had larger than expected crop production estimates. Purdue says nearly all of this month’s survey responses were collected following USDA’s release of the August 12 Crop Production report. The responses show farmers are much less inclined to think now is a good time to make capital investments on their farms. “But notice the August reading of the capital investment index was still higher than both the May and June readings, so farmers have not lost all of their optimism with respect to investment in agriculture,” said Jim Mintert, director for Purdue’s Center for Commercial Ag.

INDIANA HANDS OUT $19M IN SCHOOL SAFETY FUNDS: Indiana awarded $19 million in school safety grants Tuesday – but extensive changes to the program have caused some districts to see their funding cut in half while other districts doubled their money (Kelly, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). There also was a $4.8 million shortfall in funding between what schools sought versus the money lawmakers provided. “Indiana remains fully committed to ensuring the safety of Hoosier schools,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “I'm proud this critical grant program can meet the top safety needs of school districts across the state. This is the latest evolution of how our state partners with local schools to address this issue and help parents, students and staff feel safe and secure each day.”

WALMART TO RESTRICT SALE OF AMMO, HANDGUNS: Walmart will stop selling handguns and certain types of ammunition, and will no longer allow customers to openly carry firearms, after separate shootings at company stores last month left at least 24 people dead (Washington Post). “It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable,” chief executive Doug McMillon said in a memo to employees on Tuesday. “We know these decisions will inconvenience some of our customers, and we hope they will understand." The world’s largest retailer says it will stop selling ammunition for handguns and short-barrel rifles — including .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber cartridges, which can be used in military-style weapons — once it sells through its current stock. Those changes are likely to lower the company’s market share of ammunition sales from about 20 percent to as little as 6 percent, the company said.

LATEST TEXAS MASS SHOOTER BOUGHT AR-15; FLUNKED BACKGROUND CHECK: The gunman in a West Texas rampage that left seven dead obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, allowing him to evade a federal background check that previously blocked him from getting a gun, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation. Officers killed 36-year-old Seth Aaron Ator on Saturday outside a busy Odessa movie theater after a spate of violence that spanned 10 miles (16 kilometers), injuring around two dozen people in addition to the dead. Authorities said Ator "was on a long spiral of going down" and had been fired from his oil services job the morning of the shooting, and that he called 911 both before and after the rampage began.

McCONNELL OPEN TO EXPANDED CHECKS IF TRUMP SUPPORTS: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated Tuesday that he is willing to bring to the floor gun control legislation that President Donald Trump supports and could become law (Politico). The Kentucky Republican told conservative talk show radio host Hugh Hewitt that the White House is reviewing different proposals in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, and that he expects to hear back next week about what Trump is willing to back. “I said several weeks ago that if the president took a position on a bill so that we knew we would actually be making a law and not just having serial votes, I’d be happy to put it on the floor,” McConnell told Hewitt. “If the president is in favor of a number of things that he has discussed openly and publicly, and I know that if we pass it it’ll become law, I’ll put it on the floor.” McConnell’s remarks come amid renewed discussion over stricter gun laws.

BRAUN SAYS DC DYSFUNCTION WORSE THAN HE ANTICIPATED: Republican Senator Mike Braun is well aware of Americans' sense of exasperation with the ongoing dysfunction of Washington politics. His own frustration with the "business as usual" bureaucracy of the Federal government and a sense of duty to his fellow citizens ultimately helped propel him to victory following a hard-fought campaign for the United States Senate in 2018 (Baker, WIBC). Braun went to Washington with his eyes wide open; however, the Senator told WIBC's Hammer and Nigel Tuesday that he's been surprised by how deep the level of dysfunction and attitude of complacency runs in D.C. "Everyone there that's been [in Washington] for a long time doesn't think that anything is wrong, and [they've] become nestled into a system that frustrates most Americans [and] most Hoosiers when they'd just like to see a few things done well," said Braun. Braun said the current attitude in Washington is emblematic of how polarized we are as a country. "One side wants even more government when we don't pay for 20% of what we use currently," explained Braun, "and we've someone become comfortable with borrowing that from our kids and grandkids."

TRUMP TO RAID PENTAGON FUNDS FOR BORDER WALL: The Trump administration is executing its plan this week to divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to build the border wall, calling lawmakers whose districts will take a hit, according to multiple House aides (Politico). Defense Secretary Mark Esper called Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday to detail the cash grab, explaining that about half of the funding will come from military construction projects outside the United States and half will come from projects within the country. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in February, ordering funding from other federal accounts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Besides military construction projects, a Treasury department account and Defense Department efforts to interdict drugs were affected by the presidential order.

EPIC CRISIS UNFOLDING IN BAHAMAS: Desperate residents stranded on rooftops amid swirling currents. Rescue efforts stalled by flooded vehicles and roads turned to rivers. Communications in ruins and basic infrastructure — including shelters, hospitals and public buildings — under water (New York Times). And all around, vicious winds and crashing waves brought on by Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms recorded in the Atlantic, continued to whip the low-lying islands of the northwestern Bahamas for a second day. “This was a crisis of epic proportions,” said Marvin Dames, the minister of national security of the Bahamas, to The Nassau Guardian. Five people have died, but “unfortunately, we will see more deaths,” he said. The true extent of its toll is only beginning to emerge, even as the storm continues to lash the archipelago. Satellite images show a devastating tableau of houses turned to splinters and boats tossed into heaps like toys. About 60 percent of the land is under water, satellite company Iceye said Monday.

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE BAHAMAS: The new reality is of monster hurricanes staying in place for not just hours, but days, dropping biblical amounts of rain. We've seen this with Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area and now Hurricane Dorian which has just pulverized the northern Bahamas. This is a humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes. Here is how you can help: Red Cross; Global Giving; HeadKnowles; World Central Kitchen; Yacht Aid Global; and Team Rubicon.

MAYOR LIGHTFOOD BLAMES INDIANA GUN SALES FOR CHICAGO MAYHEM: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ripped Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over his opposition to gun legislation reform after he claimed such laws don't work, pointing to gun violence in Chicago (CNN). Lightfoot, a Democrat, claimed in a tweet that 60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside of Illinois, "mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation." "Keep our name out of your mouth," Lightfoot wrote in a message directed at the Republican senator. The mayor's tweet includes a graph from the 2017 Gun Trace Report, which was put out by the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department, showing the majority of illegally used or possessed firearms recovered in Chicago are from states with less firearm regulations, like Indiana and Mississippi. According to the report, 60% of firearms come from out of state, with Indiana as the primary source for approximately one out of every five crime guns.

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: American massacre trendlines and firepower: Poway: AR-15; Aurora: AR-15; Dayton: AR-15; Odessa: AR-15; Orlando: AR-15; Parkland: AR-15; Las Vegas: AR-15; Tree of Life: AR-15; Sandy Hook: AR-15; Umpqua CC: AR-15; Waffle House: AR-15; Texas Church: AR-15; San Bernardino: AR-15 - Brian A. Howey



Presidential 2020

BUTTIGIEG UNVEILS $2T CLIMATE PLAN: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign released an innovative plan to bring Americans together behind urgent action to address the threat of climate change and meet the greatest challenge of our time (Howey Politics Indiana). Pete’s plan channels all of our energies into a national project—one that unifies every American, from big cities to rural communities, around this urgent threat and seizes the tremendous opportunity of a new era of climate action. “For too long Washington has chosen denial and obstruction as we’re faced with the imminent catastrophic effects of climate change,” said Buttigieg. “But the timeline that compels us to act isn’t set by Congress—it’s being dictated by science. Climate change impacts not only our coasts, but also farmers, small businesses, homes, and communities across our country. A farmer practicing smart soil management in Iowa should be as much a symbol of combating climate change as someone driving an electric vehicle in Los Angeles. My plan ensures that no community is left behind as we meet the challenge of our time with the urgency and unity it demands.” The Buttigieg campaign puts the climate plan's price tag between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion. The mayor's plan tackles the climate change crisis head on: Build a clean electricity system with zero emissions and require zero emissions for all new passenger vehicles by 2035; Transition all new trucks, buses, ships, and planes by 2040, and all industrial, manufacturing, and agriculture by 2050, to net-zero emissions.

DEM RACE COMING DOWN TO BIDEN, SANDERS, WARREN: The bottom is falling out of the Democratic presidential primary. And the top tier — no longer five candidates, but three — is becoming more insurmountable (Politico). For more than a year, Democrats had approached their nominating contest with a widely shared belief that — like Republicans in the earliest stages of their primary four years ago — they might take turns rising and falling in an expansive field. That expectation sustained the campaigns of more than two dozen contenders. But in recent weeks, the leading band of candidates has contracted unexpectedly early. Heading into the fall, only three contenders are polling above single digits: Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg remain at the periphery, while lower-polling candidates have largely failed to muster sustained, upward movement in fundraising or polling.

Congress

BANKS, BRAUN BACK TRUMP ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION: Two federal lawmakers representing northeast Indiana support the Trump administration's position that sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Francisco, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, and Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., are among 48 Republican members of Congress who recently filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court regarding three lawsuits alleging employment discrimination that the court will hear in October. The lawmakers argue, as Trump's Justice Department has in earlier court documents, that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does not protect the LGBTQ community from workplace bias. Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment based on a person's race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The lawmakers' briefcontends that Title VII “does not expressly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes” and that the inclusion of sex as one of those classes was intended to safeguard women's rights. Their brief states that any modification to existing law “should be sought through the legislative process.”

BANKS, BRAUN EXPLAIN SUPPORT FOR AMICUS: “The Court has no authority to rewrite the law. 'Sex' in Title VII clearly refers to male and female,” Banks said (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). “Title VII was landmark, bipartisan legislation. Activist judges shouldn't be able to override the will of the people.” Braun said that the nation's founders “bestowed Congress with the authority to write our laws and the Courts to interpret them according to their ordinary meaning. Courts must refrain from engaging in judicial activism by rewriting legislation, which some courts have done on Title VII. “This amicus brief simply requests that our judicial branch does not add language or expand the definition of a word beyond its common meaning, because that's the function of Congress.”



General Assembly

LANANE COMMENTS ON VAPING: Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) had the following comments after the governor’s announcement of a statewide campaign to curb youth vaping (Howey Politics Indiana): “I am fully aware that vaping amongst young Hoosiers is alarmingly high, and while I am not in opposition to a campaign that seeks to reduce youth vaping, I do have a few concerns. The legislature had an opportunity during the last session to raise the taxes on e-cigarettes and inexplicably failed to act. Taxation is a proven method to prevent and reduce the use of harmful products and could have provided much needed revenue to fund the governor’s ideas, which will cost over $2.1 million. During the next legislative session, I will advocate once again for an e-cigarette tax to give the supermajority another chance to do the right thing. The governor may have hesitations toward raising this particular tax, but he should be more alarmed by the extremely harmful and dangerous effects vaping has on our youth. I hope he shows leadership in the next session in encouraging the supermajority to back this common sense solution to a very real problem in our state.”

BRAY APPOINTS KOCH TO PUBLIC DEFENDER COMMISSION: State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) has been reappointed by Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to serve on the Indiana Public Defender Commission (Howey Politics Indiana). The Commission recommends state standards for indigent defense in capital and noncapital cases, adopts salary guidelines and fee schedules for individual county reimbursement eligibility, and reviews and approves requests for reimbursement in capital cases from counties. The Commission consists of 11 members, including four members from the Indiana General Assembly, and meets quarterly to authorize reimbursements and discuss issues related to providing high-quality indigent criminal defense.

State

GOVERNOR: INDIANA DECLARED AG DISASTER AREA - Hoosier farmers in all 92 counties who sustained weather-related damage this year due to excessive rain and flooding are eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance, according to Gov. Eric Holcomb (Inside Indiana Business). The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 74 counties as primary natural disaster areas. The other 18 Indiana counties are considered contiguous disaster counties, which allows farmers in those areas to be eligible for the same government assistance. “I am grateful that Secretary Perdue and his team recognized the hardships Hoosier farmers experienced this planting season,” Gov. Holcomb said.

GOVERNOR: CROUCH HONORS FARMERS - At the Indiana State Fair, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch presented the Stan Poe family, of Poe Hamps, and Terry L. Tucker, of Maple Leaf Farms, with the state’s highest agricultural honor, the AgriVision Award (Hoosier Ag Today). Now in its 13th year, the award is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the agriculture industry and their communities. “These families represent the very best of Indiana agriculture,” Crouch said. “They’ve dedicated their lives to improving the industry and the lives of those around them. Recognizing their legacy is a small token of our gratitude for a lifetime of service.”

HEALTH: INDIANA TO RECEIVE $21M FOR OVERDOSE PREVENTIONS - Indiana has landed a $21 million federal grant to boost its boost efforts to collect enhanced data for the state’s drug overdose prevention efforts (AP). The Indiana State Department of Health is getting $7.1 million a year for three years under its grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of that funding will go toward obtaining more timely data on drug overdose patients treated at hospital emergency departments so that health providers can respond more quickly to emerging threats. The grant will also help enhance Indiana’s prescription drug monitoring program to provide health records electronically to small physician practices and improve real-time access to patient prescription histories.

EDUCATION: ILEARN RESULTS TO BE RELEASED TODAY - Indiana education officials are set to release statewide results for the state's new standardized test, which state leaders have already warned are lower than the previous ISTEP exam (Wittmeyer, Indiana Public Media). The state Department of Education is issuing the ILEARN scores today. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and top GOP legislative leaders looked to get ahead of news about the lower scores by calling last week for a one-year delay in using the English and math results for teacher or school ratings. About 500,000 students in grades 3-8 took the new test last spring after the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2017 ordered it as a replacement for the much-maligned ISTEP exams.

EDUCATION: IU ADDS NEW FACULTY TITLE - The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved a new academic rank for non-tenure track faculty at its campuses earlier this summer. The new position is called “teaching professor” and will be the highest rank a lecturer can achieve (Bouthier, Indiana Public Media). J Duncan is a senior lecturer for the School of Informatics and Computing and a representative for the Bloomington Faculty Council. He says "lecturer" is an out-of-date term and the new title gives more recognition for the work someone does in the position. “Having our third appointment as teaching professor is an acknowledgment of what we do and at what level,” Duncan says. Before the trustees approved the teaching professor position, lecturers were the only IU faculty members with only two ranks.

LOTTERY: RECORD REVENUE - The Hoosier Lottery generated a record amount of revenue for the state over the last year (Smith, Indiana Public Media). The Lottery Commission unveiled its fiscal year-end numbers Tuesday. The state will get $312 million from the Hoosier Lottery, based on revenue from the fiscal year that ended in June. That’s the most ever, $6 million better than last year. The bulk of that money goes into the Build Indiana Fund, which primarily helps reduce the amount Hoosiers have to pay for their vehicle registration at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The rest of the lottery money goes to teacher and police and firefighter pension funds. The private company – IGT Indiana - that runs the lottery exceeded the revenue target it needed to hit, meaning it will get an $11 million bonus this year.

ENVIRONMENT: 1 TON OF DEBRIES REMOVED FROM TIPPENCANOE RIVER - A northern Indiana river that's considered one of the nation's most ecologically diverse waterways is significantly cleaner thanks to a group of volunteers (WLFI-TV). About 50 volunteers pulled more than one ton (900 kilograms) of trash and debris from the Tippecanoe River last week during a cleanup that began near the Tippecanoe River State Park and extended downstream about 20 miles. Volunteer Beth DuBois tells the Pharos-Tribune those who donated their time to the cleanup "want to keep our river clean for the next generation." The Nature Conservancy ranks the Tippecanoe River among 10 U.S. rivers for preservation due to their ecological diversity and high proportion of endangered species.



Nation

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP PREDICTS CHINA MANUFACTURING WILL 'CRUMBLE' - President Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese manufacturing would “crumble” if the country did not agree to the United States’ trade terms, as newly released data showed his trade war was washing back to American shores and hurting the factories that the president has aimed to protect (New York Times). Days after new tariffs went into effect on both sides of the Pacific, a closely watched index of American manufacturing activity fell to 49.1 from 51.2, signaling a contraction in United States factory activity for the first time since 2016. The companies responding to the Institute for Supply Management survey, which the index is based on, cited shrinking export orders as a result of the trade dispute, as well as the challenge of moving supply chains out of China to avoid the tariffs.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP WARNS CHINA NOT TO STALL - President Trump said he would redouble his pressure on China if he wins a second term, warning Beijing not to stall trade negotiations until after the 2020 U.S. election and vowing to stick with his go-it-alone approach to the discussions (Wall Street Journal). “[T]hink what happens to China when I win,” Mr. Trump wrote Tuesday morning on Twitter . “Deal would get MUCH TOUGHER!” The fight with China is shaping up to be a central piece of the 2020 election debate, as a measure of both Mr. Trump’s economic stewardship and his negotiating skills. Mr. Trump has repeatedly accused China of slow-walking the talks, arguing that Chinese officials are hoping that he will lose his reelection bid and betting they can get a better deal under a Democratic president. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said China’s economy will continue to suffer while it waits on the outcome of the election, adding, “16 months PLUS is a long time to be hemorrhaging jobs and companies on a long-shot.”

WHITE HOUSE: PENCE DEFENDS STAYING IN DOONBEG - Vice President Pence’s top aide said Tuesday that Pence and members of his traveling entourage are staying at a golf resort in Ireland owned by President Trump at Trump’s suggestion. But both Pence and the aide defended an arrangement that Democrats have criticized as enriching the president, citing logistical concerns (Washington Post). Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, told reporters traveling with Pence aboard Air Force Two that the Trump International Golf Links & Hotel was “the one facility” that could accommodate the size of the delegation traveling with Pence in Doonbeg, a village from which Pence’s family hails. The hotel has 120 rooms. Pence himself echoed that rationale while speaking to reporters later in Dublin. “I understand political attacks by Democrats, but if you have a chance to get to Doonbeg, you’ll find it’s a fairly small place and the opportunity to stay at the Trump National in Doonbeg, to accommodate the unique footprint that comes with our security detail and other personnel, made it logical,” Pence said at a news conference outside the U.S. ambassador’s residence.

WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SCHEDULE - President Trump will get a Hurricane Dorian briefing at 11:30 a.m. in the Oval Office. He will have lunch with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at 12:45 p.m. in the private dining room. Trump will participate in an announcement on opioid response grants at 2:15 p.m. in the Roosevelt Room.

AUTOS: UAW TO TARGET GM IN STRIKE VOTE - The United Auto Workers union has picked General Motors as the target company for this year's contract talks with Detroit's three automakers (NWI Times). The move announced Tuesday means that GM will be the focus of bargaining, and any deal with the company will set the pattern for Ford and Fiat Chrysler. It also means that if the union decides to go on strike, it would be against GM. Contracts between the union representing about 152,000 workers and GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14.

PUBLIC SAFETY: KROGER DOESN'T WANT GUNS IN STORE - Kroger is requesting customers no longer openly carry firearms into its stores, even in states where open carry is legal, the company announced Tuesday evening (WIBC). The announcement comes just hours after Walmart made a similar announcement. "Kroger has demonstrated with our actions that we recognize the growing chorus of Americans who are no longer comfortable with the status quo and who are advocating for concrete and common sense gun reforms," the company said in a statement. As mass shootings have grown in frequency, death toll and prominence in recent years, many big companies have faced pressure to address their role in the crisis.

MICHIGAN: FLAVOR VAPING BAN - Michigan on Wednesday will become the first state in the nation to ban flavored e-cigarettes, a step the governor said was needed to protect young people from the potentially harmful effects of vaping (Washington Post). Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), in an interview, said the state health department found youth vaping constituted a public health emergency, prompting her to take the action. “My number one priority is keeping our kids safe and protecting the health of the people of Michigan,” Whitmer said.

World

JOHNSON LOSES CONTROL OF PARLIAMENT: Boris Johnson is still in power, but not in control. Facing his first House of Commons vote on the first day of the new parliamentary term, Johnson fell to a heavy defeat, as 21 of his own Conservative MPs joined forces with opposition parties to back the first stage of legislation that will delay Brexit — again — from its current date of October 31, if no deal with the EU is in sight (Politico Europe). Like his predecessor Theresa May, Johnson faced a hostile parliament with a slim majority. Unlike her, he gambled the unity of his party in order to push Brexit through and paid a heavy price. While he remains in office, still determined, he says, to secure a better deal and take the U.K. out of the European Union by the end of October, his authority is shattered. Hardline tactics, including a threat to kick rebels out of the Tory party, barring them from standing for the Conservatives in the next election, failed to deliver the numbers for Johnson, as he lost by 328 to 301 votes in a late-night sitting in the House of Commons. Instead he now finds himself at the command of a minority government 22 MPs short of a majority, having effectively sacked some of his own most eminent MPs.

Local

CITIES: OFF-DUTY COP RESPONDS TO WALMART SHOOTING IN HOBART -  Bill Johnsen had just intended to buy fishing supplies and brownie mix during from the Walmart off U.S. 30 late Sunday afternoon during a shopping spree with his family (NWI Times). Instead, Johnsen — an East Chicago police detective — apprehended a 24-year-old Merrillville man accused of shooting another man in the abdomen inside the store about 3:50 p.m. "I was shopping for about 30 minutes when I heard the gunshot," he said.  Johnsen paused to see if there were any additional bullets fired. Hearing none, he then stepped into action and escorted his wife and two sons from the Walmart in 2900 block of East 79th Avenue. At this point, employees and customers had started to flee from the business, as well, he said. The off-duty detective went back into the store and found a wounded 23-year-old Merrillville resident, who pointed out his alleged shooter to Johnsen. Johnsen said he then approached the man, who surrendered a firearm. The officer disassembled the gun, and Hobart police soon arrived on the scene, taking over the investigation and finding the 24-year-old suspect already secured and on his stomach — in the custody of Johnsen.

CITIES: 'TREMENDOUS' LAUNCH FOR RED LINE - The chief operating officer of IndyGo says the initial turnout for the new Red Line bus rapid transit line over Labor Day weekend was "tremendous." IndyGo and the city of Indianapolis held a public celebration this morning, two days after the launch of the service. Roscoe Brown says they've seen great ridership early in the first full day of service and the organization expects those numbers to continue to rise throughout the month and beyond. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Brown says he hopes people using this project will see using public transit as a good idea. "It's economical; it's good for the environment," said Brown. "But it also gives them an opportunity to experience our whole system. We have a lot of routes that will be intersecting the Red Line, so not only you're able to go up and down the corridor, but you're able to get throughout the community better. So as we get further along and as we get further down the road, we'll develop more BRT routes that will do the same thing throughout the city. This is a transformative change in the way people look at public transportation and riding."

CITIES: HAMMOND SCHOOL SAFETY DIRECTOR RETIRES - A Hammond school safety director is retiring following an internal investigation confirmed by police officials last week (Lanich, NWI Times). David Safstrom, a director of safety and energy conservation for the School City of Hammond, is listed as having retired from the district effective Aug. 27, according to personnel reports made public Monday. The Hammond school board voted unanimously to approve the district's Sept. 3 personnel report in a Monday night meeting.

CITIES: MURDER OF EVANSVILLE FIREFIGHTER STILL UNSOLVED - It’s been six months since Robert Doerr, an Evansville Firefighter, was shot and killed, and police still don’t know who did it (WFIE-TV). He was shot right in front of his own home, and the shooter escaped unseen. Doerr’s family and friends told us that they are growing frustrated as they wait on the investigation. “Six months ago, that day changed my life. My world crashed, and it’s been rough," Lindsey Doerr, Robert Doerr’s daughter, said.

CITIES: LOGANSPORT LAUNCHES TRANSPARENCY PORTAL - Logansport residents will be able to find out in-depth information on city spending and fiscal performance through a new service free to the city (Logansport Pharos-Tribune). ClearGov, a financial transparency company based in Massachusetts, will provide instant public access 24/7 every day to Logansport’s demographic and housing information as well as its financial performance. Horizon Bank, formerly Salin Bank and Trust in Logansport, will sponsor the content for the city. Horizon has been the city’s depository for the past four years. ClearGov, founded in 2015, services 250 communities in 25 states. “We’re happy to partner with Horizon on this service to our constituents who have a right to public access, which in this case is provided free of charge to them,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said. “We’re fortunate to be the first city in Indiana and one of the limited number of cities in the United States to be able to interpret complicated information and complex budgeting through easy-to-understand charts and graphs.”