LoBIANCO BOOK DEPICTS AN ANGRY KAREN PENCE AFTER STUNNING UPSET:  Donald Trump’s unexpected 2016 victory was a bit awkward for his running mate’s political future and for his homelife, according to a new book about the vice president. Instead of getting to run himself for the GOP nomination in 2020, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence would have to spend the next four years cleaning up after Trump, journalist Tom LoBianco writes in his book “Piety & Power: Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House” that publishes this month (Groppe, USA Today). And then there was his angry wife. Karen Pence had twice rebuffed her husband’s celebratory kiss on election night before exploding, during a briefing the next day with Secret Service agents, over concerns about how the financially-strapped couple would pay for their new life. “What are we going to do Mike?? We don’t have any money! Who’s going to pay for my inaugural gown?” LoBianco quotes Karen Pence as saying. Pence's office declined to comment about the book. Trump ended up arranging for the inaugural committee to cover some updates to the vice presidential residence and to buy Karen Pence two ball gowns – an original and the cost of altering that dress into one she liked better, according to the book. The Pences may not have needed the financial help if the couple, years before, hadn’t lost nearly $1 million Pence had inherited from his father. He invested in a pair of privately held companies which failed, according to LoBianco. Pence, whom the author describes as being in awe of those who make money, later lost close to $700,000 more in stock he’d held in the family’s gas station and convenience store business, which went bankrupt in 2001.

BIDEN MAINTAINS MODEST LEAD IN WP/ABC POLL: Former vice president Joe Biden holds a modest lead in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, bolstered by his personal appeal and current perceptions among Democratic voters that he has the best chance of defeating President Trump in the 2020 general election, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Biden leads with 29%, Bernie Sanders is at 19% and Elizabeth Warren is at 18%. Sen. Kamala Harris is fourth with 7% and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is at 4%. The Democratic race, once involving two dozen contestants, shows Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) forming the top tier of candidates. They are the only candidates whose support registers in double digits. All the others not only are in single digits but also are trailing the top three by at least 11 percentage points. Support for Biden and Sanders among registered Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents has remained steady since the last Post-ABC survey, conducted in July. Warren, however, has gained ground and shares second place with Sanders. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), whose performance in the first debate in Miami in June was lauded by Democratic voters, has since fallen back. Biden’s support is rooted in more than perceived electability. Among his supporters, roughly 8 in 10 have a strongly favorable view of him, and 7 in 10 say he would be the best president if elected. The survey finds that a bare majority (51 percent) of Democrats say it is more important to find a candidate who can defeat Trump than one with whom they mostly agree on issues, which is favored by 40 percent. Age is another factor in a race where the youngest candidate (Buttigieg, age 37) is roughly half the age of the oldest candidates (Sanders, who turned 78 on Sunday; Biden, 76; and Warren, 70). Among Democrats, 58 percent say it doesn’t matter if their nominee is older or younger than 70 — but 40 percent say a younger candidate would have a better chance against Trump.

BUTTIGIEG DESCRIBES 'PHASE III' OF HIS CAMPAIGN: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg now says he's in his "phase three" of his longshot presidential campaign (Howey Politics Indiana). "We knew coming into this campaign that its early stages would unfold in roughly three phases," Buttigieg explained. "The first was to convince Americans that a small-town mayor with a funny-sounding Maltese name was a viable candidate for President. On the strength of our vision, the urgency of our convictions, and some help from phonetic pronunciation , we’ve done that. We've climbed in the polls and been on two debate stages, and now, we continue to earn opportunities to share our plans with more and more Americans -- plans to build a prosperous future for us all." Phase two, he said, "was to show that we’ve got grassroots energy on our side. We posted the strongest fundraising total of the whole quarter -- and we did it competing with well-established candidates. We are building a new kind of campaign, and Americans are showing their support by personally investing in this vision. Now it’s time for Phase Three. This is the phase where we harness our vision for taking on urgent, generational fights -- and turn it into the kind of person-to-person organizing that wins support and leads to people caucusing and voting for my campaign."

U.S. MANUFACTURERS CUT SPENDING: U.S. manufacturers are investing less in their factories and workforces as the trade dispute with China makes it more difficult for executives to anticipate costs and demand (Wall Street Journal). The shifting contours of the tariffs that the U.S. and China have applied to each other’s goods are prompting some companies to put business plans on hold. Others are cutting back investments as trade volumes and economic growth slow around the world. These companies are buying fewer machines for their factory floors and shortening shifts. The knock-on effect means lower sales for those suppliers and less pay for workers, contributing to slower U.S. economic growth. “You have a cloud of dust out there, and you are trying to see clearly through it,” said Paul Reitz, chief executive of heavy duty tire maker Titan International Inc. “It’s tough to do.” Truck maker Navistar International Corp NAV 4.06% said Wednesday that it expects to spend $115 million on capital projects this year, down about 25% from its previous forecast after truck orders slowed sharply in recent months. Caterpillar Inc. ’s capital expenditures dropped 16% in the quarter ended in June from that period a year earlier.

TRUMP'S EFFORT TO STEM BORDER CROSSINGS APPEARS TO BE WORKING : President Donald Trump’s plan to force Mexico to stem the flow of migrants across the southwest border of the U.S. appears to be working (Politico). Border arrests, a metric for illegal crossings, plummeted to 51,000 in August, according to preliminary government figures obtained by POLITICO Wednesday, down more than 60 percent since a peak in May. And border watchers say it’s largely because of an agreement Trump struck with Mexico in June. Mexican authorities, backed by the newly formed National Guard, are now cracking down on migrants traversing Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala, monitoring river crossings and stopping buses carrying migrants from Central America through Mexico. At the same time, the U.S. is making tens of thousands of asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their applications are considered. The decline in border traffic — if sustained — could amount to a major victory for Trump as he heads into the 2020 election.

NOAA RIPPED FOR STATEMENT IN ALABAMA HURRICANE 'FORECAST': Former top officials of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are assailing the agency for undermining its weather forecasters as it defends President Donald Trump's statement from days ago that Hurricane Dorian threatened Alabama (AP). They say NOAA's action risks the credibility of the nation's weather and science agency and may even risk lives. Dismay came from those who served under Republican and Democratic presidents alike as leaders in meteorology and disaster response sized up a sustained effort by Trump and his aides to justify his warning that Alabama, among other states, was “most likely” to be hit hard by Dorian, contrary to forecasts showing Alabama was clear. That effort led NOAA to repudiate a tweet from the National Weather Service the previous weekend assuring Alabamans – accurately – that they had nothing to fear from the hurricane. The weather service is part of NOAA and the tweet came from its Birmingham, Alabama, office. “This rewriting history to satisfy an ego diminishes NOAA,” Joe Friday, former Republican-appointed director of the National Weather Service, said on Facebook. He told The Associated Press on Saturday: “We don't want to get the point where science is determined by politics rather than science and facts. And I'm afraid this is an example where this is beginning to occur.” Alabama had never been included in hurricane advisories and Trump's information, based on less authoritative graphics than an official forecast, was outdated even at the time.

PURDUE PHARMA TEETERS ON BANKRUPTCY: OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation's deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the talks said Saturday (AP). The breakdown puts the first federal trial over the opioid epidemic on track to begin next month, likely without Purdue, and sets the stage for a complex legal drama involving nearly every state and hundreds of local governments. Purdue, the family that owns the company and a group of state attorneys general had been trying for months to find a way to avoid trial and determine Purdue's responsibility for a crisis that has cost 400,000 American lives over the past two decades. An email from the attorneys general of Tennessee and North Carolina, obtained by The Associated Press, said Purdue and the Sackler family had rejected two offers from the states over how payments under any settlement would be handled and that the family declined to offer counterproposals. “As a result, the negotiations are at an impasse, and we expect Purdue to file for bankruptcy protection imminently,” Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein wrote in their message. Purdue spokeswoman Josephine Martin said, “Purdue declines to comment on that in its entirety.”

HONG KONG PROTESTERS SING ‘STAR SPANGLED BANNER’: Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to Hong Kong streets on Sunday and marched to the United States Consulate, urging American lawmakers to pass legislation in support of the territory’s democratic aspirations (Washington Post). The police-sanctioned rally and march through the city center had some of the trappings of a 4th of July parade, as protesters waved American flags and played the Star Spangled Banner. Demonstrators carried red, white and blue signs calling for President Trump to “Liberate Hong Kong” and chanted: “Free Hong Kong, pass the act!”

1969 CUBS BATBOY DESCRIBES BLACK CAT INCIDENT: "Then I heard Santo go, 'Oh man, we're f----- now.' And that's when I saw the cat." - Chicago Cubs batboy Jim Flood, quoting Cubs thirdbaseman Ron Santo when the legendary black cat took the field at Shea Stadium on Sept. 4, 1968 with the Cubs clinging to a 1.5 game lead over the Mets. In a Sports Illustrated story, by Paul Lukas,  Flood's primary memory of the cat is that it was creeping toward Cubs manager Leo Durocher, who was seated in the dugout. "He was saying, 'Somebody get that f------ cat outta here. Get him away from me!' I didn't know if I should laugh or what. I mean, I was a kid. But we were playing like crap, and now this." The Cubs would go on to blow the pennant, prolonging their World Series drought to 2016.

HPI DAILY ANALYSIS: The septuagenarians are dominating the coming presidential election, with President Trump seeking reelection and Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren leading the Democratic field. It appears the next generation is going to have to wait. - Brian A. Howey

Presidential 2020

BUTTIGIEG BEGINS FIRST IOWA TV AD: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, whose poll numbers have lingered in the single digits this summer after a fast start earlier in the year, is going up with his first television ad — and will urge Iowans to resist the siren call of polarizing political messages (Washington Post). “To meet these challenges and to defeat this president, we need real solutions, not more polarization,” the South Bend mayor says in the 30-second spot, in which he is identified as an “Indiana Democrat.” While Buttigieg’s pitch is a direct criticism of President Donald Trump, it also comes as several rivals with liberal records, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have been outpacing the 37-year-old mayor. Buttigieg’s themes and presentation in the ad — ever calm, a fresh face from outside Washington seeking unity — have echoes of how President Barack Obama introduced himself to Democratic voters back in 2007 and 2008, during his first presidential run. That overlap is perhaps unsurprising: consultants Larry Grisolano and John Del Cecato of AKPD Message and Media, who both worked for Obama’s campaign at the time and developed his paid media campaign, produced the ad for Buttigieg’s campaign.

SANFORD ENTERS GOP RACE: Former S.C. congressman Mark Sanford announces Republican primary challenge against Trump  (Washington Post). Sanford, a former South Carolina governor who represented the state’s 1st Congressional District in the House until earlier this year, had been mulling a bid against the president for weeks. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Sanford said he will formally announce his bid at an event in South Carolina this week.

HARRIS ISSUES APOLOGY: Sen. Kamala Harris apologized Saturday following criticism that the California Democrat and presidential candidate laughed and responded, "Well said," to a lengthy question from a voter who had called President Donald Trump's actions "mentally retarded" (CNN). Harris' presidential campaign account tweeted an apology, calling a video of the incident that was circulated on social media "upsetting," and denied she had heard the offensive term. "I didn't hear the words the man used in that moment, but if I had I would've stopped and corrected him. I'm sorry. That word and others like it aren't acceptable. Ever," she wrote on Twitter.

DEMS PUSHING FOR ASSAULT WEAPON BUYBACKS: Several 2020 Dems — Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Beto O'Rourke — are embracing mandated "buybacks" of assault weapons, Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur writes from the New Hampshire Democratic convention (Axios). "[S]egments of the party are throwing caution to the wind on gun control, backing aggressive measures that seemed unthinkable in mainstream circles even a year ago." A buyback program would mean people were required to turn in assault weapons, but would be paid.

GEORGE CONWAY GIVING WALSH ADVICE: Former Rep. Joe Walsh (Ill.), one of President Trump's Republican primary challengers, says conservative lawyer and frequent Trump critic George Conway is informally giving him campaign advice (The Hill). "I am honored to have his advice. I speak with him often. He's a wonderful adviser," Walsh said of Conway in an interview with CNN.  "As far as any formal role with our campaign, I would only be so lucky as to have somebody like George Conway involved." He didn't say whether Conway, who is married to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, would join his campaign in an official capacity.

PARSCALE PREDICTS 'TRUMP DYNASTY': President Donald Trump’s campaign manager predicted Saturday that the president and his family will become “a dynasty that will last for decades,” transforming the Republican Party while hewing to conservative values (AP). Speaking to a convention of Republican Party delegates in Indian Wells, California, Brad Parscale also said the campaign’s goal is to build a national army of 2 million trained volunteers, far beyond the president’s 2016 organization, that in California could help the GOP retake a string of U.S. House seats captured by Democrats last year. “The Trumps will be a dynasty that will last for decades, propelling the Republican Party into a new party,” he said. “One that will adapt to changing cultures. One must continue to adapt while keeping the conservative values that we believe in.” Parscale later declined to elaborate on his prediction of a coming Trump “dynasty,” or whether the president’s children could become candidates for public office.

Sunday Talk

CARSON DISCUSSES MASSACRES: Three members of Indiana's congressional delegation appeared on this week's edition of IN Focus to discuss the debate over gun control, among other topics (CBS4). Congress returns to work in the days ahead, with mounting debate over how to respond to several recent mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, and elsewhere. Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN4), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN3), and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN7) discuss the gun debate, and various proposals being discussed in Congress. "My hope is that it won’t take another unfortunate shooting to force us to do the right thing," said Rep. Carson. "We’ve seen memorials, we’ve seen our heartfelt condolences but when there’s a lull, I think people tend to forget until there’s a next shooting, unfortunately. I hope folks will have a longer memory."

REPS. BAIRD, BANKS ON MASS SHOOTINGS: "Our prayers and our hearts go out to those individuals impacted by such a tragic event," said Rep. Baird, when asked about the tragedies and whether there were specific measures he could support (CBS4). "Certainly, if there is  any thing we can do in Congress, we certainly would want to have that discussion." "These tragedies continue to add up. They're emotional and heartbreaking for all of us," said Rep. Banks. "There has to be a responsible approach. What I find in Washington is that one party or the other wants to fit these mass shootings into their political narrative... I think we can address mass shootings by preventing violent weapons from getting into the hands of those who shouldn't have them to begin with, often times by simply enforcing the laws that we already have."

POMPEO SAYS TRUMP WILL PURSUE TALIBAN DEAL: The US is still interested in striking a peace deal with the Taliban, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN Sunday, but won't move forward until there is proof that the Taliban can deliver on its commitments under a potential agreement (CNN). Pompeo was speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" the morning after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced he had canceled a secret Camp David meeting with Taliban leaders. The President said he scrapped the meeting after the Taliban took credit for an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed a dozen people, including an American soldier. "I think as you saw, if the Taliban don't behave, if they don't deliver ... the President of the United States is not going to reduce the pressure," Pompeo said.

POMPEON DEFENDS TALIBAN NEGOTIATIONS: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday defended President Trump's decision to invite a Taliban representative to Camp David for peace talks with Afghanistan's president.  Pompeo told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union that the administration has "an obligation to do everything we can."  "The president believed we could further that, further American national interest, with people that have the capacity to actually deliver," Pompeo added.  Tapper asked Pompeo if he personally had any issue with inviting the Taliban to Camp David. “I can’t help but think that if a Democratic president had talked about having the Taliban come to Camp David to negotiate a peace process that was not already a done deal, that you as a congressman, as a soldier, as a veteran, as a West Point graduate, that you would be rather upset,” the CNN host said.

BANNON DOUBTS DEM DEBATE PROWESS: Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon said in a new interview that he doubts any of the announced 2020 Democratic primary candidates could stand up to President Trump. In an interview with AM 970's The Answer in New York, Bannon told host John Catsimatidis that Democrats' failure to address foreign policy on the debate stage, particularly concerning China, would be their downfall. “The key to the Democrats right now … is that they really don’t talk about foreign affairs or national security. It’s like they’re running for student council president. Eventually they’re going to have to wake up to the fact that climate change may be a problem in the long term, but right now you have an existential threat today by the Chinese Communist Party," Bannon said. "You don’t hear a peep from the Democrats talking about this," Bannon added.

KLOBACHAR SAYS TRUMP SEES FOREIGN POLICY AS 'GAME SHOW': Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a 2020 presidential contender, hit President Trump over his announcement he had canceled a secret meeting with Taliban and Afghanistan leaders at Camp David.  "It is another example of the president treating foreign policy like some kind of game show. It's not a game show, these are terrorists," Klobuchar said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."  Trump announced Saturday on Twitter that he had canceled a meeting with the organization that that had secretly been planned to take place at Camp David ahead of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  "Like so many leaders I spent last night trying to figure out the meaning on the president's tweet. To me this is just no way to conduct foreign policy," Klobuchar said.

PEREZ DEFENDS DEM DEBATES: Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez said Sunday that the criteria to qualify for the party's next primary debate  "quite frankly, is a very reasonable bar." Ten candidates will be on stage for Thursday's debate in Houston, Texas, having reached the required two percent support in four qualifying polls and 130,000 unique donors. The polling and donor requirements increased from the first two debates, which both had 20 candidates and were split into two nights. "It's going to be up to the voters to decide who this candidate is and I think our process has been the most fair, transparent and inclusive process the history of the Democratic primary," Perez said on ABC's "This Week."

JEH JOHNSON SEES CHANCE FOR GUN REFORM: Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expressed hope Sunday that “this time it might be different” for gun reform after a month that began with back-to-back incidents and capped with another Saturday. “It feels like this time it might be different,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “My sense is that public opinion and congressional opinion are moving in the direction of doing some things consistent with the Second Amendment. This is a uniquely American problem and it requires a national solution.”


GOVERNOR: HOLCOMB LAUDS TIES WITH TOCHIGI - Gov. Eric Holcomb's Japan trip took him to Tochigi Prefecture on Saturday where he hailed an emerging sister state relationship (Howey Politics Indiana). "I was honored to join Governor Fukuda and dedicate a monument to the sister-state relationship between Tochigi and Indiana," Holcomb tweeted. "We’re proud of the business, education, cultural, and personal bonds that have blossomed between @tochigi_pco and Indiana these last two decades. We’re in @tochigi_pco this afternoon, commemorating 20 years of our sister state relationship and our shared love of @Pacers basketball!"

STATEHOUSE: HILL THROWS ROADBLOCK ON BMV GENDER CHANGE - Indiana's attorney general has put the brakes on a proposed Bureau of Motor Vehicles rule establishing a simple procedure to modify a person's gender on their driver's license and ID (Kelly, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). The move also jeopardizes a plan by the Indiana State Department of Health to allow Hoosiers to change their gender on a birth certificate with just a physician's statement. It is the latest chapter in yearslong wrangling over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in Indiana that will likely end up in the legislature. The BMV proposal has been quietly moving through the administrative rulemaking process and was set to become effective in October. But Attorney General Curtis Hill declined to sign off on the rule based on “their perception that public notice wasn't sufficient,” BMV spokeswoman Susan Guyer said.

SUPREME COURT: CROWN POINT SUPTS. DON'T WANT RULING - The Indiana Supreme Court is being urged to reject the state's request for an opportunity to seek the return of hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra retirement pay from two former School Town of Munster superintendents (Carden, NWI Times). Attorneys for the former school chiefs, William Pfister and Richard Sopko, recently filed documents with the state's high court recommending the five justices deny a petition submitted last month by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr. It asks the June 24 Court of Appeals ruling in the superintendents' favor be set aside, and the case transferred for a decision by the Supreme Court. Pfister and Sopko argued there's no need for the Supreme Court to get involved in the case because the Court of Appeals and the Lake Circuit Court both correctly ruled the attorney general's efforts to recover the money came after the five-year statute of limitations had expired.

HEALTH: INDIANA HAS FIRST VAPE DEATH - Indiana health officials say they've confirmed that a resident died from severe lung injury linked to vaping (AP). The death announced Friday by the Indiana State Department of Health is the state's first and the country's third tied to the use of electronic cigarettes. Previous deaths have been reported in Illinois and Oregon. Indiana officials say the death involved person older than 18, but that no additional information about the patient will be released. The Indiana agency says it has confirmed eight cases of severe lung injury linked to vaping and is investigating more than 20 other suspected cases.

ABORTION: BLOOMINGTON CLINIC THIRD BUSIEST - Thursdays are busy in the 400 block of South College Avenue in Bloomington (Ernsberger, Bloomington Herald-Times). On average, 18 women each week have an appointment at Planned Parenthood of Bloomington to make a decision on the future of a pregnancy. Greeted by protesters who are quick to give goodie bags and scripture recitals, patients from all over the state experience a more tense visit then they would any other day at the third-busiest abortion clinic in the state.

ABORTION: RISE IN OUT OF STATE ABORTIONS - While abortions are down in the U.S., the share of women who had abortions out of state rose by half a point as states passed stricter laws and the number of clinics declined, an AP data analysis finds: 276,000 women terminated pregnancies outside their home state between 2012 and 2017, according to data AP collected from state reports and the Centers for Disease Control. In pockets of the Midwest, South and Mountain West, the number of women terminating a pregnancy in another state rose considerably over six years.


WHITE HOUSE: TRUMP SAYS HE CANCELLED TALIBAN TALKS - President Donald Trump said Saturday he canceled a secret weekend meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghanistan leaders after a bombing in the past week in Kabul that killed 11 people, including an American soldier, and has called off peace negotiations with the insurgent group (AP). Trump's tweet was surprising because it would mean that the president was ready to host members of the Taliban at the presidential retreat in Maryland just days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. More than 2,400 U.S. troops have been killed since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to go after the Taliban, which were harboring al-Qaida leaders responsible for 9/11. Canceling the talks also goes against Trump's pledge to withdraw the remaining 13,000 to 14,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan and close U.S. involvement in the conflict that is closing in on 18 years.

WHITE HOUSE: CHINESE EXPORTS DECLINE AGAIN - China’s imports fell for a fourth straight month in August as a drop-off in exports to the U.S. steepened, the most recent economic warning signs during a prolonged trade spat with the U.S. that has Beijing turning toward stimulus measures (Wall Street Journal). Chinese imports of everything from raw materials to high-tech products dropped 5.6% in August compared with a year earlier, the same decline as July, the Chinese customs data showed. Although August’s drop was smaller than economists had expected, a downturn in demand highlights the challenges that Beijing faces as it seeks to prop up growth that has fallen to its lowest rate in more than a quarter-century.

IDEM: OIL SPILL PROBED ON WHITE RIVER - State and federal authorities are investigating an oil discharge into the White River on Indy's south side (WIBC). Oil came out of the sewer pipes near Bluff Road on Tuesday. It's not clear where it came from. Citizens Energy says there's no risk to the drinking water, and Hoosier Environmental Council executive director Jesse Kharbanda says fish weren't harmed either. It's the second significant oil discharge in Marion County in two weeks -- Speedway says somebody's been dumping large amounts of oil in the sewers. And Kharbanda notes there was a cyanide and ammonia spill in Lake Michigan last month. He says he's concerned the Indiana Department of Environmental Management may need more resources for monitoring and prevention. Indiana is on pace for about two-thousand spills this year -- that would be a 10-percent improvement after increases the last two years.

SPORTS: ANTONIO BROWN RELEASED; SIGNS WITH PATRIOTS - The bombshell that struck the NFL like a thunderbolt Saturday afternoon generated two contrasting thoughts. The New England Patriots are crazy, foolish and flat-out wrong if they think Antonio Brown is going to help them win football games. But if the Patriots do something, how crazy, foolish and flat-out wrong could it be? Brown jammed an eon of drama into the past 72 hours, a saga that included cursing at his general manager, secretly recording his coach for a self-published hype video and asking for his release (Washington Post). It ended — or, more likely, continued — with Brown posting an image to Instagram of himself in a No. 84 Patriots jersey, shortly before he posted a video of himself celebrating wildly at the news the Oakland Raiders, for whom he never played a down, released him. The one-year contract to which the Patriots and Brown agreed, worth up $15 million including a $9 million signing bonus, represents essentially zero financial risk,


IRAN BLAMES EUROPE ON NOT SAVING DEAL:  Iran defended its decision to use faster centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, officials said Sunday, while underscoring that time was running out for Europe to save the unraveling accord (AP). Iran already has crept past limits the deal imposed on nuclear enrichment and its uranium stockpile. It is trying to pressure Europe to find a way to sell crude oil abroad despite U.S. sanctions. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed Iran's announcement the day before that it would use advanced centrifuges was still within the "framework" of the 2015 nuclear deal, while meeting with the visiting acting chief of the U.N. atomic watchdog Cornel Feruta.

DEATH TOLL RISING IN BAHAMAS: Volunteers with search dogs continue to scour neighborhoods flattened by Hurricane Dorian , while global relief agencies are rushing to get food and shelter Saturday to some 70,000 people in the Bahamas left homeless on two northern islands (CNN). The death toll, now at 43, is expected to rise drastically, officials said, as hundreds remain missing, buried under rubble on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands by the strongest hurricane ever to hit the archipelago nation.


CITIES: CAR HITS RED LINE STATION - A brand new Red Line bus station was damaged early Saturday morning when a car crashed into it (WIBC). The crash happened around 2 a.m. Saturday at the bus stop at Shelby Street and Hanna Avenue. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Grace Sibley said the driver of the vehicle has been arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. The driver and a passenger in the car sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. IndyGo’s Red Line is wrapping up it’s first week of operation following the launch of the new service on Sunday.

CITIES: FORT WAYNE DELAYS PARTNERSHIP FUNDS - Despite a delay by the Fort Wayne City Council, members of the city's four area partnerships are discussing what they could do with their share of $1 million in extra income tax revenue (Gong, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette). “What we've decided was that we're going to form a committee of volunteers to actually discuss and see what would be the best way to use that money, the best way to distribute it among the associations,” said Al Metel, co-chair of the Northeast Area Partnership.  Mayor Tom Henry announced a plan in July to give $250,000 to each of the four area partnerships. It's part of a larger plan to invest $3.25 million in surplus income tax revenue into local neighborhood improvements and quality of life initiatives. The city received that money in May. The potential funding for the partnerships was discussed at an Aug. 27 council meeting but delayed on 5-3 vote. Councilmen including Michael Barranda, R-at large, said they felt that Henry failed to consult the City Council before deciding on a list of programs and projects to fund.

CITIES: LONGTIME EVANSVILLE DJ ‘SANDMAN’ DIES - Longtime local DJ Mike “the Sandman” Sanders has died (WFIE-TV). He was the voice of 103 GBF’s Rocks for more than 30 years. Sanders had moved to Florida and was trying to move back to Evansville in August when he became sick. His former wife Tammy Corn told 14 News that Sanders suffered a bacterial infection in August and was hospitalized. Sadly though, he never recovered. She told us he died on Wednesday, September 4.

COUNTIES: MONROE COMMISSIONERS ACT ON COURTHOUSE BAD BEHAVIOR - Monroe County commissioners say complaints of people urinating, vomiting and sleeping on the courthouse grounds overnight have increased over the past few months (Indiana Public Media). The commission modified an existing ordinance this week that would ban people who vomit, urinate, sleep or congregate on courthouse grounds after 10 p.m. from the property. The ban would last 30 days on the first offense, and 60 days for each additional violation. County Attorney Jeff Cockerill says fines have not been enough of a deterrent in the past. "We had a problem with people sleeping, and one day I was coming into work and I had to ask a gentleman to move from the doorway so I can actually get into work," County Attorney Jeff Cockerill says.