By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Nashville, Ind.

1. Indiana's second school shooting in 2018

Here are your final power lunch talking points for the week. From Gov. Eric Holcomb, to Supt. Jennifer McCormick, to ISP Supt. Doug Carter, to parents, teachers and lawmakers around Indiana, we feared Thursday was coming. This time, it happened at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, where a 14-year-old boy gunned his way into the school. But a tip to police  gave authorities a crucial heads-up and after a brief hallway gun battle, the shooter committed suicide. "The police response was exactly as it should have been," Richmond Police Chief Jim Branum said. "Everybody here was prepared for a confrontation." It was the second Indiana school shooting in 2018, with a student and teacher wounded in a May attack at West Middle School in Noblesville. That shooting, and the more than 30 school threats and arrests following the Feb. 14 massacre at Stoneham Douglas HS in Parkland, Fla., prompted Holcomb to order a school safety audit. The 18 recommendations made in August are included in Holcomb's 2019 General Assembly agenda.

The gnawing dynamic is, what if the Richmond tip hadn't come?  What if the West MS shooter had chosen a classroom with a petite teacher, instead of one with a teacher who was a former Southern Illinois football player?  America is awash in guns. The CDC is reporting a record number of gun deaths in 2017 at nearly 40,000 (including 23,000 suicides), and there were a record number of guns (47) confiscated at Indianapolis International Airport. The good news on the school front is that active shooter protocols seem to be working, but still these incidents result in injury and death. We just haven't had the kind of massacres we've witnessed in Florida, Texas and other schools this year. The General Assembly is about to get another lesson, the coming costs of hardening schools. There will be a steep and continuing price for unrestrained 2nd Amendment rights as parents demand more and more expensive protections for their children. It used to be we'd drill for fire and tornadoes at school. Now it's for the depraved shooters amongst us.

2. Sen. Young leads Saudi rebuke

U.S. Sen. Todd Young led the effort to rebuke Saudi Arabia on Thursday, even as President Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner continue to dispel U.S. intelligence on the kingdom's fingerprints on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and support it despite the human rights abuses and famine threatening 14 million souls in the Yemen civil war. The Senate voted 56-41 on a resolution ending U.S. support for the Saudi military in Yemen. Young explained on the Senate floor that from a practical standpoint, the resolution calls for the "term of hostilities" to include "inflight refueling on non-U.S. aircraft. Those very aircraft that in too many cases are responsible for indiscriminent bombing and violations of international human rights law." Young calls the civil war an "unmitigated national security and humanitarian disaster."  And he took a swipe at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying, "The Saudi crown prince has unfortunately been left with the impression he can get away with anything, including murder."

3. Tribune-Star on Khashoggi at ISU

Terre Haute Tribune-Star columnist Mark Bennett recounts Jamal Khashoggi's years at Indiana State University, where he arrived in 1977 and graduated in 1982 with a journalism degree. He was featured as a freshman in a Trib-Star  photo (center) arriving on campus. Classmate Laurie Elliott (also in the photo) recalled: “I remember going to dinners at their house, where you would eat Saudi style.” They spread newspapers over the floor, laying out the various dishes and nibbling at the foods by hand. “It was really cool,” she said. She recalled Khashoggi and classmate Emad Sulaiman buying Triumph TR7s, a British sports car popular in the 1970s and early ‘80s. Bennett observes: On Tuesday, 41 years after that picture was taken, Khashoggi’s face appeared on the cover of TIME  magazine. His cheeks were fuller and covered with a graying beard. A white keffiyeh, a traditional scarf worn by Saudi Arabian men, covered his hair. The magazine’s headline read, “Time Person of the Year: The Guardians and the War on Truth.”  Beside his photo was the notation, “Jamal Khashoggi: Columnist, Murdered.” And, back in the day, part of the Hoosier family.

4. Donnelly bill honors USS Indianapolis

One of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly's final bills will be honoring the "sacrifice, perseverance and bravery of the crew of the USS Indianapolis with the Congressional Gold Medal." The ship was torpedoed and sank in August 1945 after delivering the first atomic bombs used against Japan that ended World War II. Out of more than 1,000 sailors, only 317 survived. "The crew of the USS Indianapolis bravely served our country. I'm proud the House of Representatives passed this bill and that it now heads to the president's desk to be signed into law," Donnelly said. "This bipartisan effort will give those survivors still living some of the recognition they deserve, and the families of the crewmen no longer with us another opportunity to honor their legacy of heroism." There are 14 survivors still alive.

5. Christie or Kushner for Trump chief?

After the rejection by Nick Ayres, now President Trump has five candidates willing to accept the chief of staff job. Chris Christie and David Bossie were at the White House interviewing on Thursday. But CBS News threw out another name: son-in-law Jared Kushner. Christie getting the post makes some sense in that he and Trump like each other and as a former DA, Christie's legal knowledge will be helpful as scandal engulfs this White House. But DA Christie also prosecuted and jailed Kushner's dad, and Kushner's revenge was to bounce Christie from the helm of the troubled Trump transition, giving it to Vice President Mike Pence. That turned out to be a bonehead move. That transition is fueling much of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion probe. It begs the question, how could Christie and Kushner co-exist these days  in an epically dysfunctional White House?

Have a great weekend, folks. Can't wait for Saturday's IU-Butler showdown. It's The Atomic!