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News Minute: Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - GOP Indiana Senate candidate Mike Braun often refers to his rival, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, as "Sleepin' Joe," but it's actually Braun's own sleepy campaign that has Republicans worried. Groups that typically back GOP candidates are sitting on the sidelines. Braun's recent three-stop "solutions" tour across the state in a used RV was dwarfed by Donnelly's seven-day, 40-stop trek in August. Meanwhile, records show Donnelly is outspending Braun by almost double on TV and radio since June.

SPANGLE, Wash. (AP) - Some Democratic candidates are determined not to let Republican members of Congress distance themselves from the president's trade policies. Their efforts play into voter concerns that Congress should be more of a check on President Donald Trump. Republicans hope that a strong economy carries them to victory in the November midterm elections.

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Northern Indiana Public Service Co. says it's considering retiring four of its five remaining coal-fired electricity generating units within five years and the other within a decade. The utility told a meeting of customers, consumer representatives, environmental organizations and other stakeholders Wednesday that internal planning shows a possible shutdown of the four-unit Schahfer Generating Station in Wheatfield no later than 2023 and its Michigan City Generating by 2028.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Trump administration has awarded Indiana more than $25 million to fight the opioid epidemic, largely by expanding access to treatment and recovery services. The funding announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was among more than $1 billion in grants awarded to all 50 states to combat opioid abuse. Officials say the opioid crisis claimed more than 130 Americans' lives per day last year.

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