INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar will continue wielding influence in Washington after he leaves office, albeit with a much younger audience.
Lugar is starting an internship program with the University of Indianapolis that will operate out of Washington, D.C. He has also agreed to deliver a handful of lectures each year as a distinguished professor at the private university.
The 80-year-old Republican said Friday the Richard G. Lugar Academy will focus on many of the issues he's addressed in his Senate career, including weapons proliferation and food shortages.
He will split his time between Washington and Indianapolis in the new job.
Lugar lost a grueling primary battle in May to tea party-backed state treasurer Richard Mourdock.
Since then, Lugar has traveled overseas talking about his nuclear disarmament program.
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