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BC-IN--Indiana News Digest 1:30 pm, IN

December 31, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Rick Callahan is on the desk, followed by Corey Williams. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Indianapolis bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

LION ATTACK

BURLINGTON, N.C. _ An intern from central Indiana was helping do some routine cleaning at a North Carolina wildlife center when a lion attacked and swiftly killed her, authorities said. Visitors were rushed out while the staff and authorities tried vainly to tranquilize the animal and reach the young woman’s body. But in the end, deputies shot and killed the lion. Alexandra Black of New Palestine, Indiana, had been at the Conservators Center for about two weeks. The 22-year-old recent Indiana University graduate is being remembered for her passionate pursuit of a career working with animals. SENT: 500 words, photo. Will be updated.

AROUND THE STATE:

DEATH PENALTY-INDIANA

CROWN POINT, Ind. _ Indiana prosecutors have quietly dropped efforts seeking the execution of an Ohio inmate for her role in killing a 7-year-old girl during a 1984 crime spree. The Lake County prosecutor and the Indiana attorney general’s office signed an agreement last month withdrawing a demand for the execution of 56-year-old Debra Denise Brown. She and Alton Coleman received death sentences for killing Tamika Turks of Gary, Indiana, and murders in Ohio. Coleman was executed in Ohio in 2002, while Brown’s Ohio sentence was commuted to life in prison on grounds that she was mentally disabled. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ THREE DEAD-MARION: Northeastern Indiana police are investigating the deaths of two boys and a man whose bodies were found in a home. The bodies were found around noon Sunday in a house in Marion, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

_ JEFFERSONVILLE SLAYING-ARREST: Police have arrested a man in connection with the October slaying of a southern Indiana businessman. Thirty-five-year-old Antonio J. McRae of Jeffersonville was arrested Jeffersonville police detectives and FBI agents in connection with 49-year-old Praful Patel’s fatal shooting.

_ STATE TROOPERS-SHERIFFS: At least three veteran Indiana State Police troopers are leaving the agency as they take office as county sheriffs.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS COMEBACK

INDIANAPOLIS _ Frank Reich engineered two of football’s greatest comebacks as a player. He’s added another in his first season as a head coach by leading the Indianapolis Colts from a 1-5 start to the playoffs. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

FBN--TEXANS-PLAYOFFS

HOUSTON _ The Houston Texans return to the playoffs on Saturday for the third time in four years when they host the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game. The Texans have had success in this round of the postseason, winning three of their previous four wild-card games. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKN--HAWKS-PACERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers try to match the second-most wins in the NBA this season when they host Atlanta in a Monday matinee. Indiana has won four straight including a road win last week against the Hawks. Atlanta has won two in a row but has the fourth-lowest winning percentage in the Eastern Conference. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time 3 p.m. ET.

BKC--UCLA-ALFORD FIRED

LOS ANGELES _ Steve Alford has been fired as UCLA basketball coach after six seasons, with the Bruins mired in a four-game skid that included losses at home to Belmont and Liberty. UCLA is 7-6 and in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament despite a talented roster that includes sophomore Kris Wilkes and freshman Moses Brown. Alford’s final game was a 73-58 loss to Liberty on Saturday, the worst home defeat in his tenure. Alford was a high school and college star in his native Indiana, where he played for Bob Knight and won the 1987 national championship. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.

BKW--T25-WOMEN’S BKB POLL

NEW YORK _ UConn, Notre Dame and Louisville remain the top three teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll. With most teams taking a break for the holidays, there wasn’t much movement in the Top 25 poll Monday. Notre Dame easily beat Lehigh on Sunday in its lone game this week. The victory earned Muffet McGraw her 900th’ career win. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 450 words, photo.

HKN--WINTER CLASSIC PREVIEW

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ The Winter Classic is going back to college, and it’s bringing along two familiar foes. The Chicago Blackhawks face the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in the 11th edition of one of the NHL’s showcase events. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

Also:

_ FBC--INDIANA-DEBORD RETIRES: Indiana Hoosiers offensive coordinator and associate head coach Mike DeBord is retiring after a 37-year coaching career. SENT: 130 words.

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