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

January 6, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Corey Williams is on the desk. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

CHICAGO SCHOOLS-SERIAL PEDOPHILE

CHICAGO _ A serial pedophile who admitted to sexually abusing hundreds of children in Illinois and Indiana from the 1960s through the 1980s received second chances when sexual assault allegations arose against him, according to a newspaper investigation. The Chicago Tribune review of public records and personnel files found that Chicago Public Schools hired Thomas Hacker in 1970 just three months after he was convicted for sexually molesting a 14-year-old boy in Indiana. There’s no indication that school officials were aware of Hacker’s conviction. Hacker remained at the school for a decade despite red flags emerging about his behavior. SENT: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MENNONITES-TORNADO REBUILDING

MERIDIAN, Miss. _ Mennonite volunteers are helping rebuild homes in a Mississippi community damaged in a 2018 tornado. The Meridian Star reports that Mennonite Disaster Service arrived last week. Kim Waters, a member of a disaster recovery committee, said some residents still haven’t returned to their homes or are living in houses with damage such as leaky roofs. She said older people with fixed incomes have had trouble affording repairs. The volunteers are from Indiana and came to volunteer using their own vacation and holiday time. The tornado, with top winds estimated at 115 mph (185 kph), damaged as many as 200 homes and business overall when it hit Meridian and Lauderdale County. Larry Miller, a member of the Mennonite Disaster Service, said the relief efforts the group provides are unique. SENT: 270 words, photos.

INDIANA HUNTERS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana officials are looking for ways to encourage more women and youth to become game hunters as the state continues to issue a declining number of hunting licenses. The state’s wildlife preservation programs rely on the sale of hunting licenses as a main source of funding. So Indiana’s decline in hunting over the past decade is threatening conservation efforts along with communities and businesses that profit from the sport. Indiana sold more than 552,100 hunting licenses, tags and permits in 2006, but the number was down to about 426,300 in 2016, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The drop in participation is spurred by an older generation of residents who enjoy the sport phasing out, along with limited interest from younger generations who don’t have the same connection to hunting. SENT: 340 words.

EXCHANGE-THERAPY GREYHOUND

INDIANAPOLIS _ Megan Broviak reclined on her bed at Riley Hospital for Children, fixated on the lanky therapy dog sprawled across her lap. A visit from Phineas _ Finn, for short _ is a welcome reprieve from what can otherwise be a mundane schedule imposed by her leukemia treatments. Finn is a lot like the other 16 dogs in Riley’s pet therapy program, which makes them celebrities when they trot through the hospital’s halls. But Finn’s path to Riley stands out. He’s the program’s first greyhound, having spent the first two years of his life on a race track. By Holly V. Hays. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-HOME BUILDING LEGACY

OSCEOLA, Ind. _ Bob Hawley, who is 84, was part of a group that helped launch a program a half century ago that has enabled Penn High School students to build one home per year. Hawley was a recent visitor at the construction site of the program’s 50th home. A group of 10 students from Penn’s Building and Trades course have worked since August at the site — 2.5 hours per day, Monday through Friday. By Ted Booker. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDIANA DUNES-NATIONAL PARK: A congressman from Gary wants to continue the push to turn Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore into America’s 61st national park.

_ DOGS RESCUED-MEAT FARM: Five dogs saved from a South Korean dog-meat farm are finding safety through a northwest Indiana animal shelter.

_ INTERSTATE 69-CONSTRUCTION: Work is expected to shift northward this year on the decade-long project to extend Interstate 69 through southwestern Indiana.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-TEXANS FOLO

HOUSTON _ The Indianapolis Colts have won all season thanks in large part to big games from quarterback Andrew Luck. In a 21-7 wild-card game win over the Houston Texans on Saturday they showed that they’re pretty good at running the ball, too. Luck threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and Marlon Mack had a career-high 148 yards rushing and a touchdown on a day the Colts finished with 200 yards rushing. “There were some really effective runs early in the game,” Luck said. “And then the way we finished the game, I’m proud of the guys up front. It’s not easy to run the ball on that defense. It’s a really good defense with a lot of good players, but we made the most of it and I’m proud of all the guys.” The Colts advance to face the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round next weekend. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FBN--TEXANS WRAPUP

HOUSTON _ The Houston Texans made an impressive turnaround to reach the playoffs after an 0-3 start. But a terrible first half doomed them in a 21-7 loss to Indianapolis in the wild-card game on Saturday to end their season. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 800 words.

BKN--PACERS-RAPTORS

TORONTO _ The Indiana Pacers visit the Toronto Raptors.

BKC--INDIANA-MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Indiana plays Michigan at Crisler Center.

BKW--T25-NOTRE DAME-GEORGIA TECH

ATLANTA _ No. 2 Notre Dame, the defending national champion, visits Georgia Tech on Sunday in a matchup of teams coming off wins in their ACC openers. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words. Game starts at 3 p.m.

Also:

_ BKH--IND HS BOYS TOP 10 FARED: Indiana High School Boys Basketball How They Fared.

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