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

December 7, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Jeff Karoub 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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TOP STORY:

VETERANS ASSISTANCE GRANTS-RESIGNATION

INDIANAPOLIS _ The leader of Indiana’s veterans’ affairs agency has resigned following reports that he awarded department employees grant money intended for struggling veterans. Gov. Eric Holcomb accepted James Brown’s resignation Friday as director of the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, calling him “a good man with a distinguished service record.” The Military Family Relief Fund, which is financed primarily with fees from sales of veteran license plates and “Support Our Troops” plates, grants money to veterans to help them pay for food, housing, utilities, medical services and transportation. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GARY RUINS GARDEN-CLEANUP

GARY, Ind. _ A plan to turn a ruined northwest Indiana church into a tourist attraction can’t move forward until asbestos and other potential health hazards are removed from the property. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and Gary Redevelopment Commission are seeking public comment through Jan. 4 on three environmental cleanup proposals for the dilapidated City Methodist Church in Gary. The Gothic-style church dating to the 1920s closed in 1975 after years of declining membership. Gary city officials plan to transform the site into a European-style ruins garden and tourist attraction. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ 1988 CHILD SLAYING: An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl. John D. Miller, of Grabill, pleaded guilty Friday to murder and child molestation charges in long-unsolved killing of April Tinsley.

_ COAL-TO-DIESEL PLANT: Hundreds of people filled a southern Indiana high school auditorium for a state agency’s hearing on a proposed $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel plant.

_ ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-INDIANA: The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand two decisions that stopped portions of an Indiana abortion law. The law was signed when Vice President Mike Pence was governor.

_ TODDLER DEATH: A 42-year-old northeastern Indiana man has pleaded guilty to murder in the battering death of a 2½-year-old girl he was babysitting.

_ DOCUMENTS FOUND-YARD: Authorities are working to determine how employer wage reports involving Indiana workers ended up in the backyard of an Indianapolis home.

_ COLD CASE-WOMAN: Authorities in Illinois are appealing to people in northwestern Indiana to help them solve a 42-year-old cold case.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-MAGIC

ORLANDO, Fla. _ The Orlando Magic try to rebound from a loss that dropped them one game under .500 when they continue a homestand against the Indiana Pacers, who are one of only two Eastern Conference teams with a winning road record. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7 p.m. ET.

FBC--CFP-CLEMSON-TREVOR & TRAVIS

Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne are young, a bit raw and awfully talented. Together, they anchor Clemson’s high-octane offense and have helped the No. 2 Tigers get into in the College Football Playoff. Now, Lawrence, a freshman quarterback, and Etienne are hunting a national title. The Tigers (CFP No. 2) will face third-ranked Notre Dame (12-0, CFP No. 3) in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 for the right to play for the national title. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is aware much of his game plan involves slowing Lawrence and Etienne. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BKC--A RIVALRY RENEWED

LOS ANGELES _ Marques Johnson, Bill Walton, Adrian Dantley and Austin Carr on the court. Digger Phelps and John Wooden on the sidelines. In those days, Notre Dame vs. UCLA in basketball was one of the sport’s greatest rivalries. From 1960-70, UCLA won five matchups in a row by scores of 31, 29, 51, 13 and 31 points. Now it’s back for a new era. Saturday night’s nationally televised game at Pauley Pavilion will be the 49th in the series. The schools last met on Dec. 19, 2009, when Notre Dame won at home 84-73. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.

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