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

December 29, 2018

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

FORT HARRISON REDEVELOPMENT

LAWRENCE _ An Indianapolis suburb is hoping to boost its profile and attract new visitors with a cultural district promoting the arts and the area’s military history. Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded the city of Lawrence and the nonprofit Arts for Lawrence $5.85 million to build the Fort Harrison Cultural Campus. Plans for the campus include new performance and visual-arts spaces, interactive play areas and an augmented-reality app showcasing the history of Fort Harrison. SENT: 450 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FARMER PAYMENTS

WASHINGTON _ The end of 2018 seemed to signal good things to come for America’s farmers. Fresh off the passage of the farm bill, which reauthorized agriculture, conservation and safety net programs, the Agriculture Department last week announced a second round of direct payments to growers hardest hit by President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. Then parts of the government shut down. By Juliet Linderman. SENT: 440 words, photos. Update moved late Friday.

EXCHANGE-GROUNDBREAKING LAWMAKER

DYER, Ind. _ On more than one occasion, Chris Chyung had a front door slammed in his face while campaigning against state Rep. Hal Slager. “They told me, `Go back to China!’” recalled Chyung, who was born in Merrillville and raised in Munster. “I’ve never even been to China. My parents, who are both physicians, were born in Korea. So at least get your racism right.” The 25-year-old political newcomer, who is becoming Indiana’s first Asian-American state legislator, doesn’t take such slights too personally. “I’ve lived my whole life in Indiana, so I’m used to being the only Asian person in the room,” he said. “Any room.” By Jerry Davich. Post-Tribune. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-KINDNESS SIGNS

VINCENNES, Ind. _ The signs spread throughout Vincennes have inspirational messages, like “Just Breathe,” “Smile more, laugh often,” and “Do small things with great love.” A group of students at Rivet Middle High School is behind them. The idea came to Jillian Herb, a religion teacher at the Catholic school, as the recent election season wrapped up in November. Tired of seeing political signs around town — and the negativity that often comes with them — she was inspired to take those same signs and change the overall message. By Jenny McNeece. Vincennes Sun-Commercial. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE SHOOTING-INDIANA: Indiana State Police say a trooper has fatally shot a man near a western Indiana high school. State Police say the man who was fatally shot Friday night was a suspect in a crime, but the agency did not disclose any details of the alleged crime or what led up to the shooting.

_ THREE TEENS KILLED-CRASH: Three teenagers have been killed in a single-car crash along a western Indiana road.

_ CREATIVE PARK CAMPAIGN: Residents of a small northeastern Indiana city are finding creative ways to help raise more money for rehabbing a youth baseball park.

_ MISSISSINEWA LAKE EAGLES: State wildlife officials are planning a bald eagle watching event at a northern Indiana reservoir that’s a gathering spot for large numbers of the majestic birds.

SPORTS:

FBC--CFP-COTTON BOWL

ARLINGTON, Texas _ No. 2 Clemson faces No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl semifinal of the College Football Playoff in a matchup of unbeaten teams. The Fighting Irish are making their first playoff appearance. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game starts at 4 p.m.

_ With: Sidebar on merit

FBC--CFP CHAMPIONSHIP

Oklahoma and Notre Dame are standing in the way of Alabama-Clemson Part IV. The College Football Playoff semifinals are Saturday, with the top-ranked Crimson Tide facing No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl in South Florida and No. 2 Clemson playing No. 3 Notre Dame at the Cotton Bowl in North Texas. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 p.m. NOTE: Will be updated after second CFP semifinal game

_ With: FBC-CFP Championship-The Latest. Updates throughout the day from both CFP semifinal games.

BKC--BUTLER-FLORIDA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. _ Butler and Florida play for the second time in a little more than a month. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 61-54 in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 600 words. Begins at 4 p.m.

BKC--COPPIN ST-NOTRE DAME

Coppin State plays Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion. By John Fineran. Noon ET tipoff.

BKC--PURDUE UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST-VALPARAISO

Purdue University Northwest plays Valparaiso at Athletics-Recreation Center.

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