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

December 24, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

STORY OF THE YEAR

The depths of Larry Nassar’s depravity began to emerge some 15 months before the calendar flipped to 2018 _ when reports of his sexual abuse first appeared in newspaper stories that would eventually lead to a trial and, ultimately, to the doctor’s imprisonment. But it was January 2018, the month when more than 150 female athletes testified at Nassar’s sentencing hearing for convictions on child-porn and sex-abuse charges that marked a turning point in a crisis that has inflicted untold damage. Nassar’s crimes and the chaos they provoked _ the massive turnover at Michigan State, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, to say nothing of the trauma wrought on the victims themselves _ was the Story of the Year in balloting by AP members and editors. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 900 words, photos. Moving in sports and national news services.

AROUND THE STATE:

INDIANA ATTORNEY GENERAL-GROPING ALLEGATIONS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Records show an investigation into allegations that Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill drunkenly groped four women at a party cost taxpayers at least $26,300. Documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star through open records requests detail expenses by special prosecutor Daniel Sigler, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Indiana Inspector General’s office. SENT: 450 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ EARLY LEARNING GRANTS: Indiana has awarded more than $1.4 million in early education capacity-building grants to applicants with pre-kindergarten programs in 12 counties.

_ ORV PROPERTY UPGRADES: Indiana’s first state property for off-road vehicles is closing for several months for upgrades that will include new trails, a major trail repair and reroutes.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-PLAYOFF PICTURE

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indianapolis Colts started the Frank Reich era losing five of six. Now, after winning eight of nine, they are on the cusp of history. The Colts are one win away from becoming the third team in to make the postseason after starting 1-5. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos.

FBN--TITANS-WIN AND IN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ A four-game winning streak and losses by a handful of other teams has given the Tennessee Titans a chance to beat Indianapolis and clinch a second straight playoff berth in a game moved to prime time as the final game of the NFL regular season. Before the Titans try to beat Andrew Luck for the first time, the health of Marcus Mariota and four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey are big concerns. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

With:

_ FBN--WEEK 17-FLEX: The NFL has moved next week’s Titans-Colts game into prime time on NBC. Both AFC South teams are 9-6 and the winner of the regular-season finale will reach the playoffs. SENT: 120 words.

FBC--CFP-CLEMSON-THE DABO WAY

CLEMSON, S.C. _ At Clemson, how much fun you have in success is just as important as winning. Call it the Dabo Way. Tigers’ 10th-year coach Dabo Swinney is a stickler for hard work _ and for celebrating success whether its locker room dance parties or a trip to the amusement park amid preparations for its latest playoff run. Clemson faces Notre Dame on Saturday in a playoff semifinal in Arlington, Texas. By Pete Iacobelli. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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