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

December 2, 2018

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

VETERANS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

INDIANAPOLIS — Two Indiana veterans are raising concerns that state employees are receiving special treatment when requesting money from the state’s veterans assistance fund. Air Force veteran Lisa Wilken and Army veteran William Henry are concerned about how the state’s Military Family Relief Fund is being managed, WRTV-TV reported . Other veterans said their applications were stalled for weeks or months or that they were denied assistance for services that state employees received. SENT: 370 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MARIJUANA-MICHIGAN-NEWS GUIDE

DETROIT — Michigan clears a threshold this week as the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than just medical purposes. In the Nov. 6 election, voters by a wide margin endorsed recreational use by adults who are at least 21. The move comes 10 years after voters approved marijuana to alleviate the effects of certain illnesses. Many supporters believe that decadelong experience, as well as similar legalization efforts in other states, led to victory at the ballot box. “It’s certainly going to smell like freedom,” starting Thursday, said Detroit lawyer Matt Abel, who specializes in marijuana law and whose office sign says, “cannabis counsel.” By Ed White. SENT: 560 words, photo.

BILLIONAIRES-EDUCATION PHILANTHROPY

SEATTLE — From Jeff Bezos’ free preschools to Andrew Carnegie’s public libraries, education stands out as a favorite cause among America’s wealthiest people. And as the rich get richer, and apparently more generous, this legacy of so-called investment philanthropy has shaped government priorities and driven policy changes. But with such high-profile giving fueled by both capitalism and poverty, critics have thrust that dichotomy into the spotlight, challenging how the system that allowed these philanthropists to amass their fortunes ultimately contributes to the social problems they’re trying to address. By Sally Ho. SENT: 915 words, photos in national news queues. Note Indiana material.

EXCHANGE-IMMIGRANT’S DREAM

JASPER, Ind. — The American dream seems simple. If you work hard enough, you can achieve all the success you can set your mind to. However, with so many external factors that are out of our control, it’s never quite that simple to carve out a slice of life for oneself. But one southern Indiana businessman has a story that brings the American dream, or something close to it, to life. His name is Angel Serrano, and he has captured his version of the dream through his barbershop, La Frontera Haircuts. Angel, 42, was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at age 13 when his mother was able to bring him over in 1992. By Jonathan Saxon. The (Jasper) Herald. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-SOLAR ENERGY-INDIANA

MUNCIE, Ind. — Retired Ball State University professors Carolyn and John Vann used to attract crowds of several dozen people to meetings at which the couple would sign some up to add solar panels to their homes. Nowadays, the two grass roots solar advocates are frustrated. “We hold a meeting and no one comes,” Carolyn Vann said. The couple attributes the lack of solar interest/awareness to net metering, which Indiana’s Senate Bill 309 changed in 2017. “That’s one of the things that has made it more difficult for us,” John Vann said. “There was so much press coverage of the bill and so much debate, and now no one’s talking about it.” By Seth Slabaugh. The (Muncie) Star Press. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL PLANE CRASH-INDIANA: Coroners have identified the final two people killed when a small Chicago-bound jet crashed shortly after taking off from a southern Indiana airport. AP Photos.

— GEORGE HW BUSH-INDIANA: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed flags across the state be flown at half-staff for 30 days to honor former President George H. W. Bush.

— SHORELINE EROSION-INDIANA: A tourism organization is looking to join efforts that seek solutions to beach erosion along northwestern Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline.

— ROAD PROJECTS GRANTS-INDIANA: More than a dozen communities in Indiana’s Wabash Valley will share $4.4 million in state funding to fix local roads and bridges.

SPORTS:

FBN--COLTS-JAGUARS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Indianapolis Colts carry a five-game winning streak into Jacksonville to face the reeling and revamped Jaguars, who will try to end a seven-game slide with a new play-caller and new quarterback. By Sports Writer Mark Long. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game began at 1 p.m.

FBC--COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Oklahoma is in the College Football Playoff, moving into the fourth and final spot in the rankings after winning the Big 12 championship. The Sooners (12-1) will face No. 1 Alabama (13-0) in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29 and No. 2 Clemson (13-0) plays No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) in the Cotton Bowl on the same day. By College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 340 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words.

FBC--COTTON BOWL

ARLINGTON, Texas — Clemson is getting a new bowl experience and a playoff first-timer for its fourth consecutive College Football Playoff appearance. The ACC champion Tigers (13-0, No. 2 CFP) will play Notre Dame (12-0, No. 3 CFP) in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 at AT&T Stadium. By Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 430 words, photos.

BKW--T25-CONNECTICUT-NOTRE DAME

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 2 Connecticut renew their storied rivalry in a potential Final Four preview. The Huskies had won seven in a row in the series until the Fighting Irish ended the streak in last year’s NCAA semifinals on the way to the national title. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. 4 p.m. tipoff.

Also:

— BKC--UC RIVERSIDE-VALPARAISO. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 2 p.m. tipoff.

— BKH--IND HS BOYS TOP 10 FARED: Indiana High School Boys Basketball How They Fared. SENT: 465 words.

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