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BC-IN--Indiana News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, IN

December 19, 2018

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Indiana. 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. David Runk is on the desk. All times are Eastern.

A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



WASHINGTON _ Christmas at Vice President Mike Pence’s official residence literally jumps out of the pages of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Every room on the main floor of the Naval Observatory represents a verse from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore, officially titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Pence has a family tradition of reading the holiday classic to his three children every Christmas Eve even though they’re adults now and the gang includes a daughter-in-law. By Darlene Superville. SENT: 300 words, photos.


TERRE HAUTE _ Authorities say a man has died following an exchange of gunfire with police in western Indiana. The Tribune-Star reports an autopsy is planned on the body of the 24-year-old man who died Tuesday night in Terre Haute. His name wasn’t immediately released. SENT: 130 words.


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. _ A recently established state panel could give final approval to a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority is scheduled to meet for the first time Wednesday in St. Ignace, Michigan. Meeting schedule for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Will be updated. With Photos.


_ COUNCIL MEMBER-PAY: The Indiana attorney general’s office is seeking to recover about $133,000 collected by a Gary City Council member who also had another government job.

_ LOUISVILLE-DANCE TEAM-COACH: A termination letter released by the University of Louisville says dance team coach Todd Sharp was fired for financial misconduct. The award-winning coach featured in Lifetime’s “So Sharp” also resigned his position at Indiana’s Floyd Central High School. SENT: 130 words.

_ CASH FOR LEAVES: Trees have dropped cash in an Indiana county. Elkhart County distributed thousands of dollars Tuesday to church groups and community organizations for collecting tons of leaves.



The Indiana Pacers visit the Toronto Raptors.


SOUTH BEND _ Ask Notre Dame center Sam Mustipher a question and you will get a straight answer. So what does he think of the defensive front four the Fighting Irish will face Dec. 29 at the Cotton Bowl in the playoff semifinal against Clemson? By John Fineran. SENT: 850 words, with photos.


Central Arkansas plays Indiana at Assembly Hall.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Western Kentucky visits Notre Dame in a women’s non-conference game. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 600 words. 7 p.m. ET tipoff.


COLLEGE STATION, Texas _ Texas A&M looks for its fourth straight win after losing its previous four when the Aggies host Valparaiso. By Brent Zwerneman. 600 words.


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