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

December 15, 2018

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

INDIANA LEGISLATURE-HATE CRIMES

INDIANAPOLIS _ The spray-painting of a swastika outside a suburban Indianapolis synagogue this summer was the final straw for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who quickly called for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws. “It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s long overdue” Holcomb said Friday during an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m convinced the overwhelming majority of Hoosiers feel the same way.” By Brian Slodysko And Tom Davies. SENT: 900 words, with photos.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT-HOLCOMB

INDIANAPOLIS _ Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration is falling short on two of the five goals he set at the beginning of the year to improve Indiana’s adult education and workforce skills, records show, but the Republican said he’s not dismayed by the results. Holcomb said he’s not disappointed to have fallen short because the state had “set high goals.” “The encouraging part is we are seeing positive, forward movement,” Holcomb said. “I’d like to do more, so I’m always going to err on setting a higher standard than maintaining the status quo.” SENT: 370 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MUSEUM

EAST LANSING, Mich. _ Hundreds of women who say they were sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar will be featured in a new exhibit at Michigan State University. The “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibition will feature teal bows that were tied to trees around campus as a reminder of the survivors. Teal represents support for sexual assault survivors. Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually molested them under the guise that it was medical treatment, including while he worked for Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. SENT: 400 words.

EXCHANGE-CHRISTMAS WINDOW PAINTER

MUNCIE, Ind. _ In his 30 years painting windows for the holidays, Ron Davis has seen plenty of things through the glass, but it was a reflection in his early years of the craft that he says really advanced his art. Late November to early December is the time of year when business heats up. So far this year, Davis has painted Christmas scenery at almost a dozen locations including Maxwell’s Barber Shop, Puerta Vallarta, El Rancho Poblano in Yorktown and Chick-fil-A stores in both Terre Haute and Muncie. By Audrey J. Kirby. The Star Press. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-CLASSROOM GARDENING

FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. _ Since its inception in 2017, Good to Grow Green’s goal has been to educate students and the community about healthy eating. A marketing class at Floyd Central High School plans to take that mission a step further. The class, taught by business teacher Elexia McGowan, is collaborating with the student-led initiative to come up with ways to promote nutritional foods such as vegetables. As the students develop marketing strategies, they are also growing produce in their own classroom using a technology called vertical aeroponic gardens. By Brooke McAfee. News and Tribune. SENT: 800 words, photos requested.

IN BRIEF:

_ INDIANA-TOLLBOOTH FATALITY: A Michigan woman who was crushed by her own vehicle at a tollbooth along the Indiana Toll Road has died from her injuries.

_ WORLD WAR II SOLDIER-IDENTIFIED: The remains of an Indianapolis soldier who was killed in a German forest during World War II have been identified 74 years after his death.

_ JASPER MAYOR-BRAUN’S STAFF: A southern Indiana mayor is stepping down to take a senior post with the office of Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Mike Braun.

SPORTS:

FBN--COWBOYS-COLTS PREVIEW

INDIANAPOLIS _ Jason Garrett and Frank Reich understand the high stakes of Sunday’s game. If Dallas wins, it clinches the NFC East. If Indianapolis wins, it stays in the hunt for the AFC’s final playoff spot and possibly even a division crown. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 810 words, with photos.

FBN--SAINTS-BREES’ FOOTBALLS

METAIRIE, La. _ When Drew Brees became the NFL’s career leader in yards passing, he wanted to come up with some sort of gift to thank those who coached him, caught the 6,357 completions it took to set the record and blocked while he threw. His solution was an exhaustive process than involved the production of about 175 unique commemorative footballs and the enlisting Saints front office and public relations staff to help track down 99 receivers, 56 offensive linemen, 11 head or assistant coaches from his 18 pro seasons as well as others instrumental in his success. By Sports Writer Brett Martel. SENT: 630 words, photos.

BKC-T25--BUTLER-INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Hoosiers play for the first time since returning to the Top 25 earlier this week when they face Butler on Saturday in the annual Crossroads Classic. The Hoosiers will put a three-game winning streak on the line in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs have won their last two but haven’t played in a week. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is approximately 3:45 p.m. ET.

BKC--NOTRE DAME-PURDUE

INDIANAPOLIS _ After a six-day break, the Purdue Boilermakers return to action Saturday when they face Notre Dame in the first game of the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. The Boilermakers have lost four of six _ all outside their home arena. The Fighting Irish have lost two straight. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 1:30 p.m. ET.

BKC--PURDUE FORT WAYNE-AUSTIN PEAY

Purdue Fort Wayne plays Austin Peay at Winfield Dunn Center.

BKC--JACKSONVILLE STATE-EVANSVILLE

Jacksonville State plays Evansville at Ford Center.

BKC--WESTERN ILLINOIS-IUPUI

Western Illinois plays IUPUI at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

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