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

December 26, 2018

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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE-INDIANA

INDIANAPOLIS _ Hunters and state officials are concerned about the threat of chronic wasting disease among Indiana’s wild deer as the fatal disease creeps closer to the state’s borders. Deer infected with chronic wasting disease have been found in Michigan and Illinois, within 30 miles of the Indiana border. Indiana Deer Hunter’s Association president Joe Bacon says the highly contagious disease cannot be stopped from entering the state, only slowed down. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

MASS SHOOTING-OHIO PARTY

CINCINNATI _ Authorities say they’ve arrested three men in a 2017 shooting that left one Indiana woman dead and eight other people wounded at a gender reveal party in Ohio. Police near Cincinnati announced Wednesday the arrests of Roshawn Bishop, James Echols and Michael Sanon. The gunfire at a home in Colerain Township killed 22-year-old Autum Garrett, of Andrews, Indiana. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

INDIANA ECONOMIC GROWTH

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ A publication tied to Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business forecasts the state’s economy will expand in 2019 by a healthy 3.2 percent, though it said growth could start to wane later in the year. Indiana Business Review also indicated that history suggests a decade-long U.S. and Indiana economic expansion may be coming to an end of its natural cycle, with the country potentially slipping into recession. SENT: 300 words. First moved Tuesday and available for use.

IN BRIEF:

_ WASTE TIRE CLEANUP: State environmental officials are stepping in to clean up nearly 200,000 shredded tires left at a former central Indiana recycling business.

_ 84-YEAR-OLD PEDESTRIAN KILLED: Police say an 84-year-old woman was struck and killed while walking along an eastern Indiana highway Christmas night. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department says the woman was standing in the roadway of four-lane Indiana 32 a short distance from her home near the community of Selma.

SPORTS:

BKN--PACERS-HAWKS

ATLANTA _ The Pacers go for their 10th win in 12 games as Indiana visits the Hawks. Atlanta has a rare three-game winning streak and isn’t sure whether leading scorer John Collins will be able to play Wednesday night. By George Henry. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 7:30 p.m.

FBN--TITANS-MARIOTA

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Marcus Mariota’s status for a game is in question yet again after being knocked out of his third game this season. The Titans have added an extra quarterback in Austin Davis even as they hope an extra day before Sunday night’s finale against Indianapolis helps Mariota start a must-win game to reach the playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

FBN--PRO PICKS

The 2018 regular season will conclude in Music City on Sunday night, where the Colts and Titans will play for a wild-card playoff berth. Or maybe more. The winner between these 9-6 teams makes the playoffs. Should Houston (10-5) fall at home to Jacksonville (5-10), the Indianapolis-Tennessee victor earns the AFC South title. That’s why two of the NFL’s more interesting but less glamorous teams were flexed to prime time. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 550 words, graphic.

FBC--CFP-COTTON BOWL-WIMBUSH

DALLAS _ Brandon Wimbush is practicing with Notre Dame to be the No. 2 quarterback for the third-ranked Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl amid questions about his future with the team after the College Football Playoff. Several media reports say Wimbush has notified Notre Dame that he intends to transfer. The senior already has a degree and could transfer to another school and play immediately as a graduate transfer. By Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 150 words, photos. Will be updated.

FBC--CFP-COTTON BOWL-LAWRENCE

DALLAS _ No. 2 Clemson is preparing to play without star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence when it faces No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Lawrence and two teammates failed an NCAA test for performance-enhancing drugs. Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables said that as of Wednesday, there had been no change in Lawrence’s status. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 150 words, photos. Will be updated.

BKC--BIG TEN PREVIEW

The Big Ten’s expanded schedule is shaping up to be quite a grind. After starting the season with only three teams in the AP Top 25, the league now has six. That’s significant at a time when the Big Ten has increased the number of conference games. Each of the league’s men’s basketball teams will play 20 conference games now _ up from 18 a season ago. By Noah Trister. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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