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

December 23, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. Corey Williams 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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One by one they came forward, more than 150 in all. Fearful yet defiant. Vulnerable but resolute, buoyed by the hope of catharsis and the promise of justice. Standing in a Michigan courtroom last January, women and girls sexually abused by Larry Nassar confronted the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor, and over seven draining days detailed the devastating effect the molestation had on their lives. The #MeToo movement reached the sports world in 2018 with a scandal that reverberated not just in locker rooms and gyms but in courthouses, in boardrooms and at kitchen tables. The sight of women being not just heard but believed — combined with other breakthroughs for female athletes in the fight for fair treatment — created a sense of real momentum in sports over the past year. By Will Graves. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.



CHICAGO _ An Indiana wine retailer hopes to overturn a Prohibition-era Illinois law and gain the right to sell and ship wines across state lines. Lebamoff Enterprises will be allowed to reopen a 2016 lawsuit against Illinois after prevailing in the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last month, the Chicago Tribune reported . The appellate move reversed a Chicago federal court’s decision to dismiss the case last year. Lebamoff owns 15 Cap n’ Cork liquor stores in Indiana and is seeking to sell to neighboring states through the internet. The Illinois Liquor Control Act of 1934 requires alcohol that’s shipped into the state to first go through a distributor and be sold by a retailer at a physical location in the state. SENT: 320 words.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. _ Be it rosary beads for a Catholic. A meeting with a rabbi. A prayer mat for Ramadan. Or a Bible for someone who’s never held one. Whatever the religious need it’s met by the chaplain and staff at the Monroe County Jail. Inmates make requests for spiritual items used to practice religious freedoms. They fill out paper chaplain request forms by hand and rent tablets to submit their religious wants electronically. Or they speak to the chaplain directly. Most of the requests are fulfilled – within reason. “We don’t put any limits on their religious rights,” Capt. Mitzi Wine said. “The chaplain does accommodate the requests as long as it’s not interfering with safety and security.” By Abby Tonsing. The Herald-Times, photos requested.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. _ Natalie Brandon has no doubt that her Life 101 class at Concordia Lutheran High School helped her get a job at Pizza Hut. The class prepared her to dress for an interview and gave her this important job-hunting advice: follow-up in person on résumés submitted online. Now in its second year at Concordia, the course falls under family and consumer sciences - an umbrella term for classes that let students explore culinary arts and hospitality, nutrition, child development, fashion design, interior design, and human and social services, among other topics. By Ashley Sloboda. The Journal Gazette. SENT: 1,170 words, photos requested.


_ PANTY THEFT-DNA EVIDENCE: DNA evidence recovered from notes left on vehicles at the University of Southern Indiana has linked a 32-year-old man to the theft of 30 pairs of panties in 2014.

_ GROUND TURKEY RECALL: A Minnesota-based poultry producer is recalling more than 164,000 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The products were shipped to Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.

_ INDIANA HISTORY-PHONE APP: Two Indiana University scholars have landed $150,000 in federal funding for a project to update and expand a phone app on Indiana history.

_ JEFFERSONVILLE SLAYING-REWARD: Relatives of a popular southern Indiana businessman who was fatally shot during a robbery are hoping a $10,000 reward will lead to an arrest in his slaying.



INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indiana Pacers will try to re-establish their home court advantage when the Washington Wizards come to town Sunday. Indiana has won eight of its last 10 but lost its most recent home game on a buzzer-beating tip-in. Washington doesn’t have a lot of time to recover after winning at Phoenix in triple overtime on Saturday. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Game time is 5 p.m. ET.


INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indianapolis Colts try to keep pace in the playoff race when they host the New York Giants on Sunday. Indy has won seven of its last eight after starting 1-5. The Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention but are hoping to finish strong. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, with photos. Game started at 1 p.m. ET.


_ BKH--IND HS BOYS TOP 10 FARED: How The Associated Press Top 10 Indiana high school basketball teams fared.


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