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

January 4, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage is shaping up today. Ken Kusmer is on the desk, followed by Ed White. 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

ALL-PRO-COLTS ROOKIES

INDIANAPOLIS _ Darius Leonard and Quenton Nelson made a quick impression on their veteran teammates. The first time the Indianapolis Colts wore pads at training camp, longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo watched Nelson, the new left guard, stop defensive linemen cold on successive plays. Andrew Luck got a glimpse of Leonard’s skills when the new linebacker leapt in the air, twisted his body and picked off his pass. By Sports Writer Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

VETERANS ASSISTANCE GRANTS

INDIANAPOLIS _ Indiana officials have approved new rules to rein in a state agency that awarded grants intended for struggling veterans to its own employees. The rules impose income limits and other restrictions that likely would have prevented administrators at the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs from awarding more than $40,000 to nearly a dozen middle-income employees. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

_ INDIANA GOVERNOR-HOLCOMB: Indiana Republican officials say Gov. Eric Holcomb has $4 million in campaign funds nearly two years ahead of his expected re-election bid. The state GOP says Holcomb ended 2018 with more campaign cash in the bank than any previous second-year governor. SENT: 120 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ INMATE’S SUICIDE-LAWSUIT: A northeastern Indiana county faces a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that a gay inmate killed himself in its jail after being denied mental health treatment and enduring harassment over his sexuality. Markus Middleton’s partner is suing Noble County’s sheriff, jail commander and jail staff.

_ JEFFERSONVILLE SLAYING-ARREST: A man has been charged with murder and armed robbery in the October slaying of a businessman in southern Indiana. Thirty-five-year-old Antonio J. McRae was arrested last month in connection with 49-year-old Praful Patel’s fatal shooting.

SPORTS:

BC-FBN--COLTS-TEXANS PREVIEW

HOUSTON _ Saturday’s wild-card game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts is a matchup that seemed improbable early this season after Houston dropped its first three games and the Colts limped out to a 1-5 start. But instead of letting their tough starts lead to disappointing years, these teams which both finished 4-12 last season, turned things around to lead the AFC South and charge into the postseason. By Sports Writer Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

FBN--AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

For the first time in a decade, the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but by Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ second-year sensation. A look at all six teams’ strengths and weaknesses heading into the playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,430 words, photos.

ALL-PRO TEAM

NEW YORK _ Patrick Mahomes and three other Kansas City Chiefs players made The Associated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro Team on Friday. They were joined by the first rookie teammates since 1965 _ Colts guard left Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the only unanimous choice in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 760 words, photos.

BKN--PACERS-BULLS

CHICAGO _ Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers go for their 13th win in 15 games when they visit Lauri Markkanen and the struggling Chicago Bulls. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BKC--SYRACUSE-CONFERENCE OPENER

Fresh from a convincing victory, Syracuse opens Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road against Notre Dame. By John Kekis. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

CAR--IMSA-DAYTONA-ZANARDI

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Alex Zanardi is still racing 17 years after both his legs were severed in a crash. The Italian was behind the wheel Friday of a BMW at Daytona International Speedway that has been customized for Zanardi to race without his prosthetic legs. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 700 words.

Also:

_ BKC--IUPUI-ILLINOIS-CHICAGO: IUPUI plays Illinois-Chicago at UIC Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.

_ BKC--BALL STATE-TOLEDO: Ball State plays Toledo at Savage Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits. 7 p.m. tipoff.

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