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

December 27, 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A reminder: This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

EUTHANASIA REQUEST-DOGS SAVED

VALPARAISO, Ind. _ Two dogs that escaped death when a northwestern Indiana veterinarian refused their owner’s request to have the healthy canines euthanized have found a new home together with an Illinois couple. The man who’d owned Sam, a pointer, and Cosmo, a Lab mix, had divorced and was moving in with his girlfriend, who said she was allergic to dogs. He visited a Portage, Indiana, veterinarian and asked that the dogs be put down, but the vet refused because they were healthy and friendly. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos requested.

AROUND THE STATE:

RURAL BROADBAND

COLUMBIA, Mo. _ An Illinois-based internet provider is planning to spur broadband development in rural areas across five states in the central U.S. Wisper ISP Inc. is set to receive money from the Federal Communication Commission for broadband development in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Kansas. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SOUTHERN INDIANA: The partial federal government shutdown has closed U.S. Forest Service offices in southern Indiana and limited access to some federal properties.

_ JASPER MAYOR-SUCCESSOR: A southern Indiana city councilman has been chosen to replace a mayor who’s stepping down to take a senior staff post with Republican U.S. Sen.-elect Mike Braun.

_ SOUTH BEND-SKATE PARK: A skate park in South Bend will keep its doors open after a recent crowdfunding campaign raised $17,000. The Kitchen Skate Park was struggling to stay afloat.

SPORTS:

FBC--CFP--COTTON BOWL-NOTRE DAME

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Being a first-timer in the College Football Playoff has put Notre Dame back in championship contention at the end of the season for the first time since 2012 _ and that lopsided loss to Alabama after a 12-0 regular season. This 12-0 Fighting Irish team isn’t bothered by what happened then, and is only focused on its semifinal playoff chance against No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos.

FBC--CFP-COTTON BOWL-QB SWITCHES

Clemson and Notre Dame weren’t even a month into this season when both made unexpected quarterback switches. The Tigers and Fighting Irish were undefeated with senior quarterbacks who had won a lot of games. Even though neither was injured, their coaches decided to make a change. Now they are going head-to-head in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Cotton Bowl _ true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the third-ranked Tigers against Ian Book and the third-ranked Fighting Irish. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 800 words, photos.

BKC--ACC PREVIEW

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Duke has earned must-see status with its touted freshmen and No. 1 ranking as the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule starts next week. There isn’t nearly the same type of attention on fourth-ranked Virginia, even as the reigning league champion with returning experience and a defensive-minded style that is difficult for opponents. And yet, the Cavaliers are the league’s only unbeaten team and have the potential to win another title under Tony Bennett, even in a league featuring Duke, No. 9 Florida State, No. 10 Virginia Tech, No. 14 North Carolina and No. 20 North Carolina State. By Aaron Beard. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBN--COLTS-TITANS PREVIEW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The Tennessee Titans hope to have quarterback Marcus Mariota when they try to beat Andrew Luck for the first time with the Indianapolis Colts with an AFC wild-card berth _ at worst _ on the line for the winner of the NFL’s final game of the regular season. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

FBN--NFL THIS WEEK

In a wild and crazy season, the biggest remaining tumult is in the AFC South. Houston leads and takes the division title by beating struggling Jacksonville. A Texans loss, however, gives the winner of the prime-time game between the Colts and Titans in Nashville the crown, dropping Houston into a wild card. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 1,700 words, photos. Moving in advance for weekend use.

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