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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

September 12, 2018

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Sept. 15-16. May be updated. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Indiana bureau at 317-639-5501, 800-382-1582 or indy@ap.org.




SOUTH BEND — Trains of large box containers pulled by an ATV start circling the parking lots of the University of Notre Dame campus about an hour before the game even gets underway. When the vehicle comes to a stop, a crew jumps off to grab bags of rubbish, empty trash and recycling receptacles and pick up any other debris that might have been carelessly dropped in the area. Last year, the university hauled away 479 tons of rubbish and recycling materials left behind by football fans. This year, an effort is underway to ensure that more of the material will end up in recycling rather than a landfill. By Ed Semmler. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 800 words, photos requested.


TERRE HAUTE — With the bed of a pickup truck lined in sweet corn, Sydni Britton began filling a plastic bag. “How many ears in a bag?” she said. The answer was 12. Britton was among Ivy Tech agriculture and precision agriculture students who recently helped harvest and bag corn for distribution to Catholic Charities Foodbank as well as several church food banks in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley. By Howard Greninger. Tribune-Star. SENT: 500 words, photos requested.



IRELAND — Phyllis Malan rolls out of bed early in the morning. She strolls through the living room and into the kitchen to pour herself a hot cup of coffee. The entire home is flooded in ribbons, trophies and awards, tokens of 81 years of victory. A horseback barrel racer, Phyllis is no ordinary equestrian. At 81 years old, nothing can stop her from dashing and weaving around barrels. After coffee, she ties her hair up, laces up her boots and heads out to the barn to join her husband, Don. There is hay to be baled, work to be done and a morning ride to enjoy. By Kathleen Messmer. The (Jasper) Herald. SENT: 1,300 words, photos requested.


EAST CHICAGO — It’s been more than 20 years since Nora Ferrer’s younger brother, Alex Martinez, was gunned down in East Chicago’s Marktown neighborhood. The pain of that loss turned Ferrer’s life upside down and tore her family apart. “It’s a hurt,” Ferrer said, recalling the night Martinez died. “You love him so much, and all these years as a sister I protected him until this moment. There was nothing I could do. It was out of my hands. There was no turning back from that.” By Sarah Reese. The (Northwest Indiana) Times. SENT: 850 words, photos requested.

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