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July 13, 2018

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of July 14-15. 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.

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EXCHANGE-PAIN PATIENTS-OPIOID CRACKDOWN

PORTAGE — As she stared at a caricature portrait on her wall, of her and her husband, Dawn Anderson began to cry. It wasn’t all that long ago she was able to go on a Caribbean cruise, where that picture was drawn. Now Anderson, who uses a wheelchair because she has two amputated legs, is homebound. All, she says, because of the opioid crisis. Anderson, 52, used to take 90 milligrams of extended-release morphine. But in the midst of an epidemic of overdose deaths from opioids, her doctor took her off it. She’s on a shorter-acting, lower-strength form of the medication now. She says she can barely function.By Giles Bruce. The Times. SENT: 1,700 words. FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.

EXCHANGE-ALL-NATURAL FARM

PERU — When Joan and Bob Johnson bought 28 acres of land along the Wabash River in 2011, the property was used to grow corn and soybeans. Today, the property is still used as farm ground, but the Johnson’s are growing way more than corn. These days, the land boasts a huge variety of plants, bushes and crops that would be tough to find at any other farm in the area. There are patches of red and black raspberries, strawberries, aronia berries and elderberries. There are fruit trees producing peaches, apples, cherries and plums. There’s an herb garden. Not far from there is about 3 acres of newly planted trees, including sycamore, oak, persimmon and hazelnut. By Carson Gerber. Kokomo Tribune. SENT: 970 words. HFR. EDS: FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018, AT 12:01 A.M.

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EXCHANGE-TARIFFS’ IMPACT-FARMERS

WYATT, Ind. — Larry Enders estimates that he’s already lost about $23,000 on the value of last year’s harvest since the tariff battle between the United States and several of its trading partners got underway several months ago. And Enders operates a relatively modest 700-acre farm just south of Wyatt in southeastern St. Joseph County.“There’s no way to make it back up,” said the 74-year-old farmer. “You just have to wait until next year.” Despite the possible loss on the crops, Enders says he and many of his friends in the area are more fortunate than others because they’re not carrying any debt. By Ed Semmler. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 930 words. FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.

EXCHANGE-OFFICER ADOPTS RESCUED DOG

INDIANAPOLIS — The first time Tim Elliott saw Winx, the pit bull was whimpering in the corner of a north-side post office, shot in the face. Now, several months — and surgeries — later, the dog has been officially adopted by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer and his wife. Elliott was flagged down on May 9, where he encountered Winx bleeding from a gunshot wound and doused in what he later discovered to be bleach. “When I actually came in there, he wagged his tail, got up and came to me, and then just kind of collapsed by my legs,” he said. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control retrieved him, but Elliott didn’t stop thinking about the dog. By Holly V. Hays. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 580 words. FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018, AT 12:01 A.M. EDT.

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