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

September 30, 2018

Here’s a look at AP’s Indiana news coverage at 1:30 p.m. 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. E.J. White is on the desk. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

EMPLOYERS-PROVIDING CARE

KOKOMO, Ind. — Autoworkers in this blue-collar, central Indiana city have an eager helper waiting to pick up the bill at their next doctor visit. Fiat Chrysler is offering free health care for most of its employees and their families — about 22,000 people — through a clinic the carmaker opened this summer near one of five factories it operates in the area. The company pays for basic care like doctor visits and consults with a dietitian and even an exercise physiologist. Workers don’t pay a cent, not even a co-pay. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 980 words, photos, graphic.

AROUND THE STATE:

STEPFATHER KILLED

WARSAW, Ind. — A northern Indiana judge is set to consider a different sentence for a man who was 15 when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of his stepfather. SENT: 240 words.

EXCHANGE-MALE BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR

FRANKLIN — Eric Passmore is a beefy, 62-year-old father, grandfather and retired machinist. He’s also a breast cancer survivor. If you’re a guy, let that last sentence sink in. Passmore found a lump in his right breast in 2016. When his doctor told him to go in for a mammogram, he said, “I’m a guy. You realize that, right?” The breast exam revealed a tumor three-fourths of an inch in size above the nipple that was later found to be cancerous. Nor would he have thought he’d ever be modeling in a fashion show. By Maureen C. Gilmer. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 1,100 words.

EXCHANGE-WETLANDS EDUCATION

CAYUGA — Heaven Gruner and Brooklyn Gossett will never look at the Wabash River the same way again. As eighth-graders at South Vermillion Middle School, they were among about 100 students from Vermillion County who explored the Cayuga power plant wetlands to learn about the value and functions of an area that looked like a random bunch of trees, tall grass and wildlife habitat. By Lisa Trigg. Tribune-Star. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— INDIANAPOLIS SHOOTINGS: Police are investigating three separate fatal shootings in Indianapolis.

— SIMON ESTATE-GOLF: The foundation that owns the suburban Indianapolis estate of the late billionaire Melvin Simon is opening up its golf courses to the public for a limited time.

— JEFFERSONVILLE-DOWNTOWN: A southern Indiana city is moving ahead with a $30 million project to bring new restaurants, a hotel and office park to the downtown.

SPORTS:

TEXANS-COLTS

INDIANAPOLIS — Winless Houston tries to end the league’s longest losing streak when it visits Indianapolis on Sunday. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri needs one field goal to break Morten Andersen’s career record of 565. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos.

NOTRE DAME-DEFENSIVE IRISH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame’s front four is heating up just in time for a trip to Virginia Tech. The Fighting Irish got four sacks and two hurries from 6-foot-7, 305-pound senior defensive tackle Jerry Tillery against Stanford — the first four-sack game for a Notre Dame player since 2005. By John Fineran. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos.

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