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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

November 28, 2018

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Dec. 1-2. 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.




DUNLAP, Ind. — While students are working in class, Concord Community Schools’ newest addition is also at work. Jax, a 2-year-old drug-sniffing dog, has been regularly patrolling the district’s schools since August. Drug-sniffing dogs are becoming more common in schools that want to enhance security. That, Assistant Superintendent Tim Tahara said, is why the district adopted its own police department two years ago. It’s grown to now include three officers and Jax. Jax works as part of a unit with Officer Darrin Tucker and is certified in narcotics and obedience. Tucker said that while the dog was trained in partnership with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, it belongs to the district. By Gina Twardosz. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 1,000 words, photos requested.


Scarlet couldn’t sleep. At 11 p.m., the 17-year-old vacuumed her bedroom. She carefully picked out her clothes for the next day — a long-sleeved white shirt, black-and-white dress, tights and shiny black boots. Her wish was finally being granted. After 4,057 days in foster care, Scarlet was going to be adopted. The Indiana teen had been in and out of the foster care system since she was a toddler. Her removal from her biological parents’ care became permanent in 2008, when she was 6 years old. Since then, Scarlet has lived in 36 different placements. By Marisa Kwiatkowski. The Indianapolis Star. SENT: 950 words, photos requested.



MUNCIE, Ind. — Retired Ball State University professors Carolyn and John Vann used to attract crowds of several dozen people to meetings at which the couple would sign some up to add solar panels to their homes. Nowadays, the two grass roots solar advocates are frustrated. “We hold a meeting and no one comes,” Carolyn Vann said. The couple attributes the lack of solar interest/awareness to net metering, which Indiana’s Senate Bill 309 changed in 2017. “That’s one of the things that has made it more difficult for us,” John Vann said. “There was so much press coverage of the bill and so much debate, and now no one’s talking about it.” By Seth Slabaugh. The (Muncie) Star Press. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.


JASPER, Ind. — The American dream seems simple. If you work hard enough, you can achieve all the success you can set your mind to. However, with so many external factors that are out of our control, it’s never quite that simple to carve out a slice of life for oneself. But one southern Indiana businessman has a story that brings the American dream, or something close to it, to life. His name is Angel Serrano, and he has captured his version of the dream through his barbershop, La Frontera Haircuts. Angel, 42, was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at age 13 when his mother was able to bring him over in 1992. By Jonathan Saxon. The (Jasper) Herald. SENT: 1,400 words, photos requested.

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