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BC-IN--Indiana Weekend Digest, IN

December 26, 2018

AP-Indiana stories for the weekend of Dec. 29-30. 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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Saturday:

EXCHANGE-GROUNDBREAKING LAWMAKER

DYER, Ind. _ On more than one occasion, Chris Chyung had a front door slammed in his face while campaigning against state Rep. Hal Slager. “They told me, `Go back to China!’” recalled Chyung, who was born in Merrillville and raised in Munster. “I’ve never even been to China. My parents, who are both physicians, were born in Korea. So at least get your racism right.” The 25-year-old political newcomer, who is becoming Indiana’s first Asian-American state legislator, doesn’t take such slights too personally. “I’ve lived my whole life in Indiana, so I’m used to being the only Asian person in the room,” he said. “Any room.” By Jerry Davich. Post-Tribune. SENT: 900 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-KINDNESS SIGNS

VINCENNES, Ind. _ The signs spread throughout Vincennes have inspirational messages, like “Just Breathe,” “Smile more, laugh often,” and “Do small things with great love.” A group of students at Rivet Middle High School is behind them. The idea came to Jillian Herb, a religion teacher at the Catholic school, as the recent election season wrapped up in November. Tired of seeing political signs around town — and the negativity that often comes with them — she was inspired to take those same signs and change the overall message. By Jenny McNeece. Vincennes Sun-Commercial. SENT: 600 words, photos requested.

Sunday:

EXCHANGE-DAIRY FARM TROUBLES

SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Dairy farmers are a hardy lot. They get up early each day to tend to their animals and never stop working until the end of the day. For generations, hard work and common sense were about all that was needed to ensure dairy farmers could provide for their family. But for the past few years, that formula has been failing, with literally several dairy farms shutting down in Indiana each week and about the same or even more in other dairy producing states, according to Doug Leman, executive director of the Indiana Dairy Producers. By Ed Semmler. South Bend Tribune. SENT: 1,000 words, photos requested.

EXCHANGE-KIDNEY TWINS

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. _ Heather Wesley, a steelworker who handles personnel scheduling at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor No. 4 Steel Producing in East Chicago, has premonitions when the phone rings that it’s Jason Reyes. “I have twin telepathy. I know when my kidney is about to call me,” she said. “We’re kidney twins now. He’s the annoying brother I’m stuck with for the rest of my life so we can drive each other crazy.” On Dec. 27 last year, Wesley donated her kidney to Reyes, a colleague and fellow United Steel Worker Local 1010 member she barely knew. By Joseph S. Pete. The (Northwest Indiana) Times. SENT: 1,200 words, photos requested.