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Friday’s business headlines

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Here’s a look at Friday’s business headlines.

T-Mobile

T-Mobile has three proposals to get its merger with Sprint out of legal limbo.

The first is a $15-a-month plan; the second a pledge to offer free 5G service to police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians for the next decade; and finally a program to offer home broadband access and a mobile hotspot for free to 10 million low-income households with children.

The company said they won’t be able to do those things without the merger.

GM

Hourly General Motors autoworkers will see a significant infusion of cash into their bank accounts on Friday thanks to ratification bonuses included in the United Auto Workers – GM contract agreement.

Still, that amount may not make up for the wages lost during the strike.

Apple Wallet

Con artists often get away with scams because digital payment services such as Venmo and Apple Cash don’t protect consumers the same way credit cards do.

As a rule of thumb, the newer service, the more likely the con artists will target it.

Because digital wallets work more like cash, it’s like taking your money directly.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Oil company Total said it has signed an agreement to pay $11 million toward the reconstruction of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral that it pledged shortly after April’s devasting fire.

The money will be paid in installments from 2020 until the end of the work, which French President Emmanuel Macron has said will take five years.

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2 Columbus police officers arrested, facing charges of misconduct, ghost employment

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Two Columbus police officers have been arrested on multiple charges including official misconduct and ghost employment.

According to Indiana State Police, Dan Meister and Ron May were arrested for allegedly working off-duty security jobs while also working on duty with the Columbus Police Department. An investigation into the officers began in November 2018 after a request was made by the Columbus Police Department.

Lt. Dan Meister and Sgt. Ron May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the police department and Columbus Regional Hospital between February 2015 and August 2018. The officers were paid by CPD and the hospital for the same hours worked on multiple occasions.

Meister had overlapped hours on 52 different occasions and May overlapped on 62 occasions, investigators say.

The investigation was turned over to a special prosecutor and arrest warrants were issued for the men on Friday. They were arrested Friday afternoon without incident and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail, police say.

Both officers are facing charges of official misconduct, ghost employment and theft.

May and Meister are expected to face initial hearings soon.

Information about how long they have worked with CPD was not immediately available.

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