Indiana State News

Holcomb orders flags to half-staff to honor Barbara Bush

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed flags across Indiana to be flown at half-staff to honor former first lady Barbara Bush. His office said Wednesday that flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of her burial, Saturday. Holcomb also asks ...

Woman, puppies rescued in weekend fires

ANDERSON — One woman suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation, eight puppies were rescued, and an abandoned house was destroyed in weekend blazes, Anderson Fire Chief David Cravens said Monday. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a fire in the 4000 block of Dr. Martin ...

Rokita backtracks on threat to boycott GOP primary debate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Senate candidate Todd Rokita says he will participate in a Republican primary debate that he previously vowed to boycott. The GOP congressman's campaign announced Tuesday that has agreed to face off on April 30 with fellow candidates U.S. Rep. Luke Messer and ...

Purdue trustees back contract extension, raise for Daniels

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University's trustees have approved extending the contract for President Mitch Daniels beyond 2020 in a deal that will pay him up to $930,000 a year. Purdue board chairman Mike Berghoff says the former Indiana governor is enhancing the university's ...

Indiana launches investment fund to help entrepreneurs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new Indiana investment fund aims to support entrepreneurship, launch careers and help the next generation of commerce. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the $250 million Next Level Indiana Trust Fund is available to experienced money managers wanting to support ...

Indiana to expand pre-K program for low-income families

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's pre-K program is expanding to 20 counties across the state thanks to a $22 million expansion lawmakers passed last year. The South Bend Tribune reports that On My Way Pre-K officials hope to enroll about 3,700 children for the program's rollout this ...

Comey to speak at Purdue Northwest Sinai Forum in September

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Former FBI director James Comey will speak as part of Purdue University Northwest's Sinai Forum this September. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that Comey will lead off the five-speaker series on Sept. 9 in Michigan City. Comey is embarking on a publicity ...

Judge gives addicts second chance with treatment program

By KEN DE LA BASTIDE of The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Addiction can be a downward spiral for individuals and families, but through a unique relationship between a local judge and therapist the addicts are being given a second chance. Since 2009, Madison Circuit ...

11-year-old learning to walk again after Indiana shooting

By MAUREEN C. GILMER of The Indianapolis Star INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ty-Juan Preer watches as his 11-year-old son grips the walker and slowly drags his right foot forward, then his left. The boy's face is locked in concentration. Every step is a victory, a miracle really, but the road ahead ...

Indiana Democrats seeking end to their legislative futility

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democrats say a jump in new candidates on the May 8 primary ballot is a sign that they could cut into large Republican majorities in the state House and Senate that have left them largely powerless over the past six years. Republican voters, meanwhile, will ...

Young umpires find their calling at Bloomington school

By JONATHAN STREETMAN of The (Bloomington) Herald-Times BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The most important call for a baseball umpire isn't about being right or wrong — it's being honest on the field. That goes for whether you're umpiring in the major leagues or Little League, Brett ...

99-year-old Indiana monk says, ‘First, love God’

By OLIVIA INGLE of The Dubois County Herald SAINT MEINRAD, Ind. (AP) — Father Bonaventure Knaebel's favorite chapter of the Rule of St. Benedict is Chapter 72. The former archabbot and 99-year-old, spectacled monk scoots his wheelchair to a bookshelf in his room in the Saint Meinrad ...

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo renovating monkey exhibit

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeast Indiana zoo's monkey exhibit will close for about a year for renovations. The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo began $7.1 million worth of upgrades over the winter. Construction will still be in progress when the zoo opens for the season April 21. The zoo ...

Former Indiana mail carrier charged for not delivering mail

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A former Indiana mail carrier has been accused of paying someone to dispose 11,000 pieces of mail and hiding another 6,000 in his home. Kristopher Block was charged Tuesday in LaPorte Circuit Court with felony official misconduct and misdemeanor theft. A judge issued a ...

Indiana State program simulates refugees’ living conditions

By LISA TRIGG, of the  (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — "Christine" is a 19-year-old refugee from Sudan who walked to Kenya, hoping for a better future after losing her family to war and disease. What will she experience when she reaches the border? Where will she sleep ...

Southern Indiana officials helping pay for school officers

BEDFORD, Ind. (AP) — A rural southern Indiana school district will be getting help from city and county government leaders in paying to have police officers at some schools. The North Lawrence Community Schools plan calls for full-time officers at Bedford North Lawrence High School and its ...

Ex-Ball State professor gets probation in child porn case

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A former Ball State University professor who told police he viewed child pornography online for about three years has been placed on probation. The Star Press reports 70-year-old Robert Yadon learned his punishment Tuesday in a courtroom in Muncie after earlier pleading ...

Concerns raised on teacher salaries

FRANKTON – Though it’s illegal under state law for Indiana public school teachers to strike, there’s a possibility the strikes that have hit other deep-red states, including West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona could hit close to home, one local labor leader said. “I think it ...