Indiana State News

BMV branches closed Thursday, Friday for Thanksgiving holiday

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says all of its license branches will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. It says branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday. For a complete list of branch locations and ...

Indiana Senate’s first new leader in 12 years showing caution

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate's first new leader in a dozen years doesn't seem set on rocking the boat inside the Statehouse. Members of the Republican-dominated Senate elected Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville as its president pro tem during the Legislature's Organization Day ...

Library working to digitize trove of Civil War materials

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — "I am in the shade, under a tree, on the side of a mountain, above a rippling brook, overlooking the town, in sight of three thousand troops, writing on the head of a drum. My health is good, so are the boys — we are all in fine spirits." Civil War Gen. Thomas J. ...

Charter school reviving 1930s naval armory in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When it was decommissioned in 2015, the near northwest side wasn't sure what would become of the Heslar Naval Armory. The large white building perched on the edge of the White River at 30th Street could have become a blight on the area - another abandoned building. ...

Purdue report: Climate change will impact Indiana tourism

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A new report says Indiana's tourism and recreation industry will have to adjust as climate change makes the state warmer and wetter in the coming decades. Monday's report by Purdue University's Climate Change Resource Center is the center's latest analysis of how ...

1850s church gets upgrade after windstorm tore off its roof

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A more than 160-year-old northern Indiana church has gotten a face-lift four years after a windstorm tore off its roof, leaving it in danger of demolition. St. John's Lutheran Church was built in the early 1850s just west of Goshen with separate entrances for men and ...

No sign of missing Lake County man after a week

WINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A police dog has failed to lead investigators to a northwestern Indiana man who has been missing for nearly a week. Terry Fodemski is from Winfield in Lake County. Town Marshal Daniel Ball says the 64-year-old is probably on foot. He was last seen Tuesday near a ...

Student’s cancer fight boosts research endowment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A fundraising campaign honoring Purdue University student Tyler Trent's battle with cancer has picked up enough support to top the $100,000 mark. The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment was set up to support cancer research at Purdue. Trent, who has a rare ...

Blast hits NW Indiana steel mill complex, injuring worker

BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — An explosion at a northwestern Indiana steel mill injured a worker and sparked a fire that sent smoke billowing from the industrial complex along Lake Michigan. East Chicago Fire Chief Anthony Serna says the worker suffered burns in Monday afternoon's blast at ...

Evansville soldier killed in training accident

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials say a soldier died Sunday in a training area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The News Tribune reports 23-year-old Spc. Drew Watters of Evansville, Indiana, was killed during a training accident, according to the 7th Infantry Division. The ...

Indiana man convicted as teen to enter home detention next

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana judge is allowing a man, who was 15 when he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal shooting of his stepfather, to enter home detention earlier than expected. Kosciusko County Judge David Cates in October heard 23-year-old Colt Lundy's request ...

Voters OK more funds for security after school shooting

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Voters have agreed to fund improved security at a suburban Indianapolis school district where a 13-year-old girl and a teacher were shot in May. Unofficial results show about 58 percent backed the measure Tuesday to collect an additional $50 million over eight years ...

Indiana BMV extends hours for polling place identification

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's license branches are extending their hours on Monday and Tuesday to issue ID cards and driver's licenses for identification at polling places during the general election. The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles says its branches will be open Monday from 8:30 a.m. ...

Software company to boost Indiana presence, invest $1.2M

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A business-to-business software company is planning to boost its Indiana presence in the coming years, and invest $1.2 million in its Indianapolis headquarters. The state announced Friday that Socio , which has 15 full-time associates in Indiana, as well as additional ...

New survey shows Indiana still plagued by teacher shortage

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A vast majority of Indiana's school districts are still struggling to find qualified teachers amid the state's lingering teacher shortage. Indiana State University's annual survey of Hoosier school superintendents shows 91 percent say their districts had a teacher ...

Man wrestles stun gun from officer, shocks his face

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police say a southwestern Indiana man allegedly grabbed an officer's stun gun during a struggle and shocked the officer in the face. Twenty-two-year-old Logan Stidham was arrested Wednesday after the officer suffered facial injuries in the attack. The Evansville man ...

DNR water funding includes grants to remove 2 lowhead dams

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — State officials have awarded $1.2 million for improvements along Indiana's lakes and rivers, including funding to remove two lowhead dams. The funding for 27 lake and river enhancement projects announced Monday by Indiana's Department of Natural Resources will mostly go ...

3 Indiana children struck, killed by truck at bus stop

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — State Police say three children were struck and killed by a pickup truck in northern Indiana as they were about to board a school bus. Sgt. Tony Slocum says four children were preparing to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus about 7 a.m. Tuesday when they were ...

High court won’t hear suit alleging coerced confessions

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A lawsuit involving three teenagers who accuse Evansville police of violating their constitutional rights, is headed to trial after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. The high court refused Monday to review a January ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit ...

Bloomington considering $10 million trails-and-trees project

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — City officials in Bloomington are considering a $10 million project that includes 1,400 street-side trees and 7 miles of recreational trails. The plan calls for borrowing the money for the work, which would also add six city entryways welcoming visitors. The ...