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Indiana Senate panel backs redistricting ‘baby step’

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana Senate panel advanced a bill Monday that would set criteria for redrawing electoral districts. But the measure approved on an 8-0 vote falls far short of a comprehensive redistricting overhaul that good government groups have ...

Purdue joins team devising materials for superfast aircraft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University scientists have joined a team that's helping the Air Force develop technologies for superfast aircraft. The Purdue researchers are now part of a group led by the University of Dayton Research Institute that landed a $9.8 million contract from the ...

Meadow, forest sites designated new Indiana nature preserves

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A meadow area in heavily industrialized northwestern Indiana and a forest tract in rural southern Indiana have been designated as the state's newest nature preserves. The action by the state's Natural Resources Commission protects those areas from development to maintain ...

State high court’s chief talks response to opioid epidemic

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush says courts statewide have boosted their response to the opioid abuse epidemic and will continue to do so. The (Munster) Times reports Rush delivered an annual "State of the Judiciary" address to the General Assembly this ...

Indiana bill revamps struggling school district oversight

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some Indiana school officials say a bill that would create a system to monitor school districts' financial health and punish struggling schools goes too far. The legislation would take power away from elected school boards, limit how often they meet and allow state ...

Indiana hunter fatally shot in ground blind; no foul play

HOLTON, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 29-year-old man has died after being shot while hunting with his brother and a boy. The incident occurred Saturday in Holton, 60 miles west of Cincinnati. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says foul play isn't suspected. The victim was Anthony ...

2 people found dead in Dearborn County home

AURORA, Ind. (AP) — Police say two people are dead in southeastern Indiana, apparently victims of a homicide. The bodies of a male and a female were discovered Friday night at a house in Aurora in Dearborn County, 30 miles west of Cincinnati. The bodies were found after the county sheriff's ...

Indiana offers incentives for business to hire ex-prisoners

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana employers facing a tight labor market are welcoming former prisoners with the help of state and local government. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development found 15,000 ex-offenders are released from state prisons each year. The recidivism rate is at 38 ...

Ohio sheriff to helm Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The sheriff of an Ohio county is taking command of the Indiana National Guard's 38th Infantry Division. Brig. Gen. Gordon Ellis will become commander of the Indianapolis-based division during a Sunday ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. He'll succeed ...

Indiana Senate panel votes against expanded cold beer sales

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will likely remain the only state that restricts who can sell cold beer after a Senate panel voted Wednesday to uphold a law that protects the interests of liquor stores. A measure that would allow a broader swath of retailers ...

Wife of ex-Indiana GOP congressman seeking legislative seat

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — The wife of a former northern Indiana congressman who came under ethics investigation for spending campaign contributions on personal expenses is becoming a state legislative candidate. Christy Stutzman has announced she'll run for an Indiana House seat representing parts ...

Coalition denounces proposed ICE detention center in Indiana

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Opponents are stepping up efforts to stop a proposed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in northern Indiana ahead of a county rezoning decision. The proposed detention center would have up to 1,200 beds for ICE detainees about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east ...

Indiana health network pays about $55,000 ransom to hackers

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) — A suburban Indianapolis health network said it paid a $55,000 ransom to hackers to regain access to hospital computer systems, making it the latest health system around the globe targeted by money-seeking hackers. Hancock Health said an "unidentified criminal group" ...

Illinois woman gets 15 years for crash that killed teen

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge has sentenced an Illinois woman to 15 years in prison on charges stemming from a high-speed police chase that ended with a crash killing a 13-year-old northwestern Indiana girl. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 28-year-old Jessica S. Pichon, 28, of ...

Ex-Indiana child services director hired by attorney general

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Wednesday that he is hiring the state's former child welfare chief, who resigned from her post last month in a blistering letter that accused Gov. Eric Holcomb of making changes and cuts at ...

Pain medication missing at eastern Indiana prison

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Correction says more than 8,000 doses of a frequently abused pain medication are missing from an eastern Indiana prison. Department spokesman Isaac Randolph says officials discovered in mid-December that doses of gabapentin went missing over ...

Woman dies 2½ weeks after car sinks in Indianapolis pond

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died 2½ weeks after divers rescued her from a car that crashed through ice on an Indianapolis pond and sank into its freezing waters. The Indianapolis Fire Department says 49-year-old Carol D. Perkins died Tuesday night at an Indianapolis ...

Small plane makes emergency landing near Indianapolis

FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a small airplane made an emergency landing at a suburban Indianapolis airport after reporting a landing gear problem. No injuries were reported in the landing Tuesday night of the twin-engine Cessna at Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport in Fishers, which ...

Rose-Hulman looks to boost diversity work with $1M donation

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in western Indiana is planning to work on improving the diversity of its faculty and staff with a $1.1 million donation. The Terre Haute school says that graduate Richard L. Conn gave the money to the Department of Computer Science ...

Landfill operator sues 2 Indiana counties over bond money

BORDEN, Ind. (AP) — The private operators of a southern Indiana landfill are suing two counties, seeking $5.2 million in bond proceeds they say they're owed. Clark-Floyd Landfill LLC sued Clark and Floyd counties on Jan. 5. The suit alleges that the landfill is owed the bond money and needs ...