Indiana State News

Indiana candidate’s DC-area home complicates Senate campaign

By BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A campaign stop for Rep. Luke Messer in his bid for Senate involves traveling from his family's home in suburban Washington back to Indiana, where aides say he typically stays overnight with his mom. Although living outside the state ...

Girls youth basketball coach faces sexual assault charges

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois youth basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he engaged in criminal sexual activity with two former players. Barry S. Wolfe of Martinsville was arrested last month on 13 felony counts alleging sexual activity with girls between 15 and ...

Messer calls on Donnelly to return Franken donations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer says Sen. Joe Donnelly should call on fellow Democrat Al Franken to resign after he was accused of groping and forcibly kissing a Los Angeles radio host. Messer is a GOP Senate primary candidate and hopes to challenge Donnelly next ...

Indiana city latest to sue drug companies over opioid crisis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A northwestern Indiana city has become the latest government entity to sue pharmaceutical companies and distributors for their alleged role in fueling the opioid abuse crisis. The city of Hammond's federal lawsuit, filed Thursday, accuses several opioid manufacturers and ...

Fort Wayne mayor scrapping plans for downtown arena

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne's mayor has scrapped plans for a new downtown arena and events center, saying Thursday that the project didn't have enough public support. City officials had been considering the arena project over the past couple years to help draw larger conventions and ...

Man arrested in 2014 Indianapolis garage stabbing death

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say they've made an arrest in the 2014 death of a man found stabbed dozens of times in a wheelchair in the garage of an Indianapolis home. The Marion County Prosecutor's Office last week filed a murder charge against 38-year-old Anthony King and he was ...

Indiana lawmaker being deployed for Puerto Rico recovery

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican state senator will miss at least a portion of the 2018 Indiana legislative session for an Army Reserve deployment. The Senate's leader says Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel will be on active duty beginning Dec. 8 for at least 31 days as he's being sent to Puerto ...

Officer whose loaded gun found in road is getting reprimand

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A police officer whose loaded department-issued handgun was found along a busy northern Indiana roadway will get a letter of reprimand and verbal counseling. South Bend police Chief Scott Ruszkowski recommended the disciplinary action in a letter to the Board of Public ...

New trolley would link Evansville entertainment areas

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A trolley service connecting Evansville's most-popular entertainment districts could be running by the end of this year. Organizers say they've raised more than the $25,000 necessary to receive a matching grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development ...

Indiana county eyes stormwater basin to ease flooding

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a central Indiana county plan to build a stormwater collection basin along a highway to ease flooding that's long plagued an adjacent subdivision. Howard County's commissioners recently approved a $280,000 contract to buy 20 acres along Indiana 26 for a ...

Indiana health officials unveil mobile pregnancy app

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Department of Health has launched a new pregnancy app to help women improve their heath. The free mobile app is called "Liv" and was unveiled on Wednesday. It provides health information for women who are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant, or are ...

Plans call for closing or merging 5 South Bend schools

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Newly released plans call for closing or merging five South Bend schools as the district faces continued declines in enrollment. The South Bend Tribune reports that under the plan at least 1,200 students would be relocated, fifth-graders would go back to elementary ...

Former IN school custodian gets 6 years for sex with student

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A former custodian at a central Indiana school has been sentenced to six years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old student. Brady Blu Milam was sentenced Wednesday by a Delaware County judge who said he would consider allowing the Anderson man to serve some of his ...

Indiana State names Deborah Curtis its next president

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — University of Central Missouri provost Deborah Curtis has been named the new president of Indiana State University. ISU's trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Curtis, who will assume her presidential duties at the Terre Haute campus on Jan. 3. She'll ...

Historic fieldhouse hit by storm was insured for nearly $10M

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana fieldhouse that's one of the nation's largest high school basketball venues was insured for nearly $10 million when a severe thunderstorm recently damaged it, school officials say. The historic Muncie Fieldhouse was valued at $9,858,130 on Feb. 15, when ...

Judge rejects self-filed appeal from ex-Subway pitchman

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge in Indianapolis has rejected an appeal that former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle filed himself in an attempt to overturn his child pornography and sex abuse convictions. An order from District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt calls Fogle's claim that the court ...

Study: Purdue ranks high in international student enrollment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A new study shows Purdue University ranks among the nation's top 10 universities for the largest number of international students. Purdue has the eighth-largest international student population among private and public universities in the U.S., according to the ...

Massive dog attacks Indiana girl, bites most of her body

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old Indiana girl suffered bite wounds on most of her body when she was attacked by a 140-pound (64-killogram) dog. Michigan City police say the only parts of Winter Morgan's body not wounded in the Nov. 10 bullmastiff attack were her left ...

Indianapolis naming new park after former Sen. Richard Lugar

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new public park that's being built outside Indianapolis' main government building will be named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar. The 85-year-old Lugar served as Indianapolis' mayor from 1968 to 1976 and as a U.S. senator from 1977 to 2013. He joined current ...

Police: Fight sparked shooting that hurt 7 at Indiana club

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Investigators say the weekend shooting outside a northwestern Indiana nightclub that left seven people wounded started with an altercation inside the building. Gary police Lt. Dawn Westerfield says a 26-year-old man remained in critical condition Monday from the shooting ...