Indiana State News

Butler University plans $100M science complex for campus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler University is planning a $100 million upgrade and expansion of its science facilities that will become the school’s largest-single investment to date. The private Indianapolis college announced Thursday that its trustees approved the three-phase project last ...

Ball State hikes tuition, cuts jobs to avoid shortfall

MUNCIE (AP) — Ball State University says it was forced to eliminate 25 positions, curb travel and reduce supplies to avoid ending fiscal year 2019 with a budget shortfall. The Star Press reports the central Indiana school’s board of trustees was given the update on Wednesday before the ...

I&M plans solar facility near South Bend

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to build and operate its largest solar generation facility. The proposed project would be located in St. Joseph County and have a capacity of 20 megawatts, which is enough energy to power 2,700 homes annually. “This large-scale solar project aligns with ...

Victims of buggy accident to receive $427,000 in damages

ANGOLA (AP) — A northeastern Indiana man who pleaded guilty in a drunken-driving crash involving a horse-drawn carriage has been ordered to pay $427,000 in restitution to the crash victims. A Steuben County judge on Monday also sentenced 24-year-old Brady Duvendack of Fremont to 18 months of ...

Richard Lugar remembered as a ‘proud Hoosier’ and ‘American statesman’

Dozens of Indianapolis political and civic leaders Monday joined a tribute for former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar outside the building where he served as the city’s mayor before winning the first of his six Senate terms. Democratic Mayor Joe Hogsett called the Republican Lugar an “American ...

Indiana State Police release new information, sketch on Delphi killings

The Indiana State Police have released new information about its investigation of the murder of Abigail (Abby) Williams and Liberty (Libby) German, whose bodies were discovered on Feb. 14, 2017, in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, about a half mile upstream from the high bridge. A ...

Sen. Birch Bayh, author of Title IX law, dies at age 91

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the Title IX federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after ...

Governor proposes small funding boost for Indiana schools

By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is proposing a modest increase in school funding that is unlikely to provide much of an immediate boost for teacher pay. The Republican governor and GOP legislative leaders have stressed the importance of ...

Police seek help in Indiana woman’s unsolved 1997 killing

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (AP) — State police are seeking the public's help in solving the 1997 murder of a central Indiana woman. Shelbyville police officers investigating a call about a house with an open door found 50-year-old Sandra Gahimer's body inside her home on Jan. 12, 1997. An autopsy ...

Longtime GOP state senator enters Indianapolis mayor’s race

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A longtime Republican state senator is entering the race to challenge Democratic Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. Sen. Jim Merritt announced his campaign Thursday, saying the city needs to more aggressively attack problems with crime, low morale among police officers and ...

Fire department that lost trucks, gear in fire gets help

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana fire department has donated a firetruck to a southern Indiana department that lost three trucks and other equipment in a fire at its station. Anderson Fire Department Deputy Chief Todd Cawthorn tells The Herald Bulletin that when he learned of the Dec. ...

3 dead in Michigan City double homicide-suicide

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Police on northwestern Indiana say three people have died in what they're calling a double homicide-suicide. Michigan City Police Sgt. Chris Yagelski says police were called to a home just before 2 p.m. Monday, after a distraught relative called 911. Yagelski says ...

South Bend car theft with toddler inside ends moments later

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — South Bend Police say a car that was stolen with a toddler inside was abandoned moments later, and the child has been returned to his mother. Police say the theft occurred about 1 p.m. Monday, when the car was left running and unlocked outside a McDonald's restaurant ...

Truck damages 135-year old southwest Indiana covered bridge

BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a box truck has damaged a 135-year-old covered bridge in southwestern Indiana. The Greene County sheriff's office says in a news release Monday that the 52-year-old truck driver went through the Richland-Plummer Creek Bridge on Friday and knew that the ...

Business, community groups backing Indiana hate crimes law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Business and community group leaders will be gathering at the Indiana Statehouse as part of their push for adoption of a state hate crimes law. The group Indiana Forward says Tuesday's event will launch a lobbying campaign for the law that is being backed by hundreds of ...

Indiana seeks fine against trucking company over fish kill

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Indiana regulators are seeking a more than $12,000 fine against a Texas trucking company accused of causing a fish kill in eastern Indiana. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management recently issued a notice of violation against MOB Carriers, of Euless, Texas, ...

Ohio man fatally struck crossing roadway near Indiana casino

FLORENCE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 47-year-old Ohio man has died after being struck by a car while crossing a roadway near a casino in southeastern Indiana. The crash happened about 11:10 p.m. Monday, as Robert V. Loughry of Gahanna, Ohio, was crossing State Road 156 with three other ...

Searchers find body of woman apparently swept away in creek

BROOKVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the body of a 63-year-old woman who was apparently swept away after the vehicle she was driving went into a flooded creek in southeastern Indiana. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says Carol Jackson's husband told Franklin ...

Weather service confirms Monday tornado in southern Indiana

DOGWOOD, Ind. (AP) — The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado was to blame for damage to barns and trees during the final hours of 2018 in southern Indiana. The weather said Tuesday that a brief EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 100 mph (161 kph) caused damage on Monday in ...