Indiana State News

Tent collapse injures 12; speaker Lou Holtz unhurt

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say 12 people have been hospitalized, including three who were seriously injured, after a tent collapsed at a bank's shareholders' event. WBMA-TV says about 400 people were under the tent Thursday night when it came crashing down, some ducking under tables for ...

Judge denies Indiana AG Hill’s motion in early voting case

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has denied Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's motion challenging a consent decree to add early voting sites in Marion County . Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled Thursday that the consent decree was entered into by all of the parties in a lawsuit that ...

Man accused of eating parts of dead ex-girlfriend deemed fit

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A psychiatrist says an Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body is mentally competent for trial, but his attorneys want to talk to him first. The News and Tribune reports a psychiatrist at Logansport State Hospital said in a ...

Murder charge filed after shooting while gun played with

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A murder charge has been filed after authorities say an 18-year-old man died after being shot in the face by a friend who was playing with a gun in western Indiana. Police had arrested 20-year-old Dylan Morgan of Terre Haute on charges including reckless homicide in ...

Woman jailed after fatal fire seeks mental health treatment

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A woman jailed on neglect charges after her two young children died in a March apartment building fire in northwestern Indiana is seeking additional mental health treatment. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 33-year-old Kristen Gober of Gary sent a letter expressing a ...

Midwest is seeing more Monarch butterflies

By Joseph Dits of The South Bend Tribune But that could change as they still need your nectar-rich flowers Does it seem that more monarch butterflies have been landing on your flowers this summer? Numbers of the flashy orange insect, known for its 3,000-mile migration to Mexico in late ...

A Steep Cost: Opioid usage, abuse costs Indiana $43.3B

By Danielle Grady of the Jeffersonville & New Albany News and Tribune Seventy-five positions. Usually, the Belden Inc. plant in Richmond only hires 15 people a year. But in 2016, the cabling and wire manufacturer needed to find 75. That might not have been a problem several years ...

Indiana lawmakers consider expanding industrial hemp market

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are considering allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp. Members of the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources heard from farmers Monday. Don Zolman, CEO of Zolman Farms in Kosciusko County, said that having an alternative crop for ...

Woman rescued after trapped in wrecked car for 40 hours

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bloomington Police say a woman was trapped in her wrecked car for nearly two days before rescuers reached her. WTHR-TV reports 69-year-old Evelyn Thrasher was stuck when her car veered off a road Friday afternoon, went down an embankment and became wedged between two ...

State encourages parents to make sure immunizations current

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Department of Health is reminding parents that making sure immunizations are up to date is an essential part of getting ready to go back to school. It says school immunization requirements have changed for the 2018-19 school year. Two doses of the ...

Columbus’ 3-year-old bike-share faces falling ridership

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana city's bike-share program has cut its expenses and is weighing other changes in hopes of reversing its falling ridership. The Columbus Park Foundation launched the ColumBIKE program in May 2016 in the city about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of ...

Computer problems delay 911 dispatches in Indiana

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Computer issues are delaying 911 dispatches in northern Indiana. Ray Schultz is the executive director of St. Joseph County's consolidated 911 center near Mishawaka. He tells The South Bend Tribune that at least 9,500 dispatches have been slowed so far this year. That ...

Indiana school must allow transgender to use male bathroom

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered an Indiana school district to allow a transgender student to use male bathrooms. Judge William Lawrence signed an injunction Friday, just days before classes resume in the Evansville Vanderburgh school district. The 17-year-old student ...

Gary Schools gets just 1 bid for shuttered school properties

GARY, Ind. (AP) — The emergency manager who oversees the financially struggling Gary school district says only one of 33 shuttered schools has received an offer after being put up for sale. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the city of Gary bid $100,000 for the Benjamin Franklin ...

Food services company sues closed Indiana college

RENSSELAER, Ind. (AP) — A private northwestern Indiana college that closed last year is being sued by a food service company which alleges that administrators concealed the school's dire financial situation. The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that Sodexo's federal lawsuit accuses ...

Confederate tower still in place 1 year after removal calls

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Confederate monument remains in place at an Indianapolis park a year after some city officials called for its removal. The 35-foot (11-meter) tall granite tower in Garfield Park was built in 1912 to honor more than 1,600 Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil ...

Family who lost 9 in duck boat tragedy files 2nd lawsuit

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fifty-three members of an Indiana family who lost nine relatives when a duck boat sank in Missouri described their pain and unfathomable loss Tuesday while calling for a ban on the amphibious tourist boats that their attorney likened to "coffins and death traps." Each ...

Police: Indiana officer accidentally shoots, wounds self

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a central Indiana officer accidentally shot and wounded himself while placing his gun back in its holster at police headquarters. The Anderson Police Department says the officer was wounded Tuesday afternoon when the gun discharged unexpectedly. Police ...

Classes begin at Indiana school 2 months after shooting

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Students have started a new school year at a suburban Indianapolis middle school more than two months after a classroom shooting wounded a student and a teacher. Students and staff were greeted Wednesday by newly drafted Indiana Pacers player Alize Johnson and other ...

Ohio River commission debates dropping pollution standards

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An interstate commission that monitors the Ohio River's health is considering eliminating its pollution control standards, raising concerns among representatives from states including Indiana. A majority of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission voted last ...