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Indiana State News

Indiana governor backs ban on drivers using handheld phones

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor on Tuesday threw his support behind a statewide ban on drivers using handheld cellphones as well as a plan to raise the minimum age for smoking and vaping to 21. Announcing his agenda for the 2020 legislative session, Gov. Eric Holcomb also endorsed ...

Celadon, major Indiana-based trucker, files for bankruptcy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana trucking company with nearly 4,000 employees said Monday it filed for bankruptcy and will shut down all operations, just days after two former officials were charged in a fraud scheme. Celadon Group has faced significant costs related to a federal investigation ...

Electricity provider planning more Indiana solar farms

PERU, Ind. (AP) — A company that provides electricity to dozens of Indiana communities has been working to add at least 17 solar farms to its system, officials said. The Indiana Municipal Power Agency said it now has 21 solar farms generating electricity around the state and is building more ...

Indiana Army National Guard soldier dies at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana National Guard soldier with the 384th Military Police Company was found unresponsive at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center on Saturday. He was immediately transferred to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Cpl. Larry Litton Jr., 29, of Martinsville, ...

Indiana teacher rally not changing GOP school funding stance

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Indiana Statehouse aren’t showing any signs that a rally by several thousand teachers on its doorsteps two weeks ago has swayed them to boost education funding anytime soon. Teacher unions and Democrats are calling for the ...

Indiana hopes to extend health insurance program to 2030

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana plans to seek federal approval to continue a health insurance program that covers about 418,000 low-income residents amid a pending lawsuit that could eliminate nearly all the program’s funding. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration posted a ...

GOP budget writer picked as Indiana House speaker successor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Indiana House picked a key state budget negotiator on Monday as the next speaker. State Rep. Todd Huston, 47, of Fishers, won the private vote among GOP House members that was held 13 days after longtime House Speaker Brian Bosma announced he ...

Indiana woman pleads guilty to aiding Islamic State group

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to providing financial support to the Islamic State group. Samantha Elhassani, 33, entered her plea Monday in a deal in which federal prosecutors agreed to drop more serious conspiracy charges against her and to request a more lenient ...

Indiana lawmakers support raising legal age for tobacco use

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are voicing support for raising the state’s legal age to buy tobacco and vaping products. Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma said Monday that he supports raising the age from 18 to 21, along with the majority of the House Republican caucus. Bosma ...

Goshen Hospital: We failed to disinfect surgical tools

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Nearly 1,200 surgical patients may have been exposed to hepatitis, HIV and other infectious diseases due to a sterilization failure, a northern Indiana hospital says. A Goshen Hospital sterilization technician failed to complete one crucial step in the sterilizing process ...

Indiana House speaker says he’ll retire after 2020 session

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The longest-serving leader of the Indiana House announced Tuesday that he will retire after the 2020 legislative session. Republican Speaker Brian Bosma told lawmakers that he would continue in the powerful position that largely controls which proposals are considered ...

Thousands of teachers pack Indiana Statehouse for protest

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Several thousand teachers wearing red surrounded the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday calling for better pay and more respect from the Republican-dominated state government in a protest that closed more than half of the state’s school districts for the day. The ...

FBI arrests Muncie mayor amid city investigation

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana mayor has been arrested by FBI agents amid an ongoing federal investigation that’s resulted in the city’s former building commissioner pleading guilty to money laundering and wire fraud. An FBI spokeswoman says Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler was arrested ...

Box to leave a baby available near Indiana-Michigan border

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — A fire station in northeastern Indiana is the latest place for parents to safely drop off a newborn child. A Safe Haven Baby Box was unveiled Monday in Angola. The fire station is just minutes from the Michigan border, which was a factor in the location. Before leaving ...

Holcomb shares teacher concerns, doesn’t criticize closings

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t promising any quick action in response to educators who want more teacher pay, but says he shares their concerns and respects the decisions of school districts calling off classes for a Statehouse rally next week. Thousands of educators ...

Navy warship to be named after late Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Navy has agreed to name a warship in honor of late Indiana Sen. Richard G. Lugar. Sen. Todd Young announced Wednesday that Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and members of the Lugar family will attend a private naming ceremony for the USS Richard G. Lugar at the ...

Attorney General Hill to seek re-election

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election in 2020. In a statement, Hill said that "Over the last three years, I have worked to fulfill my pledge to Hoosiers: from cracking down on violent criminals to protecting the most vulnerable in our society. ...

Indiana ranks high in hazardous dams that need improvements

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Southern Indiana’s Collins Lake dam was built in the mid-1960s to provide flood control to a region that includes the adjacent tourist destinations of French Lick and West Baden Springs — storied communities that are home to grand restored hotels. Collins Lake is ...

Midwest’s 1st cyber battalion to be based in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will be home to the Midwest’s first National Guard cyber battalion, according to officials. The 127th Cyber Battalion will be comprised of nearly 100 soldiers who will be trained on cyber security and cyber warfare at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in ...

Warsaw manufacturer closing will cost 100 jobs

WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A manufacturer is shutting down its northern Indiana facilities, which will cost about 100 people their jobs. Winona PVD Coatings has notified state officials it expected to permanently close both of its Warsaw sites at the end of December. The company applies coatings ...