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Indiana State News

Longtime Indiana amusement park closes gates after 94 years

MONTICELLO, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana amusement park that entertained generations of visitors with rides, midway attractions and lakeside concerts for nearly a century has closed, park officials said Wednesday, citing the park’s disappointing performance. Indiana Beach, which opened ...

BSU professor suspended for calling police on black student

MUNCIE (AP) — A white Ball State University professor who called police to his classroom after a black student refused to change seats will not be teaching for the remainder of the semester, the school said in a written statement. No formal charges or disciplinary action was immediately ...

Purdue president says tuition freeze will continue for 2021

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — Purdue University’s tuition freeze will continue for a ninth year, the Indiana school’s president told alumni this weekend. President Mitch Daniels announced Saturday that Purdue’s tuition and fees will remain at current levels into the 2021 school year. The ...

60-day law license suspension suggested for Indiana AG

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 60-day law license suspension is being recommended for Indiana’s attorney general after allegations that he grabbed the buttocks of a female state legislator and inappropriately touched three other women during a party. The recommendation filed Friday with the state ...

Audit: 2 Indiana online schools misspent nearly $86 million

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two Indiana online charter schools that have been under federal investigation over allegations of padding their enrollments inappropriately paid nearly $86 million to companies linked to the schools’ founder or his associates, according to a new state audit report. The ...

Probe finds 911 dispatchers bungled fatal Indiana pond crash

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher speaking to a desperate driver who had veered into a frozen northern Indiana pond should have focused on advising her how to get herself and her three young children to safety instead of spending the beginning of the call trying to determine the ...

Fetal remains found at Illinois properties buried in Indiana

SOUTH BEND (AP) — More than 2,000 sets of fetal remains found last year at the suburban Chicago garage of one of the Midwest’s most prolific abortion doctors were buried Wednesday at an Indiana cemetery where the state’s attorney general told a gathering that the remains’ discovery was ...

Fetal remains tied to Indiana abortion doctor to be buried

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — More than 2,400 sets of fetal remains found last year in the Illinois garage and a car of an Indiana abortion doctor after he died will be buried Wednesday at a northern Indiana cemetery. The 2,411 sets of fetal remains that resulted from abortions Dr. Ulrich Klopfer ...

Relatives of teens slain in 2017 plan memorial food drive

DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — Relatives of two teenage girls slain in northern Indiana in 2017 are holding a food drive and a pet supply donation drive to mark the three-year anniversary of their unsolved slayings. The donation drive will be held Thursday evening at Delphi United Methodist Church, ...

Teacher gun training program clears Indiana Senate

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana teachers who carry guns in schools would need to undergo annual training under a proposal advancing in the state Legislature. The state Senate voted 42-7 Tuesday in favor of the bill that specifies a 40-hour training program for teachers volunteering to be armed, ...

Parts of Indiana’s Amish Acres going on auction block

NAPPANEE, Ind. (AP) — A popular tourist attraction in northern Indiana that provides a glimpse into the life and history of the Amish is going on the auction block later this week, a newspaper reported Sunday. It’s not clear if Wednesday’s auction will mean that Amish Acres in Nappanee ...

Indiana Republicans aiming to force marijuana prosecutions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislators agitated with an Indianapolis prosecutor’s refusal to press charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana are seeking to empower the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to take over such cases. An Indiana Senate committee ...

Indiana woman appealing conviction in fatal school bus crash

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman convicted in a crash that killed three children who were crossing a highway to board a school bus is appealing her conviction, contending that the tragedy was “just an accident and not a crime,” her attorney said Tuesday. A notice of appeal was ...

Indiana measure looks to limit marriage for those under 18

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers could make it more difficult for anyone younger than 18 to get married. The bill is advancing after a House committee heard from women who were 15 or 16 when their parents forced them to marry men who had raped or molested them and then faced more abuse ...

Law enforcement applauds cell phone ban for motorists

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies in Indiana say a bill to prohibit drivers from using their cell phones in any way while driving would make the state’s roadways a lot safer. The ban that was authored by State Rep. Holli Sullivan of Evansville cleared the Roads and ...

Steel Dynamics’ 4Q earnings exceed Wall Street expectations

Fort Wayne-based Steel Dynamics Inc. (STLD) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $121.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based company said it had profit of 56 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 62 cents per share. The results topped ...

Bill advances to pause Indiana coal power plant closings

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal aimed at making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close additional coal-fired power plants faces objections from consumer and environmental groups who argue it could stifle growth in renewable energy such as wind and solar power. The Indiana ...

Indiana governor not yet backing attorney general challenger

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t yet throwing his support behind a top official of his administration in challenging the state attorney general who is awaiting the outcome from an investigation into allegations of drunkenly groping four women. Holcomb filed paperwork ...