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Lawsuit against Indiana University housing given class action status

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit alleging an Indiana university breached its contract by provided substandard living assignments to thousands of students staying in residential halls where mold was found. Monroe Circuit Court Judge Holly ...

Man who is Indiana’s oldest state employee retiring at 102

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 102-year-old man who is Indiana’s oldest state employee is retiring after nearly six decades on the job, saying that “your body tells you when it’s time to go.” Bob Vollmer plans to report to work for the last time Feb. 6 as a surveyor for the Indiana Department ...

Indiana governor says again wait a year on teacher pay boost

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor on Tuesday outlined to state legislators how to free up tens of millions of dollars to boost teacher pay but said he didn’t want them to act on it until next year. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb told lawmakers in his State of the State speech that he ...

Franklin College fires president following Wisconsin arrest

STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) — Franklin College in Indiana has fired its president after he was arrested in Wisconsin on suspicion of using a computer to facilitate a sex crime and attempted child enticement, the school said Monday. Thomas Minar was arrested by Sturgeon Bay police on Jan. 6 and ...

Martinsville highway closure planned for I-69 extension work

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — State highway officials expect to close a section of the main route between Indianapolis and Bloomington for 10 months in 2021 during work on the next stage of the Interstate 69 extension project. The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a nearly $165 ...

Questions raised over bill to extend Indiana voting hours

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — County clerks are worried a proposal for extending Indiana’s Election Day voting time by two hours would make it more difficult to find enough poll workers. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Tim Wesco of Osceola would change Indiana’s current 6 p.m. closing time ...

Indiana teen gets 65 years in pregnant schoolmate’s killing

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 17-year-old northern Indiana boy has been sentenced to 65 years in prison in the fatal stabbing of a schoolmate who was pregnant with his child. St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley sentenced Aaron Trejo on Tuesday to 55 years for murder and 10 years for ...

Indiana man sentenced for stabbing ex-girlfriend 105 times

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 26-year-old man in South Bend was sentenced to 55 years in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend by stabbing her 105 times. Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley on Wednesday also sentenced Marshun Lloyd to 10 years of probation in what she called, “an act of hate, ...

Indiana may toughen retailer penalties with 21 smoking age

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are looking to toughen the penalties stores face for selling tobacco products to underaged customers as they raise the state’s minimum age for smoking and vaping from 18 to 21 to conform with the new federal law. A proposal backed by anti-smoking ...

Indiana panel rejects proposed $291 million teacher pay hike

An Indiana House committee rejected a Democratic proposal on Tuesday that would have directed $291 million in unexpected state tax revenue toward one-time teacher pay bonuses. The Republican-controlled House Ways and Means Committee voted 13-7 along party lines against the proposal, going ...

Indiana governor changes stance on teacher pay action

Indiana's governor opened the door Monday to potentially boosting school funding and teacher pay after weeks of refuting any plans on such action until next year. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb didn’t give any details of what he would propose during his annual State of the State speech next ...

New Indiana rule adds risk assessments for booked inmates

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new Indiana rule requiring that booked inmates be assessed to determine risks or benefits of releasing them before trial is expected to eventually reduce overcrowding at the state’s county jails, criminal justice officials said. Criminal Rule 26, which set Indiana’s ...

Indiana school bus safety program nets nearly 2,700 tickets yesterday

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana police departments issued nearly 2,700 tickets and 1,400 warnings for unsafe driving around school bus stops and routes during a two-month enforcement program, state officials announced Thursday. The program funded additional patrols by nearly 40 police ...

Northern Indiana county eyes saving 125-year-old courthouse

WINAMAC, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana county’s 125-year-old courthouse will be saved from demolition and renovated as part of a $6 million preservation project. Pulaski County officials had announced plans in 2018 to tear down the building in the county seat of Winamac and move all ...

Indiana University testing license plate cameras for parking yesterday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University has started a yearlong test of using license plate reading cameras for parking regulation enforcement on its Bloomington campus. The project that began in November involves a camera mounted on a vehicle and comes as campus officials plan a switch ...

Indianapolis electric car-sharing service pulls the plug yesterday

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An electric car-sharing service that debuted in Indianapolis in 2015 is pulling the plug on its network of rechargable cars after residents failed to embrace the vehicles. Blue Indy will end its collaboration with the city of Indianapolis on May 21, saying in a statement ...

Study: Lilly Endowment now 2nd-largest private US foundation

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment is now the nation’s second-largest private charitable foundation, trailing only the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a new analysis has found. FoundationMark, which tracks the investment performance of more than 40,000 ...

Indiana woman gets 4 years for fatal school bus stop crash

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman who plowed her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, while they crossed a highway to board a school bus was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison. Alyssa Shepherd, 25, could have been sentenced to as much as 21½ years in prison ...

Preservation group finds buyer for Gothic-Revival church in Vincennes

VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) — A preservation group that saved an ornate southwestern Indiana church from demolition has found a buyer who plans to turn it into a rural retreat. Indiana Landmarks spent seven years trying to find a buyer for the former Palmyra Cumberland Presbyterian Church, located ...

Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher dead at 86

Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, who became one of the first black mayors of a big U.S. city when he was elected in 1967, has died. He was 86. Hatcher died Friday night at a Chicago hospital, said his daughter, Indiana state Rep. Ragen Hatcher, a Gary Democrat. She did not provide a cause of ...