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Indiana State News

Court keeps Indiana voter registration purge law on hold

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with critics of an Indiana law who argue it would allow officials to illegally remove voters from the state’s election rolls. The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Tuesday a federal judge’s ruling last year ...

Indiana GOP leaders want delay on new exam’s penalties

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials are looking to delay any penalties to schools and teachers from lower student scores on the state’s new standardized test even before its first results are released to the public. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and top GOP legislative leaders said Monday ...

Judge rules Miami County must pay for repairs to six dams

PERU, Ind. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a northern Indiana county must pay for repairs to six aging dams in a lake-filled housing development. The Indiana Natural Resources Commission had determined that the Department of Natural Resources had the authority to require property owners and ...

Economists warn falling RV sales signal impending recession

ELKHART (AP) — Economists are warning that a downturn in shipments of recreational vehicles from the northern Indiana county that calls itself the “RV Capital of the World” suggests an impending recession. More than 80 percent of recreational vehicles sold in the U.S. are produced in ...

Not a ‘tattooed guy’: Larry Bird wants mural changed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird likes the mural, but not the tatts. A lawyer for the former NBA star has asked an artist to remove certain tattoos from a large painting of Bird on an Indianapolis multi-family residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm and a spider web ...

Restoration finished on Bluffton park’s 1930s fire tower

BLUFFTON (AP) — Restoration work has been completed on a 100-foot-tall fire tower in a northeastern Indiana state park that dates to the 1930s. The state Department of Natural Resources is planning a dedication ceremony on Friday for the tower in Ouabache State Park near Bluffton. The ...

Indiana to fly flags at half-staff to honor shooting victims

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb has ordered flags across Indiana be flown at half-staff in honor of victims in mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Holcomb is directing flags be flown at half-staff from Sunday until Thursday. He’s also asked Indiana businesses and residents to lower ...

Two Dillinger relatives doubt body in grave is the gangster

Two relatives of notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger who plan to have his remains exhumed as part of a television documentary say they have “evidence” the body buried in an Indianapolis cemetery may not be him and that FBI agents possibly killed someone else in 1934. The FBI ...

Body of 1930s gangster John Dillinger to be exhumed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The body of notorious 1930s gangster John Dillinger is expected to be exhumed in September from a concrete-encased grave at an Indianapolis cemetery more than 85 years after he was killed by FBI agents outside a Chicago theater. The upcoming exhumation could put to rest ...

Construction worker fatally struck in Kosciusko County

SYRACUSE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a worker was fatally struck by a vehicle while directing traffic at a northern Indiana construction site. The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department says the construction flagger was hit Friday afternoon at the site on Indiana 13 just south of Syracuse. ...

Kendallville man dies weeks after being shot by a tossed gun

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A Kendallville man has died weeks after being shot in the stomach by gun that was tossed onto a bed. An obituary for 20-year-old Jerremmy Hall says he died Tuesday at a Fort Wayne hospital where he was taken following the July 6 shooting. Police say an adult was ...

Police identify body of Detroit woman found near Angola in 1999

ANGOLA (AP) -- Authorities on Sunday identified a Michigan woman who was found dead 20 years ago in a northeastern Indiana field, renewing the investigation into her “suspicious” death. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department said they followed hundreds of leads to try to identify the ...

Trucker charged in Indiana highway crash killing mom, two kids

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Prosecutors filed reckless homicide charges on Thursday against a Missouri semi driver for a highway construction zone crash in Indianapolis that killed a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters. Documents filed by Marion County prosecutors say computer data from the ...

Two arrested in multi-year probe of Muncie public corruption

MUNCIE (AP) — A Muncie city official and a local contractor have been indicted on federal charges that are the latest to come out of a probe of public corruption in the central Indiana city. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Debra Nicole Grigsby of Muncie and 60-year-old Tony Franklin of ...

Police say trucker speeding in Indianapolis crash that killed three

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a semitrailer’s computer data says it was going above the speed limit when it slammed into a line of vehicles on an Indianapolis highway, killing a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters. State police say Interstate 465 traffic was slowed for a ...

Gov. Eric Holcomb launches 2020 re-election run with big advantages

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb brandished his front-runner status Saturday as he kicked off his re-election campaign with a rally extolling the state’s economy while brushing off any criticism of his record. Holcomb made his announcement before a few hundred people at Knightstown’s Hoosier ...

Indiana seeks federal aid for 88 counties, including Allen, over crop losses

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb is seeking federal disaster aid for farmers across most of Indiana for crop losses caused by flooding and excessive rainfall during the planting season. Holcomb said Friday his request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture seeks an agricultural disaster ...

Indiana’s state budget reserve jumps to $2.3 billion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s state cash reserves grew faster than expected over the past year, to nearly $2.3 billion, and the governor is proposing to spend some of that money on several planned construction projects. State budget officials announced Thursday that Indiana closed the 2019 ...