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Indiana State News

Charges expected against Fort Wayne man after police dog dies in crash

LARWILL, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a carjacking suspect is expected to face charges after a fiery collision involving a northern Indiana officer’s cruiser that killed a police dog. State police say a Whitley County sheriff’s deputy was sitting in his cruiser after setting up stop ...

USDA: Excessive rainfall hits quality of Indiana’s corn crop

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Agricultural officials say this year’s Indiana corn crop is expected to be among lowest quality in three decades following planting delays caused by excessive spring rainfall. Greg Matli is a statistician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National ...

Indiana attorney general says extended stop arms are OK for school buses

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general says the state’s school districts are free to use extended stop arms to prevent other vehicles from passing school buses. Curtis Hill says in an official opinion that no federal or state laws prohibit the use of extended stop arms on school ...

Indiana 911 dispatchers must get CPR training under new law

INDIANAPOLIS -- All Indiana emergency dispatchers will have a year to complete training in telephone CPR under a new law taking effect Monday. Officials say at least 10 percent of the nearly 2,400 people working in 911 call centers around the state lack such training. “We recognized that ...

I&M planning $478 million in improvements to Michigan nuclear plant

BRIDGMAN, Mich. -- Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power is planning $478 million in improvements at Cook Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan and is asking for higher rates to help pay for it. The utility says the work at the plant along Lake Michigan would take place in 2019-2020 and on ...

Auburn among nine Indiana airports splitting $3M in grants

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has announced nine Indiana airports will share more than $3 million in infrastructure grants. The largest of the grants announced Monday was more than $1 million to Madison Municipal Airport to install perimeter fencing. Knox/Starke ...

Indianapolis school firing gay teacher to keep archdiocese ties

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A private high school in Indianapolis is firing an educator to avoid having its ties cut with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Star reports Cathedral High School announced Sunday it’s terminating a gay teacher to avoid a split with the archdiocese, ...

Indiana obtains $5.4 million in debt relief for former ITT students

Attorney General Curtis Hill has announced that his office has secured an agreement to obtain $5.4 million in debt relief for 602 former ITT Tech students in Indiana as part of a bipartisan multistate settlement involving 44 attorneys general. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt ...

Women sue Attorney General Curtis Hill over alleged groping incident

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general is facing allegations of sexual harassment and defamation in a federal lawsuit filed by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year. The women and their lawyers announced the lawsuit against Republican Curtis Hill ...

DeKalb County Community Corrections worker shot, wounded during training

AUBURN, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a pretrial services coordinator in northeastern Indiana has been accidentally shot and wounded during a training exercise. DeKalb County Community Corrections says in a statement that the man was at the Auburn Police Department’s training center when he ...

Butler University plans $100M science complex for campus

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Butler University is planning a $100 million upgrade and expansion of its science facilities that will become the school’s largest-single investment to date. The private Indianapolis college announced Thursday that its trustees approved the three-phase project last ...

Ball State hikes tuition, cuts jobs to avoid shortfall

MUNCIE (AP) — Ball State University says it was forced to eliminate 25 positions, curb travel and reduce supplies to avoid ending fiscal year 2019 with a budget shortfall. The Star Press reports the central Indiana school’s board of trustees was given the update on Wednesday before the ...

I&M plans solar facility near South Bend

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) plans to build and operate its largest solar generation facility. The proposed project would be located in St. Joseph County and have a capacity of 20 megawatts, which is enough energy to power 2,700 homes annually. “This large-scale solar project aligns with ...

Victims of buggy accident to receive $427,000 in damages

ANGOLA (AP) — A northeastern Indiana man who pleaded guilty in a drunken-driving crash involving a horse-drawn carriage has been ordered to pay $427,000 in restitution to the crash victims. A Steuben County judge on Monday also sentenced 24-year-old Brady Duvendack of Fremont to 18 months of ...

Richard Lugar remembered as a ‘proud Hoosier’ and ‘American statesman’

Dozens of Indianapolis political and civic leaders Monday joined a tribute for former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar outside the building where he served as the city’s mayor before winning the first of his six Senate terms. Democratic Mayor Joe Hogsett called the Republican Lugar an “American ...

Indiana State Police release new information, sketch on Delphi killings

The Indiana State Police have released new information about its investigation of the murder of Abigail (Abby) Williams and Liberty (Libby) German, whose bodies were discovered on Feb. 14, 2017, in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, about a half mile upstream from the high bridge. A ...

Sen. Birch Bayh, author of Title IX law, dies at age 91

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, who championed the Title IX federal law banning discrimination against women in college admissions and sports, died at his home Thursday at age 91. Bayh was surrounded by family at his home in Easton, Maryland, when he died shortly after ...

Governor proposes small funding boost for Indiana schools

By TOM DAVIES, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is proposing a modest increase in school funding that is unlikely to provide much of an immediate boost for teacher pay. The Republican governor and GOP legislative leaders have stressed the importance of ...