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Indiana teen killed, dad missing trying to set flight record

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana teenager who was attempting to set a record for an around-the-world flight was killed when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean, and crews were searching Wednesday for his father, who was also on board. Family spokeswoman Annie Hayat said the …

I-55 victims remembered, mourned

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Long journeys. Short jaunts. They were busy people, focused on their busy lives when tragedy came calling.

Three of the four victims of Monday’s horrific crash on Interstate 55 were enjoying their summer vacation. The fourth was en route to work.

One woman was headed …

Lake County judge strikes down right-to-work law; Zoeller to appeal

A Lake County judge struck down Indiana’s right-to-work ban on certain union fees in a second legal blow to the contentious law passed in 2012. Lake County Circuit Judge George Paras determined the law violates the state constitution by forcing unions to provide services to …

Indiana Veterans Hall of Fame seeks nominations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new hall of fame for Indiana military veterans is seeking nominations for its first class of inductees. The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame says it expects to induct the first honorees around Veterans Day at Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park …

Purdue offering veterinary camps at State Fair

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine says it will host two camps for students in grades 6-12 at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Both camps will run Aug. 1-10. A junior veterinary camp for students in 6-8 will run …

Ex-employee says Indiana prison workers had sex on desk

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s prison agency mistreated a female employee when it shrugged off her complaints about workers having sex on her desk and when it later fired her for having an affair with an official, a federal appeals court has ruled. In a mixed …

Fort Wayne council backs right-to-work ordinance

FORT WAYNE(AP) — The Fort Wayne City Council has voted along party lines to override the mayor’s veto of a right-to-work measure covering the city’s police officers and firefighters. The Republican-led council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to approve the ordinance, which will allow firefighters and …

Complaint ends teacher prayer in Terre Haute schools

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A school district is telling teachers and other employees they will no longer be allowed lead prayers during school-sponsored events. The decision by the Vigo County School Corp. in Terre Haute follows a complaint made by the Freedom from Religion Foundation …

Lake County among 5 picked for preschool pilot program

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s three most populous counties are among five chosen for a pilot program that will allow low-income children in those areas to attend preschool as early as next year. Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties were selected from among 18 counties that …

Lawmakers approve pair of new license plates

INDIANAPOLIS — A panel of state lawmakers on Tuesday approved license plates recognizing the Indy 500 and Abraham Lincoln under a new system clamping down on the number of special license plates on the road. Members of the Legislature’s transportation study committee submitted their recommendations …

Opening close for new US 31 near South Bend

SOUTH BEND (AP) — State highway officials are expecting to open the new stretch of U.S. 31 between South Bend and Plymouth in northern Indiana by the end of August. Highway department spokesman Matt Deitchley says some lane restrictions are expected for a time while …

Indiana makes some gains in well-being of children

INDIANAPOLIS — A national report released Tuesday showed the well-being of Indiana’s children has improved somewhat, driven by improvements in its education score. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 “Kids Count” report found the state climbed three spots on the overall quality of life for …

IU business school expansion honors aesthetic

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — The doors where undergraduates once entered the Kelley School of Business are gone. In their place is now where hallways meet and open to a three-level common area. It’s one aspect of the $32.5 million expansion project that adds space for the …

Gay couples’ lawyers object to full-court hearing

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INDIANAPOLIS — Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Wisconsin and Indiana’s overthrown gay marriage bans are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the states’ appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference. Those representing gay couples who want the …