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Bishop objects to Notre Dame gay marriage policy

FORT WAYNE — A northern Indiana Catholic bishop said he believes University of Notre Dame leaders should have waited before deciding to extend benefits to same-sex spouses after court rulings legalized gay marriage in the state. Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades wrote in the …

Pence won’t reconsider bid for $80M pre-K grant

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence stood by his decision not to seek a federal preschool grant worth up to $80 million Tuesday despite calls for him to reconsider. School Superintendent Glenda Ritz and Indiana State Board of Education members Gordon Hendry of Indianapolis and Tony …

FBI aiding Hammond, Gary police in probe of serial killings

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HAMMOND — The FBI has been working with Hammond and Gary police on a series of killings that surfaced after the body of a 19-year-old woman was found Friday at the Motel 6 on 179th Street in Hammond. At a news conference Monday, Mayor Tom …

Indiana panel not making ethics recommendations

INDIANAPOLIS — A state legislative panel isn’t making any recommendations on possible ethics rules changes that the General Assembly is expected to consider during its upcoming session. The chairman of the House Ethics Committee said legislative leaders will be sent a summary of testimony it …

Richton Park man indicted for running major heroin ring

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Nine people have been indicted in Northwest Indiana for running a major heroin ring, including a Richton Park man whom federal authorities identified as the leader of the ring that they said operated from Chicago to Michigan City.

“It’s certainly one of the bigger indictments …

Nine indicted for running major heroin ring

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MICHIGAN CITY — Nine people, including three previously arrested as a result of an investigation by the Porter County Drug Task Force, have been indicted in federal court for their roles in a major heroin ring that operated from Chicago to Michigan City. “It’s certainly …

Murder and robbery charges filed against suspect in NW Indiana slayings

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HAMMOND, Ind. — Police believe a suspect in seven murders in Northwest Indiana used an online prostitution service to lure some of those women to several locations in Hammond and Gary — typically abandoned buildings — before they were killed.

Murder and robbery charges were …

Cal Bellamy: Ethics commission achieving positive results

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As president of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC), I feel compelled to respond to David Rutter’s Oct. 12 column.

He criticizes our awkward-sounding name. He seems to fault us for not being able to make saints out of sinners or hardened criminals into model …

Conservatives claim victory in Pence’s pre-K move

INDIANAPOLIS — When tea party activist Heather Crossin discovered Indiana might be close to taking as much as $80 million in federal money for prekindergarten funding, she quickly activated a network of religious conservative groups to urge Gov. Mike Pence to turn it down. Pence …

Statue put atop Indianapolis Mormon temple under construction

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 900-pound, 8.5-foot-high gold-plated statue of the Mormon angel Moroni has been placed atop what will become Indiana’s first Mormon church temple. The temple in Carmel, north of Indianapolis, is scheduled to open next year. Temples are considered sacred to members of …

Motorcycle gang fugitive from Gary, sought since ’97, arrested

MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Marshals Service says a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang has been captured after 17 years on the run. Fifty-eight-year-old Randy Mark Yager was apprehended Wednesday near Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. Yager was president of the Outlaws’ Chicago region when he …

Indiana DNR says fall colors mostly on schedule

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state forester says the fall color display for trees is on schedule across most of Indiana, but recent rainy and windy weather is likely to slow the color change and knock leaves down. Carrie Tauscher of the Indiana Department of Natural …

BMV lawyers defend embattled state agency

INDIANAPOLIS — Lawyers for the embattled Bureau of Motor Vehicles are speaking out this week in the ongoing legal battles over overcharges by the state agency. Attorneys from Indianapolis firm Bingham Greenebaum Doll, retained by the state in February, say BMV officials are doing everything …

Indiana ramps up Ebola training for health workers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are developing screening questionnaires and training videos and setting up a hotline for health providers as the state ramps up measures to protect residents if it gets a case of Ebola. The Indiana State Department of Health said Thursday …

Pence administration axes bid to seek $80M grant

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence’s administration is no longer seeking a federal grant that could provide up to $80 million for preschool programs serving low-income students, according to an internal email obtained by The Indianapolis Star. The email was sent to members of the state’s …

IU statue of World War II   journalist Pyle has typo

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BLOOMINGTON — Ernie Pyle’s statue needs an edit. A bronze statue of the famed World War II journalist on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University misspells the word “correspondent” by dropping an “r.” University officials found the mistake Wednesday, two days before the sculpture is …