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Military school honors donor who kept doors open

HOWE (AP) — Drumsticks — the ice-cream treats — were plentiful at Howe Military Academy campus Monday morning, served in honor of the man who man who made the school’s Class of 2015 possible. The board of trustees of the 135-year-old school had considered closing …

Portage man drowns at campground lake

PORTAGE — A Portage man drowned Tuesday in Lake Minnehaha at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort on the city’s north side, authorities said. Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris identified the man as Charles Gritton, 52, and said he will conduct an autopsy and toxicology …

Death penalty sought in Indy officer’s slaying

INDIANAPOLIS — A prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against the man accused of fatally shooting an Indianapolis police officer with an assault rifle. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry filed court papers Tuesday seeking a death sentence against 25-year-old Major Davis Jr. of Indianapolis in …

Indiana’s first female chief justice assumes office

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INDIANAPOLIS — Loretta Rush was formally sworn in Monday as Indiana’s first female chief justice, but her gender hardly was mentioned during the ceremony. “Quite simply, she was the best choice,” Gov. Mike Pence told a crowd of onlookers and media crammed into the law …

Ong to head Southern District’s criminal section

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal prosecutor with 25 years of experience has been appointed the interim head of the criminal division for the Southern District of Indiana. Fifty-six-year-old Winfield Ong will supervise attorneys who work cases in fraud, public corruption, child exploitation, human trafficking and …

Hoosier Lottery operator just misses profit goal

INDIANAPOLIS — The Hoosier Lottery director said Tuesday that she is “pleased” with the performance of the lottery’s private management company during its first year, during which the firm fell slightly short of its net income goal but still raised a record amount of money …

Indiana wants ban on abortion pill law lifted

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State attorneys asking a federal judge to lift an order blocking an Indiana abortion pill law that critics claim targets a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette say women could seek the procedure elsewhere. The Indiana attorney general’s office filed a brief Monday …

Daniels clarifies remarks about regional campuses

FORT WAYNE — President Mitch Daniels said Purdue University’s regional campuses should conduct research specific to their missions, clarifying recent remarks on the topic in a letter to four Fort Wayne faculty members Monday. The four members of the Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne Senate sent Daniels an …

MetroSouth parent details attack on patient records

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The Franklin, Tennessee, company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which …

Hit-and-run crash damages house

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PORTAGE — A drunken 21-year-old man crashed his car into a house and then walked home, according to police. About 3:45 a.m. Saturday, Joshua Galvan’s 2003 Chevrolet Malibu struck a house in the 2700 block of Vivian Street, doing substantial damage to the lower story …

Feds draft plan for Lake Freeman water releases

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MONTICELLO — Federal officials are proposing a water-monitoring plan for a popular northwestern Indiana reservoir where water releases required to safeguard endangered mussels have dropped the lake’s water levels significantly this summer. The operator of Lake Freeman’s dam, Northern Indiana Public Service Co., is under …

Program helps foster children as they age out

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SOUTH BEND (AP) — The assistance Chris Bailey received paying rent and utilities after dropping out of college helped the former foster child adjust to life on his own. Having someone available to talk with and to provide advice was even more valuable. “We would …

Indianapolis company focus of lawsuit, FTC probe

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis company that promises clients faster routes to college degrees for a price is under investigation by federal and state authorities and is the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed in Ohio. More than 200 consumer complaints against The College Network …

Adult day center helps ease caregivers’ burdens

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) — When Cathy Benner’s 74-year-old mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, the family resolved to care for her at home as long as possible. Benner persuaded her father and mother to move, in 2009, from White County to West Lafayette …

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Dems applaud release of adoption money by Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Democrats are applauding the governor’s decision to release money to families that adopted special needs children with guarantees of support from the state. Gov. Mike Pence decided Tuesday to release the money in the face of a lawsuit claiming promised adoption …