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Pence headlining Wisconsin GOP convention

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is heading north next month to headline the Wisconsin Republican Party’s annual convention. Pence is scheduled to deliver the keynote address. Pence’s out of state speech comes at a time when his supporters are increasingly floating his name as …

Nearly 600 pounds of pot seized in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have seized nearly 600 pounds of marijuana during a raid of a Fort Wayne house. Allen County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jeremy Tinkel says officers from the county’s drug task force, along with state and local police and federal agents …

Indiana graduation rates unchanged from 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Education says the state’s high school graduation rates from 2013 are virtually the same as from the year before. Figures released Wednesday show about 88 percent of students passed their year-end assessments, a tenth of a percentage point …

Leaders awaiting decision on Indiana Plan expansion

INDIANAPOLIS — Two top Indiana Republicans hope the state soon has an answer on expanding the scope of its Healthy Indiana Plan medical savings accounts. Gov. Mike Pence has asked the federal government to approve expanding coverage for low-income residents under the state-run plan. U.S. …

Schools decline court-ordered anti-speeding talk

BRAZIL (AP) — A western Indiana school corporation has declined a judge’s order that a young woman speak to its high schools about the dangers of speeding. When 20-year-old Kelsey Reid of Carbon was sentenced on two counts of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in Clay Superior …

2nd autopsy matches results for doctor’s death

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Results of a second autopsy conducted at a family’s request match an earlier initial cause of death for a Michigan doctor whose body was found in an Indiana lake. Private investigator Jim Carlin tells the Kalamazoo Gazette the second autopsy was …

Study finds Indiana residents paying more in taxes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A national study found that Indiana residents have paid an increasing percentage of their income on state and local taxes at the same time their average income was shrinking. The study by the conservative Tax Foundation think tank found Indiana taxpayers shelled …

Final draft of education standards released

INDIANAPOLIS — The state released the final draft of Indiana’s proposed education standards Tuesday, leaving less than a week for a panel that includes Gov. Mike Pence to review those guidelines and decide whether they should go to the State Board of Education for a …

Indianapolis-San Francisco flights have good start

INDIANAPOLIS — New nonstop flights between Indianapolis and San Francisco have been filling up with passengers during their first months in the air. The new year-round route with United Airlines started in early January after the Indiana Economic Development Corp. agreed to provide up to …

Illinois man pleads guilty in 2012 home invasion

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VALPARAISO — A Peotone, Ill., man pleaded guilty Monday to involvement in an August 2012 incident in which three men invaded a Porter County home and forced a woman to open a safe at gunpoint before leading Hobart police on a chase that ended in …

Indiana 49 corridor plan to be unveiled

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VALPARAISO — A study commissioned by the city to present a look at the future of the area around Indiana 49 will be made public Monday.

The Corridor 49 plan will encompass Ind. 49 from U.S. 6 on the north to Indiana 2 on the …

Vigil held for boy killed in hit-and-run

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GARY — As friends and family gathered Monday night at 49th Avenue and Vermont Street to mourn the death of 13-year-old Malik Herron, one of the kids turned on the “Dlow Shuffle.” The boy’s grandfather, Lenn Sommerville, smiled, if only for a moment. “That was …

Son charged in murder of parents last fall

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After months of investigation, murder charges have been filed against the son of a Lowell-area couple whose bodies were found in their home in October.

Thomas J. Snow, 34, is charged in the deaths of his father, retired Hammond Morton High School teacher Clifford Snow, …

10 killed as bus, truck carrying students collide in Calif.

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A college visit by more than 40 high school students turned tragic when a FedEx tractor-trailer veered across a grassy highway median and slammed into their bus in a fiery wreck that left 10 people dead, authorities said.

Drive to help centuries-old oak fighting disease

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Residents of an Indianapolis neighborhood are seeking help to save an oak tree that has stood watch over the area for centuries. The Chinquapin oak on the city’s east side is more than 18 feet in diameter and believed to be more …

Small school systems dispute consolidation report

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — School officials across Indiana are taking issue with a report by Ball State researchers that suggests mergers of smaller districts are inevitable. The policy brief by the Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research found that dwindling enrollment and …