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Church lawsuit is latest spat over Lilly bequests

INDIANAPOLIS — Back in the early 1950s, as suburban migration was putting many downtown Indianapolis churches in peril, Eli Lilly Jr., grandson of the pharmaceutical firm’s founder, made a $1 million gift aimed at securing Christ Church Cathedral’s future on Monument Circle. As historian James …

Police mum on search for missing Indianapolis baby

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Police aren’t saying what investigators found when they searched the home of an Indianapolis couple whose 6-week-old son was reported abducted last week. Police spokesman Christopher Wilburn says investigators obtained a search warrant to enter the home of Delano Wilson’s parents Monday …

Mother held in death, serious injury of children

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A South Bend woman suspected in the death of her 11-month-old son has also been charged with injuring her daughter so seriously that the girl has been in a vegetative state for months. Police arrested 21-year-old Nyesha Crockett on Monday …

Coroner rules death of teen in Indianapolis a homicide

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A coroner says a high school freshman whose badly burned body was found in an Indianapolis back yard Sunday died of asphyxiation. Marion County Chief Deputy Coroner Alfarena Ballew on Tuesday ruled the death of 15-year-old Dominique Allen a homicide. Authorities have …

Federal court upholds Indiana right-to-work law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld Indiana’s right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees on Tuesday in a split decision that was delivered a few days before the state Supreme Court hears separate challenges over whether the 2012 measure violates the state constitution. Two …

Colts owner Irsay pleads guilty to misdemeanor in drug case

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated stemming from his arrest after a traffic stop in March. Irsay appeared in a Hamilton County court in Noblesville on Tuesday for a …

Police: No more searches set for missing Indianapolis infant

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police say they plan no additional searches for a missing infant whose father told officers a couple knocked him out and abducted the 6-week-old. Sgt. Kendale Adams said Saturday that additional searches will only be conducted for Delano Wilson if there’s …

Indiana teachers face new standards, revised test

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana teachers are scrambling to bring themselves and their students up to speed on the state’s new education standards only months before students take a revamped, high-stakes exam assessing their grasp of that new curriculum. Indiana pulled out of the national Common Core …

ISU to ask lawmakers for $65 million next session

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — Indiana State University’s trustees want $64 million from state lawmakers to renovate and expand the school’s nursing, health and human services building. The trustees approved a 2015-17 capital budget request Thursday calling for the Terre Haute school to ask state lawmakers …

Man arrested after fatal stabbing outside LaPorte bar

LAPORTE — LaPorte police have arrested a 26-year-old man on a preliminary murder charge in a fatal overnight stabbing outside a bar in LaPorte. Police found a 25-year-old man bleeding heavily in a parking lot behind the Lucky Bar about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and the …

Indiana seeks input for specialty foods survey

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials have launched an online survey that’s part of a push to find ways to meet growing consumer demand for specialty crops like locally grown fruit and nuts.

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is inviting consumers who shop regularly for …

Hoosier online immunization registry passes milestone

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana State Department of Health website that allows people to download, print, email or fax family immunization records has reached a milestone. The department said more than 50,000 immunization records have been accessed through the MyVaxIndiana.in.gov site. The agency launched the secure …

Tradition leads Indiana family to 100th reunion

MUNCIE (AP) — Lots of families hold reunions, but there aren’t many that do so for 100 years. The Grubbs family is an exception. “I think it’s pretty amazing,” said Paul Grubbs, who has been overseeing these events in recent years, including the 100th. A …

Police drain tank, find no sign of missing baby

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INDIANAPOLIS — Police said they were treating the hunt for a missing Indianapolis infant Friday as a search-and-rescue mission, with efforts including draining an old underground cistern in a wooded area near where the child disappeared. An Amber Alert went out for 6-week-old Delano Wilson …

Bosma to remove Turner from leadership post after scandal

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Rep. Eric Turner is losing his House leadership role because of “irreconcilable conflicts” arising from his use of his public office to benefit his family’s nursing home business, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Friday. An Associated Press investigation earlier this year found …

Indiana State enrollment hits 42-year peak

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — Indiana State University officials say the school’s enrollment has surpassed 13,000 students for the first time in 42 years. School officials tell the Tribune-Star that improved retention of students helped boost the school’s enrollment to 13,183 the fall semester. It’s the …