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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 …

Children identified in I-65 crash

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Two children have been identified who were killed late Monday on Interstate 65 when the SUV driven by their father slammed into the back of a semitrailer stopped for a previous crash. Jasper County Coroner Andrew Boersma said Anusha, 14, and Vivek, 9, died in …

Merrillville man jailed for break in

A Merrillville man was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison for a robbery last fall in which the victim was shot several times and left permanently disabled. Carlton S. Smith, 22, had pleaded guilty to robbery for going to a home Oct. 26 in …

Proposed Indiana school standards reviewed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Experts and officials are giving mixed reviews to proposed education standards that could replace the rejected national Common Core guidelines in Indiana classrooms, just days before a panel of education leaders is set to vote on them. Debate on the new standards …

Turner had more than $4M on line in nursing home bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this …

Indiana reading test results steady from last year

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — New test results show the reading levels among Indiana’s third graders made slight progress from last year. The Indiana Department of Education released data Thursday from the spring 2014 IREAD 3 test showing about 85 percent of students passed the test. The …

Uncle: Child who survived I-65 crash will ‘be fine’

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The child who survived an early morning crash Tuesday on Interstate 65 that killed a well-known local doctor and two of his children is doing well and is expected to recover, his uncle said Wednesday.

Mohan Chaganti said Wednesday he was still dealing with the …

Indiana faces deadline on new education standards

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INDIANAPOLIS — As the first state to drop the national Common Core learning standards, Indiana is rushing to approve new state-crafted benchmarks in time for teachers to use them this fall, and education leaders from across the nation are closely watching. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence …

Nearly 600 pounds of pot seized in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — 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 seized …

Indiana graduation rates show no change from 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — 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 lower …

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 …