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Man found dead along Starke County highway

GROVERTOWN (AP) — Police in Starke County say a man was found dead after being hit by a vehicle about a mile from where he left his wrecked truck. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department says 33-year-old Christopher Howard from the community of Grovertown was reported …

Indiana jobless rate down to 5.8 percent

Indiana’s unemployment rate declined for the first time in four months in August, dropping slightly to 5.8 percent. Figures released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development show Indiana’s jobless mark fell one-tenth of a percentage point last month from July’s rate. The agency …

State: Submit plans, get domestic violence money

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute stuck by its plan Friday to withhold $1.2 million in state aid for domestic violence prevention groups until they detail how they’ll spend the money according to certain state requirements. The institute’s decision marked a small victory …

Expansions planned at 2 Indiana RV factories

ELKHART (AP) — A company is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana. Thor Industries says the projects will boost production at its Heartland RV plant in Elkhart and for its Keystone subsidiary in Goshen. Thor officials say it is spending …

Parents say good start for solo Muncie high school

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — There was a crowd of parents gathered in Lisa Letsinger’s business classroom at Central High School. She was taking time with each one, discussing how their children were doing in class. Geneieve Evans was getting a good report about her son, …

Embattled Rep. Turner to resign after elections

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Embattled state Rep. Eric Turner announced Friday he will resign from his seat after the November election to take a job with a Christian megachurch training group in Atlanta. Turner’s timing in stepping down means his seat will be in the hands …

How they voted

WASHINGTON — This is how Northwest Indiana’s congressional delegation — U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski, Republican, and Peter J. Visclosky, Democrat, and U.S. Sens. Joe Donnelly, Democrat, and Dan Coats, Republican — voted on key legislation. HOUSE PRO BONO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION: The House passed a …

Domestic violence activists, state scrap over $1M

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Advocates treating victims of domestic violence and state officials are at odds over whether the state’s domestic violence shelters will be receiving an additional $1 million in funding approved by lawmakers last year. Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence director Laura Berry said …

2 dead in small plane crash in Bloomington

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A small plane approaching an airport crashed and burned Thursday in a wooded area just west of Bloomington, killing two people aboard, authorities said. Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts confirmed the fatalities in the crash about 12:45 p.m. north of …

IU honors grad student killed in Ukraine crash

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A posthumous doctoral degree has been given to the family of an Indiana University student among those killed when a jetliner was shot down over Ukraine. The parents, sister and brother of Karlijn Keijzer traveled from the Netherlands to Bloomington this week …

Abortion-related complaints filed against Gary doctor

INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed licensing complaints Wednesday against a Gary doctor facing misdemeanor charges for improperly reporting abortions he performed for 13-year-olds and against three physicians who perform abortions in Indianapolis. The complaints ask the Indiana Medical Licensing Board to consider …

Work near on Indiana berm to block Asian carp

FORT WAYNE (AP) — Work could start this fall on building a nearly 2 mile-long earthen berm through a northeastern Indiana marsh considered a possible pathway for Asian carp to reach the Great Lakes. Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom says a contractor …

Tollway firm asked if it’s meeting debt obligation

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INDIANAPOLIS — The state agency that oversees the Indiana Toll Road has given the highway’s debt-saddled private operator until late November to prove that it’s meeting its debt obligations amid reports that the company is considering filing for bankruptcy and selling off its multibillion-dollar toll …

Part of gay marriage suit restored

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge has reinstated four same-sex couples’ claim against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over the state’s refusal to recognize gay marriages performed out of state. Judge Richard Young said in a ruling Tuesday that he had initially dismissed the couples’ claim against …

Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

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WASHINGTON (AP) — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an election-year debate of Obama’s plan to expand airstrikes …

BMV announces overcharges of $29 million

SOUTH BEND — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday admitted it had overcharged state residents for the second time in a little over a year and said about 180,000 customers would share in $29 million in refunds. The errors date from 2004 and …