Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Bishop objects to Notre Dame gay marriage policy ]]>

FORT WAYNE — A northern Indiana Catholic bishop said he believes University of Notre Dame leaders should have waited before deciding to extend benefits to same-sex spouses after court rulings legalized gay marriage in the state. Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop Kevin Rhoades wrote in the diocese newspaper that he’s uncertain about the impact of gay marriage legalization in the state on religious institutions. “I would like to see further study of what the law requires as well as what religious liberty protections Notre Dame and our other Catholics institutions have so as not to be compelled to cooperate in the … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:06:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ 3 more women found dead in Gary, total now 7 ]]> Lead story image

The bodies of three more women were found in Gary this morning, bringing the death toll to seven, and officials say a man in custody confessed to their killings and provided information on where police could find their bodies. As of Monday morning, the bodies of seven females had been discovered throughout Hammond and Gary, according to the Lake County coroner’s office. Police have not identified the man in custody, but say he is a 43-year-old Gary resident. Hammond Chief John Doughty said police are still investigating the case and would announce more information at a press conference Monday. The … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:20:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cal Bellamy: Ethics commission achieving positive results ]]> Lead story image

As president of the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission (SEAC), I feel compelled to respond to David Rutter’s Oct. 12 column. He criticizes our awkward-sounding name. He seems to fault us for not being able to make saints out of sinners or hardened criminals into model citizens. We admit to these “shortcomings.” Now, let’s get down to the facts. Established in 2005, SEAC’s function is to train frontline public employees on ethical decision making. We believe most public employees want to do the right thing, but sometimes culture or inattention leads them to do things not in the best interests of … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:08:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Conservatives claim victory in Pence’s pre-K move ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — When tea party activist Heather Crossin discovered Indiana might be close to taking as much as $80 million in federal money for prekindergarten funding, she quickly activated a network of religious conservative groups to urge Gov. Mike Pence to turn it down. Pence did just that a few days later, shocking many people who had previously supported him on the issue. But groups including Crossin’s Hoosiers Against Common Core, the Indiana Association of Home Educators, and the American Family Association of Indiana celebrated a victory. “In a matter of days, people from all across the state called and … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:06:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Statue put atop Indianapolis Mormon temple under construction ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A 900-pound, 8.5-foot-high gold-plated statue of the Mormon angel Moroni has been placed atop what will become Indiana’s first Mormon church temple. The temple in Carmel, north of Indianapolis, is scheduled to open next year. Temples are considered sacred to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are the only sites where some rituals can be carried out. Indianapolis North Stake President David Kinard tells The Indianapolis Star the placing of the statue symbolizes that the temple is close to being completed. Mormon Church History Library Director Keith Ereksen says the temple is … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Motorcycle gang fugitive from Gary, sought since ’97, arrested ]]>

MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Marshals Service says a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang has been captured after 17 years on the run. Fifty-eight-year-old Randy Mark Yager was apprehended Wednesday near Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. Yager was president of the Outlaws’ Chicago region when he and 16 other members of the Detroit-based gang were indicted by a Wisconsin federal grand jury in 1997. The government’s racketeering indictment accused Yager of robbery and twice conspiring to commit murder. U.S. Marshals got a lead on Yager’s location and passed it onto Mexican authorities, who took Yager into custody. He is now being … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:04:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana DNR says fall colors mostly on schedule ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state forester says the fall color display for trees is on schedule across most of Indiana, but recent rainy and windy weather is likely to slow the color change and knock leaves down. Carrie Tauscher of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources say the weather could result in a shorter viewing season. She says the best fall color formation happens when there are bright, warm days, cool nights and moist soils. Tauscher says yellows and orange colors have emerged from the trees across Indiana. She also says tulip poplar sycamore, sweetgum, cottonwood and some of the … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ BMV lawyers defend embattled state agency ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Lawyers for the embattled Bureau of Motor Vehicles are speaking out this week in the ongoing legal battles over overcharges by the state agency. Attorneys from Indianapolis firm Bingham Greenebaum Doll, retained by the state in February, say BMV officials are doing everything they can to identify problems with drivers’ fees and fix them. But Wayne Turner and Carl Hayes, the pair working on the BMV suit, said Tuesday in an interview that their efforts are being stifled by plaintiffs trying to lock them up in court battles. The public comments mark a new tactic for the state, … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:23:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana ramps up Ebola training for health workers ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are developing screening questionnaires and training videos and setting up a hotline for health providers as the state ramps up measures to protect residents if it gets a case of Ebola. The Indiana State Department of Health said Thursday it was communicating regularly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and plans weekly calls with hospitals and local health departments to address concerns. The department also is working with the Indiana Department of Education to provide Ebola information to school nurses across the state. Eight people in the United States have been treated … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:15:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pence administration axes bid to seek $80M grant ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence’s administration is no longer seeking a federal grant that could provide up to $80 million for preschool programs serving low-income students, according to an internal email obtained by The Indianapolis Star. The email was sent to members of the state’s Early Learning Advisory Committee by Chairman Kevin Bain, the newspaper reported Thursday. Sent Wednesday, the email included a statement from the administration. “While accepting federal grant dollars can at times be justified to advance our state’s objectives when it comes to early childhood education, I believe Indiana must develop our own pre-K program for disadvantaged … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:04:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ IU statue of World War II   journalist Pyle has typo ]]> Lead story image

BLOOMINGTON — Ernie Pyle’s statue needs an edit. A bronze statue of the famed World War II journalist on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University misspells the word “correspondent” by dropping an “r.” University officials found the mistake Wednesday, two days before the sculpture is to be formally dedicated, the Herald-Times reported. Sculptor Tuck Langland says it won’t be easy to correct the misspelling, which is located on Pyle’s jacket, but it will be done — just not by Friday. “We’re going to fix it,” said Langland, an IU-South Bend professor emeritus of sculpture. The statue depicts Pyle sitting on … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:09:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Education board grants charter school grade change ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The State Board of Education is granting a special grade change to the Indianapolis charter school at the center of last year’s grade-change scandal. The Indianapolis charter school founded by Republican donor Christel DeHaan will see its grade jump from a “D” to a “B.” The board voted 10-1 Wednesday to ignore Christel House’s high school scores in calculating its school grade. Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz was the only member to oppose the change. Board members who supported the change argued that Christel House was being treated unfairly by the grading formula. Former schools Superintendent Tony Bennett … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Location of Hobart dog park debated ]]>

HOBART--Several residents asked the Park Board to consider placing the city’s first dog park at a location other than the one chosen on Fred Rose Park’s northwest side. Residents told the board Monday there is a need to preserve the high quality natural area, its aesthetics and the many rare native plant species that currently grow at Fred Rose Park. The residents agreed there is a need for a dog park in the city, but didn’t think the site already being cleared on the peninsula jutting into Lake George is the best option. Andy Gregory compared the city park to … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kokomo to plant 400 trees by end of October ]]> Lead story image

KOKOMO (AP) — Kokomo will plant 400 trees by the end of this month in an effort to improve its appearance. Since 2008, 2,700 trees have been planted in Kokomo, the Kokomo Tribune reported. That number will rise to more than 3,000 by October’s end thanks to Indiana’s Community & Forestry Department, which recently donated the trees. Kokomo parks superintendent Randy Morris said the contribution came at a great time for the city. He said trees in all of the city’s parks are nearing “the end of their lifespan” and that “it’s time we start to replenish for the future.” … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:50:00 -0500