Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Teen pilot who died seeking record laid to rest ]]> Lead story image

PLAINFIELD — A central Indiana teenager who died when his plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight was laid to rest Thursday following a funeral service where he was remembered as a witty young man whose ambitious journey inspired others to pursue their dreams. More than 800 mourners filled the Islamic Center of North America in the Indianapolis suburb of Plainfield for a funeral service and prayers for Haris Suleman, a 17-year-old who was due to enter his senior year at Plainfield High School next week. He died July 22 when the single-engine plane he was piloting … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:23:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Landing spot for Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest up in the air ]]> Lead story image

Not in Kansas anymore. And not in Orland Park, Illinois, either. The Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest is caught in a whirlwind, and it may or may not land in Tinley Park, Illinois. Mayor Ed Zabrocki said he was approached at the village’s Caribbean Beach Block Party about hosting the event after a deal to revive the festival in Orland Park apparently went south. “I can tell you that no final decision has been made,” Zabrocki said. “We are just negotiating with them right now.” The original Midwest Oz Fest based in Chesterton shut down two years ago after a … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:02:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Notre Dame might appeal contraception case to US Supreme Court ]]>

SOUTH BEND (AP) — The University of Notre Dame might appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in its challenge to part of the federal health care law that forces it to cover contraceptives in its health insurance for students and employees. The South Bend Tribune reported Thursday that recently filed court documents indicate the Roman Catholic university might ask the Supreme Court to review a decision from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that denied an exemption to a provision that it must cover contraceptives. Catholic doctrine bars most forms of contraception. A three-judge panel of the appeals court … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ State highway official leaving before ethics review done ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — A top Indiana highway agency official is leaving his position before the release of a report on an ethics investigation into state land purchases that benefited his family. Troy Woodruff, chief of staff at the Indiana Department of Transportation, sent an email to agency employees Wednesday saying that his resignation would be effective Thursday, The Indianapolis Star reported. The state inspector general’s office has been reviewing Woodruff for land along the Interstate 69 extension corridor in southwestern Indiana that he and his family sold to the state. The Indianapolis Star reported last year on six I-69 deals that … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:04:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Indiana road map is free at State Fair ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — People attending this year’s Indiana State Fair will be able to pick up a free copy of the state’s newest road map. The updated 2015 map will be available in the fairgrounds’ Indiana Farm Bureau building during the fair, which begins Friday and runs through Aug. 17. After the fair ends, the maps can be picked up at state legislative offices, highway rest stops, state welcome centers and Indiana Farm Bureau offices. They can also be requested by visiting The maps are available free of charge under a state partnership with Indiana Farm Bureau and Indiana … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ BMV offering driver tests in 11 languages ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is now offering drivers tests in 11 languages other than English that are spoken across Indiana. BMV Commissioner Don Snemis said Wednesday the decision was made at the urging of businesses, universities and others. The 11 new languages that will be offered are Arabic, Burmese, Chin, German, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese. Snemis said the translated tests should be available at most branches by mid-August. … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:36:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Smart phone app helps navigate Indiana State Fair ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana State Fair is offering a free updated mobile app for smartphones aimed at helping visitors navigate their way around the fairgrounds on Indianapolis’ north side. Fair officials say the app developed for iPhone and Android users by LiveLink Mobile will help fairgoers find sweet corn, rest rooms, an ATM or even where they parked their vehicles. The app also includes listings of every event for each of the 17 days of the fair and a sharing feature that allows users to post comments and photos to their friends on social media. The fair begins Friday … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pence pushing Medicaid alternative during DC trip ]]> Lead story image

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is heading to Washington to seek federal approval of his proposed state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid in order to expand health care coverage for low-income residents. The governor’s office says Pence is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. They are expected to discuss the governor’s request to use billions of dollars in federal aid through a version of the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan. If approved, the program would cover up to 458,000 low-income residents without health insurance. The Republican governor is scheduled to meet with members … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Firm hired to find state fairgrounds coliseum sponsor ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A marketing firm has been hired to help find a sponsor to buy the naming rights to the newly renovated Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum. Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment says the coliseum is an outstanding opportunity for a company since it is expected to attract more than 1.5 million visitors a year. The 75-year-old arena was known as Pepsi Coliseum from 1991 until the soft-drink company’s contract ended in 2012. A $63 million renovation was completed in April on the arena, which will be the home for IUPUI’s basketball teams and the new Indy Fuel minor league … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feds cite Indiana Medicaid fraud unit over notices ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal agency found that the Indiana attorney general’s office didn’t give proper notice in nearly a quarter of the Medicaid fraud cases it helped prosecute in recent years. A report from the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general’s office found state officials didn’t notify the agency within 30 days in about 25 of its 105 convictions between fiscal years 2010 and 2012. In 11 of those cases, the federal government wasn’t notified at all, The Indianapolis Star reported. Overall, the inspector general’s office said Indiana is performing well, but it cited six criticisms, including a … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:06:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ County sheriff linked to prostitute taking leave ]]>

JEFFERSONVILLE (AP) — The Clark County Sheriff went on administrative leave Wednesday a day after being charged with providing a prostitute with a deputy’s badge and uniform. Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden chose to go on paid leave, effective immediately, defense attorney Larry Wilder said. Wilder said the sheriff, who has denied the charges, wasn’t forced to take the leave and will pay for his own legal fees. A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday charges Rodden with lying to FBI agents and advising the prostitute to destroy the credentials and uniform, which could be used as evidence against him. Authorities allege … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indianapolis mayor backs tax to hire more officers ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is seeking a tax increase to pay for hiring more police officers as part of a wide-ranging response to the city’s recent surge in deadly violence. Ballard told city and community leaders Wednesday he’ll seek an increase in the city’s public safety income tax to hire 280 additional police officers by 2018. He also wants more preschool funding and tougher curfew rules for youth. Ballard says none of his proposals will be an overnight fix for Indiana’s capital, which has seen 80 homicides so far this year, but they’ll help address crime’s root … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gay marriage supporters defend court ruling ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Attorneys trying to defend a federal ruling overturning Indiana’s gay-marriage ban argue that marriage is more than just a state regulation — it’s a fundamental right. Attorneys for several same-sex couples who successfully challenged Indiana’s ban on gay marriage filed a brief outlining their arguments Tuesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief also says 19 states and the District of Columbia permit same-sex couples to marry. Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state’s gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the appeals court combined the cases. The court has … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:07:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pence wants immigrant children taken out of state ]]>

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence is asking that more than 200 immigrant children placed in Indiana be deported and chiding President Barack Obama for not alerting him of the placements. Pence said Tuesday he did not learn about the placement of immigrant children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports. The Obama administration is seeking friends and family members across the nation to take in thousands of unaccompanied children who have migrated to the U.S. illegally. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has placed 245 children with Indiana families since the start of the year. … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:07:31 -0500