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Gary school district’s manager looks to cut perhaps 60 jobs

GARY, Ind. (AP) – The manager of northwestern Indiana’s financially struggling Gary school district is planning to cut up to 60 jobs soon toward reducing its budget deficit. State-appointed emergency manager Peggy Hinckley says she’s negotiating with the district’s unions to identify positions that may no longer be needed or …

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U of Southern Indiana promotes provost to be next president

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – The University of Southern Indiana has named its provost to be its next president. The Evansville school’s Board of Trustees announced Thursday that Ronald Rochon will become its fourth president on July 1, succeeding Linda Bennett, who’s retiring. Rochon had been the No. 2 official at …

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Indiana child welfare agency calls for ending child abuse

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana’s child welfare agency wants to draw attention to child abuse and neglect during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Indiana Department of Child Services director Terry Stigdon said at a Statehouse rally Thursday that the agency is working with stakeholders to curtail abuse. But Stigdon …

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Former administrator gets 2 years in school kickback scheme

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – A former western Indiana school administrator has been sentenced to two years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme. U.S District Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Thursday also ordered 49-year-old Franklin Fennell of Terre Haute to pay $110,600 in restitution to the Vigo …

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Man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Police say an Indiana man is facing charges after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her pregnant mother with a gun he left in the woman’s car. Merrillville police say Menzo Brazier of Michigan City was charged Thursday with criminal recklessness and neglect of a dependent. The …

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Indiana district should have disclosed facts in 2 dismissals

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) – Indiana’s public access counselor says a suburban Indianapolis school district should have disclosed the reasons it dismissed two top administrators. WTHR-TV and The Indianapolis Star filed complaints with Luke Britt’s office seeking records from Carmel Clay Schools explaining why it dismissed former superintendent Nicholas Wahl and …

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Indiana county addresses untested sexual assault kits

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – A northern Indiana county is working to improve policies to ensure sexual assault examination kits are tested. The State Police released a statewide audit in December saying St. Joseph County had the most untested kits in Indiana with almost 480. Prosecutor Ken Cotter launched an …

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Man sentenced in beating death of ex-Indiana councilman

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) – A man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of a former northern Indiana city councilman has been sentenced to six years in prison. WSBT-TV reports Cody Garman of Elkhart learned his punishment Thursday. Prosecutors say Garman last May beat 66-year-old David Swartley of Goshen, …

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2 Indiana men sue over wrongful rape convictions

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) – Two Indiana men recently exonerated by DNA evidence in a gang rape case are suing over their wrongful convictions. Roosevelt Glenn and Darryl Pinkins were convicted in 1993 and 1991, respectively, of a 1989 gang rape in Hammond. Glenn was released on parole in 2009 and …

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Michigan State names 2 faculty athletic reps after 1 quit

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan State University has named two faculty athletic representatives, replacing one who resigned over the school’s handling of a sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar. The university announced Thursday Bonnie Knutson and Michael Kaplowitz will serve as senior advisers to school officials. …

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