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Indiana deputy prosecutor disciplined for mocking attorney

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A Marion County deputy prosecutor has been disciplined for mocking a public defender during a trial. Deputy prosecutor Peter Beyel was suspended and later placed on probation and Prosecutor Terry Curry personally called attorney Mark Nicholson to apologize for the incident. Nicholson says he was cross-examining a …

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Indianapolis ending contract for electric vehicle fleet

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The city of Indianapolis is ending a contract for an electric municipal vehicle fleet. WXIN-TV reports administration of Mayor Joe Hogsett has signed an agreement to wind down the Vision Fleet deal. The 2014 deal was signed by Hogsett’s predecessor Mayor Greg Ballard, who envisioned a 400-vehicle …

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St. Joseph County Election Board seeks Braun investigation

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – The election board in the home county of Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly wants an investigation into whether Republican candidate Mike Brain filed bogus signatures to get on the primary ballot. The South Bend Tribune reports the St. Joseph County Election Board, composed of two Democrats …

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Public money fuels Indiana Senate candidate’s publicity bid

By BRIAN SLODYSKOAssociated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita says excessive government spending is “choking our economy and stealing freedom.” But the Republican apparently does not have the same concern over using public money to promoting his efforts in office. An Associated Press review finds Rokita has spent …

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Indiana lawmakers weigh ‘opt-in’ requirement for sex ed

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Conservative groups are urging Indiana lawmakers to pass a bill that would require parents to “opt in” for their children to take sex education classes in public schools. The proposal approved last month by the state Senate would require notification specific to any sexual education content and …

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Former Indianapolis youth minister faces federal sex charges

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a registered sex offender who worked as an Indianapolis youth minister sexually abused a 14-year-old girl 15-20 times and exchanged sexually explicit photos with her. An indictment Thursday charged 51-year-old Maurice Frazier with coercion and enticement, sexual exploitation of a child, six counts of …

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Settlement would significantly cut I&M’s proposed rate hike

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A settlement between Indiana’s state consumer advocate and Indiana Michigan Power would significantly cut the utility’s proposed rate hike. The company in September sought a 20 percent rate increase for its Indiana customers to generate $263 million in new revenue. But Indiana’s Office of Utility Consumer Counselor …

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Indiana Supreme Court: Lake Michigan shoreline open to all

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled in a landmark decision that Lake Michigan’s shoreline is open to all, and adjacent property owners can’t exercise exclusive control of the beach between their homes and the water. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the 4-0 ruling Wednesday sets the …

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Indiana governor directs lowering flags for Florida victims

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Indiana’s governor is directing that flags be lowered to half-staff across the state in honor of the Florida school shooting victims. Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office says his order calls for flags to remain lowered until sunset Monday and asked for businesses and residents to do the same. …

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Muncie police seek 8 who stole $6K in merchandise from store

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) – Police are seeking the public’s help in finding eight people who were captured on video brazenly stealing $6,000 in merchandise from a Muncie store. Muncie police sought tips in the case Wednesday after releasing surveillance videos showing seven people entering a Victoria’s Secret store at the …

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