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'Drive for our Lives' makes stop in South Bend

Aug 15, 2017
Ben Wikler, with the organization MoveOn, talks to a crowd at the Old Court House in South Bend. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and community health care advocates shared stories about the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
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A black RV wrapped with the slogan “Drive for Our Lives” parked outside of the Old Courthouse in South Bend. People gathered to hear stories about the importance of health care in the community and what advocates say is at stake if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced.

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It took just two years for Lafayette's Prospect League baseball team to win a title.

The team defeated Pennsylvania’s Butler BlueSox Sunday evening 12-0, thanks in part to a couple Indiana college players.

Purdue University’s Evan Kennedy – one of only a couple players to be an Aviator in both 2016 and 2017 -- hit a two-run home run early in the game that eventually proved the decisive blow.

Guilty Plea in Falsified Mental Evaluation Case

Aug 8, 2017
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On August 2nd last year, Fink crashed his car into a tree outside Bloomington while on his way to testify in the Loving case.  ISP detective Stacy Brown was the first officer on the scene. Fink told Detective Brown that he crashed his car while trying to commit suicide. He had falsified mental evaluations and feared his crime would be discovered.

Wildlife in Need

The animal rights advocacy organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is threatening to sue a southern Indiana wildlife center.

PETA says it will sue Wildlife in Need, located near Louisville in Charlestown, Indiana, and its owner Timothy Stark unless the organization agrees to move its big cats to other sanctuaries.

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The Lafayette Police Department is asking residents to bring unwanted drugs and needles to them, instead of flushing them down the toilet or giving them away.

The LPD is hosting a ‘drug takeback’ event this weekend in an effort to keep substances like unused opioids off the streets and out of the water – but it’s not primarily addressed at the types of drugs Lafayette is having the most trouble policing, such as heroin.

Sgt. Matt Gard says even if a person brings illicit drugs or a prescription that isn’t theirs, they should feel safe to let the police dispose of it.

Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

A Lafayette subdivision comprised of Habitat for Humanity homes is one step closer to breaking ground on the city’s southwest side.

The Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission approved a plan for up to seven additional homes at its last meeting – despite a few nearby residents speaking out against it. 

In 2004, utilities were routed to the area to accommodate houses. Assistant City Engineer Bob Foley says that was in preparation for redevelopment.

The choice of former state Sen. Beverly Gard to lead a commission on overhauling Indiana’s alcohol code is drawing praise from at least one side of a heated debate: the gas station and convenience store lobby.

The two-year study committee is tasked with finding ways to modernize Indiana’s complex rules for the sale of beer, wine and liquor. Legislative leaders want the panel to be free of any ties to the alcohol industry.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s infrastructure plan dedicates some money to the completion of I-69, but it doesn’t specifically address the ongoing issues with construction of Section 5 from Bloomington to Martinsville.

The governor unveiled a list of infrastructure projects across the state Thursday that will get funding over the next five years.

courtesy Duke Energy

The line of strong storms that swept across much of Indiana Tuesday left in its wake more than 16,000 power outages, according to Duke Energy.

But Duke spokesman Lew Middleton says it wasn’t the number of customers left without power that was taxing power line crews.

“The unusual thing is that the outages are spread out as geographically as they are," Middleton says. "We’ve certainly had greater numbers of outages, but usually those are concentrated in a smaller geography.”

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Four months after two girls were murdered walking along one of Delphi’s trails, there’s a push to make the area safer.

The Wabash and Erie Canal Association wants to add trail markers, information kiosks, and more lighting to the 10-mile system.

Association President Dan McCain says cameras would also be installed at the start of the trails.

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