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White County officials are advising Brookston residents to beware of scammers as cleanup continues from last week’s storm.

County Emergency Management Director Chantel Henson says even while the roads into and out of town were closed last week, both reputable insurance adjusters and dishonest fraudsters posing as officers of FEMA tried to sneak into town.

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The 1,500 residents of Brookston spent Thursday without power, due to strong winds that felled dozens of trees and damaged buildings.

Most everyone in town, and on the outskirts, mentioned the sound of the wind that arrived with a storm just after midnight Thursday morning.

“I’ve never seen the wind like that last night,” Ken Lucas says. “That was just unbelievable.”

The hum of generators replaced the wind, as residents, including Lucas emerged from their houses and saw the damage.

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As he said himself, Purdue President Mitch Daniels isn’t that interested in ground-breaking ceremonies—“the business with the phony shovels and the phony dirt is so stale and so worn out”—but even so, he was on hand for the ceremonial ground-breaking for West Lafayette’s State Street Project. Perhaps the fact he got to use a 25-foot dirt loader instead of the standard-issue spade had spurred a change of heart.

Daniels was joined by West Lafayette mayor John Dennis, who manned a backhoe.

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The Indiana Solicitor General says the state’s new abortion law requiring fetal remains to be either cremated or buried is about ensuring respect for life.

The ACLU of Indiana says it’s irrational to treat fetal remains the same as human remains.  

Indiana’s new abortion law says medical facilities, including abortion clinics, must cremate or bury aborted or miscarried fetal remains, not dispose of them as medical waste (as has been the case under state law). 

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Hundreds of people descended on Lafayette's courthouse square Monday night to remember the 49 victims killed in the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub last weekend. 

By dusk, Monday's sweltering heat had largely subsided, and as hundreds of people gathered behind Congress Street United Methodist Church, the mood was relaxed, even jovial--but that changed when pastor Clarinda Crawford took the microphone and read the names of the Orlando shooting victims aloud. 

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A day after tens of thousands of people visited downtown Indianapolis for the annual Cadillac Barbie IN Pride Parade to celebrate the city’s LGBTQ community --- organizers Indy Pride held an interfaith vigil Sunday evening for victims of the Orlando mass shooting at a gay nightclub.

Hundreds attended the somber service, including Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Eric Weddle who brought back these sounds.

Purdue Muslim Student Association Decries Orlando Attack

Jun 13, 2016
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The Purdue Muslim Student Association released a statement about the Orlando, Florida mass shooting at a gay night club where a gunman killed at least 49 people.

The release states:

“The Purdue University Muslim Student Association offers our deepest condolences for the victims of the tragedy in Orland. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families during this difficult time.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Indiana Statehood stamp shows a sunset over a cornfield in northern Indiana – an image Governor Mike Pence says captures the joy he feels for the state.

“And the photographer, who pulled his car over not far from where he lives, jumped on the hood of the car and captured the inexpressible beauty of the landscape of Indiana,” Pence says.

Photographer Michael Matti’s photo was selected after officials saw it online, on his website.  He says the photo was taken a few years ago and was already special to him.

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Indiana’s battle against drug abuse has is leading the Department of Child Services to remove children from their homes at an increasing rate.

DCS officials reported a 61-percent increase in children being removed from their homes between 2012 and 2016.

Spokesman James Wide says the jump is an unintended consequence of Indiana’s growing opioid painkiller addiction.

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A judge Tuesday denied Indiana University’s attempt to join a lawsuit by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood challenging Indiana’s new anti-abortion law. 

The ACLU of Indiana, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block a new state law that bars abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ potential disability, sex or race. 

Indiana University says a different part of the law, one that bans receiving fetal tissue, will criminalize its research on Alzheimer’s disease.