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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say 21 more Hoosiers have died from COVID-19 while another 370 people have been diagnosed with the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. The 18 additional confirmed deaths reported Wednesday by the Indiana State Department of Health occurred between May 20 and Tuesday, bringing the number of Hoosiers confirmed to have died from COVID-19 to 1,871. Another 159 people have died from probable infections of COVID-19, raising Indiana’s confirmed or presumed deaths to 2,030 since the state recorded its first death on March 15.

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Downtown Indianapolis will go this summer without the thousands of game enthusiasts who attend Gen Con. On Tuesday, the tabletop game convention announced it was canceling the in-person event in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis International Airport’s top official says it could take up to three years for the airport’s flights to bounce back to the levels it saw before the coronavirus pandemic. Airport authority executive director Marion Rodriguez says the airport’s flight activity has dropped to as low as 5% of typical operations since the virus outbreak spread across the U.S. in March, and it recently served only 14 of its 53 destinations. Rodriguez says the airport could have 45% fewer flights than originally expected for the year.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says a police chase Wednesday ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting.  IMPD provided updates on the incident at a press conference Thursday. 

Police say Dreasjon Reed was driving erratically when police started pursuing the vehicle he was driving. Reed streamed the chase live on Facebook while thousands of people watched. 

BREAKING NEWS: Big Ten Men's Basketball Tourney Canceled

Mar 12, 2020
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Several college basketball conference tournaments have been canceled moments before tipoff, putting the NCAA Tournament at risk.

The Big Ten, Big 12 and the SEC tournaments announced they were off, and other conferences were expected to follow suit.

The men's NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.

Indiana Bill Further Restricts Panhandling

Mar 12, 2020
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A bill that further criminalizes panhandling awaits the governor’s signature. 

Both Indiana chambers passed the bill that would make it a misdemeanor to ask for money within 50 feet of any place where financial transactions are made, including parking meters. That effectively bans panhandling in downtown Indianapolis.

Supporters of the bill say aggressive panhandling is the biggest complaint they hear about Indianapolis from visitors. 

The new law could face legal challenges. The Indiana ACLU says the measure is unconstitutional. 

Only Essential Staff And Limited Family At NCAA Tournaments

Mar 11, 2020
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The NCAA is closing games to fans during the upcoming men’s and women’s Division One basketball play-offs over concerns about the coronavirus.

March Madness is one of the organization’s most profitable sporting events.

In a statement, President Mark Emmert says the decision comes after careful thought on what would be best for the public, including fans, coaches and student-athletes.

Emmert says, “We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families.”

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say a northern Indiana man has been charged in the 2000 killing of a man found dead in an Indianapolis hotel room after his DNA matched DNA found beneath the victim’s fingernails.

Fifty-four-year-old William O. Swain of Elkhart was charged last week with murder, felony murder and criminal deviate conduct in the October 2000 killing of 38-year-old Arthur McPhaul.

After he was found fatally strangled in a hotel room, investigators retrieved DNA from under McPhaul’s fingernails, but were unable to find a match.

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Fewer people are traveling due to restrictions and concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Tourism officials in the state say they’re watching the situation closely.

Steak 'n Shake Locations To Shift To Countertop Service

Mar 3, 2020
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Indianapolis-headquartered Steak 'n Shake is changing the format of its stores to speed up service and reduce operational costs. The transition comes as the company lost more than $18 million last year. 

The 85-year-old business has changed ownership a few times throughout its history. One consistent element has been the table service that separated it from other burger competitors.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — One of Indiana's largest school districts cancelled bus service Friday after too many drivers called in sick in an apparent labor dispute.

The Indianapolis Public Schools said schools remained open but students unable to get to them because of no buses would not be marked absent.

 IPS board member Diane Arnold told WTHR-TV, “This is hurting children and it hurts our most vulnerable families.”

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged with shooting two southern Indiana judges outside of an Indianapolis fast food restaurant is claiming self-defense in a new court filing.

The filing Tuesday claims Brandon Kaiser was pulling on a locked door, trying to enter a downtown White Castle when the judges approached him “in a hostile manner,” slammed him to the ground, choked him and beat him.

The notice of affirmative defense says Kaiser “was reasonable to fear that this assault would result in his death or injury."

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The Indianapolis City-Council Council passed two proposals Monday night to protect the rights of renters in the city.  The move comes after a state bill was amended to restrict local governments from creating such measures.

Indiana has some of the highest rates of eviction in the country, and plans to address that issue have been laid out in Indianapolis. A package of proposals now seeks to inform tenants of their rights, expand legal assistance and penalize landlords if they are in violation of renter rights.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman who had given birth three days earlier says her instincts kicked in when she stopped along a highway to help save the driver of a tanker truck who was on fire.

The truck loaded with jet fuel later exploded.

Thirty-five-year-old Holly McNally helped two men smother the driver's flames Thursday and move him away from his overturned truck on Interstate 465. Officials say the 59-year-old driver remains in critical condition Friday morning.

Buttigieg Gains Backing From Indianapolis Mayor

Feb 6, 2020
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Pete Buttigieg's presidential bid has gained the backing of Indiana's other highest-profile Democrat as Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined in filing the paperwork to place the former South Bend mayor's name on the state's May primary ballot.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say influenza and flu-like symptoms have contributed to more visits to Indianapolis-area emergency rooms than at any point during the past decade.

The Marion County Health Department says the primary complaint of 6.2% of ER visits in the week ending Dec. 28 was flu-like symptoms.

The Indianapolis Star reports the previous high of the past 10 years was about 5.3% during the 2017-18 flu season.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An electric car-sharing service that debuted in Indianapolis in 2015 is pulling the plug on its network of rechargeable cars after residents failed to embrace the vehicles.

Blue Indy said it will end its collaboration with the city of Indianapolis on May 21, citing the service's failure to become “economically viable.”

When Bolloré Logistics launched Blue Indy in Indiana's capital in September 2015, the Paris-based company predicted it would be operating profitably by 2020, with at least 15,000 members.

2 Judges Back On Bench Following Fight-Related Suspensions

Dec 24, 2019
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Two southern Indiana judges are back on the bench after completing their suspensions for a downtown Indianapolis fight and double-shooting that followed a night of bar-hopping.

Clark County Circuit Court Judge Brad Jacobs and Crawford Circuit Judge Sabrina Bell were reinstated to the bench Monday following 30-day suspensions that took effect Nov. 22.  

A third judge, Clark County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Adams, will be reinstated Jan. 13 after completing a 60-day suspension.

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More than 100 people gathered on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday to call on Congress to impeach President Donald Trump.

The U.S. House is expected to vote on impeachment Wednesday.

Few of those who addressed the crowd referenced the specific impeachment charges against Trump. But they were united in their ultimate message. Here’s Hoosier college student Christian Omoruyi.

UPDATE: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over John Dillinger Exhumation

Dec 4, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit a relative of 1930s gangster John Dillinger filed against an Indianapolis cemetery that opposes his plans to exhume Dillinger’s gravesite to determine if the notorious criminal is actually buried there.

Marion County Superior Court Judge Timothy Oakes granted Crown Hill Cemetery's motion to dismiss Michael Thompson's lawsuit shortly after Wednesday's hearing, saying state law requires the cemetery's consent.

Thompson, who’s Dillinger’s nephew, sued the cemetery after it objected to his plans to exhume the grave. Thompson says he has evidence Dillinger's body may not be buried there, and may not have been the man FBI agents fatally shot outside a Chicago theater in 1934,

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A judge will hear an Indianapolis cemetery's bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a relative of 1930s gangster John Dillinger who wants to exhume Dillinger's gravesite to determine if the notorious criminal is actually buried there.

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Eli Lilly and Company plans to invest $400 million in its Indianapolis manufacturing facilities, where the company is headquartered.

The money will go towards upgrading and expanding the Lilly Technology Center campus in Indianapolis and add about 100 new jobs within the company.

Dave Sternasty is the vice president of corporate engineering and global health, safety and environment at Lilly. He says it will help the company continue to meet consumer demands for diabetes medicine and other drugs developed in the future.

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Legislative leaders from both parties say they’re looking forward to Tuesday’s teacher rally at the Statehouse.

But Republicans and Democrats still seem split on the education issues driving the public demonstration.

Teacher pay, while not the only issue, is at the forefront of the education rally at the Statehouse. Educators are putting the onus on state lawmakers to provide adequate funding for a salary boost.

Indiana Governor Won’t See Big Statehouse Teacher Rally

Nov 17, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t expected to be around the Statehouse when thousands of teachers will be attending a rally there calling for better pay.

Holcomb’s office says he will be in Florida on Tuesday for a Republican Governors Association conference that was scheduled months ago.

His trip comes as teacher unions say more than 100 school districts around the state will be closed while their teachers head to the Indianapolis protest.

Roger Penske Buys Indianapolis Motor Speedway And IndyCar

Nov 4, 2019
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series have been sold to Penske Entertainment Corp. in a stunning Monday announcement that relinquishes control of the iconic speedway from the Hulman family after 74 years.

Fired Indiana Catholic School Counselor Files Lawsuit

Oct 22, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former guidance counselor at an Indianapolis Catholic high school who was fired for being in a same-sex marriage is suing the archdiocese.

Shelly Fitzgerald's federal lawsuit names the Indianapolis archdiocese and Roncalli High School as defendants. It alleges that Fitzgerald was discriminated against and faced retaliation because of her sexual orientation.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials have approved a new permit relatives of 1930s gangster John Dillinger had sought to exhume his Indianapolis gravesite.

The permit approved Thursday by the Indiana State Department of Health calls for the remains to be exhumed on Dec. 31.

Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, applied for the permit last month after he and another relative obtained an earlier permit calling for a Sept. 16 exhumation.

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Truck drivers and company owners rallied at the Statehouse Friday urging lawmakers to rethink autonomous commercial vehicles. Those in attendance want more research done before putting the technology out on the roads.

A study this year from the Government Accountability Office reported that up to nearly 1 million truck drivers could lose their jobs to fully autonomous trucks.

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Junior Achievement of Central Indiana wrapped up their annual two-day career fair Wednesday in Indianapolis. More than 10,000 students from across central Indiana schools attended to learn about careers.

The Job Spark career fair had everything from fire trucks and military Humvees to screech owls and robotic surgery equipment at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. More than 150 businesses and trade groups set up booths to get eighth graders excited about future careers.

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The Vatican temporarily suspended a decree by the Indianapolis Archdiocese to no longer recognize Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.

In June, the Archdiocese made the decision because Brebeuf leaders refused to fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage.

Today, Brebeuf President, Rev. Bill Verbryke said in a public letter the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome suspended the decree on an interim basis, pending its final response to the school's appeal.

NEW: Dillinger Family Members Apply Again To Exhume Body

Sep 11, 2019
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