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Vice President Mike Pence spoke to a crowd of hundreds at the American Legion’s national convention in Indianapolis Wednesday. He made a case for the Trump administration’s re-election in 2020. 

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed hundreds in Indianapolis Tuesday at the American Legion national convention.

Pompeo’s remarks touched briefly on current foreign policy hotspots like Iran, North Korea and Afghanistan.

But his speech centered on “Americanism,” which the Legion lists as a core pillar. For Pompeo, that meant a political bent, focused on an America that, in his view, should be free from criticism.

Not A 'Tattooed Guy': Larry Bird Wants Mural Changed

Aug 21, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird likes the mural but not the tatts.

A lawyer for the former NBA star has asked an artist to remove certain tattoos from a large painting of Bird on an Indianapolis multi-family residence. The tattoos include two rabbits mating on his right arm and a spider web on a shoulder.

Artist Jules Muck painted Bird in a blue basketball uniform. It's a replica of a 1977 Sports Illustrated cover when he played for Indiana State.

Federal agents say a truck driver warned that he would commit a mass shooting at a church in Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday.

Court records filed Monday say Thomas Matthew McVicker was apprehended in Indianapolis before the plan could be carried out.

An FBI special agent says in an affidavit that McVicker made "credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide."

McVicker's friend in southern Alabama this month told a Florida FBI agent that McVicker was considering "shooting a church up" or killing people on the street.

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A prominent group advocating for LGBTQ acceptance in the Catholic church held an early morning rally at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis Friday. Cathedral was the second Indianapolis Catholic high school to fire a teacher for marrying someone of the same gender. 

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Thousands of tabletop gamers came to Indianapolis over the weekend for Gen Con. The annual four-day convention has been called the largest of its kind in North America and now officials are looking to expand the reach of the event.

Organizers expect another record-breaking year with more than 60,000 people buying tickets to this year's convention. However, as the convention continues to grow, Gen Con President David Hoppe recognizes some are unable to make the main event.

Cardi B Postpones Indianapolis Concert Due To Threat

Jul 31, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rapper Cardi B postponed an Indianapolis concert following what police described as an unverified threat to the Grammy-winning artist.

UPDATE: Indiana Cemetery Objects To John Dillinger Exhumation Plans

Jul 30, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis cemetery where 1930s gangster John Dillinger is buried is objecting to his body's planned exhumation as part of a television documentary.

The Indianapolis Star reports Crown Hill Cemetery said in a statement Wednesday that it objects to the exhumation in part because it's concerned "the complex and commercial nature of this exhumation could cause disruption to the peaceful tranquility of the Cemetery" and people visiting loved ones' graves.

Dillinger was fatally shot by FBI agents in Chicago in 1934.

WXIN-TV reports that Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, sued the cemetery Wednesday, arguing it should allow him and his family to exhume Dillinger's remains for a forensic examination to determine if it's in fact Dillinger's body.

That exhumation would be part of a Dillinger documentary for The History Channel.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Relatives of 1930s gangster John Dillinger want his body exhumed from an Indianapolis cemetery because they question whether he was actually the man FBI agents killed in Chicago in 1934.

The Indiana State Department of Health released affidavits signed by Mike Thompson and Carol Thompson Griffith, who say Dillinger was their uncle. They want the body exhumed for a forensic analysis.

The Chicago Sun-Times and WLS-TV in Chicago first reported on the affidavits supporting an exhumation permit.

The relatives say they've received "evidence" that the person who was killed at the Biograph Theater in Chicago on July 22, 1934, may not have been Dillinger.

The permit was approved in July. A&E Networks says the exhumation will be covered as part of a documentary for The History Channel.

A spokesman for A&E Networks says a documentary it's developing on gangster John Dillinger that's expected to include scenes of the planned exhumation of Dillinger's Indianapolis gravesite hasn't gone into production yet.

A&E Networks spokesman Dan Silberman said Thursday the documentary for The History Channel is still early in development and it's hard to say what the film's focus would be.

Silberman says he only learned this week about affidavits two of Dillinger's relatives filed in support of that permit saying that they believe Dillinger might not be buried in the grave.

Silberman says no date has been scheduled for the exhumation and additional approvals are still needed from government entities.

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana judge who was shot this spring following a fight in downtown Indianapolis is set to return to the bench.

Clark County Circuit Court Judge Bradley Jacobs is expected back at work Monday in the county just north of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Some of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates took on criticism they’ve faced from the black community in remarks to the National Urban League Friday.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) addressed the civil rights organization at its conference in Indianapolis.

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Some of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates laid out, briefly, their plans to help end systemic racism in speeches at the National Urban League conference Thursday.

Ten candidates are set to address the conference in Indianapolis this week.

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Nearly a dozen presidential candidates will be in Indianapolis this week for the National Urban League’s annual conference.

The civil rights organization’s theme for this year’s event is a focus on racial equality.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Mayor Pete Buttigieg are among the Democratic presidential candidates slated to speak at the National Urban League Conference.

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg issued a generational call to arms Thursday as he addressed the Young Democrats of America’s national convention.

It was Buttigieg’s first Indianapolis campaign stop since he officially launched his presidential bid.

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Young Democrats say faith in politics is a critical tool in the path forward for their party and the country. That's part of the discussion at the Young Democrats of America national convention in Indianapolis.

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Indianapolis plays host this week to the Young Democrats of America’s national convention.

And its presence helps Indiana’s chapter of the political organization.

The Young Democrats of America convention is four days of panels, training opportunities and speeches from major political figures – including three presidential candidates (Indiana’s own South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg among them).

Indiana Young Democrats President Derek Camp says he saw a difference here in the Hoosier State before the convention even began.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on charges in a Indianapolis highway construction zone crash that killed three people (all times local):

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A judge has set a $100,000 bond for a Missouri truck driver facing felony charges for a highway construction zone crash in Indianapolis that killed a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters.

Indiana Joins Nationwide Candlelight Vigil Against Migrant Detention Camps

Jul 13, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will speak at the 2019 Young Democrats of America convention in Indianapolis next week.

The Young Democrats of America and the Indiana Young Democrats announced Sunday that Pelosi will speak to the meeting on the evening of Friday, July 19.

The groups say more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the convention July 17-20, at Indianapolis' Union Station.

South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to address the convention on July 18.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge has pleaded guilty to a battery charge stemming from a fight outside an Indianapolis fast-food restaurant in which he and another judge were shot and wounded.

Last Day For Amtrak Trains On Indianapolis-To-Chicago Route

Jun 30, 2019
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — It's the final day for Amtrak trains on the Hoosier State passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago.

The last train from Indianapolis to Chicago left the station early Sunday.

The rail agency pulled the plug on the route after a loss of funding in Indiana's new state budget. Amtrak won't run the four-days-a-week train after Sunday. That's when its $3 million annual state subsidy ends.

State officials say the ridership numbers were too low and the per-passenger subsidy of about $100 was too high.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana judge who was shot outside a restaurant with another judge has been charged with battery.

Prosecutors announced grand jury indictments Friday against three people, including Clark County Judge Andrew Adams, about two months after an argument turned into a violent fight in Indianapolis.

Adams and another Clark County judge, Bradley Jacobs, were shot in May while in Indianapolis for a work-related conference. Their injuries were not life-threatening, and authorities don't believe they were targeted because of their jobs.

Jim Merritt Will Not March at Indy Pride

Jun 6, 2019

Republican mayoral candidate Jim Merritt says he will not march in the Indy Pride parade out of respect for the feelings and wishes of the organizers and participants of the event.

This comes after a statement from Indy Pride on Tuesday which said while Merritt is permitted at the event, he is not welcome.

Startup To Pilot Indy To Chicago Bus Service

Jun 1, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A New York City-based startup plans to test a daily bus service between Indianapolis and Chicago that could replace an Amtrak passenger line that will soon grind to a halt.

OurBus will offer the round-trip bus service from July 1 through Labor Day.

The pilot project comes after Indiana lawmakers discontinued funding for Amtrak's Hoosier State passenger line in the new state budget. The train service also stops in Crawfordsville, Lafayette, Rensselaer and Dyer.

Fourth Indianapolis Zoo Elephant Contracts Dangerous Virus

May 31, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Zoo says the fourth elephant to test positive for a virus that killed two other members of its herd is responding well to treatment.

The Zoo said Friday that 12-year-old female Zahara tested positive last week for elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus. They add the African elephant is expected to fully recover.

Zoo staff say that 13-year-old male Kedar has recovered from his recent bout with the virus. Two others, Nyah and Kalina, died in March.

Zahara represents the fourth case in less than nine weeks.

Indiana Judges Who Were Shot Are Out Of The Hospital

May 17, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two southern Indiana judges who were wounded in a shooting in Indianapolis are home from the hospital.

Larry Wilder, who is acting as a spokesman for both judges, says Clark County Circuit Court Judge Andrew Adams returned home Thursday after Clark County Circuit Court Judge Bradley Jacobs was reported being home earlier this week.

Indianapolis prosecutors have said that more evidence is needed before they can decide whether to charge two men who were arrested after the May 1 shooting.

Salesforce Chairman Marc Benioff pledged to train 1 million workers for new tech jobs Thursday at an event in Indianapolis. Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump attended to support his pledge.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police say they've arrested two men in connection with the shootings of two southern Indiana judges .

Police said Tuesday that detectives arrested 41-year-old Brandon Kaiser and 23-year-old Alfredo Vazquez for their alleged roles in the shootings of Clark Circuit Judges Bradley Jacobs and Andrew Adams early Wednesday outside a downtown fast-food restaurant.

Two Clark County judges visiting Indianapolis were shot early Wednesday morning. 

Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action announced a $100,000 advertising campaign against the National Rifle Association during its annual convention in Indianapolis.