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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Four Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination honed in on the economic concerns of the black community during a forum Saturday in South Carolina, a state where nonwhite voters will play a major role in next year's primary election.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Pride flags are flying on the state office building in Lansing for the first time in Michigan's history.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University is planning several events commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing commanded by school alumnus Neil Armstrong.

The university says events begin July 18 with a presentation on the landing by Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz, followed by a July 20 screening of "Armstrong," a new documentary film featuring home videos shot by Armstrong and unseen footage from NASA.

Driver Dies After Crashing In Elkhart Police Chase

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Police in northern Indiana say one person has died after crashing into a concrete barricade during a chase.

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The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office announced that today Rahim Brumfield, 21, appeared before a St. Joseph County Superior Court judge and was sentenced to 60 years in the January 18, 2018 homicide of Tysiona Crawford.

At the time of her death, Crawford was 17 years old and a student at Washington High School in South Bend.

Brumfield was sentenced to 55 years for her murder and 5 years for a firearm sentencing enhancement, for an aggregate sentence of 60 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Crash Spills Cocoa And Batteries On I-94 In Indiana

Jun 14, 2019
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BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — A crash involving two semi-trucks closed a stretch of freeway in northwestern Indiana and scattered cargo including cocoa powder and batteries.

No one was injured in the early Friday crash along eastbound Interstate 94 in Burns Harbor.

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CHICAGO (AP) — High winds across Lake Michigan have kicked up waves that have affected shoreline activity in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.

The Chicago Park District was forced to close the city's the Lakefront Trail on Thursday after a lakeshore flood advisory and a beach hazards statement were issued by the National Weather Service.

The advisory warned of waves of five to eight feet from Lake County in Illinois to Lake County, Indiana.

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Jason Gibson, 41, is facing five charges including strangulation and domestic battery in connection with an alleged attack in St. Joseph County June 9th.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office released charging documents today indicating that Gibson is accused of attacking his girlfriend in a camper and and throwing her "around like a ragdoll." 

It happened at a campground in the 3,200 block of State Road 2 in the Bendix Woods Park area.

The probable cause affidavit indicates other campers helped to break up the attack. Gibson will be arraigned in court June 14. 

Man Dies In Forklift Accident In Bristol

Jun 13, 2019
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BRISTOL, Ind. (AP) — A man with a large blended family died in a workplace accident in Bristol when machinery being moved by a forklift fell onto him.

Shawn Gray, 43, died following the June 7 accident at Bravo Trailers in Bristol. Elkhart County's coroner says the Goshen man's preliminary cause of death was blunt injury trauma.

Gray's wife says her husband died after machinery fell onto him as it was being moved by a forklift at Bravo Trailers, which makes enclosed cargo trailers.

Ball State Cuts Costs To Stay Out Of The Red

Jun 13, 2019
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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University says it was forced to eliminate 25 positions, curb travel and reduce supplies to avoid ending fiscal year 2019 with a budget shortfall.

The school's board of trustees was given the update on Wednesday before the board approved a $391.2 million 2019-20 general fund budget that calls for an increase in tuition and fees of 1.25%.

The reductions of 25 positions, travel spending and supply expenditures saved $4.5 million.

Holy Cross Order Releases List Of Accused Abusive Priests

Jun 12, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Roman Catholic religious order that founded the University of Notre Dame has identified 14 priests and one seminarian who it says were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors across the country since the 1940s.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman of murder in the 1988 beating death of a pregnant mother abducted while walking her dog in northern Indiana.

The jury found 56-year-old Barbara Brewster guilty of killing 28-year-old Miriam Rice of South Bend following a three-day trial.

Rice’s body was discovered at Pinhook Lagoon, about 2 miles from her home, with multiple skull fractures. An autopsy showed she was four months pregnant at the time. She also had a 3-year-old son.

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The Newton County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday that one of the three fired workers, Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez, 36, of Brook, was taken into custody and is being held at the Newton County Jail on a felony charge of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal and misdemeanor animal cruelty.

The department says U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on Gardozo-Vasquez. It says there are outstanding warrants for two other former Fair Oaks workers

It’s not clear whether Gardozo-Vasquez has an attorney who might comment on his behalf.

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Benton Harbor school board has presented to state officials the outline of a plan to keep open a high school and prevent a shutdown of the struggling southwestern Michigan district.

Board members on Wednesday discussed alternatives to the closing in Lansing.

Citing the district’s poor finances and weak academic performance, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has said it wants the board to close the high school as part of a broader plan to improve local K-8 education. If not, the district could be shut down. A deadline is set for Friday.

Inmate Killed At Prison In Indiana Was From South Bend

Jun 12, 2019
https://www.in.gov/idoc/2410.htm

Indiana State police say 70-year-old Lannie Morgan of South Bend was killed at the Miami Correctional Facility earlier this week.

According to documents maintained by the Indiana Department of Corrections, Morgan was sentenced to 30 years on an incest case out of Elkhart County back in 2011. 

Here is the State Police news release: 

Bunker Hill – Yesterday, Indiana State Police Detective Wendell Beachy initiated an investigation, at the request of the Miami Correctional Facility, into the death of inmate Lannie Morgan, 70, South Bend, IN.

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