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THREE RIVERS, Mich. (AP) — A toddler has died after being pulled from her family's swimming pool in southwestern Michigan.

Anti-ICE Graffiti Spray-Painted On Michigan Capitol

Jul 6, 2019


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are investigating anti-U.S. government vandalism to the Michigan Capitol.

South Bend Weighs More Police Cameras

Jul 6, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor is considering buying additional body cameras for its police officers, although it's unclear if the proposal was spurred by a white police officer's recent fatal shooting of a black man.

Pete Buttigieg Has Money. Can He Turn It Into A 2020 Win?

Jul 6, 2019
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CARROLL, Iowa (AP) — Pete Buttigieg stunned the Democratic presidential field with a nearly $25 million second-quarter fundraising haul.

Now he needs to figure out how to use that money to build a campaign that can go the distance against nearly two dozen rivals — many of them better known — and ensure that enthusiasm from donors is matched by support from voters.

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At least two Indiana school districts face federal lawsuits claiming they didn’t do enough to protect students from bullying. Meanwhile, anti-bullying advocates in the state are pushing for stronger laws. 

Teen Killed In Indiana While Trying To Sell Xbox

Jul 5, 2019
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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Authorities in northwest Indiana say two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old who was attempting to sell an Xbox.

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez says a 17-year-old and 18-year-old were taken into custody Wednesday.

Gary officials previously said Johnny Peluyera of Merrillville was shot June 12 after he and his father arranged to sell the gaming console to someone who had connected them online.

Girl Reports Being Shocked On Indiana Rollercoaster

Jul 4, 2019
Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security

State officials say a 12-year-old girl reported being shocked as she got off an Indiana rollercoaster two days after a 12-year-old boy riding it suffered a medical condition and died.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security regulates and inspects rides. The agency reports the girl saw a doctor last week and said she'd been shocked while exiting the Hoosier Hurricane roller coaster at Indiana Beach in Monticello.

The incident comes after 12-year-old Brayden Cooper-Douglas of Lafayette required medical attention while on the ride June 27 and died that afternoon. White County authorities say the boy had a medical emergency not caused by the ride.

Indiana Beach Director of Marketing Boo Birk says the safety of guests is priority. Birk says the Hoosier Hurricane was "thoroughly examined" after the reported incident.

Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor Dies At Age 85

Jul 4, 2019
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Holocaust survivor Eva Kor, who championed forgiveness even for those who carried out the Holocaust atrocities, has died.

The CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center she founded in Indiana released a statement saying Kor died Thursday morning in Krakow, Poland, during an annual museum trip. She was 85.

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The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning Hoosiers this Fourth of July season that some insurance policies don’t always cover fireworks damage.

Counties and municipalities often make their own laws for what types of fireworks people can set off, and when. And Department of Insurance Deputy Commissioner Jenifer Groth says some insurance policies won’t cover damage if people don’t follow those rules.

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The state’s Secured School Safety Grants are changing this year and applications are expected to open soon, after lawmakers added more money to the fund and expanded how schools can use the money during the legislative session. 

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This time of year, it’s hard not to notice all the fireworks stands popping up across Indiana. Our desire to light up the sky on July Fourth is fueling roughly 4,000 seasonal jobs this year.

From early June until about two weeks after the Fourth of July, many fireworks vendors hire temporary workers to keep up with the extra demand of stocking and selling sparklers, bottle rockets, and more.

Some New 2019 Laws Not Yet In Effect

Jul 3, 2019
Brandon Smith/IPB News

While most new Indiana laws took effect July 1, there are still a few that aren’t yet being enforced. 

Indiana will now have a fund for innocent people who’ve been wrongfully incarcerated. It will pay them $50,000  for each year they were behind bars. But if they take the money, they can’t sue the state. The measure takes effect Nov. 1, to give the state time to set up the infrastructure.

How Two Gunshots Sparked Outrage in South Bend

Jul 3, 2019
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It’s been over two weeks since a black South Bend resident was fatally shot by a white police officer, but the pain and outrage ignited in the community have not gone away. Here's a timeline with some context to give insight into how this incident sparked an outcry.

It was just before 3:30 a.m. on Father’s Day when South Bend police officer Ryan O’Neill responded to a call about a suspicious person at an apartment building.


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wants to increase opportunities for national service and build a network of 1 million service members by 2026.

Indianapolis Zoo Says Two Elephants Beat Deadly Virus

Jul 3, 2019
Indianapolis zoo

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Zoo says two African elephants have survived a deadly virus that killed two other members of the herd.

The zoo said in a statement Tuesday that 12-year-old female Zahara and 13-year-old male Kedar "are both healthy and have beaten the virus. We will continue to monitor the entire herd through frequent blood testing."

The two elephants were diagnosed this spring with elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus. Two others, 6-year-old Nyah and 8-year- old Kalina, died from the virus in March .