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ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly and Republican challenger Jackie Walorski argued their stances on abortion and privatizing Social Security during a debate Monday night in Indiana’s 2nd District race.

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WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — A 15-year-old Indiana boy who told a judge he “made a really bad choice” was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in his stepfather’s shooting death.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A civil engineering group that surveyed Indiana’s infrastructure has given the state’s dams and wastewater treatment systems low marks and says roads, bridges, dams, railroads, airports and treatment plants need billions in improvements to meet future needs.

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Legislators say they’re ready to revamp a new law that requires everyone, regardless of age, to show a photo ID when buying carryout alcohol.

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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Police say a gunman shot the manager of a northern Indiana hardware store during a robbery of the business.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana county sheriff’s department paid about $100,000 in the first half of this year for the medical care of people detained by other police agencies under the county attorney’s interpretation of a state law.

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a man who tried to light a woman and himself on fire during a fight ended up setting a Mishawaka apartment building ablaze.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Three people from Indiana are being held on $10,000 bond after an alleged fight with police outside Wrigley Field.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A wave of retirements and resignations — along with a rising tide of voter dissatisfaction — could mean Indiana will have five new faces in the U.S. House next year.

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — A new mayor four years ago made a pledge that had been heard before about northwestern Indiana’s largest city: that it was time to clean up the trash and rubbish around Gary.

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — A South Shore commuter train collided with a car Friday east of Gary, killing two women in the car after it drove around a crossing arm at a rail crossing where at least five other people have died in similar crashes since 2007.

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MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has less than half the cash on hand for his re-election bid as he did when running two years ago, while his legal bills related to a federal investigation of his former top fundraiser have topped $400,000.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s effort to turn Ivy Tech Community College into a two-year feeder program is being stymied by a lack of uniform standards that has created a system in which some four-year universities accept transfer credits while others reject them.

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KOUTS, Ind. (AP) — The Collier Lodge site in northwestern Indiana has yielded a treasure trove over the years: old bits of pottery, arrowheads, musket balls and even a German ring from World War II.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general said Monday that state law doesn’t allow public school districts to charge students a fee for taking the bus to and from school.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Brad Ellsworth says he is not trying to run from his two terms in Congress with a new commercial that talks about those in Washington who waste taxpayer money and don’t care whether lobbyists write the laws.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A construction workers union held a rally to open its push for Indiana’s senators to support additional federal spending on highway projects.

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BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — Indiana regulators have issued a landfill permit allowing ArcelorMittal to dispose of more than 2 million tons of steel-making waste at the company’s sprawling complex along Lake Michigan.

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KNOX, Ind. (AP) — Indiana authorities say a 10-year-old boy has drowned in the Yellow River while trying to rescue his 7-year-old brother.

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — Three Catholic schools in downtown Mishawaka could merge under a proposal being considered by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary Mayor Rudy Clay is calling for the Majestic Star casino to pay $22 million in overdue Lake County taxes before state regulators vote on whether to renew the casino’s license.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The Interstate 69 extension between Evansville and Bloomington is on budget and should open years ahead of schedule in 2014, Gov. Mitch Daniels said Wednesday. But critics said it’s being built below normal standards and will need repairs ahead of schedule.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A company that provides home health care services and medical equipment announced Thursday that it hopes to add more than 900 workers in the coming years by expanding its national headquarters and pharmacy operations.

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WARSAW, Ind. (AP) — Northern Indiana prosecutors are dropping their efforts to have a second 12-year-old boy charged as an adult in the April slaying of a 49-year-old man.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana tea party activists said Wednesday they’ll continue their efforts to oppose big government even though candidates they favored lost to GOP establishment picks in Tuesday’s primary.

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BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said he’s been asking questions about sprawling waste piles outside ArcelorMittal’s steel-making complex along Lake Michigan that environmentalists want tested for hazardous materials.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Early voting numbers surged in the weekend leading up to Indiana’s primary, pushing absentee participation up about 58 percent from the 2006 midyear election as of Monday, the secretary of state’s office said.

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Recent racially motivated incidents in Valparaiso have spurred the northwestern Indiana city and Valparaiso University to collaborate on a race relations summit this fall.

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Several northwest Indiana leaders say the region must accept the state’s plan to demolish a bridge that provides a key link to lakefront casinos and steel mills.

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — State officials say an Indiana State Prison inmate remains at large three days after he walked away from a prison road crew.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mitch Daniels praised an Indianapolis woman Monday for overcoming her daughter’s grisly slaying by an estranged high school boyfriend to successfully push for a new state law that encourages schools to address dating violence.

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A southwestern Indiana man faces murder charges for allegedly setting a house fire that killed his fiancee’s two young children.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Affiliates of the once mighty liberal activist group ACORN are remaking themselves in a desperate bid to ditch the tarnished name of their parent organization and restore federal grants and other revenue streams that ran dry in the wake of a video scandal.

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GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary Mayor Rudy Clay wants his city to be able to count Gary residents incarcerated outside of the northwestern Indiana city as Gary residents on the 2010 census.

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MONON, Ind. (AP) — An Amtrak train has struck a tree service truck near Monon, Ind., seriously injuring the truck’s driver.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana legislative leaders hope to wrap up the 2010 session next week, days before a March 14 deadline.

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NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — A developer who wants to bring a wind turbine plant to eastern Indiana has signed an agreement to use the former site of a shuttered auto supplier.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Republican-led Indiana Senate has approved a bill to eliminate township boards and transfer their duties to the county level starting in 2013.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that a defense contractor concealed from nearly 140 Indiana National Guard soldiers the risks of a cancer-causing chemical they encountered while serving in Iraq.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House approved legislation Wednesday that would repeal an unemployment insurance tax increase, as well as a package of tax credits and other incentives designed to create jobs.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation that would have allowed Indiana’s floating casinos on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River to move inland appeared sunk Tuesday when competing gaming interests led a key lawmaker to withdraw the bill.

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