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Tuesday 05/31/2016
Fire calls
Posted: May 31, 2016

Compiled from Michigan City Fire Department reports.

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Pet food maker expands to Richmond, creating up to 165 jobs
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 2:00 pm

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Blue Buffalo Pet Products says it will build a new manufacturing plant and research and development center in Richmond, creating up to 165 jobs.

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Indiana to launch commercial court pilot program
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 1:01 pm

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana will become the 23rd state to adopt commercial courts through a three-year pilot program that will allow most business-related court cases to be fast-tracked through the legal system.

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Michigan company to expand in Indiana, hire up to 147
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 12:09 pm

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan-based fleet vehicle company says it will expand its business in Elkhart and create up to 147 new jobs by 2019.

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4 aboard Amish buggy when it flipped during Indiana accident
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 9:06 am

MILLERSBURG, Ind. (AP) — Police in northern Indiana say four people, including a 6-week-old baby, were aboard an Amish buggy when it flipped after being struck by a vehicle.

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Indianapolis to name park after author Dan Wakefield
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 8:01 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis is naming one of its parks in honor of Indiana-born author and journalist Dan Wakefield.

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Southwest Indiana man faces June double murder trial
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 8:01 am

SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) — A southwestern Indiana man faces a June double murder trial in the strangulation death of his pregnant stepsister.

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Active-shooter drills help schools prepare for the worst
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 6:01 am

CARMEL, Ind. (AP) — "Lockdown, lockdown, lockdown. This is a drill."

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Rossi earns more than $2.5 million for Indianapolis 500 win
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 3:00 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alexander Rossi earned $2,548,743 for winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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Monday 05/30/2016
Woman dies after disappearing under water at Indiana park
Updated: May 31, 2016 - 2:04 am

CLOVERDALE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a 32-year-old woman died after disappearing below the water while swimming at western Indiana's Cataract Falls State Recreation Area.

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Indiana couple may have been dead inside home for 2 weeks
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 7:03 pm

MONROVIA, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana coroner says a man and a woman whose bodies were found inside a home over the weekend may have been dead for about two weeks.

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Bandwidth increasing for Indiana research, education network
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 7:03 pm

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University says it's increasing the speed of its research and education telecommunications network.

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Dozens of miners due in Illinois for skills competition
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 7:03 pm

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A college in southern Illinois will host more than 100 coal miners from around the region for a rescue skills competition next month.

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Owen County spending $39,000 to renovate veterans' wall
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

SPENCER, Ind. (AP) — About $39,000 will be invested to rebuild the War Memorial Wall in Owen County in central Indiana.

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Limited tickets for Obama's Elkhart speech to be distributed
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 6:00 pm

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The White House says that a limited number of tickets for President Barack Obama's speech in Elkhart will be distributed Tuesday morning.

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Body found wearing similar clothing as missing Indiana man
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 5:00 pm

ST. PAUL, Ind. (AP) — Indiana officials say they've recovered the body of a man wearing clothing similar to that of a 20-year-old Indianapolis man who went missing from a campground.

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Indiana county's newly merged E-911 center not fully staffed
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 5:00 pm

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana county facing a state mandate to consolidate its emergency dispatch operations is still struggling to gets its call center fully staffed more than a year into that merger.

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Indiana group pulls ad it copied from Salt Lake City promo
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 2:03 pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana tourism agency has apologized and pulled an advertisement it copied from a tourism ad campaign first used to promote Salt Lake City.

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Federal funding shift hits Indiana homeless programs
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 2:03 pm

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Homeless service agencies across Indiana are feeling the sting of federal funding cuts driven by a shift away from transitional housing and emergency homeless shelters in favor of permanent housing.

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Motorcyclist dies in crash following Rolling Thunder event
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 12:07 pm

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a motorcyclist from Indiana who had participated in Sunday's Rolling Thunder event on behalf of veterans in Washington was killed in a crash shortly after the rally ended.

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Sunday 05/29/2016
Bonding with 'The Boss'
Posted: May 29, 2016

La PORTE — Cassie Dragos experienced her dream come true on a stage in Pennsylvania. The lights blared down on her, the crowds’ screams echoed the concert hall, but she was only focused on the voice of the man strumming along next to her.

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Telling his story
Posted: May 29, 2016

WESTVILLE — The Birchfield Memorial Foundation added a brick bearing the name of 1st Lt. Russell Allen Phillips, a La Porte man who served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, to its walkway at Prairie Meadow Park on Saturday. Phil, as he was called, spent 47 days on a raft with other servicemen after their plan was shot down in 1943 and spent 22 months in a Japanese prisoner camp.

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Working on solutions
Posted: May 29, 2016

MICHIGAN CITY — On Wednesday, a woman stood in the Michigan City courthouse and thanked the judges, law enforcement and others involved with the county's problem solving court.

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Police calls
Posted: May 29, 2016

Compiled from Michigan City Police Department reports.

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More than a word
Posted: May 29, 2016

MICHIGAN CITY — “Hope is just a word," said Maj. Glen Caddy, Western Michigan/Northern Indiana divisional commander of the Salvation Army. “Action is hope; there is no hope, unless there is action.”

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The Latest: Day of firsts for Hamilton, Rossi and Truex
Updated: May 30, 2016 - 1:00 am

The latest on motorsport's busiest day, with Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix followed by the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 (all times local):

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Rocco Mediate wins Senior PGA Championship
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 11:05 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Rocco Mediate holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-3 17th to wrap up a record-setting, wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Senior PGA Championship.

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Rose-Hulman breaks ground on student center expansion
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 8:09 pm

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has broken ground on a $25 million expansion and renovation of its student union.

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Former Indy mayor to be honored by LGBT business group
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 8:09 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will be honored by an LGBT business group for his advocacy on gay rights issues.

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Alexander Rossi pulls off stunning upset in 100th Indy 500
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 7:03 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new era for the Indianapolis 500 arrived in the form of a most unfamiliar driver.

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McCoughtry, Dream spoil Catchings' milestone, beat Fever
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 7:03 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points and the Atlanta Dream beat Indiana 85-76 on Sunday, spoiling a milestone game for Fever star Tamika Catchings.

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Party Around the World: Great sports, great spots to party
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 7:02 pm

From the breathtaking view at a ski station in the French Alps to a horse race that "stops the nation" Down Under to the wackiest golf hole in the Arizona desert — make that the entire planet — sports fans will find the party.

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Rookie Alexander Rossi wins the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 5:03 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie Alexander Rossi wins the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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Lady Gaga lays down her latest track at Indy speedway
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 5:03 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Already a regular singing partner with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga found another golden oldie chart topper to pair with: Mario Andretti.

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Defending Indy 500 champ Montoya makes early exit
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 4:07 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya will not defend his Indianapolis 500 championship.

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South Bend fire station's proposed location draws concerns
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 1:02 pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The proposed spot for a new fire station near South Bend's zoo is drawing concerns from a newly formed community group.

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Purdue center, Amish dog breeders work to create standards
Updated: May 29, 2016 - 1:02 pm

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Purdue University center and commercial dog breeders from southern Indiana's Amish community are working to create standards meant to improve dogs' well-being.

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Saturday 05/28/2016
Police calls
Posted: May 28, 2016

Compiled from Michigan City Police Department reports.

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Parade one of many Memorial Day activities
Posted: May 28, 2016

MICHIGAN CITY — Veterans organizations, county and municipal groups, churches and others will present the annual Memorial Day parade and program on Monday. The 28-entry parade will start at Ames Field at 10 a.m. and travel to Greenwood Cemetery, where program will begin at 11 a.m.

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MCHS, 20 years later
Posted: May 28, 2016

MICHIGAN CITY — In October 1994, the Michigan City Area Schools board voted to support a plan to consolidate the city's two high schools — Elston and Rogers — to form Michigan City High School.

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Class of 1996 recalls the consolidation
Posted: May 28, 2016

MICHIGAN CITY — Courtney Cochran Klepsch remembers the days leading up to the first day of school in 1995 being tense.

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Things to do
Posted: May 28, 2016

TODAY

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Dancing Like a Star event raises $54K
Posted: May 28, 2016

MICHIGAN CITY — Elizabeth Dekker and her dance partner, Doug Moon, took home the coveted Judge's Choice Award on Friday during the La Porte County Family YMCA's second annual Dancing Like a Star event at Blue Chip Casino's Stardust Event Center.

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Indiana man gets suspended sentence for stabbing daughter
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 7:00 pm

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana man who pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness for stabbing his daughter has been given a one-year suspended jail sentence and probation.

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Indiana school kids chip in for police dog's protective vest
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 6:07 pm

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Elementary school students in northwest Indiana got to meet a police dog who now has a his own bulletproof vest thanks to their fundraising efforts.

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Indianapolis father, son charged in killing, robbery of man
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 4:09 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis father and son have been charged in the robbery and killing of a man who was found dead in a parking lot with a pillow case over his head and duct tape around his neck.

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Donnelly says he's fighting to protect Indiana steelworkers
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 3:05 pm

GARY, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly has toured U.S. Steel's Gary Works to assure employees the federal government is fighting to protect their industry against cheap imports.

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Here's a story of a lovely lady and Gomer at the Indy 500
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 3:05 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — They are the names that stamped the Indianapolis 500 as a four-wheeled slice of Americana from the heartland. Rick Mears. A.J. Foyt. The Andrettis. Helio Castroneves.

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The hype is back at Indy and everyone wants to win the 100th
Updated: May 28, 2016 - 2:04 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Kanaan spent the final practice before the Indianapolis 500 talking to the race track.

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