Flags in Indiana at half-staff to honor Mandela
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence has ordered flags at Indiana state facilities to be flown at half-staff in tribute of Nelson Mandela and is asking businesses and residents to do so also to honor the world leader.
The former South African president and the anti-apartheid icon died Thursday at the age of 95. Pence's order follows an order by President Barack Obama that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff at the White House, federal buildings, military bases and embassies until sunset Monday.
Pence is asking those in Indiana to do the same.
INDIANA TRAVEL ADVISORIES
Ind. Homeland Security warns drivers to be careful
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The state Department of Homeland Security is warning drivers to be cautious driving throughout much of southern Indiana because of treacherous road conditions caused by ice and snow.
The department issued a travel warning for Crawford and Washington counties, which is the highest level of local travel advisory. Homeland Security asks people in those counties to refrain from travel.
Vanderburgh, Knox, Daviess, Owen, Brown, Scott, Jefferson, Floyd and Perry counties were on travel watches, which means conditions are threatening to public safety. The department says only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended.
Twenty other counties are under travel advisories, meaning travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation.
The advisories are listed at: http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory .
Friends say man bought while trying to buy iPad
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two men have been arrested and face preliminary charges of murder in the death of a 32-year-old Indiana National Guard veteran.
Friends of James Vester of Lizton, 25 miles northwest of Indianapolis, told WISH-TV and WTHR-TV he was shot trying to buy an iPad from a listing he found on Craigslist. Police say he was shot Wednesday at an apartment complex on the west side of Indianapolis.
Police on Friday arrested two brothers, 19-year-old Tryon Kincade and 18-year-old Tyshaune Kincade and charged them preliminarily with murder and robbery. The Marion County prosecutor's office will review the case and make a final decision on charges.
Police have asked for the men to be held for 72 hours. Court records weren't available Friday to show whether the Kincades had hired attorneys.
Indy woman pleads to child neglect in son's death
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis woman has pleaded guilty to felony child neglect in the death of her 7-year-old son in an apartment fire that police say was sparked by a methamphetamine lab.
The Indianapolis Star reports that 30-year-old Jessica Rogers has pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement in which a murder charge was dismissed. Her trial was scheduled to begin Friday.
Authorities say Rogers was cooking meth last Dec. 8 when fire broke out and she jumped out a second-story window without her son, Dreydon Webb. The boy's body was found about 5 feet from the window Rogers escaped from.
A witness told police Dreydon repeatedly called "Help me, Mommy."
Rogers will be sentenced Thursday. She faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.
Ind. lawmakers unlikely to consider casino aid
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A key state legislator doesn't expect the General Assembly will be taking any action on changing Indiana's casino laws during its upcoming session.
Legislators had lengthy debates in this year's session over bills aimed at boosting the state's casinos as they face greater competition from neighboring states, but turned down most of those proposals.
New House Public Policy Committee chairman Tom Dermody of LaPorte says he's working to learn about the casino issues and expects debates on any major changes to wait until the 2015 session.
The Herald Bulletin reports that includes considering again whether to allow live table games such as blackjack and roulette at the two horse track casinos near Indianapolis. Only electronic versions of those games are now allowed there.
IU taps ex-ambassador to lead international school
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A former U.S. ambassador to Poland has been named the first leader of Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies.
New dean Lee Feinstein served as ambassador from 2009 to 2012 and advised Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama during their 2008 presidential runs. He's also worked with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution.
IU's board of trustees approved the school in 2012. The Herald-Times reports that former Sen. Richard Lugar and former Rep. Lee Hamilton will be professors of practice under Feinstein.
The school is expected to open in June 2015. Work is underway on a $53 million building to house 320 faculty members.
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