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Indiana University student dies at sorority house

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana University spokesman says foul play isn't suspected in the death of a 20-year-old student from suburban Chicago at a campus sorority house

University spokesman Mark Land says emergency workers were called Thursday night to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house on the Bloomington campus, where Kelly Ann Hackendahl of Libertyville, Illinois, was found unconscious.

Land says police and medical personnel tried for nearly an hour to revive Hackendahl. He says her cause of death remains under investigation.

Hackendahl was an education major beginning her junior year at IU and was a member of the sorority.


Man acquitted of charges in bar fight death

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) - Jurors have acquitted a southern Indiana man of criminal charges for killing a man when he drove truck over him after a bar fight.

The defense attorney for 25-year-old Jacob Tolbert of Elizabethtown maintained that Tolbert was acting in self-defense and that he didn't intend to hit 27-year-old Thomas Brazzell of Vallonia.

The Republic reports a Bartholomew County jury on Thursday found Tolbert not guilty of reckless homicide and other charges for Brazzell's death in April 2013.

Authorities say the men were kicked out of a Columbus bar and continued their fight outside. Police say Brazzell grabbed onto Tolbert's pickup truck but fell off when Tolbert accelerated and was run over when Tolbert backed up.

Prosecutors argued that Tolbert was careless and could've avoided running over Brazzell.


Search resumes for missing Indianapolis 6-week-old

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police resumed the search in Indianapolis for a missing 6-week-old boy as the second day after his disappearance dawned.

City police Sgt. Kendale Adams says officers were using search dogs on Friday to check out a wooded area about a block from the near-downtown neighborhood where 23-year-old Willie Wilson told police his son Delano Wilson had been taken. Wilson says the baby was snatched about noon Wednesday by a man and woman who knocked him out in an alley.

Adams says police have gridded off the area and are searching on foot with assistance from police recruits who have been drafted for the search. Divers also searched the nearby White River on Thursday, and the FBI has offered its assistance.

An Amber Alert for the child was issued Wednesday night.


More Indiana options coming on insurance exchange

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Officials say Indiana residents will have more than triple the number of health insurance plans to choose from when the federal insurance exchange enrollment period starts in November.

Indiana Department of Insurance attorney Tina Korty told a legislative panel Thursday that some insurers took a "wait-and-see" approach during first year of the exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune report nine insurers will offer a total of 975 plans in Indiana for the coming year, up from three companies and 278 plans. Korty says a 5 percent average increase in exchange premiums is expected.

Democratic state Sen. Karen Tallian questioned whether Indiana should establish its own state-run insurance exchange, but Korty said the Pence administration believes it would be too costly.


Anderson leaders optimistic over Wigwam plan

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - Officials in Anderson say they're optimistic about a development group's plans for saving the community's iconic Wigwam gymnasium.

A plan approved Thursday by the city Redevelopment Commission and the Anderson School Board will have Indianapolis-based BWI (Black and White Investments) and Pinebrook Properties take over the 9,000-seat gym that's been closed since 2011.

The group plans to convert part of the complex into 55 multi-family housing units while maintaining the gym until at least 2030. School district officials had planned to demolish the complex if a redevelopment plan wasn't reached by Sept. 2.

The Herald Bulletin reports school board president Ben Gale said he's glad the Wigwam is being taken over by people who can make it a positive site for the community.


City cancels Labor Day Parade over too few entries

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana city has called off its Labor Day parade because of too few entries.

This was supposed to be the third year for Elkhart's parade, with the city parks department organizing the parade that was followed by a picnic sponsored by the North Central Indiana AFL-CIO.

City parks superintendent Karin Frey tells The Elkhart Truth the cancellation decision came when only nine entries had been confirmed. She says last year's parade had 27 entries and even more the previous year.

North Central Indiana AFL-CIO president says the parade cancellation become apparent after no high school marching bands had registered.

Flora says they will try to revive the parade next year.


2016 GOP hopefuls vie for attention at Texas event

DALLAS (AP) - A parade of potential 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls will be on display at an influential conservative group's annual summit.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence are appearing Friday at a gathering of Americans for Prosperity in Dallas.

On Saturday, the crowd at the Koch brothers-backed event will hear from tea party-backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

For months Cruz has starred at many conservative grassroots gatherings around the country, but he'll be competing for attention this weekend.

Perry's favorability outside Texas has climbed since his indictment on two felony counts of abuse of power. Paul, meanwhile, has hired staff in Iowa, which opens presidential voting.

And Pence may get a bump because some of his ex-staffers now work for Koch Industries.

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