OWEN COUNTY-FIRE DEATH
House fire in rural C. Ind. kills 83-year-old
SPENCER, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say a house fire in rural central Indiana has killed an 83-year-old woman.
The body of Ruth Ingalls was found Tuesday night in her fire-gutted Owen County home along U.S. 231 about two miles south of the town of Spencer.
WTHR-TV and WISH-TV report that a caller alerted the county sheriff's office about the fire Tuesday night and said that someone might still be inside the home.
Fire crews arrived to find the house fully engulfed in flames and later found Ingalls' body inside.
The state fire marshal's office is investigating what caused the fire about 15 miles northwest of Bloomington.
POLICE SHOOTING-GUN LAWSUIT
Wounded Indianapolis officer sues over gun sale
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis police officer's lawsuit against the original seller of the handgun later used to wound him might have to overcome a state law that gives gun sellers significant immunity.
The lawsuit filed in a Marion County court by the Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence claims KS&E Sports of Indianapolis negligently sold the handgun used to shoot Officer Dwayne Runnels in 2011.
Runnels was wounded in the leg during an exchange of gunfire in which Demetrious Martin was killed. Another man pleaded guilty to illegally selling the weapon to Martin.
Gun-rights attorney Guy Relford tells The Indianapolis Star he believes the state's immunity law is "an insurmountable hurdle" to finding the business responsible.
A worker at the gun shop told WISH-TV that it does "everything the right way."
FIRE CHIEF-RACIAL POSTS
SW Indiana fire chief resigns over racial posts
OWENSBURG, Ind. (AP) - The chief of a southwestern Indiana volunteer fire department has resigned after being confronted about postings on his Facebook page saying he was a racist and had joined the Ku Klux Klan.
Sean Sargent resigned Tuesday after about a year as chief of the Owensburg Fire Department in rural Greene County.
Jackson Township Trustee Paul Trampke oversees the fire department. Trampke says he was shocked by Sargent's postings and confronted him after hearing of complaints about them to the sheriff's department.
The Herald Times and WRTV report Sargent's now-deactivated Facebook page included jokes with racial expletives and a post inviting others to support the KKK.
Sargent says his posts were directed at people who take advantage of taxpayers and that he hasn't discriminated against anyone because of their race.
Cheney's daughter boosting Ind. amendment foes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Opponents of placing Indiana's gay marriage ban in the state constitution are looking for a shot in the arm from the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Mary Cheney will speak to supporters of Freedom Indiana during a fundraiser Wednesday evening in Indianapolis. She's married to another woman and travels the nation supporting gay marriage.
Mary Cheney recently had a public clash over the issue with her sister, who is running to unseat Republican Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi. Liz Cheney reaffirmed last month that she opposes gay marriage.
Indiana lawmakers will take up the question next month of whether the state constitution should be amended to limit marriage to being between one man and one woman. If approved, the amendment would face a statewide referendum in November 2014.
3,500 Hoosiers chose exchange plans in 2 months
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The federal government says nearly 3,500 Indiana residents chose a health insurance plan through the federally run online exchange during its first two months of operation.
The figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show 3,492 Indiana residents chose a health care plan between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30. That's about five times the number who chose a plan during the federal exchange's glitch-plagued first month of operation.
Wednesday's numbers also show nearly 35,700 applications from Indiana were completed during the exchange's first two months seeking coverage for nearly 70,000 people. Nearly 39,000 of those people have been found eligible to enroll in a plan through the exchange.
The new figures don't indicate how many Indiana residents selecting a health plan have started paying premiums.
NEW HAVEN-GOLF CARTS
Golf cart rules nixed in Fort Wayne suburb
NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP) - The plug has been pulled on a proposal aimed at legalizing and regulating the use of golf carts on the streets of a Fort Wayne suburb.
The New Haven City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to kill the proposed ordinance after several contentious meetings on the issue.
The Journal Gazette reports Councilman Ron Steinman called the decision a sad one. He says golf carts will still be driven on city streets, but they will be unlicensed and without age limits, lights or safety standards.
Councilman Terry Werling says he proposed the golf cart ordinance because many elderly residents like to drive the carts around their neighborhoods and to attend events.
FORT WAYNE-BETTING PARLOR
Move of Fort Wayne betting parlor gains approval
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The Hoosier Park horse track is looking to pull in more gamblers to its Fort Wayne off-track betting parlor with a $2 million project moving it to a new location.
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the Anderson-based track's proposal. The betting parlor will move from its site since 1996 on the city's north side to a New Haven shopping center near a supermarket and a state license branch office.
The Journal Gazette reports Hoosier Park officials estimate the betting parlor's revenue will jump by 50 percent in two years. Wagering at the Fort Wayne OTB has dropped by about one-third since 2008 to $7.7 million in 2012.
Hoosier Park officials say wagering increased after similar changes were made when the downtown Indianapolis OTB was moved.
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