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NCAA committee approves expanded meal allowance

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA's legislative council has approved a proposal to expand the meal allowance for athletes.

If approved by the board of directors April 24, Division I schools could provide unlimited meals and snacks to everyone who plays a college sport, including walk-ons.

Tuesday's vote came eight days after Shabazz Napier closed out Connecticut's championship run by complaining that he sometimes went to bed "starving" because he couldn't afford food.

Committee members also voted to reduce the penalty for a first positive drug test from a full season to a half season if it's not for a performance-enhancing drug. The NCAA only tests during championship events.

The council also approved a measure to create a three-hour break between preseason football practices.

All changes would take effect Aug. 1.


Indianapolis council shies away from weapons ban

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis City-County Council wary of possible lawsuits has shied away from banning residents from discharging weapons recreationally.

The Indianapolis Star reports ( ) the council voted down such a ban Monday despite some north side residents' complaints they've been terrified by duck hunters along the White River in recent years.

A city attorney, Andy Seiwert, says passing a ban could open the city up to lawsuits because a 2011 gun bill passed by the Indiana General Assembly prohibits cities from passing ordinances stricter than state law.

Councilman Will Gooden says state law allows citizens to sue municipalities that pass their own gun laws.

Councilwoman Angela Mansfield brought the proposed ban before the council. She says formerly rural areas of Indianapolis are now developed and it's dangerous to allow gunfire there.


C. Indiana deputy allegedly lied to grand jury

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a grand jury has charged a central Indiana reserve sheriff's deputy with lying to it in connection with the investigation of another deputy.

The indictment unsealed Tuesday charges 24-year-old Andrew Fenwick of Greencastle with three counts of false declarations to a grand jury. Each charge carries a penalty of up to five years imprisonment.

Fenwick testified to the grand jury March 4 in connection with an investigation into Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Joe Smith. Smith was indicted days later on four counts of using excessive force and faces an April 28 trial in federal court.

Fenwick has no published home telephone number and couldn't be reached for comment. His father, Putnam County Sheriff Steve Fenwick, couldn't be reach for comment at his office or his home.


Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Spring planting across the nation's Corn Belt is sputtering because the soil remains too soggy or cold for effective seeding.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 3 percent of the corn crop is sown. That's half the pace of last year when one of the wettest springs on record got farmers off to the slowest start in decades.

In Illinois, just 1 percent of this year's corn has been planted. That's one-tenth of the average pace of the previous five years. The USDA says farmers in other key corn-producing states are equally idle.

Farmers still are upbeat, saying they still have some time to get the job done. The USDA says corn sowing traditionally begins in mid-April. It's typically in full swing from April 21 through May 23.


Leaders await decision on Indiana Plan expansion

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two top Indiana Republicans hope the state soon has an answer on expanding the scope of its Healthy Indiana Plan medical savings accounts.

Gov. Mike Pence has asked the federal government to approve expanding coverage for low-income residents under the state-run plan. U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon (BOO'-shahn) and state Rep. Tim Brown said Tuesday that the state plan is a better option than using traditional Medicaid.

Indiana is one of many Republican-led states that have opted against expanding traditional Medicaid under the federal health reform law. Bucshon says the expansion leaves states on the hook for major costs in the future.

The expanded state-run plan would cost the state about the same as using Medicaid, but Republican leaders argue the state plan promotes personal responsibility.


I-65 northbound lane reopens after 14 hours

ROSELAWN, Ind. (AP) - State police say traffic is moving northbound on Interstate 65 in rural northwestern Indiana again several hours following a rollover accident involving a tanker carrying nitric acid and a fatal crash.

Sgt. Tony Slocum says one northbound lane and the shoulder reopened about 11:30 a.m. Central time, about 90 minutes after southbound lanes reopened near Roselawn, about 30 miles south of Gary. The interstate was closed after the tanker jackknifed and came to rest on the drivers' side, spilling nitric acid.

Police are urging drivers to use caution because cleanup crews are still on the scene.

Police say a father and two children were killed when their car crashed into a semitrailer stopped in a traffic backup caused by the rollover accident.


Convicted murderer gets 20 years added to sentence

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A man already sentenced to 65 years in prison for murder has had more time added to his sentence for attacking a jail guard in Fort Wayne.

Nineteen-year-old Deadrian Boykins was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years for aggravated battery.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) authorities said he attacked Allen County jailer Quinton Greer on Christmas morning with a plastic lunch tray, fracturing bones in Greer's face, smashing his nose and causing permanent hearing and vision damage.

Boykins said he was upset because Greer turned off the television.

The attack came several days after Boykins was sentenced for killing 17-year-old Elijah Freeman. A judge sentenced Boykins to five more years than prosecutors had sought in that case after he cursed at Freeman's mother as she testified in court.


Rensselaer doctor, 2 children died in I-65 crash

ROSELAWN, Ind. (AP) - State police have identified a man who died with two of his children after his car crashed into a semitrailer stopped on Interstate 65 in rural northwestern Indiana as a doctor from Rensselaer.

Police say 45-year-old Mallik Chaganti failed to slow for backed-up traffic late Monday and crashed into a truck carrying more than 28,000 pounds of apples. The Jasper County coroner says he still wasn't releasing the names or ages of the children killed in the crash.

Police say a young boy in the car suffered what appear to be non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The driver of the semitrailer wasn't injured.

Parts of I-65 remained closed for hours during cleanup from the rollover of a tanker carrying nitric acid that caused the traffic backup.

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