House panel reviewing senior Indiana lawmaker
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana House Ethics Committee is set to review a senior lawmaker who worked in private to block legislation that would have cost his family's company millions of dollars in profits.
Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner fought a nursing home construction ban in the final days of the 2014 session. The Associated Press reported last week that Turner's ownership stake in Mainstreet Property Group means he earns upward of $1 million on each new home that it builds.
Turner has said he did nothing wrong and argues the ban wouldn't have caused him financial harm.
The ethics panel is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon at the Statehouse. House ethics rules place limits on official actions, but Turner's actions came during private meetings of House Republicans.
Shots fired at cars, homes of SW Indiana officers
VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) - Investigators are seeking the public's help in finding whoever fired shots over the weekend at the cars and homes of police officers in a southwestern Indiana city.
No injuries were reported from the shootings, but Vincennes Police Chief Dusty Luking says three city and one Knox County officer had bullet damage to their marked squad cars or houses.
Luking tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that he doesn't believe whoever is responsible was targeting the specific officers. The damage was found on Sunday in the city about 50 miles north of Evansville and none of the officers reported hearing the shots fired.
Luking says he hopes someone who heard talk about the shootings will contact his department.
INDIANAPOLIS OFFICER FUNERAL
Mourners honor slain Indianapolis police officer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Mourners have gathered for the funeral of an Indianapolis police officer who authorities say was slain by her ex-husband and fellow officer who then killed himself.
A row of officers in dress uniforms saluted as Officer Kimberlee Carmack's flag-draped casket was carried Wednesday morning into Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. Her funeral is to be followed by a police procession and burial at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Investigators say Sgt. Ryan Anders shot the 45-year-old officer on Thursday after breaking into her home. The couple divorced in October after a six-year relationship.
Carmack was a 20-year veteran of the police force and her son is a current officer.
Officials say Anders' funeral set for Thursday isn't considered an official police service.
EMERGENCY ROOM CLOSING
Hospital system closing Lafayette emergency rom
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A hospital system is shutting down the emergency and intensive care units at its campus near downtown Lafayette.
Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health officials say the action is needed to reduce the costs of having such units at both its Lafayette hospitals.
The Journal & Courier reports that the move effective Sept. 1 will leave no hospital emergency room in the center of the Lafayette-West Lafayette area as both the St. Elizabeth East and IU Health Arnett hospitals are the southeastern edge of Lafayette.
St. Elizabeth officials expect to establish an urgent care clinic at the downtown Lafayette hospital.
St. Elizabeth regional president Terry Wilson says inpatient stays at the downtown hospital have declined enough that more services can be moved to the suburban hospital that opened in 2009.
Indiana students head to Rome for canonization
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Some teenagers are traveling to Rome for the ceremony during which the namesake of their Indianapolis school will be declared a saint.
Lucas LaRosa and Abby Whalen are among four Roncalli High School students making the trip for Sunday's canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.
LaRosa tells WTHR-TV he expects the ceremony will be a time he'll remember for the rest of his life. Whalen says her group is planning to head toward Vatican City about 2 a.m. to get a spot for the events.
Their 1,100-student Catholic school is named after Cardinal Angelo Roncalli, who became John XXIII when he became pope in 1958 until his death in 1963.
NASA exhibit in Indiana allows moon rock touches
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Visitors will have chances to touch a moon rock during upcoming exhibits in Indiana.
The opportunity comes during visits by a free NASA exhibit to Indianapolis and Muncie. The exhibit will visit Ball State University on Friday and White River State Park in Indianapolis on Saturday.
The exhibit includes one of only eight moon rocks that visitors can touch. The nearly 4 billion-year-old rock was returned from the moon during the last lunar mission in 1972.
Another exhibit will be set up at the Indiana State Museum through June 29 and three astronauts will be visiting Indianapolis as part of the events.
Various presentations also will give the public a chance to learn about life on the International Space Station.
FORT WAYNE ZOO
Fort Wayne zoo plans revamp of Australian exhibit
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is starting a fundraising drive toward paying for a planned $7 million makeover of its Australian Adventure area.
The zoo's plans include adding a stingray exhibit, new reptiles, a creek where children can play in the water and an ice cream shop. Zoo officials say $5 million has already been raised through donations and endowments and that the public's help is now being sought.
The Journal Gazette and The News-Sentinel report the Australian Adventure area first opened in 1987.
While it has been popular, zoo director Jim Anderson says the project aims to reimagine the exhibit area.
A remodeled entryway is expected to be ready when the zoo opens to the public for the season on Saturday.
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