Indiana storms bring penny-size hail, flooding
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - The National Weather Service reports storms moving through central and northern Indiana dropped up to penny-size hail in some areas and also caused some flash flooding.
The Tippecanoe Sheriff's Department reported some roads were closed because of flash flooding following the storm Friday afternoon. The weather service said it received reports that three-quarter inch hail fell in West Lafayette.
The weather service says pea-size hail was reported in Lebanon, 25 miles northwest of Indianapolis, and in New Carlisle, about 15 miles west of South Bend.
Indiana lawmakers ask about immigrant children
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Senator Dan Coats and Indiana's seven Republican congressmen have sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services seeking congressional district specific information on the 245 unaccompanied immigrant children in the state.
The letter says the lawmakers want to know where the children are being placed, saying they want to ensure that sponsors are committed to providing a safe and caring environment. The letter also says with school starting, the lawmakers want to make sure local communities have the information they need about the children.
The letter follows comments Tuesday by Governor Mike Pence, also a Republican, asking President Barack Obama to deport the children. Pence said he did not learn about the placement of the children with Indiana families until reading about it in news reports.
Dem chair derides 'culture of corruption'
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody is deriding what he calls a "culture of corruption" among Indiana's Republican leaders following an investigation of a former state transportation official.
A state investigation released Friday cleared former transportation aide Troy Woodruff of wrongdoing in land deals and other controversies. But Zody said Woodruff's actions and others are hurting the "public trust."
Woodruff is the third high-ranking Republican to have an ethics case decided this year.
House lawmakers determined Republican House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner did not violate any rules when he fought legislation that would have cost him millions in future profits. Inspector General David Thomas determined last month that former Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett could have avoided a penalty by rewriting agency rules to allow moderate campaigning with state resources.
INDIANA STATE FAIR
State Fair opens with 1st alcohol sales since 1946
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana State Fair has kicked off its 17-day run with a menu that includes alcohol for the first time in nearly 70 years.
A new state law that took effect in July opened the door to beer and wine sales at the fair for the first time since 1946, the year before lawmakers banned alcohol sales at the event.
Beer and wine is only being sold, and can only be consumed, inside the fairgrounds' Grand Hall in an exhibition space featuring some of Indiana's craft beer and wine makers.
The first person to sample alcohol under the new law was 67-year-old Ed Swafford of Liberty, Indiana. He tried a Bavarian-style ale during the fair's opening day Friday.
Swafford says he wanted to be first for the novelty of it.
SCHOOL BUS CRASH
Indiana school bus crashes on 1st day of classes
BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana school bus crashed on way to the first day of classes.
The Maconaquah (mah KAH' nah kwah) School Corporation bus was on its way to Pipe Creek Elementary School about 8 a.m. Friday when it collided with a Jeep on U.S. 31 near Bunker Hill, about 60 miles north of Indianapolis.
Superintendent Doug Arnold says none of the 18 kindergarten and first-graders on the bus were injured. Arnold says medics checked each student.
Sheriff Tim Miller says the Jeep's three occupants, including an 18-month-old girl, were taken to area hospitals. Sixty-eight-year-old Phyllis Whybrew was flown to Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital, where a spokesman said she was in serious condition.
The Kokomo Tribune reports the front driver's side of the bus and the Jeep's rear driver's side were damaged.
Man's body found in southern Indiana river
CORYDON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana conservation officers are investigating the death of a 44-year-old man whose body was found in a southern Indiana river.
Conservation officers say the body of Daniel McKim was found in Indian Creek in his hometown of Corydon by two fishermen about 1:30 p.m. Friday. Corydon police say McKim's mother reported him missing about 12:30 a.m. Friday.
Conservation officers say they don't believe foul play was involved. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
LIVE WIRE THEFT
Thieves steal 1,000 feet of live wire from utility
GARY, Ind. (AP) - Gary police say thieves stole 1,000 feet of live electrical wires from six utility poles in the city.
Gary police Corporal Gabrielle King told The Times of Munster the wires were stolen around 3 a.m. Wednesday. She says police were notified after Northern Indiana Public Service Company crews received calls about street lights being out.
NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer the wires primarily served street lights in the area and other customers were not impacted. He says the thieves risked electrocution.
Police believe the wire was stolen to be sold for scrap for the copper.
BKO-PACERS STAR INJURED
Pacers star suffers leg injury in Team USA scrimmage
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team's intra-squad scrimmage Friday night.
George leaped to contest a fast-break layup by James Harden with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter and his leg smashed against the bottom of the backboard stanchion.
After roughly 10 minutes of stoppage, George was taken out of the arena on a stretcher. Coach Mike Krzyzewski then announced to the crowd that the scrimmage would not be finished.
The White team led George's Blue team 81-71.
George was considered a lock to make the final 12-man roster for the World Cup of Basketball that starts later this month in Spain.
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