CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago State University is receiving a $1.3 million federal grant to increase minority participation in science, technology, engineering and math. U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush said the National Science Foundation is providing the funding to the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence. The center is a partnership between Chicago State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana task force that's conducting an in-depth review of the state's alcohol laws is expected to recommend a boost in funding for the state agency that enforces alcohol consumption laws, rather than suggesting that Indiana expand cold beer sales. The Indianapolis Star reports that potential recommendations would aim to create more tools for local governments to grant alcohol permits to bars and restaurants, and to generate more oversight for the resale market for alcohol permits.

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana philanthropic foundation has won a more than $226,000 federal grant to address food deserts in Gary and East Chicago, in part by expanding access to locally-grown produce. The Merrillville-based Legacy Foundation will use the funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add food markets and mobile markets by next summer for residents in the two economically-challenged Lake County cities. The grant is also aimed at expanding or creating new farmers markets.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A fish-shaped weather vane that's been a fixture atop a southern Indiana courthouse for more than 150 years will soon be getting a name. The Monroe County History Center and county officials are holding a contest to name the weather vane as part of the county's bicentennial celebration. Local children submitted possible names and those submissions were narrowed to six finalists. Residents can vote online until Nov. 1. The winning name will be announced Nov. 23.

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