INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Republican Statehouse leaders and Gov. Eric Holcomb have announced their agenda for what they hope will be a one-day special session on May 14. House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate leader David Long said the focus will be tax related bills, a measure to boost school safety funding and controversial legislation that would give Ball State University control of Muncie Schools. This year's session devolved into chaos in its closing hours as bickering Republicans failed to come to terms on key bills.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indianapolis bounty hunter has been sentenced to 110 years in prison for killing two teenagers, including one he suspected of burglarizing his home. A judge ordered the sentence Friday for 52-year-old Kevin Watkins in the deaths of 15-year-old Timmee Jackson and 16-year-old Satori Dion Williams on Dec. 24, 2015. He claimed he acted in self-defense by striking the boys with a tomahawk after they pointed a gun at him.
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A Muncie man accused of planting an explosive device in an attempt to kill his ex-girlfriend has been convicted of five felony charges. A Delaware County jury convicted 39-year-old Lionel Ray Mackey Jr. on Thursday of possession of a destructive device or explosive, attempted aggravated battery, intimidation, criminal recklessness and conspiracy to compel perjury. But jurors deadlocked on an attempted murder charge alleging that he tried to kill his ex-girlfriend with a bomb in December 2016.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A medical campus under construction in downtown Evansville has a new name after officials dumped its tongue-twisting original name. The campus was initially known as the Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science & Research Center. But the campus will now be known as the Evansville Center for Health Sciences. About 500 medical students from Indiana University, the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville are expected to attend fall classes there starting in August.
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