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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Continued flooding across northern Indiana has caused widespread road closures and warnings that it could take several days for high waters to recede. The National Weather Service said Wednesday that between 3 and 7 inches of rain had fallen since early Monday in the area, where flood warnings or watches were in effect until Thursday night. Marshall and Benton counties warned motorists to refrain from travel on local roads.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Candidates in Indiana's Republican U.S. Senate primary faced off against each other during a raucous debate. U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, as well as former state Rep. Mike Braun, were at the Tuesday evening event in downtown Indianapolis. The candidates had few major policy differences. Instead, they sought to set themselves apart based on style. The winner of the May primary will go on to face Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the November election.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana's largest school district is slimming down its request for additional tax dollars from voters. The Indianapolis Star reports the new plan seeks to generate about $750 million over eight years, down from the initial $936 million request that was to go before voters on the May primary ballot. The money would help pay for teacher raises, school building improvements and special education services. The change comes after concerns about the tax impact of the proposal.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Officials expect work to begin in early March on building a wooden covered bridge in southern Indiana's Monroe County. The bridge will span Beanblossom Creek in a rural area a few miles north of Bloomington, near where the county's last remaining covered bridge was destroyed in a 1976 fire. Crews will use materials from a bridge that was built in 1885 in Shelby County and dismantled in 1975.

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