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CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say two Chicago boys died after they were pulled from Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park in separate incidents. The Porter County coroner's office on Saturday identified one of the deceased as 10-year-old Joshua Torres. The second boy, a 14-year-old, was found in the water in the same area about an hour later. The older boy was taken to Porter Regional Hospital and later airlifted to a children's hospital at the University of Chicago. Officials say he died Sunday morning.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Officials are moving ahead with plans to build two new Indiana State Police facilities in the northern part of the state. The State Budget Committee has approved spending $29.5 million on the projects in Fort Wayne and the Lake County town of Lowell in northwestern Indiana. The new buildings will include updated regional forensics laboratories, helping the agency's work on DNA testing, firearm ballistics and drug analysis.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A new state marker in southwestern Indiana honors an archaeologist who championed efforts to preserve a series of ancient Native American earthen mounds. The marker was dedicated Saturday near the Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville, in front of Glenn Black's former home. The 603-acre site encompasses 11 mounds that were once part of a fortified, walled Native American city. The site's importance may have been lost forever without Black's decades of work at the site. He died in 1964.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A federal judge will hold a two-day hearing this week on a Texas-based group's appeal of Indiana officials' rejection of its application to open an abortion clinic in South Bend. The South Bend Tribune reports that Indianapolis judge Clare Deitchman will determine Wednesday and Thursday whether to grant Whole Woman's Health Alliance's appeal after the state Department of Health denied the group's application for an abortion clinic license in January.
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