INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Eric Holcomb and key Indiana lawmakers are set to discuss major issues destined to emerge during the coming legislative session. Republicans and Democrats will participate in policy discussions during an annual legislative preview conference that will be held Wednesday. Holcomb is set to give a speech where he is expected to highlight the need to improve workforce training. But another matter likely to dominate debate is whether lawmakers will pass a hate crimes law.

WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - Records show a former western Indiana police officer who appealed his firing has accepted $50,000 to settle a 2015 federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination. The Tribune-Star reports Jonathan Stevens, who is black, signed an agreement in 2017 to resolve the complaint. He had alleged the West Terre Haute town council and police chief conspired not to hire him. The settlement amount was disclosed to the newspaper by West Terre Haute after the newspaper filed a public records request.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A judge has moved up an Indiana man's sentencing in the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl. Fifty-nine-year-old John D. Miller's sentencing had been set for Dec. 31 after the Grabill man pleaded guilty to murder and child molestation in April Tinsley's slaying. But Allen County Superior Court Judge John Surbeck said Tuesday he's moved Miller's sentencing to Dec. 21. Surbeck is retiring Dec. 31 and he says he wanted to ensure that there would be no delays.

MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana judge entered a preliminary not guilty plea for a high school football player accused of killing a 17-year-old schoolmate who was pregnant with his child. The St. Joseph County judge also denied bail Tuesday for 16-year-old Aaron Trejo, who's charged as an adult with murder and feticide. Prosecutors say Trejo told officers he fatally stabbed Breana Rouhselang because he was angry she waited so long to tell him she was pregnant it was too late to get an abortion.

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