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Police: Indiana mom, girls shot in robbery attempt

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Police say a mother and her two daughters were shot during an attempted robbery in Hammond.

Hammond Police Lt. Rich Hoyda says two men tried to rob a 41-year-old woman Sunday morning while she was in the car with her daughters, ages 15 and 12. The mother, who is from Addison, Illinois, tried to flee and one of the men fired, striking all three in the car. The men then fled and the mother was able to call for help, the Post-Tribune ( ) reported.

Hoyda tells the newspaper the girls were hospitalized in critical condition and the mother was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.


Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - An official with a North Carolina-based aid group says another American health care worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same West Africa medical compound where an American doctor became infected with the often deadly disease.

Ken Isaacs, vice president of program and government relations with Samaritan's Purse in Boone, says a worker with allied aid group SIM is being treated at the hospital near Monrovia, Liberia.

He told The Associated Press the woman, Nancy Writebol, was in stable but serious condition. He says he didn't immediately know her hometown.

Isaacs also Dr. Kent Brantly, the 33-year-old medical director for an Ebola care center located at the hospital outside Monrovia, is stable and in very serious condition. He says Brantly quickly recognized symptoms and sought treatment.


Former Indiana synagogue to get historical marker

A northern Indiana museum that originally served as a synagogue for a thriving Jewish population will receive a state historical marker next month.

The marker honoring the 125-year-old former temple will be unveiled Aug. 31 in the Noble County town of Ligonier (lihg-uh-NEER').

The brick building that's adorned with stained-glass windows was dedicated in 1889 by the congregation Ahavath Sholom, which means "peace loving" in Hebrew.

German Jews who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1850s thrived in Ligonier, some 40 miles northwest of Fort Wayne. But their numbers declined in the early 1900s as opportunities in large cities lured away younger residents.

The synagogue held its last Jewish service in 1954, and the building became the home of the Ligonier Historical Museum in 1989.


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Mitchell departs state job for treasurer's race

The Republican nominee for state treasurer is leaving her job with the state to focus more on her campaign.

Kelly Mitchell announced Friday she was leaving her job as an investment director in the state treasurer's office Aug. 1. Mitchell won a three-way race at the Republican Party Convention last month to replace her current boss, Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Mitchell will face off against Democratic nominee Mike Boland in November's general election.

State employees are barred from conducting political work during normal work hours under the state's ghost employment laws.


Home explosion suspect seeks change of venue

One of the suspects in a fatal Indianapolis home explosion will try to convince a judge his trial should be moved.

Lawyers for Mark Leonard say his case should be moved because of the publicity in Marion County. Judge Sheila Carlisle has scheduled four days of hearings beginning Monday.

Leonard, his former girlfriend Monserrate (MON'-sur-rot) Shirley and his brother Bob Leonard face charges of murder, arson and conspiracy to commit arson in the November 2012 blast that killed two of Shirley's neighbors and wrecked dozens of houses in the Richmond Hill subdivision on the city's far south side.

Prosecutors allege the three set the blast in Shirley's home as part of a scheme to collect insurance money.

Mark Leonard, Bob Leonard and Shirley are being tried in three separate trials.


Training of new Gary police officers delayed

GARY, Ind. (AP) - A Fraternal Order of Police leader says the city of Gary is dragging its feet in hiring additional officers, raising concerns among the rank and file in the wake of the fatal shooting of a patrolman.

FOP Lodge 61 President Sam Abegg tells the Post-Tribune ( ) says low pay, low morale, lack of equipment and manpower shortages make the Gary Police Department a difficult place to work.

Fourteen officer candidates are on a new hiring list but won't attend the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy when classes begin Aug. 4 because the hiring process isn't complete.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says the city is trying to expedite the hiring, but a state pension official disagreed.

Gary Patrolman Jeffery Westerfield was fatally shot July 6.


Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for the Interstate 69 extension to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned.

INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield tells the Evansville Courier & Press ( ) that construction crews have been delayed by wet summers this year and in 2013, along with cold, inclement winters.

An earlier timeline had the 27-mile fourth section segment from Crane to Bloomington opening by the end of 2014. Later, the projected opening was pushed back to no later than early 2015, but Wingfield says the state doesn't anticipate opening any portion of the fourth section before the end of this year.

Monroe County sought to limit nighttime work on the extension with a noise ordinance, but a judge has temporarily blocked the ordinance.


1 dead after attempted break-in in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indianapolis police say a homeowner has shot and killed an intruder during an attempted burglary in Indianapolis.

WTHR-TV and The Indianapolis Star report the shooting occurred around 1 p.m. Sunday on the city's near north side.

Police say three or four people were trying to enter the home when the homeowner shot one of them. Police say the other break-in suspects then fled from the scene.

Police say the person who was shot was dead when officers arrived on the scene. They say a second person also might have been shot.

The names of the person killed and the homeowner were not immediately released.


Pence, Bayh, crowd 2016 field with questions

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Two of the state's political big dogs have Republicans and Democrats holding their breath for 2016.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence would easily win his party's nod for re-election in two years, but he has been hinting at a White House run in the past few months. Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh has hinted he might return to Indiana politics, a move that would likely clear the field for whatever seat he sought.

Andrew Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics says questions about each party star's plans have other possible candidates guessing and waiting.

Downs points out that big names like Pence and Bayh can energize their party's voters, but they can also crowd out would-be governors or U.S. senators waiting on the party's bench.

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