INDIANAPOLIS BABY SEARCH-AMBER ALERT
Indianapolis police cancel Amber Alert for baby
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Police have canceled an Amber Alert for a missing 6-week-old Indianapolis baby, saying they didn't believe it was being effective any longer.
The alert for 6-week-old Delano Wilson was issued about 9 p.m. Wednesday, some eight hours after 23-year-old Willie Wilson told police his son had been abducted by a man and woman who knocked him out in an alley near his home just west of downtown Indianapolis. The alert was canceled shortly before 7 p.m. Friday.
Police say they received numerous tips when the alert was first issued, but had received only two calls in the six hours before canceling the alert. Police on Friday searched a wooded area near where the child disappeared.
Bosma to pull Turner from leadership post-scandal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - House Speaker Brian Bosma says he will remove Representative Eric Turner from his leadership team amid concerns over Turner's lobbying against a nursing home construction ban that would have impacted his family's business.
Bosma said Friday he will remove Turner as House speaker pro tem in November because of Turner's "irreconcilable conflict."
The Associated Press reported that Turner fought in private House Republican meetings to kill the ban. Internal documents obtained by the AP showed Turner's family business could have lost millions if the legislation had been approved.
The House Ethics Committee determined that Turner had not violated any formal rules. But Bosma said the investigation exposed holes in the state's ethics laws and said he would seek changes in the upcoming session.
Turner wasn't immediately available for comment Friday.
INDIANA TREASURER RESIGNS
Mourdock stepping down as Indiana treasurer
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has resigned four months before the end of his term.
Mourdock announced his departure Friday, saying he wanted to pursue other professional interests. The two-term state treasurer was barred by state law from seeking a third term.
The tea party favorite defeated longtime Sen. Richard Lugar in the 2012 Senate primary but has often been a lightning rod for criticism.
Many questioned his decision to spend millions to challenge the Chrysler bankruptcy in 2009.
He drew fire in a Senate debate for saying a pregnancy that resulted from rape was "something God intended."
He also upset many of the GOP faithful again in June when he compared the handling of the national economy to the events leading up to Germany's 1936 elections under the Nazi regime.
INDIANA-RIGHT TO WORK
Court stays ruling striking down right-to-work law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Supreme Court has ordered a northwest Indiana judge's ruling striking down the state's right-to-work law be stayed.
The ruling signed Friday by new Chief Justice Loretta Rush stays an order by Lake County Judge George Paras in July that determined the law violates the state constitution by forcing unions to provide services to workers without payment. The order stays that ruling until the conclusion of the state's appeal of the ruling or until the high court issues a different ruling.
The Supreme Court also declined to consolidate that case with a similar case involving Indiana's right to work law because oral arguments are scheduled for Thursday in one case and briefs haven't been filed in the other.
Indiana lawmakers propose bill to protect military
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is proposing a new bill to protect deployed military members and their families.
WANE-TV reports the proposed Indiana Service Member's Civil Relief Act was announced Thursday. The bill would increase consumer protections, including the suspension of postponement of debt collections, foreclosures, cellphone contracts and court hearings, to service members while they are deployed.
Zoeller says the bill would protect members of the military while they're protecting Americans during deployment.
Representatives Dennis Zent and Martin Carbaugh are also supporting the bill, which is an expansion of an existing federal version.
Zent says Indiana lawmakers will work with four other states, which are working on their own versions, to determine the best way to format and enforce the bill.
US tank landing ship prepares to depart Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A restored World War Two landing ship is set to depart Evansville this weekend for its annual summer fundraising cruise.
The USS LST Ship Memorial will leave its home port Sunday on the Ohio River and make stops in Decatur, Alabama, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, during a three-week journey. It's expected to return to Evansville on September 21st.
The trip is part of the USS LST Ship Memorial Board's mission to honor veterans who served aboard the ship during World War Two, the Korean War and the Vietnam War by maintaining it as a moveable museum. The board says visits to river port cities are an important source of revenue for the ship.
The public is invited to watch the ship depart and arrive at Marina Pointe in Evansville.
Change of plea hearing set for Colts owner Irsay
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A change of plea hearing is set for Tuesday for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who faces drug-related charges following a March traffic stop.
Hamilton County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Andre Miksha said Friday a not guilty plea had previously been entered on behalf of the 55-year-old Colts owner.
Miksha says he cannot provide any details of any possible plea agreement "unless and until one" is filed with the court.
Irsay was arrested March 16th near his suburban Indianapolis home after he was spotted driving slowly, stopping in the roadway and failing to use a turn signal. Irsay was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule One or Two controlled substance in his body.
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