INDIANA-RIGHT TO WORK
State asks judge to delay right-to-work ruling
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) - The Indiana attorney general's office has asked a judge to put on hold his order striking down the state's right-to-work law.
The request filed Thursday asks Lake County Judge George Paras to delay enforcement of his decision, citing a Sept. 4 hearing scheduled by the state Supreme Court on another judge's ruling against the law.
Paras determined the law violates the state constitution by forcing unions to provide services to workers without payment. He ruled the law was immediately "null and void."
The Times of Munster reports Paras took no immediate action on the stay request. The attorney general's office also has appealed the judge's ruling to the state Supreme Court.
The Republican-dominated Legislature in 2012 approved the law prohibiting union contracts requiring all workers to pay bargaining fees.
State sells $244 million in bonds for I-69 segment
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A state agency says it has sold nearly $244 million in bonds to help pay for construction of the latest segment of Indiana's Interstate 69 extension.
The Indiana Finance Authority says the private developer chosen to build the stretch of highway from Bloomington to Martinsville will directly repay the tax-exempt bonds. The agency says I-69 Development Partners is investing more than $40 million on its own toward the project.
The project will upgrade Indiana 37 to interstate standards. It's part of the I-69 extension that will connect Indianapolis and Evansville.
Construction could begin this year, with the section expected to open in 2016.
The state is paying $80 million up front and making annual payments to I-69 Development Partners to maintain the highway for 35 years.
4 doctors arrested after Indiana clinic raids
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say four doctors have been arrested on charges of improperly prescribing a drug used to treat painkiller addiction from several Indiana offices.
Federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local police officers raided the clinics Friday morning in Carmel, Noblesville, Muncie, Kokomo and Centerville.
Carmel police Maj. Aaron Dietz says the raids followed an undercover investigation of offices where patients would arrive and pay cash for prescriptions of Suboxone (suhb-AHKS'-ehn). That drug can be used to treat addictions to opioid painkillers or heroin.
Dietz said the patients would often have little or no contact with the doctors giving them the prescriptions.
Several others who worked at the offices also face criminal charges from the investigation.
Indianapolis pulls future support for Amtrak line
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - City officials in Indianapolis have cast the future of an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago into doubt after deciding not to provide any additional money to subsidize that line.
Indianapolis leaders had signed onto a one-year deal last year to provide $300,000 for the Hoosier State line, which runs four times a week between Indianapolis and Chicago, with stops along the way.
But Indiana Department of Transportation official Bob Zier tells the Journal and Courier Indianapolis officials aren't interested in providing any additional money. The city's decision comes after the state announced that a private vendor had been selected to run the line.
Indianapolis Department of Public Works spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson says the city might reconsider its decision if that vendor significantly improves service on the line.
Pence leading annual governor's motorcycle ride
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence is leading the annual governor's motorcycle ride from the Statehouse through southern Indiana.
Pence donned a helmet and drove off from downtown Indianapolis Friday morning with several hundred members of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education and other motorcyclists for the ride going about 140 miles with stops planned in Columbus, Seymour and Madison.
The ride is aimed at helping bring awareness to motorcycle safety in Indiana and raises money for the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund to assist Guard soldiers and their families.
GARY OFFICER SLAIN
Slain officer's fiancee wants death penalty sought
GARY, Ind. (AP) - The fiancee of a slain Gary police officer says she believes the death penalty should be sought against the man charged in the shooting.
Lake County authorities announced Thursday that a murder charge had been filed 24-year-old Carl Le'Ellis Blount Jr. of Gary for the July 6 shooting death of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield.
Denise Sheaks-Cather tells the Post-Tribune that Westerfield's family can no longer see or talk with him and that Blount should be treated the same. Sheaks-Cather says she'll attend every court hearing and doesn't want to see any other families go through same tragedy.
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says the prosecutor's office will review the case before deciding whether to seek the death penalty.
Killing at Fort Wayne bar ruled self-defense
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Fort Wayne's first homicide of 2014 has been determined to be self-defense.
The Allen County prosecutor's office says no charges will be filed in the Jan. 19 shooting and killing of 32-year-old Damian Miller II.
WANE-TV reports that investigators found that a security guard at a northside bar shot Miller in self-defense after Miller struck him in the mouth with a broken beer bottle.
The statement from the prosecutor's office didn't say what started the fight. A friend of Miller's previously said the pair began fighting while the guard was trying to get everyone to leave at closing time.
Indiana's self-defense law doesn't require a person to retreat if the person reasonably believes force is justified.
As of July 7, Fort Wayne had had eight homicides this year.
Deputy: No vehicle involved in fatal bike crash
CICERO, Ind. (AP) - Investigators say a 20-year-old bicyclist who was killed in a crash in a central Indiana town wasn't struck by a vehicle.
Nicholas Camp of Cicero was pronounced dead at an Indianapolis hospital after he was injured in the crash in Cicero July 14.
Hamilton County sheriff's Deputy Bryant Orem said Friday that investigators believe Camp was riding on a street in the town about 20 miles north of Indianapolis when he lost control and crashed. The fatal injury was caused by the bicycle's handlebar.
Orem says a vehicle might have gotten close enough to Camp to startle him and make him lose control without striking him.
He says a passer-by found Camp, who wasn't wearing a helmet and suffered severe head injuries.
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