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  • Former foster dad who fought gay adoption admits to molesting four more children

    PENDLETON, Ind. — An Indiana man who crusaded against gay adoptions and later was convicted of molesting his adoptive daughter told state parole officials on Tuesday that he molested four other children. Earl “Butch” Kimmerling, 71, made the admission during a hearing before the Indiana Parole Board, which later revoked his parole and sent him back to prison Tuesday. He appeared before the board in Indianapolis via video uplink from the Pendleton Correctional Facility. “How many victims over your lifetime […]

  • Bees swarm bike in downtown Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Hundreds of bees caused a buzz when they swarmed a bicycle at the intersection of Meridian and Washington streets in downtown Indianapolis on Thursday, prompting passersby to stop and marvel at the sight. A video posted to Twitter at 4:30 p.m. Thursday by Jennifer Harris shows the bees swarming on the handlebar of a bicycle at the busy intersection. Many people stopped to watch, shoot video or photograph the swarm. When an IndyStar reporter went to the […]

  • Mike Pence’s remarks at Taylor University’s commencement ceremony

    Vice President Mike Pence delivered a commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. The former Indiana governor’s invitation to speak at the Christian liberal arts school stirred controversy and led to some graduates and faculty walking out before the speech. Here’s a full transcript of Pence’s speech, which has been lightly edited for readability. Thank you so much. To President Haines, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, family, distinguished guests: It is an honor for us to be here at the Kesler […]

  • Producers of ‘Queer Eye’ seek Indiana couples for new wedding-themed series

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The creators of popular reality series “Queer Eye” are seeking couples in the Indianapolis area who want to get married but haven’t been able to tie the knot. Perhaps life events or challenges have put a wedding on hold. Two people may be legally married but they haven’t made the time for a romantic celebration. These are the types of true-life stories likely to land on an upcoming series being developed by Scout Productions, the company responsible […]

  • Bill legalizing Indiana hemp growth, sales heads to governor’s desk

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A bill making hemp a legal, regulated crop in Indiana has passed out of both chambers of the legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk. Hemp had been considered a controlled substance under federal drug laws due to its relation to marijuana. That changed when Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which redefined the plant as an agricultural commodity. Senate Bill 516 sets up the state’s regulatory structure for hemp, including a hemp advisory committee that will report to the Indiana […]

  • Indiana veterans affairs agency may have misspent nearly $775K, audit finds

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– State auditors have found that an Indiana veterans affairs agency may have misspent nearly $775,000 in federal welfare funds. The spending at the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs included more than $20,000 for couples retreats at a high-end resort and casino, $56,000 in child care benefits and $683,000 for contract employees at the agency. In each of those cases, auditors could not find documentation that the spending met the program’s criteria or that recipients were qualified. The findings, released Tuesday, […]

  • Visiting boaters could face annual fee for Geist Reservoir use

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A visit to Cocktail Cove or a high-speed splash across the glistening surface of Geist Reservoir could cost recreational boaters as much as $250 under an ambitious plan by lakeside residents to keep the water clean and navigable. A coalition of three-dozen Geist area neighborhoods is registering to become a conservancy district, which would give it oversight of the lake’s cleanup and maintenance as well as the authority to tax and approve fees. Preliminary plans would require an annual permit costing $250 for recreational […]

  • Lime, Bird increase scooter rental prices in Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– The cost to ride a scooter in Indianapolis has gone up this week. Bird and Lime have raised the per-minute cost to ride a scooter. Both companies charge a $1 flat fee to ride a scooter plus an additional fee for each minute of use. When the companies arrived in Indianapolis in June, they both charged 15 cents per minute used. Now Bird charges nearly double that: 29 cents per minute. Lime now charges 25 cents per minute, a 66% increase. […]

  • Veteran loses part of leg following home-care scheduling mix-up

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A botched change in the way home-care visits were scheduled for patients released from the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center resulted in a veteran losing part of his leg, according to a copy of an investigative report and letter to the president. The letter to President Donald Trump said a Department of Veterans Affairs investigation prompted by three whistleblower complaints revealed a “a system breakdown because leadership attempted to implement the change without collaborating with key services […]

  • IU’s Calbert Cheaney to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Indiana University’s all-time leading scorer Calbert Cheaney is a member of the 2019 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame class. Duke’s Shane Battier, Purdue’s Terry Dischinger, Providence’s Ernie DiGregorio, UNLV’s Larry Johnson and Stanford’s Todd Lichti, as well as former coaches Homer Drew, Lute Olson and the late Rick Majerus, make up the 2019 class. Continue reading this story with our news gathering partners at The Indianapolis Star.

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