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INDIANAPOLIS — Each legislative session, Indiana lawmakers make tough decisions on a wide range of issues, from cutting taxes to controlling stray cats. But many items are punted to "summer study," legislative committees in which lawmakers spend time vetting issues they couldn't get to during their formal meeting. A handful of big issues lawmakers couldn't get to this year, including transportation funding, will be vetted in the coming months. By Tom LoBianco. UPCOMING: 500 words.
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INDIANAPOLIS — A 15-year-old Texas boy who disappeared from the Butler University campus in Indianapolis during a school-sponsored band trip has been reunited with his mother after a passerby spotted him walking along a highway about 20 miles away, police said. A motorist who had seen a news report about Stephen Kenneth Colbert of Wylie, Texas, spotted the boy near the central Indiana town of Mooresville on Saturday morning, took him to a nearby restaurant and called police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Kendale Adams said. SENT: 350 words.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis tourism leaders say the state's folksy new "Honest to Goodness Indiana" slogan could hurt efforts to market the city as a vibrant destination with state-of-the-art facilities. The Indiana Office of Tourism Development unveiled the new slogan in February, choosing it over "Seasoned Just Right" and "Savor the Unexpected." SENT: 560 words.
HOUSE FIRE-THREE DEAD
NEW ALBANY — A young southern Indiana girl who survived a fire that killed three siblings has been welcomed home from the hospital with a ride in a fire truck and a reception. The News and Tribune and WLKY-TV report police cars, other fire trucks and dozens of other vehicles participated in a short parade Saturday to celebrate the homecoming of 5-year-old Tat'yana Hughes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.
EXCHANGE-WATER MAIN BREAKS
EVANSVILLE — The winter season has been rough on Evansville and other cities with antiquated water infrastructure, and for those whose job it is to keep clean water flowing to local homes and businesses, it has taken a physical and mental toll. In Dave Lichlyter's 13 years with the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility, this winter has been the worst he's seen. He's worked numerous double shifts, often below ground in subfreezing temperatures, searching for cracks or breaks in cast iron pipes that predate most current local residents' birth. By John Martin. Evansville Courier & Press. UPCOMING: 1,640 words.
TERRE HAUTE — To say that Michael Curry was stressed is an understatement. A service member who has been in the U.S. Army for more than 21 years, he had just arrived in Vigo County with his family — wife, four teen-age children, mother-in-law and two dogs — when he learned the home loan he had obtained in Texas was denied. He was running out of money, feared his family would be homeless and he had to report back to Texas that Friday. "I was about 30 minutes from a nervous breakdown," Curry said on Wednesday. What happened, though, was a community at its best when a Terre Haute real estate company, title company, hometown bank and others worked together — and worked late — to make sure the out-of-town loan went through and the Currys could move into their new, Shrine Hill home. By Sue Loughlin. Tribune-Star. UPCOMING: 1,100 words.
FRANKLIN — For more than three decades, Franklin Dr. William Province II has leaned over to kiss the forehead of numerous 80-plus-year-old women. He's made jokes with patients to ease tense situations. He's cried with others after receiving bad news and held their hands as they prayed together, treating his patients like family. Now, after 33 years as a doctor specializing in internal medicine, Province will retire March 28, ending a family medical practice that has existed for nearly 150 years. By Brian Peloza. Daily Journal. SENT: 940 words, photos requested.
VINCENNES — A 140-year-old building nestled in the heart of Main Street in Vincennes is at risk of being lost forever unless its owner and both local and state historic preservation groups can come together to save it. It's been five months since city officials condemned the Heberd Building, 320 Main St., and asked its tenants, Legends Family and Hobby Games, to leave. By Jenny Peter. Vincennes Sun-Commercial. SENT: 940 words, photos requested.
IN BRIEF: INDIANAPOLIS-RIVER BODY
DALLAS — The Indiana Pacers take a season-high three-game losing streak into Dallas, where the Mavericks snapped their longest skid at three by rallying to beat Portland after blowing a 30-point lead. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — No. 2 Notre Dame looks to stay unbeaten and complete a 19-0 run through the Atlantic Coast Conference when it faces No. 10 Duke in the league tournament championship game Sunday night. The Fighting Irish won the two regular-season meetings with the Blue Devils by a combined 32 points. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. With hometown lead on losing team. Game starts at 7 p.m.
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ST. LOUIS — Second-ranked Wichita State goes for 34-0, which would match the longest streak to start the season in NCAA history, against Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game. The Shockers are the lone unbeaten team in the nation and beat the Sycamores by seven points on the road and by 20 at home. By R.B. Fallstrom. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, hometown lead on losing team. Game starts at 2 p.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE — Drew Crawford had 27 points and seven rebounds and Alex Olah added 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Northwestern to a 74-65 victory over Purdue on Sunday in the regular season finale for both teams. The Wildcats (13-18, 6-12 Big Ten), who snapped a league-worst seven-game skid, closed out the first half on a 6-2 run to take a 28-21 lead at halftime. Northwestern went on a 9-2 run midway through the second half capped off with a 3-pointer by Sanjay Lumpkin with 11:17 remaining for a 45-32 lead. By Jim Johnson. SENT: 470 words. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
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