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NEW AND DEVELOPING:
INTERSTATE 69 OPENING
ELBERFELD — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has ceremonially cut the ribbon opening the first section of the Interstate 69 extension slated to eventually run from Evansville to Indianapolis. Daniels joined other officials for Monday's ceremony on the highway near Evansville. Daniels then rode off on his motorcycle leading a caravan north on the highway that is to open to public traffic Monday evening. Expanded version expected to move by 7 p.m..
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— MEDICAL ERRORS-INDIANA, from INDIANAPOLIS: A new report finds that Indiana hospitals and other health care facilities have slightly reduced their number of medical errors.
— NEWSPAPER-ONLINE COMMENTS, from INDIANAPOLIS: The state Court of Appeals has temporarily stayed a local court decision that ordered The Indianapolis Star to disclose the identity of a person who made anonymous comments on its website that a former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana contends were defamatory.
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INDIANAPOLIS — INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's top lawmakers say they're not sure what to expect from the federal health care law other than greater costs at a time when state coffers already are stretched thin. The Republican and Democratic leaders of the General Assembly spoke Monday at a forum hosted by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long says the cost of the health care law amounts to a "freight train coming down the tracks" for Indiana and other states. By Tom LoBianco. Expanded version expected to move by 7 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis's mayor and several of its police officers and firefighters were among hundreds of people who turned out Monday for the funerals of a school teacher and her electronics expert husband after they died in a house explosion that devastated their neighborhood. Expanded version expected to move by 6 p.m.
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ARTS GROUP EXPANSION
LAFAYETTE — An arts group has begun dismantling the terrace and limestone facade of its 85-year-old downtown Lafayette headquarters as part of a multimillion-dollar effort to restore and expand the building. The Tippecanoe Arts Federation has been developing plans and raising money for the $3.7 million project for six years. New. MOVED.
OTISCO — After the March 2 tornado damaged the roof of their trailer to the point where the home wasn't habitable, Lisa Logsdon didn't know where her family would be able to turn for help. Water leaked into the trailer to the point that mold infested the home, and the Logsdons didn't have insurance to cover the expenses of repairing the damage. But thanks to a group of volunteers, the family has moved into a new home. By Daniel Suddeath. News and Tribune. AP Photos pursuing.
WEST LAFAYETTE — In a classroom at a local West Lafayette church, a small group of moms leads their young children in song. First, they sang "Itsy, Bitsy Spider," in English. "The itsy, bitsy, spider climbed up the water spout," they sang. Then they sang it in Spanish. By Taya Flores. Journal & Courier. AP Photos pursuing.
INDIANAPOLIS — A group of Indianapolis business executives is laying the groundwork to launch a professional soccer team here in 2014. Members of the group won't identify themselves, but this month they launched a website seeking season-ticket commitments. They're also taking suggestions for a name and colors for the team, which would play in the North American Soccer League but aspire to join Major League Soccer, the highest-level professional league in the country. By Anthony Schoettle. Indianapolis Business Journal.
RICHMOND — When Steve Martin attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of Richmond's Pennsylvania Railroad Depot in 2010, he was inspired by a story told by depot owner Roger Richert. A young man named Ben Quinn had given half of his Lemonade Day earnings to help bring the historic building back to its former glory. Martin decided he wanted to do his part and wrote a book on the depot's history. By Louise Ronald. Palladium-Item. AP Photos pursuing.
— DANIELS-INDIANA UNIVERSITY, from BLOOMINGTON: Graduating Indiana University students will hear from Gov. Mitch Daniels just weeks before he leaves office and takes over as Purdue University's president. New.
— BASKETBALL STAR-HOUSE, from INDIANAPOLIS: Some residents are fighting former Indiana University and NBA player Alan Henderson's plans for building a new house in a neighborhood on the north side of Indianapolis. New.
— INDIANA ASTRONAUT: An Indiana native has taken command of the International Space Station. New.
— JUDGE ADMONISHED, from FREMONT: A state panel is admonishing a northeastern Indiana judge for trying to negotiate a settlement instead of setting a hearing when a defendant challenged a traffic ticket. New.
— ASIAN CARP-INDIANA, from FORT WAYNE: The Army Corps of Engineers is considering alternatives for keeping Asian carp out of a marsh near Fort Wayne.
NEW YORK — No. 1 Indiana meets Georgia in the semifinals of the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center. By Basketballl Writer Jim O'Connell. Game starts 5:30 p.m.
— With hometown lead on losing team. AP Photos.
— BKC--T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL — Indiana, Louisville still 1-2 in AP poll.
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Butler takes on Marquette in the first game of the Maui Invitational. By Oskar Garcia. Tipoff 3:30 p.m.
Maryland is joining the Big Ten, leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference in a shocker of a move in the world of conference realignment. Maryland will become a Big Ten member starting in 2014. Rutgers is expected follow suit by Tuesday, splitting from the Big East and making it an even 14 schools in the Big Ten. By Ralph Russo.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts had everything going their way. They had woj four straight, were being talked about as a playoff contender and even had their head coach back at practice Friday. Then they went to New England where everything went awry and after yielding 59 points in a blowout loss, the Colts are trying to rebound.
WASHINGTON — Still without injured John Wall, the Washington Wizards -- the only winless team in the NBA -- try to avoid setting a franchise record by dropping to 0-9 when they host the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Starts at 7 p.m. By Howard Fendrich.
— BKH--IND HS GIRLS POLL — Indiana High School Girls Basketball Top 10 Teams.