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HOUSE FIRE-FIVE KILLED
SULPHUR — A fire that swept through a mobile home early Thursday, killing two children and three adults, appears to have been sparked by a wood stove that served as the sole source of heat in the rural southern Indiana home, authorities said. Crawford County Sheriff Tim Wilkerson said it took firefighters two hours to extinguish the fire that gutted the home in Sulphur, about 30 miles west of Louisville, Ky. By Bruce Schreiner. Developing.
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INDIANA LEGISLATURE-GAY MARRIAGE
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana's Republican House and Senate leaders said Thursday they will wait a year before they take up an effort to write a gay marriage ban into the state's constitution. House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long said their respective caucuses decided the issue should wait until the 2014 session. By Tom LoBianco. Expanded version expected to move by 7 p.m.
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana native who's commanding the International Space Station says he looks forward to a visit back home after he returns from his five months in orbit. Astronaut Kevin Ford spoke via video hookup Thursday afternoon to the Indiana Senate in the Statehouse. By Tom Davies. Expanded version expected to move by 6 p.m.
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— RIVER RESCUE — A woman who fell from a bridge into the White River in Indianapolis has been rescued with a man who jumped in to save her. AP Photo.
— AMISH ATTACKS — More than 50 Amish children could lose one parent to prison — and most of the youngest could lose both — on Friday when 16 men and women are sentenced in beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of their faith in Ohio. By Thomas J. Sheeran. AP Photos
— TRACTOR-TRAILER THEFTS — Federal agents say they've broken up a tractor-trailer theft ring in Ohio that also targeted trucks in Michigan and Indiana.
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House Education Committee was expected to vote Thursday on a plan to expand Indiana's school voucher program so that children of military personnel, foster children and those with special needs would be eligible. The bill also would remove a requirement that students spend a year in public school to qualify, which could open the door to thousands of additional students. By Tom LoBianco. Expanded version expected to move by 7 p.m.
GREENSBURG — An Indiana prosecutor plans to drop charges against a Connersville couple who nursed an injured animal back to health and kept it in an enclosure on their farm for two years. MOVED.
BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington City Council has delayed a vote on a proposal to install parking meters amid opposition from business owners in the college town's downtown area. The council voted 8-1 Wednesday to push back its decision on the plan for six weeks to give business leaders time to prepare alternative proposals. The delay does not prohibit the council from tabling the issue once again in March. MOVED.
ELI LILLY-STUDY DISCONTINUATION
INDIANAPOLIS — Drug developer Eli Lilly and Co. is stopping clinical testing of an experimental rheumatoid arthritis treatment because it wasn't working. MOVED.
FORT WAYNE — Like most animal shelters, the Helping Paws Pet Haven in rural Huntington has never had a lot of money or manpower. The shelter, started 10 years ago, long operated with only four volunteers who staffed the place 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, caring for the cats and scrubbing the painted concrete floors daily. To raise money, the volunteers would occasionally stand on street corners with signs, asking for money for cat food. That all changed with the arrival of two new volunteers. By Frank Gray. The Journal Gazette.
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GRANGER — The financial tips Amy Allen Clark learned after her husband lost his job didn't just save her family money. They became the basis of what has become a very successful website, MomAdvice.com, and led her to spokesperson opportunities with Walmart, Minute Maid and other leading brands. Now she has a book that offers advice on organizing and budgeting for a household. By Marlys Weaver-Stoesz. The Elkhart Truth. AP Photos pursuing.
INDIANAPOLIS — One hundred fifty years after the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Abrahama Lincoln is hot: New books have been published, and new movies made, including the badly received "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated "Lincoln." All across the country museums are mounting Lincoln exhibits. The Indiana State Museum's opens Saturday, and it's not only different, it's revelatory. By Will Higgins. The Indianapolis Star. AP Photos ININS101-104.
EXCHANGE-ALCOHOL SALES-CRAFT BREWERS
INDIANAPOLIS — Russ Chargualaf watched in awe on Super Bowl Sunday as 600 growlers were filled in just five hours at Indianapolis' Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. Thirsty football fans were buying something they could purchase at few other locations in the state. As state lawmakers weigh whether to ease Indiana's ban on Sunday alcohol sales, craft brewers are staying neutral. By Hayleigh Colombo. Journal & Courier. AP Photos pursuing.
— SCHOOLS-STUDENT MEDICATIONS — A central Indiana school district is considering changing how it handles student medications, including limiting the amount allowed per student and requiring parents to bring medications in themselves instead of sending them with students.
— WALMART-GREENWOOD — A retail giant that lost its bid to build a store in Greenwood nearly a decade ago is hoping local leaders look more favorably on a new proposal to erect a smaller store at the same site.
— MOLESTATION CASE-PLEA — A Texas man accused of molesting an Indiana girl has pleaded guilty to a lesser battery charge under which he won't have to register as a sex offender.
— INDIANA LEGISLATURE-ROCKPORT PLANT — An Indiana Senate panel has delayed a hearing on a bill involving the state's plans to buy synthetic natural gas from a proposed coal-gasification plant.
— REAL ESTATE FRAUD-SENTENCE — A northwestern Indiana man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a real estate fraud scheme prosecutors say involved seven other people.
— EARTHQUAKE DRILL — Kentucky is taking part in an eight-state earthquake drill and says participants should "drop, cover and hold on" at 11:15 a.m. EST Thursday.
— POACHER CAUGHT-ANTLERS — A central Indiana man who helped authorities catch a deer poacher wants the Department of Natural Resources to hand over the rack of antlers he was promised.
— INDIANA GOVERNOR-TAX CUT — Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana faces growing competition from Republican leaders in other states looking to cut income taxes.
— TRINE-HEALTH SCHOOL — Trine University in northeastern Indiana is creating a health sciences school that will offer a doctor of physical therapy program.
FBC-NOTRE DAME-BIG EAST
SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey says the Fighting Irish will stay in the Big East for the 2013-14 season before leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference. By Tom Coyne.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — New No. 1 Indiana plays at scuffling Illinois, its fist game since knocking off top-ranked Michigan. The Hoosiers (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) have won five straight and 11 of their last 12. The Illini (15-8, 2-7) have lost six of seven. 6 p.m. Central start. By David Mercer.
— With hometown lead on losing team.
BLOOMINGTON — No. 8 Penn State (18-3) looks to improve on its 8-1 Big Ten record when the Nittany Lions take on Indiana (10-12, 1-8) on Thursday night. 6:30 p.m. ET. With hometown lead on losing team.
— BKC-S DAKOTA ST-IPFW. Game time 7 p.m.
— CAR--INDYCAR-ALLMENDINGER-PENSKE — Penske to test Allmendinger in an IndyCar.