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Posted on May 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Indiana News Digest at 4 p.m.

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INDIANAPOLIS — A judge in northeastern Indiana is expected to decide Thursday whether to revoke the bond of a suspended Indianapolis police officer who was arrested on drunken driving charges while awaiting trial on similar charges connected with a fatal 2010 crash. David Bisard has been jailed since he was arrested following an April 27 single-vehicle crash in Indianapolis. Developing from 3 p.m. court hearing. By Charles Wilson.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law an expansion of Indiana's private school voucher program. Pence went to Calvary Christian School on the south side of Indianapolis on Thursday to sign the plan approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that will make more children eligible for vouchers without first having to spend at least a year in public schools. Expanded version expected to move by 7 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis has agreed to pay $150,000 to the mother of a biracial teenager who was beaten by police in 2010, sparking racial tensions and a federal lawsuit. City attorney Samantha Karn tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/10IXoD7 ) that officials settled with Brandon Johnson's mother, Shantay Chandler, during a meeting on May 3. Karn didn't say why the city chose to settle rather than go to trial.

— ASIAN CARP-ILLINOIS WATERWAYS — Federal and Illinois officials said Thursday that they will intensify efforts to find Asian carp in Illinois waterways this year but cut back on DNA sampling that has scored positive hits without resulting in the discovery of the invasive fish.

— VAN MAKER-DOE — A Michigan company that received a $50 million federal loan to make vans for the disabled has stopped production and laid off its 100 workers. By Matthew Daly.

— BRIDGEPORT MAYOR-FRAUD CHARGES — A rural southeastern Illinois town's newly elected mayor said Thursday his predecessor's guilty pleas to federal charges of using bogus invoices to skim money from the community means it finally can move on, even if the exact cost to local coffers remains publicly elusive. By Jim Suhr.



ARLINGTON, Va. — The cremated remains of two Civil War soldiers from Indiana have been given a final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery. The soldiers were brothers and their remains had sat on a funeral home shelf for more than 100 years, unclaimed and largely forgotten. On Thursday, the national cemetery dedicated a new columbarium court designed to hold the cremated remains of more than 20,000 eligible service members and family. By Matthew Barakat. New. MOVED.

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SOUTH BEND — A nonprofit group that raises money for South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo has proposed that it take over the facility's management from the city. The Potawatomi Zoological Society's proposal would have it manage the century-old zoo while receiving $1.1 million in annual city payments. New. MOVED.


INDIANAPOLIS — Plans to build fields in a city park for cricket matches and other sports mainly popular overseas are advancing after an Indianapolis board approved the first contract for the $6 million project. The city's Board of Public Works awarded the contract, clearing the way for work to start on a project that Mayor Greg Ballard has promoted as a way to increase the city's international appeal. New. Moving both in news and sports services. MOVED.


VINCENNES — Five police officers have been cleared to return to work following a review of a shooting in which a southwestern Indiana man was killed. A department review board found all the Vincennes officers acted properly during the April 29 confrontation with 42-year-old Ross Darkis, city Police Chief Dusty Luking said.



GREENFIELD — Spring gardeners, lawn manicurists and nursery folk of all varieties on the hunt for cheap fertilizer this planting season need look no farther than the city's wastewater treatment facility, where there is an ample supply that will not run out anytime soon. Stored in two open-air storage barns, numerous 12-foot-high piles of "Class A" biosolids processed from the treatment plant stand ready to be applied to area lawns, gardens and farms instead of being transported to the landfill. By Jim Mayfield. Daily Reporter.

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GOSHEN — Apple and peach blossoms are just beginning to show their white and pink colors in local orchards, unlike last year when the blossoms came out seven weeks early because of unseasonably warm weather. "We're happier this spring than we were last spring," said Maureen Kercher, co-owner of Kercher's Sunrise Orchards. By Sherry Van Arsdall. The Goshen News. AP Photos pursuing.


GREENWOOD — Through the whine of guitars and the pounding of drums, a little bit of teenage angst was working its way out on stage. No Direction, a punk band made up of 13- and 14-year-old girls, powered through their original songs about everything from striking out on their own to bad relationships and self-empowerment. Center Grove High School freshman Dana Dobbins added flair to the jagged guitar chords while her band mates set the back beat. By Ryan Trares. Daily Journal.


BLOOMINGTON — Keith Romaine of the McDoel Gardens neighborhood has always enjoyed baking bread. As an artist, he sees a batch of french bread for his neighbors as another extension of his work. You feed them art. They like it. They want more. By Jon Blau. The Herald-Times.


— WHITLEY COUNTY BODY — State police say a landowner found an unidentified man's body in a wooded area on his property in northeastern Indiana. New.

— INDIANAPOLIS AIRPORT-OLD TERMINAL — Officials say work has started on the upcoming demolition of the Indianapolis International Airport's old passenger terminal. New.

— SPACE STATION TALK — Several northwestern Indiana students are thrilled after having a chance to talk with an astronaut now orbiting on the International Space Station. New.

— ASIAN CARP-ILLINOIS WATERWAYS — Federal and Illinois officials are releasing plans to monitor and control Asian carp in Illinois waterways this year as they try to keep the fish from reaching Lake Michigan. New.

— TICK SEASON — State health officials are cautioning Indiana residents to protect themselves from disease-carrying ticks now that the outdoors season is in full swing.

— DUNES SUPERINTENDENT — The superintendent of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is retiring this summer.



INDIANAPOLIS — The Pacers like to get physical, and when they start pushing opponents around, their foes tend to get foiled — and frustrated. It happened several times against Atlanta in the playoffs and in Game 1 against the Knicks. And Indiana believes it can get back to its brand of basketball it can keep its unbeaten home playoff record intact. By Michael Marot.


— BKN--KNICKS-STOUDEMIRE — Stoudemire's limit would be 10-15 minutes. AP Photo CAENT862.


INDIANAPOLIS — Kurt Busch has become the first driver this year to pass rookie orientation for the Indianapolis 500. The 2004 Sprint Cup champion came to Indy this week to test himself on the 2.5-mile oval in one of Michael Andretti's IndyCars. He wound up completing all three phases of the rookie test, the last requiring him to turn 10 laps in excess of 210 mph. He posted a lap of 214 mph early in the practice that lasted a little more than five hours. By Michael Marot.

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BLOOMINGTON — Indiana University's new diving coach is facing scrutiny over a bachelor's degree issued by a university that also awarded an MBA to a dog. Drew Johansen will join IU's nationally renowned program in July after racking up six ACC titles at Duke and four Olympic medals in London.


— FBN--RAVENS-COLTS TRADE — Ravens get C Shipley from Colts for draft pick. AP Photo NY155.

— BKH--PURDUE-SMITH — Ex-Purdue player Ryne Smith gets high school coaching job.

— BKC--IUPUI-NEW HOME — IUPUI moving basketball games at state fairgrounds.