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Indiana National Guard Head Resigns Amid Scandal

Aug 12, 2019

Indiana National Guard leader Courtney Carr is retiring in the wake of a defamation lawsuit against him.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he recommended Carr step down.

Both of Indiana’s U.S. Senators balk at support for universal background checks for all gun sales. That comes amid renewed debate over gun regulations in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

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Indiana University Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel sent an email to the campus community Tuesday saying groundskeepers found five flyers purporting to be from the Ku Klux Klan. The email says they were identical to "neighborhood watch" flyers residents found throughout Bloomington Monday. 

The email says IU Police are investigating. They're working with Bloomington and state police. 

The latest escalation in the trade war with China is driving uncertainty for many Indiana businesses. One Indiana trade group is working to help companies find some stability in new markets.

The phone number listed on the bottom of a Ku Klux Klan flyer distributed throughout Bloomington Monday is linked to a lawsuit filed by a man who was injured while protesting the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville.

Court documents say Bill Burke of Athens, Ohio was among 35 people injured after James Fields Jr. drove his car through a crowd of protestors. One woman died during the attack.

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Loeb Stadium opened in 1940 and played host to five summer league and professional franchises, as well as hosting the Colt World Series and Jefferson High School home games. The Aviators are slated to be the first tenants in its successor, which will see the playing surface get an about-face and be sunk into the ground before “play ball” is called in summer of 2021.

Contractors working for the Environmental Protection Agency removed about 3,600 cubic yards of lead and arsenic contaminated soil from the old Carrie Gosch Elementary school property in East Chicago, Indiana. But residents say the EPA moved forward with the cleanup without addressing their concerns. 

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It will be at least a week before officials conclude an investigation into the cause of a fire at a Frankfort recycling plant.

Assistant Fire Chief Ed Cripe says the Frankfort Fire Department has two members investigating, along with a private investigator brought in by Werner and Son Recycling. He says they’re still reviewing video surveillance and conducting interviews.

The city street department is still collecting recycling in place of Werner and Son. They will continue to collect from one quadrant of the city at a time until the regular weekly schedule can resume.

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The Bloomington Police Department is investigating after they say residents found neighborhood watch flyers claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan on Monday. Captain Ryan Pedigo says they received 10 reports of flyers being located in the city so far.

The flyers include the image of a hooded figure and say, “Do your part to keep white communities safe and report suspicious activity. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”

Police say they are investigating who is responsible for the flyers and whether they are affiliated with the KKK.

John Dillinger's Grave To Be Exhumed

Aug 5, 2019
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John Dillinger, the 1930s gangster and bank robber, was killed by the FBI in 1934 and supposedly buried in an Indianapolis cemetery.

Dillinger's relatives asked the Indiana State Department of Health permission to exhume the body from Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. In the request, Dillinger’s nephew and niece say they were presented with evidence to suggest the body is not actually his. Their request has been approved.

Susan Sutton of the Indiana Historical Society says getting to the coffin may a tough task.

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